2007–08 Bradford City A.F.C. season

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Bradford City
2007–08 season
Chairman Mark Lawn
Julian Rhodes
Manager Stuart McCall
Football League Two 10th
FA Cup Second Round
League Cup First Round
Football League Trophy First Round
Top goalscorer League:
England Thorne (14)
All:
England Thorne (15)
Highest home attendance 15,510 (v Lincoln City, 26 December 2007)
Lowest home attendance 13,072 (v Barnet, 8 April 2008)
4,069 (v Chester City, FA Cup, 10 November 2007)

The 2007–08 season was the 105th season in Bradford City A.F.C.'s history, their 93rd in The Football League and 95th in the league system of English football. After finishing 22nd in League One during the 2006–07 season, Bradford City were relegated to League Two meaning the season would be their first in the bottom tier of The Football League since 1981–82. It was also Stuart McCall's first season as manager, after he was appointed the full-time successor to Colin Todd in May 2007. It covers a period from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008.

McCall brought in seven new signings in pre-season, as well as a number of loan players, but from September to November, the club failed to win in eight games, leaving them in 21st place in League Two. The club improved during the latter part of the season, finishing in 10th place, three places and 16 points outside the play-offs. Bradford also suffered first round exits in two of the cup competitions they entered, and lost in the second round of the FA Cup. Peter Thorne was the club's top goalscorer, recording 15 goals, 14 in the league and one in the FA Cup. The season also marked centre back David Wetherall's retirement after 304 league games with the club. Joe Colbeck was named player of the season, despite spending part of the season on loan at Darlington. The club's average attendance of 13,756 was the highest in the division.

Background[edit]

Former City player Stuart McCall was appointed manager in pre-season, joining from Sheffield United.

During the 2006–07 season, manager Colin Todd had been sacked because of a poor run of results.[1] Club captain David Wetherall was originally appointed Todd's successor on a caretaker basis, before being handed the role until the end of the season, during the following month.[2] Wetherall could not stop City's run of poor form, and the club were relegated to League Two on 28 April 2007 after a 3–0 defeat at Chesterfield.[3] It was the club's third relegation in seven seasons,[4] and meant the 2007–08 season would be their first season in the fourth division of English football in 25 years.[5] On 22 May 2007, former City player Stuart McCall, who had played more than 400 games for the club during two previous spells,[6] was announced as the club's new manager to take over on 1 June 2007.[7] Although the club had just 13 players with first-team experience, the bookmakers made City second favourites to win the League Two title.[8]

Despite the club's relegation, off the field, chairman Julian Rhodes had announced a deal to slash the price of watching professional football to just £138, the equivalent of £6 per match, and the cheapest season tickets in England.[9][10] In June 2007, Rhodes was also joined by Mark Lawn as new joint chairman of the club. Lawn signed a deal to wipe out the club's debts.[11]

Review[edit]

Left winger Alex Rhodes joined from Brentford following a trial

Pre-season[edit]

With just 13 players on the books,[8] McCall's first job was to sign a number of new players to build a first-team squad. McCall's first signings were strikers Barry Conlon, from Mansfield Town, and Peter Thorne, from Norwich City, both on free transfers, on 2 July 2007.[12][13] No more players were signed by the time City played their first pre-season friendly away at Harrogate Town on 16 July 2007. However, there were eight trialists in the team which won 1–0. The only goal of the game was a header from David Wetherall.[14] Two days later, City were defeated 2–1 by Conference side Farsley Celtic,[15] before a 2–0 victory against North Ferriby United.[16] Scott Phelan, who had played all three of the pre-season games during a trial, became McCall's third signing on 24 July from Everton.[17] The same day, City drew 1–1 with Burnley in their only home pre-season friendly open to fans, with a goal from Paul Evans.[18] McCall signed full back Darren Williams, from Hartlepool United, Kyle Nix on a monthly contract, and Nathan Joynes on loan from Barnsley but released three other trialists.[19] Joynes had been the third loan signing from Barnsley, following Paul Heckingbottom, who had played for Bradford in the 2003–04 season, and Thomas Harban.[20] The following two friendlies both ended in defeat; first 1–0 to York City,[21] then 2–1 to Blackpool in a private practice match, with another goal from Evans.[22] Evans completed his transfer the following day,[23] to be followed by Alex Rhodes, who had been on trial from Brentford, and Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu on loan from Gillingham, the following week.[24]

