2013–14 Bradford City A.F.C. season
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|Co-chairmen||Mark Lawn and Julien Rhodes|
|FA Cup||First Round|
|League Cup||First Round|
|Football League Trophy||First Round|
Nahki Wells (14)
Nahki Wells (15)
The 2013–14 season was Bradford City's 111th season in their history, their 99th in the Football League and 101st in the league system of English football. It was their first season back in League One following six years in League Two, after they beat Northampton Town 3–0 in the 2012–13 League Two Playoff Final.
Former sponsors JCT600 signed a three-year deal to become the club's main shirt sponsors once again after a seven-year absence. Coach Phil Parkinson signed a new three-year deal with the club, along with assistant Steve Parkin and Head of Sports Science Nick Allamby.
Parkinson took up one-year options on Jon McLaughlin, Gary Jones, Kyel Reid and Garry Thompson to keep them at the club for another season, while Andrew Davies signed a new two-year contract to stay with the Bantams. However, Steve Williams and Dean Overson were released after being deemed surplus to the club's requirements. Goalkeeper Matt Duke also left the Bantams to join League Two side Northampton Town, Duke stated that he loved his time at Bradford but at 36 years of age he is looking for more 1st team football. Parkinson announced that he had released winger Zavon Hines stating that the winger needed first team football and Bradford could not promise him that. The first signing of the season came as the Bantams announced that they had signed Rochdale midfielder Jason Kennedy on a 2 Year Deal. On the same day, young defender Carl McHugh also signed a 1 Year Extension to his contract after an impressive 2012–13 campaign. Another important player for the Bantams, Nathan Doyle, also signed a 1 Year Extension after impressing the coach and becoming a key figure in the Bradford side.
The second signing of the campaign came as Parkinson signed Watford winger Mark Yeates on a 2 Year Deal. Winger Will Atkinson left Bradford as he signed a 2 Year Deal with League Two side Southend United. During pre-season it was announced that trialist Raffaele De Vita had signed a 1 Year Deal with Bradford. Bradford announced that they had signed defender Matt Taylor from Charlton Athletic on a 2 Year Deal whilst Michael Nelson leaves City to join Scottish side Hibernian.
Pre-season and friendlies
The Bantams started their pre-season with a 4–0 win against Guiseley. Bradford opened the scoring early with Alan Connell before the game evened out a little. Finally in the 73rd minute Nahki Wells rounded a defender and the keeper to score. This opened the floodgates and Ricky Ravenhill scored City's 3rd before trial player Raffaele De Vita scored the goal of the game to finish the scoring.
The next part of the Bantams pre-season was a tour of Ireland. They started this tour with a 4–1 win against Athlone Town. The Irish opened the scoring as Bradford defender James Meredith scored an own goal in the 23rd minute, however this was short lived as last season's top scorer Nahki Wells drove a shot into the bottom corner to equalize. The Bantams took the lead 8 minutes later as Mark Yeates blasted a drive into the other bottom corner, this soon became a 3–1 lead to Bradford when Raffaele De Vita's cross was bundled into the net by Rory McArdle. Alan Connell rounded off the scoring by slotting home a shot to make it 4–1. The second game on the Irish tour saw the Bantams face Bohemians, City once again went behind however this time it wasn't an own goal but rather an opposition player heading the ball in. This 1–0 lead was soon rubbed out by an equalizer to Garry Thompson who headed home a Jason Kennedy cross. Just after halftime the Bradford side dominated and this dominance paid off as Michael Nelson scored to make it 2–1. Youngster Louis Swain also added a goal before the game was wrapped up by a goal from Nahki Wells to ensure the Bantams won 4–1.
