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The best Bradford City XI since the Millennium – Right-Backs

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Bradford City certainly have been through a cluster of emotions since the turn of the Millennium, and many players have come and gone through the Valley Parade doors. 

City started the Millennium in the Premier League and would consolidate their place in the top-flight with a 17th placed finish after securing survival with their famous 1-0 win over Liverpool on the final day.

The following season, however, City would suffer their first of their four relegations since 2000 and are now playing their football in League Two.

Since the Premier League days, however, there have been some memorable moments for Bantams fans, including the 2013 play-off win over Northampton Town and of course, their famous run to the 2013 League Cup final.

With no professional football until at least the 30th April, we are compiling Bradford City’s best XI since the Millennium and on Tuesday we discussed the goalkeepers and asked you to vote for your favourite.

So far Gary Walsh is leading the votes with 46% and today it is the turn of the right-backs, where we will run through four City right-backs and ask you to have your say at the end.

Gunnar Halle (2000-2002)

Halle arrived at Valley Parade in 1999 from West Yorkshire rivals Leeds United and played in all 38 of City’s Premier League season as the club retained their top-flight status.

He formed part of the defence that kept three clean sheets in City’s last four games of the 1999-2000 season which in turn played a huge part in extending the Premier League stay.

Although the following season was one to forget for City, Halle would only manage 13 league appearances as the club were relegated.

In his final season with the club, the Norwegian made 37 league appearances and scored one goal as City finished 15th.

Halle left the club in 2002 for Wolves and is currently managing the Norwegian under-17 side.

Peter Atherton (2000-2005) 

Atherton was a mainstay at Valley Parade for the first five years of the Millennium after an impressive six-year spell with Sheffield Wednesday.

Following the departure of Gunnar Halle, Atherton would go on to make 94 league appearances for City in a pretty underwhelming period for the club.

Despite the club slumping to relegation in 2004, Atherton was one of the side’s standout players chipping in with four goals from defence.

The 49-year-old left City on a free transfer in 2005 and saw out his playing days at Halifax Town.

Liam Moore (2011) 

Although now playing as a centre-back for Reading, Moore spent the first of the 2011-2012 season on loan at Valley Parade and was deployed at right-back during his time at the Bantams.

Moore made 22 appearances for Bradford in all competitions, including the League Cup win over West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town before returning to parent club Leicester City in December.

The 27-year-old would go on to become a first-team regular for the Foxes before leaving for Reading in 2016.

A short stay indeed for Moore in West Yorkshire but one at League Two he certainly demonstrated his ability and would have been a player Bradford would have loved to have kept for longer than his four-month spell.

Stephen Darby (2012-2017)

Stephen Darby is easily one of the standout players of Bradford City’s recent success, with the 31-year-old playing a huge part in their promotion and League Cup campaign of 2012-2013.

Arriving from Liverpool in 2012, Darby would feature 51 times for the Bantams across the 2012-2013 season and played in all of the League Cup games and play-off fixtures as the class of 2012-2013 wrote themselves into Bradford folklore.

The 31-year-old would be given the captain’s armband for the 2014-2015 season and would lead his side out in the memorable wins against Leeds United and Chelsea that season.

In 2017, Darby would leave for Bolton Wanderers but would return to Valley Parade for a charity match with Liverpool following his sad diagnoses of motor neurone disease.

The best Bradford City XI of the Millennium - Right-Backs

Gunnar Halle

Gunnar Halle

Peter Atherton

Peter Atherton

Liam Moore

Liam Moore

Stephen Darby

Stephen Darby

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