A new home and away strip for the season was announced, with the home shirts worn for the first time in the friendly against Burnley.[25] The club also sold more than 12,000 season tickets, with 12,019 fans buying one before the end of the deadline for the cheap offer on 31 July.[26]

August[edit]

Bradford City became the first visitors for a league game at New Meadow

Bradford started their league season on 11 August 2007 with a 1–1 draw with Macclesfield Town, when a crowd of 14,345 was inside Valley Parade, 1,000 more than was originally announced.[27] The attendance was more than 6,000 higher than any other game in the division.[28] Macclesfield had taken the lead, with City equalising shortly before half-time when Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu scored with a rebound after Barry Conlon's penalty was saved.[29] Four days later City were at Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, for the first round of the League Cup. Wolves scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half, and despite Kyle Nix pulling one back for Bradford, City went out 2–1.[30] City's second league game of the season was the first league game to be played at Shrewsbury Town's new £15m ground the New Meadow, when an early penalty from former City player Dave Hibbert gave the home side a 1–0 win.[31] McCall's first win as manager came in the third game when a debut goal from Luke Medley secured a 2–1 victory over Wrexham.[32]

September[edit]

Bradford started September with consecutive defeats; first 2–1 in the league against Barnet,[33] before a 5–1 loss to Doncaster Rovers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.[34] For the latter game, McCall had named a weakened team, which included debutants Ben Saynor and Sean Taylforth,[35] and City faced a £5,000 fine from The Football League,[36] but were eventually only fined £3,000.[37] Two victories in the league followed against Lincoln City—the first time the two teams had met in a league game since the fire disaster in 1985—[38] and Peterborough United.[39] But the month ended as it had started with back-to-back defeats against Hereford United and Wycombe Wanderers.[40][41]

October[edit]

The run of consecutive defeats extended to five during the first two weeks of October. After a 3–0 defeat to Accrington Stanley,[42] McCall added two more loan signings to the squad, Nicky Law, son of former City manager Nicky Law, and goalkeeper Rhys Evans.[43] Both played as City lost 2–1 to both Milton Keynes Dons, when Barry Conlon scored his first goal for the club,[44] then Morecambe.[45] The run of defeats came to an end when City drew 0–0 with Darlington,[46] but the month ended without a single victory after another draw, this time 1–1 with Grimsby Town, when Rhys Evans was substituted after 24 minutes for City, and Ndumbu-Nsungu scored a late equaliser following Grimsby's own goalkeeper Phil Barnes' red card.[47] Evans' loan deal was cut short following the injury and he returned to Blackpool after just four games.[48] Young midfielder Joe Colbeck, who had been one of several players McCall wanted to send out on loan to gain first team experience,[49] was loaned out to Darlington for a month.[50]

November[edit]

Bradford's run without a league victory extended to eight games after a 2–1 defeat to Brentford.[51] The run, which stretched back to 15 September came to an end with a 2–1 win over Chester City on 6 November 2007 when Alex Rhodes scored his first goal for the club.[52] City again defeated Chester City four days later, this time in the FA Cup, when Peter Thorne's first goal for the club secured a 1–0 win.[53] City won their third game in a row with a 4–1 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge—their highest victory of the season,[54] before the month ended with a 1–1 draw against Stockport County.[55]

December[edit]