Bradford came back to England to face Grimsby Town, it was a hard fought match and it took the Bantams until the 60th minute to score when James Hanson tapped in Garry Thompson's cross. Then Mark Yeates scored near the full-time whistle as he curled as free-kick into the bottom corner. Bradford won the game 2–0 and that meant they were unbeaten in 4 pre-season games. This run came to an end as the Bantams faced Championship side Doncaster Rovers at Valley Parade. The Rovers took the lead in the 23rd minute but Bradford bounced back as Garry Thompson charged down the goalkeepers kick and the ball rolled into the net. However Doncaster scored with 5 minutes to go to ensure that Bradford lost for the first time this pre-season. A young Bradford side lost 2–1 to Harrogate Town in the final pre-season match before facing Huddersfield Town. Harrogate took the lead after 5 minutes but pressure from the Bantams allowed them to equalize with a Nathan Curtis goal, however soon after Harrogate took a 2–1 lead which they kept hold of despite some good chances from City.
|Date||Opponents||H / A||Result
|13 July 2013||Guiseley||A||4–0||Connell 15', Wells 73', Ravenhill 79', De Vita 84'|
|16 July 2013||Athlone Town||A||4–1||Wells 31', Yeates 38', McArdle 40', Connell 82'|
|20 July 2013||Bohemian||A||4–1||Thompson 21', Nelson 45+1', Swain 48', Wells 78'|
|23 July 2013||Grimsby Town||A||2–0||Hanson 60', Yeates 86'|
|27 July 2013||Doncaster Rovers||H||1–2||Thompson 55'||2,850|
|30 July 2013||Harrogate Town||A||1–2||Curtis 36'|
|12 August 2013||Bradford Park Avenue||A||1-0||De Vita 14' (pen.)||395|
Bradford's League One campaign started with a 2–2 draw against Bristol City, after going behind last season's top scorer Nahki Wells equalized before Bristol scored their second. However Rory McArdle headed in a cross to make sure the Bantams got a point from the match. The Bantams first home game was a 4-0 win against Carlisle United, Bradford raced into a 3-0 lead after half an hour with Mark Yeates scoring a spectacular goal followed by goals from Nahki Wells and James Hanson before Gary Jones added a second half goal. Bradford's first loss of the season came against Port Vale as the Bantams went down 2-1, their only goal coming from in form striker Nahki Wells. Bradford bounced back from this defeat with an outstanding 2-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United with Wells scoring both of the Bantams goals. Bradford's last game of September was a 1-1 draw with Stevenage, the Bantams trailed earlier on due to a penalty but just after halftime Kyel Reid scored to equalize to ensure Bradford came away with a point.
September started great for Bradford as two James Hanson goals (followed by one each from Nahki Wells and Garry Thompson) ensured that they came away with a 4-0 win against Brentford. This performance was backed up by a 2-2 draw against Colchester United with Nahki Wells netting both times. A solitary goal from skipper Gary Jones was enough to secure a 1-0 win against Gillingham. The month ended on a high as Bradford beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 thanks to a late 90th-minute winner from James Hanson after Kyel Reid had nabbed an equalizer earlier on in the game, this win took the Bantams to 5th place in the league.
|3 August 2013||Bristol City||A||2-2||Wells 33', McArdle 84'||13,862||10th|
|10 August 2013||Carlisle United||H||4-0||Yeates 20', Wells 25', Hanson 29', Jones 67'||13,641||5th|
|17 August 2013||Port Vale||A||1-2||Wells 60'||6,552||9th|
|24 August 2013||Sheffield United||H||2-0||Wells (2) 45', 87'||18,041||6th|
|31 August 2013||Stevenage||A||1-1||Reid 48'||3,242||7th|
|7 September 2013||Brentford||H||4-0||Hanson (2) 41', 69', Wells 60', Thompson 64'||13,621||5th|
|14 September 2013||Colchester United||H||2-2||Wells (2) 15', 53'||13,570||7th|
