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‘Only way is up’, ‘Quit!’ – The slowly souring attitude towards Bradford City figure underlined by these fans

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Rewind’ series, this content strand is where we rewind back to a particular moment at a club, assess the initial reaction from the fans, and then proceed to evaluate and reflect on whether fans were right to react in that way….

Bradford City got back to winning ways in League Two last night as they beat basement side, Southend United, at Valley Parade.  

After three defeats on the bounce in the league, it was vital for Stuart McCall’s side to get back on the winning trail last night.

Victory moved them to 15th in the table and they now have 12 points on the board from the opening 10 fixtures of the season.

The table paints a much better picture for the Bantams than it did on Saturday, but perhaps Bradford aren’t where many thought they would be under McCall.

In this FLW Rewind we look back at some of the reaction to McCall’s appointment back in February 2020

As you can see, the Bradford fans were buzzing with McCall’s return earlier in 2020. For them, the only way was up for the Bantams.

Of course, 2019/20 was curtailed and Bradford weren’t in the play-off picture, but the new season brought fresh optimism and, with McCall at the helm, fans were hoping for a real push for promotion.

Ultimately, it hasn’t been the start the Bantams were hoping for and, 10 games in, they’ve lost four times and are already seven points adrift of the play-off places.

On Saturday, there was a 1-0 defeat to Barrow and, as you are about to see, the mood towards McCall has began to sour. A win over Southend has stopped the rot, but under the surface, his tenure is on rocky ground…


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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