Bradford were eliminated from the FA Cup with a 3–0 defeat to League One side Tranmere Rovers.[56] They returned to league action with two more draws, away to Mansfield Town and Chesterfield,[57][58] the latter game of which featured Joe Colbeck, who had returned from Darlington early despite his one-month loan spell being originally extended.[59] The following week City signed Willy Topp for £35,000—the first time they had paid a transfer fee for a player since Andy Tod in November 2001—nearly three months after he first came on trial.[60] City were given two weeks off before their next game, when their home game against Rotherham United on 15 December was postponed because of a frozen pitch.[61] But they could not take advantage of the extra rest and despite taking the lead against Peterborough United, two second half goals gave Peterborough a 2–1 win and helped them to second in the league.[62] The highest attendance of the season for a League Two game attended City's next game on Boxing Day against Lincoln City.[63] It was the first time the two teams had met in the league at Valley Parade since the fire of 1985 and the crowd of 15,510 observed a minute silence and wreath-laying ceremony before the game. Peter Thorne gave City the lead, and despite an equalier from Lincoln, Barry Conlon secured a 2–1 win for Bradford in the last minute.[64] The 2007 calendar year finished with another home game, but this time City lost 3–1 to Hereford United.[65]

Lee Bullock joined from Hartlepool United in January on a free transfer after a loan spell

January[edit]

The New Year started with a number of changes off the field. Loan signing Ndumbu-Nsungu returned to Gillingham but Heckingbottom's deal was extended to allow him to play against Accrington Stanley on New Year's Day,[66] before a permanent deal was finalised the following week.[67] Midfielder Lee Bullock was also signed on a loan transfer from Hartlepool United.[68] City beat Accrington 2–0 with Matthew Clarke scoring his first for the club and Joe Colbeck adding his first since he returned from his loan spell at Darlington.[69] It was followed up with another win, when Thorne scored City's first hat-trick for two years, to defeat Notts County 3–0.[70] Two away draws followed at Bury and Wrexham,[71][72] but City returned to winning ways with a 4–2 victory over Shrewsbury Town to finish the month unbeaten.[73]

McCall had also been busy in the transfer market during January, with the trio of Ben Starosta,[74] Scott Loach[75] and TJ Moncur all arriving on loan.[76] Bullock made his loan permanent and signed an 18-month contract, and David Brown signed after impressing on a trial.[76] Five players also left Valley Parade on loan deals during January, with Craig Bentham joining Farsley Celtic,[77] Luke Medley joining Cambridge City,[78] Sean Taylforth and Luke Morgan both going to Droylsden,[78] and Simon Ainge joining Halifax Town.[79] Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was also expected to leave but his transfer to Queens Park Rangers collapsed after the Home Office rejected his application for a work permit.[80]

February[edit]

City's unbeaten run was extended to six games when David Brown scored on his debut to beat Macclesfield Town 1–0.[81] The run came to an end with consecutive 2–1 defeats to Bury and Rochdale.[71][82] On 20 February 2008, David Wetherall, who had played nearly 300 league games for City since he joined in 1999, announced he would retire at the end of the season.[83] City won their first win in three games when they beat Notts County for the second time in as many months, with a 3–1 win.[84] Three days later City added a second consecutive win by defeating Rotherham United 3–2 in the game which had been postponed in December, with Lee Bullock scoring his first goal for the club.[85] The same day, club chairman Julian Rhodes announced a new season ticket offer in a bid to fill more of the 25,000-seater stadium for the following season by offering free tickets if more than 9,000 adult tickets were bought.[86]

March[edit]

March started with two more consecutive defeats. Dagenham & Redbridge defeated City 2–0 in their first game at Valley Parade, when Barry Conlon missed a penalty and then an open goal both when the score was 1–0.[87] In the following game, Peter Thorne scored a penalty to give City the lead against Stockport County, but County scored twice to win 2–1.[88] Four days later, Bradford recorded their third victory of the season against Chester City, when Conlon scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 victory.[89] Conlon scored another in the following game but City again were beaten, 2–1 by Mansfield Town.[90] Following Wetherall's announcement that he would retire, City's supporters staged a special day to celebrate his career and contribution to the club, during the away fixture on 22 March 2008 at Rotherham United, where the team had lost 4–1 the previous season during Wetherall's spell as player-manager.[91] The result of the game finished 1–1, during which Omar Daley was sent off.[92] City played a second game two days later, because of the Easter fixture list, when Peter Thorne scored the 150th league goal of his career to help City beat Chesterfield 1–0.[93] The month finished with a 3–1 victory over Darlington, when Tom Penford scored his first goal for the club, and both Barry Conlon and Joe Colbeck scored against their former club.[94] The victory put City into the top half of the table for the first time since September.[95] During March, City also won a Football League award for their season ticket deal at the start of the season.[96]

