Bradford derby

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Bradford derby
Wool City derby
City or region Bradford
Teams involved Bradford City
Bradford Park Avenue
First contested 24 February 1912
Most wins Bradford Park Avenue (23)

The Bradford derby is a football derby match played between Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue.

The derby has also been called the Wool City derby,[1] referring to Bradford's history with the wool trade. The two clubs are the only two from Bradford to have played professional league football.

The rivalry was a regular league one across all four Football League tiers, first played in 1914, until 1969. However Bradford Park Avenue's failed re-election to the Football League in 1970 and subsequent liquidation in 1974 meant the game has only been played in friendly fixtures since.

The Tom Banks Memorial Trophy is awarded to the winner of this match.[2]

History[edit]

Bradford City had been elected to the Football League ready for the 1903–04 season. Their cross-city rivals Bradford Park Avenue joined the league five years later, for the same season as City's first in Division One.

The first game between the two teams at any level had been in the North-Eastern League. Other meetings had taken place in the West Riding Cup before the first competitive game was in the FA Cup on 24 February 1912 at Park Avenue, a year after Bradford City's FA Cup triumph. A goal from Frank O'Rourke for City gave them the first derby success.

The first all-Bradford league match took place at Valley Parade on 23 October 1914 in Division One in front of a crowd of 29,802, when City won 3–2. Park Avenue won the reverse fixture 3–0. The clubs met in the top flight just four more times before Park Avenue were relegated in 1920–21. City were themselves relegated to Division Two but a second successive relegation for Park Avenue meant the clubs did not meet again until 1927 in Division Three (North). That season's derby saw Park Avenue record a record 5–0 for a Bradford derby on their way to the title and promotion. City kept the title in Bradford the following season.

Between the 1929–30 and 1936–37 seasons the clubs continued their rivalries until City were relegated, one place below Park Avenue. The derby was resumed from 1950–51 to 1957–58 in Division Three (North), a period which included an FA Cup tie in December 1951 and a record 5–0 win for City at home on 16 April 1956. A league restructure meant the clubs did not meet again in the league again until the 1963–64 season in Division Four, although the teams did meet again in the FA Cup in December 1958 and the League Cup in September 1963, when Park Avenue were 7–3 winners.

The teams met on six successive seasons until 1968–69 when City were promoted to Division Three in fourth spot and Park Avenue had to seek re-election when they came bottom of the league. The following season Park Avenue failed a fourth successive re-election and were replaced by Cambridge United, before they went into liquidation in 1974 and the teams have never met in competitive football since.

In modern times, the teams traditionally participate in a pre season friendly, usually the week before the start of the new season.

Results[edit]

Competition Played City Draw Avenue City goals Avenue goals
League 52 20 11 21 72 78
FA Cup 3 2 0 1 5 3
League Cup 1 0 0 1 3 7
Totals 56 22 11 23 80 88

Played for both sides[edit]

The following is a list of players who have represented both clubs in at least one senior fixture.

Name Pos City Avenue
Career Apps Goals Career Apps Goals
Simon Ainge DF 2006–2009 14 0 2009–2010
Wayne Benn MF 1994–1996 10 0 1996–2004
Joe Brown FW 2005–2007 19 1
Chris Brandon MF 2008–2010 27 2 1995–1997
1999
David Brown FW 2008 5 1 2010–
Wayne Bullimore MF 1995–1997 2 0 4 0
Norman Corner FW 1969–1972 110 16 1972–1973
Terry Dolan MF 1976–1981 195 43 1969–1970 48 0
Mitchell Downie GK 1959–1963 134 0 1950–1954 154 0
Donald Duckett 1914–1924 155 6 1927–1929
Karl Goddard DF 1986–1990 73 0
Neil Grayston DF 1995–1996 7 0 1996–1999
2004
Rodney Green FW 1962–1964 66 39 1962 19 6
Bobby Ham FW 1968–1970
1973–1975
115
73
40
24
1961–1963
Geoff Hudson
Andy Lee MF 2002–2003 2 0
Gerry Lightowler DF 1968–1969 11 0 1958–1968 208 1
Harry Peel FW 1929–1936 186 26 1920–1926 207 37
Charlie Rackstraw FW 1967–1969 104 27 1970–1971
Neil Redfearn MF 1999–2000 17 1 2006–2007 27 5
Kevin Sanasy FW 2002–2005 9 1
Carl Shutt FW 1994–1995 89 16 2004–2005 13 1
Whelan Ward FW 1948–1954 149 37 1955–1959 108 31

References[edit]

  • Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. pp. 159–167. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
  1. ^ Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. pp. 159–167. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
  2. ^ "Next up...Bradford (Park Avenue)". Bradford City A.F.C. 2 August 2010.