April[edit]

On 1 April 2008, first City's keeper Donovan Ricketts was blocked from coming back into the country following a Jamaica call-up,[97] before City lost 2–1 at Rochdale, following a late winning goal from Rochdale's Adam Le Fondre.[98] City returned to winnings ways four days later, when Eddie Johnson scored the only goal of a 1–0 victory over Morecambe.[99] Johnson scored for a second successive game, three days later to secure a 1–1 draw with Barnet in a rearranged game at Valley Parade.[100] A second successive draw on 12 April, this time 2–2 against Brentford,[101] meant that City could no longer reach the play-offs, ensuring that they would again be playing in League Two during 2008–09.[102] A late goal from Joe Colbeck on 19 April prevented a third successive draw and gave City a 2–1 victory over Grimsby Town.[103] Colbeck was named the club's player of the season at the annual award ceremony on 23 April,[104] but was sent off in the club's final home of the season against Milton Keynes Dons. Bradford were already 2–0 behind when Colbeck was dismissed, and despite a goal from Omar Daley, they lost 2–1, which crowned Milton Keynes as the league champions.[105]

On 29 April 2008, McCall announced the list of players he would be keeping and releasing at the end of the season. As well as Ricketts, who was unlikely to be given a new work permit, the first team players to be released were Darren Williams, Paul Evans, Tom Penford and Alex Rhodes. Craig Bentham, who had spent three months on loan at Farsley Celtic, and Scott Phelan, who had not featured since December, were also deemed surplus to requirements. Back-up goalkeepers Ben Saynor and Jamie Waite, neither of whom had played a first team league game, and youngsters David Brown, Luke Morgan and Damian Hopkins completed the list of 13 players to leave the club. Barry Conlon and Kyle Nix were the only first team regulars to be offered new contracts, along with juniors Luke Medley, Luke O'Brien and Sean Taylforth.[106]

May and June[edit]

City finished the season with a 2–1 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers, when Luke Medley scored a penalty on his first start for the club. McCall had made a number of changes to the side, after his decision to release 13 players, giving a debut to Sean Taylforth and also giving places to three of the released players. It was also David Wetherall's final game for the club.[107]

In the week after the season had finished, Barry Conlon was the first to sign a new deal keeping him at the club until January 2008,[108] before Kyle Nix and Luke O'Brien signed their season-long contracts.[109] By the end of the week, McCall made his first transfer of the summer when he signed goalkeeper Jonathan McLaughlin from non-league Harrogate Town.[110] It was not until the end of the month that he added his second signing, when midfielder Chris Brandon, a former club trainee, joined from Huddersfield Town on a free transfer.[111] Defender Paul Arnison, who had been released by Carlisle United in May, became the club's third summer transfer, when he signed a two-year contract on 18 June 2008.[112] On 30 June 2008, the final day before City would return to pre-season training, City signed a second defender, when Graeme Lee joined on a free transfer from Doncaster Rovers. He also signed a two-year contract.[113]

Match results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Two[edit]

Bradford City recorded the highest average attendance during the 2007–08 Football League Two season.[114]
Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1 11 August 2007 Macclesfield Town Home 1–1 14,345 Ndumbu-Nsungu [27][29]
2 18 August 2007 Shrewsbury Town Away 0–1 6,413 [31]
3 25 August 2007 Wrexham Home 2–1 13,546 Johnson, Medley [32]
4 1 September 2007 Barnet Away 1–2 2,412 Johnson [33]
5 7 September 2007 Lincoln City Away 2–1 5,286 Ndumbu-Nsungu, Colbeck [38]
6 15 September 2007 Peterborough United Home 1–0 13,819 Bower [39]
7 22 September 2007 Hereford United Away 2–4 3,275 Ndumbu-Nsungu (2) [40]
8 29 September 2007 Wycombe Wanderers Home 0–1 13,530 [41]
9 2 October 2007 Accrington Stanley Home 0–3 13,346 [42]
10 6 October 2007 Milton Keynes Dons Away 1–2 7,903 Conlon (pen) [44]
11 12 October 2007 Morecambe Away 1–2 4,761 Bower [45]
12 20 October 2007 Darlington Home 0–0 14,074 [46]
13 27 October 2007 Grimsby Town Away 1–1 4,883 Ndumbu-Nsungu (pen) [47]
14 3 November 2007 Brentford Home 1–2 13,326 Bower [51]
15 6 November 2007 Chester City Home 2–1 13,211 Daley, Rhodes [52]
16 17 November 2007 Dagenham & Redbridge Away 4–1 2,247 Thorne, Wetherall, Law (2) [54]
17 24 November 2007 Stockport County Home 1–1 13,837 Ndumbu-Nsungu [55]
18 5 December 2007 Mansfield Town Away 0–0 2,308 [57]
19 8 December 2007 Chesterfield Away 1–1 3,727 Nix [58]
20 22 December 2007 Peterborough United Away 1–2 5,355 Nix [62]
21 26 December 2007 Lincoln City Home 2–1 15,510 Thorne, Conlon [64]
22 29 December 2007 Hereford United Home 1–3 13,640 Wetherall [65]
23 1 January 2008 Accrington Stanley Away 2–0 2,898 Clarke, Colbeck [69]
24 12 January 2008 Notts County Home 3–0 13,494 Thorne (3) [115]
25 22 January 2008 Bury Away 2–2 2,776 Conlon (pen), Nix [71]
26 26 January 2008 Wrexham Away 1–1 4,341 Nix [72]
27 29 January 2008 Shrewsbury Town Home 4–2 13,269 Nix, Daley, Thorne, Conlon (pen) [73]
28 2 February 2008 Macclesfield Town Away 1–0 2,778 Brown [81]
29 9 February 2008 Bury Home 1–2 13,844 Thorne [71]
30 16 February 2008 Rochdale Home 1–2 14,017 Thorne [82]
31 23 February 2008 Notts County Away 3–1 4,717 Thorne, Colbeck, Rhodes [84]
32 26 February 2008 Rotherham United Home 3–2 13,436 Daley, Rhodes, Bullock [85]
33 1 March 2008 Dagenham & Redbridge Home 0–2 13,537 [116]
34 8 March 2008 Stockport County Away 1–2 5,763 Thorne (pen) [88]
35 12 March 2008 Chester City Away 1–0 1,566 Conlon [89]
36 15 March 2008 Mansfield Town Home 1–2 13,611 Conlon [90]
37 22 March 2008 Rotherham United Away 1–1 4,157 Colbeck [92]
38 24 March 2008 Chesterfield Home 1–0 13,825 Thorne [117]
39 29 March 2008 Darlington Away 3–1 4,492 Penford, Conlon, Colbeck [94]
40 1 April 2008 Rochdale Away 1–2 3,811 Thorne (pen) [98]
41 5 April 2008 Morecambe Home 1–0 13,562 Johnson [99]
42 8 April 2008 Barnet Home 1–1 13,072 Johnson [100]
43 12 April 2008 Brentford Away 2–2 4,336 Nix, Thorne [101]
44 19 April 2008 Grimsby Town Home 2–1 13,448 Colbeck, Thorne [103]
45 26 April 2008 Milton Keynes Dons Home 1–2 14,609 Daley [105]
46 3 May 2008 Wycombe Wanderers Away 1–2 5,467 Medley (pen) [118]

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1 10 November 2007 Chester City Home 1–0 4,069 Thorne [53]
2 1 December 2007 Tranmere Rovers Home 0–3 6,379 [56]

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1 15 August 2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers Away 1–2 9,625 Nix [30]

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1 4 September 2007 Doncaster Rovers Away 1–5 4,710 Nix [34]

League table[edit]

Progress of Bradford City during the 2007–08 Football League Two season[119]
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Milton Keynes Dons (C) (P) 46 29 10 7 82 37 +45 97 Promotion to the League One
2 Peterborough United (P) 46 28 8 10 84 43 +41 92
3 Hereford United (P) 46 26 10 10 72 41 +31 88
4 Stockport County (P) 46 24 10 12 72 54 +18 82 Qualification to the League Two playoffs
5 Rochdale 46 23 11 12 77 54 +23 80
6 Darlington 46 22 12 12 67 40 +27 78
7 Wycombe Wanderers 46 22 12 12 56 42 +14 78
8 Chesterfield 46 19 12 15 76 56 +20 69
9 Rotherham United 46 21 11 14 62 58 +4 064*
10 Bradford City 46 17 11 18 63 61 +2 62
11 Morecambe 46 16 12 18 59 63 −4 60
12 Barnet 46 16 12 18 56 63 −7 60
13 Bury 46 16 11 19 58 61 −3 59
14 Brentford 46 17 8 21 52 70 −18 59
15 Lincoln City 46 18 4 24 61 77 −16 58
16 Grimsby Town 46 15 10 21 55 66 −11 55
17 Accrington Stanley 46 16 3 27 49 83 −34 51
18 Shrewsbury Town 46 12 14 20 56 65 −9 50
19 Macclesfield Town 46 11 17 18 47 64 −17 50
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 13 10 23 49 70 −21 49
21 Notts County 46 10 18 18 37 53 −16 48
22 Chester 46 12 11 23 51 68 −17 47
23 Mansfield Town (R) 46 11 9 26 48 68 −20 42 Relegation to the Conference National
24 Wrexham (R) 46 10 10 26 38 70 −32 40

Source: The Football League[120]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
*Rotherham United deducted 10 points for entering administration
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Player details[edit]

Source: Soccerbase[121]
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Jamaica Donovan Ricketts 22 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2 DF England Darren Williams 28 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 31 0
3 DF England Paul Heckingbottom 44 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 47 0
4 MF Wales Paul Evans 19 (6) 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 22 (6) 0
5 DF England David Wetherall (c) 46 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 49 2
6 DF England Mark Bower 25 (2) 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 26 (2) 3
7 MF Jamaica Omar Daley 37 (4) 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 40 (4) 4
8 MF England Eddie Johnson 30 (2) 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 32 (2) 4
9 FW Republic of Ireland Barry Conlon 21 (21) 7 0 (2) 0 1 0 1 0 23 (23) 7
10 FW England Peter Thorne 31 (2) 14 2 1 0 0 0 (1) 0 33 (3) 15
11 MF England Alex Rhodes 11 (17) 3 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 11 (19) 4
12 DF England Matthew Clarke 15 (2) 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 18 (2) 1
13 GK England Rhys Evans 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
14 MF England Craig Bentham 0 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 (3) 0
15 MF England Joe Colbeck 27 (6) 6 0 0 1 0 1 0 29 (6) 6
16 DF England Simon Ainge 0 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 (4) 0
17 DF England Thomas Harban 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
18 MF England Tom Penford 13 (2) 1 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 13 (3) 1
19 DF England Luke O'Brien 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 3 (1) 0
20 MF England Scott Phelan 8 (5) 0 1 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 10 (6) 0
21 FW England Nathan Joynes 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 1 (2) 0
22 MF England Kyle Nix 31 (9) 6 2 0 1 1 1 1 35 (9) 8
23 FW Chile Willy Topp 6 (5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 (5) 0
24 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu 17 (1) 6 2 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 19 (2) 6
25 FW England Luke Medley 1 (8) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (8) 2
26 MF England Nicky Law 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
28 FW England Sean Taylforth 1 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 2 (1) 0
30 GK England Ben Saynor 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
32 MF England Lee Bullock 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
33 DF Poland Ben Starosta 12 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 (3) 0
34 GK England Scott Loach 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
35 DF England TJ Moncur 6 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 (1) 0
36 FW England David Brown 0 (5) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (5) 1

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee Notes
2 July 2007 FW Barry Conlon Mansfield Town Free [12]
2 July 2007 FW Peter Thorne Norwich City Free [12]
24 July 2007 MF Scott Phelan Everton Free [17]
27 July 2007 MF Kyle Nix Parkgate Free [19]
27 July 2007 MF Darren Williams Hartlepool United Free [19]
1 August 2007 MF Paul Evans Swindon Town Free [23]
9 August 2007 MF Alex Rhodes Brentford Free [24]
21 November 2007 GK Jamie Waite St Albans City Free [122]
11 December 2007 FW Willy Topp Universidad Católica £35,000 [123]
8 January 2008 DF Paul Heckingbottom Barnsley Free [67]
31 January 2008 FW David Brown Nottingham Forest Free [76]
31 January 2008 MF Lee Bullock Hartlepool United Free [76]
9 May 2008 GK Jonathan McLaughlin Harrogate Town Free [110]
30 May 2008 MF Chris Brandon Huddersfield Town Free [111]
18 June 2008 DF Paul Arnison Carlisle United Free [112]
30 June 2008 DF Graeme Lee Doncaster Rovers Free [113]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee Notes
7 February 2008 GK Sam Filler Middlesbrough Undisclosed [124]
End of season MF Craig Bentham Farsley Celtic Released [106][125]
End of season FW David Brown Guiseley Released [106][126]
End of season MF Paul Evans Oxford United Released [106][127]
End of season DF Damian Hopkins Released [106]
End of season MF Eddie Johnson Chester City Released [106][128]
End of season FW Luke Medley Barnet £7,500 [129][130]
End of season MF Luke Morgan Released [106]
End of season MF Tom Penford Farsley Celtic Released [106][131]
End of season MF Scott Phelan FC Halifax Town Released [106][132]
End of season GK Donovan Ricketts Village United Released [106][133]
End of season MF Alex Rhodes Rotherham United Released [106][134]
End of season GK Ben Saynor Farsley Celtic Released [106][135]
End of season GK Jamie Waite Doncaster Rovers Released [106][136]
End of season DF Darren Williams Dundee Released [106][137]

Loans in[edit]

Date Pos Name From End date Notes
16 July 2007 DF Paul Heckingbottom Barnsley 1 January 2008 [66][138]
25 July 2007 DF Thomas Harban Barnsley 1 January 2008 [139]
27 July 2007 DF Nathan Joynes Barnsley 1 January 2008 [20]
9 August 2007 FW Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu Gillingham 31 December 2007 [24][66]
5 October 2007 MF Nicky Law Sheffield United 21 December 2007 [43][140]
5 October 2007 GK Rhys Evans Blackpool 30 October 2007 [43][48]
1 January 2008 MF Lee Bullock Hartlepool United 31 January 2008 [68][76]
21 January 2008 DF Ben Starosta Sheffield United End of season [74]
28 January 2008 GK Scott Loach Watford End of season [75]
30 January 2008 DF TJ Moncur Fulham 8 April 2008 [76][141]

Loans out[edit]

Date Pos Name To End date Notes
24 October 2007 MF Joe Colbeck Darlington 8 December 2007 [50][59]
DF Damian Hopkins Ossett Albion
MF Luke Morgan Ossett Albion
4 January 2008 MF Craig Bentham Farsley Celtic 5 April 2008 [77][142]
11 January 2008 FW Luke Medley Cambridge City 10 February 2008 [78]
11 January 2008 FW Sean Taylforth Droylsden 10 February 2008 [78]
11 January 2008 MF Luke Morgan Droylsden 10 February 2008 [78]
31 January 2008 DF Simon Ainge Halifax Town [79]
14 March 2008 FW Sean Taylforth Guiseley [143]
GK Jamie Waite Droylsden

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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