|21 September 2013||Gillingham||A||1-0||Jones 9'||n/a||6th|
|28 September 2013||Shrewsbury Town||H||2-1||Reid 60', Hanson 90'||14,128||5th|
|5 October 2013||Walsall||A||2-0||Reid 45', Hanson 47'||5,364||4th|
|13 October 2013||Tranmere Rovers||H||0-1||14,674||4th|
|19 October 2013||Crawley Town||A||0-1||3,836||5th|
|22 October 2013||Preston North End||A||2-2||Hanson 5', McArdle 73'||11,485||5th|
|26 October 2013||Wolverhampton Wanderers||H||1-2||De Vita 14'||18,044||6th|
|2 November 2013||Crewe Alexandra||A||0-0||5,428||6th|
|17 November 2013||Coventry City||H||3-3||Wells (3) 17', 28', 90' (pen.)||14,322||7th|
|23 November 2013||Milton Keynes Dons||A||3-2||Wells 21', Reid 43', Kennedy 85'||8,970||6th|
|26 November 2013||Notts County||H||1-1||Yeates 69'||12,808||6th|
|1 December 2013||Oldham Athletic||A||1-1||Wells 21'||7,180||8th|
|14 December 2013||Leyton Orient||H||1-1||Wells 90'||14,292||7th|
|21 December 2013||Peterborough United||A||1-2||Gray 76'||6,597||9th|
|26 December 2013||Rotherham United||H||0-1||18,218||11th|
|29 December 2013||Swindon Town||H||1-1||McArdle 16'||13,461||10th|
|1 January 2014||Notts County||A||0-3||4,919||12th|
|11 January 2014||Bristol City||H||1-1||Hanson 1'||13,050||12th|
|18 January 2014||Sheffield United||A||2-2||Jones 56', Hanson 63'||18,794||13th|
|28 January 2014||Preston North End||H||0-0||13,686||12th|
|1 February 2014||Wolverhampton Wanderers||A||0-2||19,498||13th|
|8 February 2014||Crewe Alexandra||H||3-3||Hanson 58', Jones (2) 59', 84'||13,343||13th|
|11 February 2014||Carlisle United||A||0-1||3,267||13th|
|18 February 2014||Port Vale||H||1-0||McHugh 90'||12,106||11th|
|22 February 2014||Milton Keynes Dons||H||1-0||Hanson 72'||13,501||11th|
|1 March 2014||Stevenage||H||2-3||Reach 11', Hanson 42'||13,033||11th|
|8 March 2014||Brentford||A||0-2||8,063||13th|
|11 March 2014||Colchester United||A||2-0||Hanson 16', Bennett 56'||2,605||11th|
|15 March 2014||Gillingham||H||1-1||McLean 10'||13,089||12th|
|22 March 2014||Shrewsbury Town||A||1-2||Davies 79'||5,181||13th|
|25 March 2014||Walsall||H||0-2||12,165||15th|
|29 March 2014||Leyton Orient||A||1-0||McLean 27'||5,165||12th|
|1 April 2014||Coventry City||A||0-0||1,673||12th|
|5 April 2014||Oldham Athletic||H||2-3||Reach 36', Jones 90'||14,920||12th|
|11 April 2014||Rotherham United||A||0-0||9,228||12th|
|18 April 2014||Peterborough United||H||1-0||Reach 26'||13,820||13th|
|21 April 2014||Swindon Town||A||0-1||8,377||14th|
|26 April 2014||Crawley Town||H||2-1||McLean 49', Thompson 85'||13,247||13th|
|3 May 2014||Tranmere Rovers||A||2-1||Stead 81', McLean 87'||9,598||11th|
|10||Milton Keynes Dons||46||17||9||20||63||65||−2||60|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
City will enter the FA Cup at the First Round stage with the other League One and Two clubs. The draw was made in October and the Bantams were drawn against Rotherham United. Bradford lost 3-0 after Rotherham played some good football to take an early lead.
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result
|9 November 2013||Round 1||Rotherham United||A||0–3||7,667|
Bradford City were runners up in last years League Cup campaign however this time they failed to progress through the first round as Huddersfield Town beat them 2–1. Huddersfield went 2–0 up thanks to a brace from James Vaughan before Nahki Wells scored a consolation goal in the 15th minute.
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result
|6 August 2013||Round 1||Huddersfield Town||A||1–2||Wells 90'||11,630|
Football League Trophy
The Bantams were drawn against League Two side Hartlepool United for the First Round however they were knocked out as the League Two side hammered the Bantams 5-0 with ex Bradford players Jack Compton and Nialle Rodney among the scorers.
|Date||Round||Opponents||H / A||Result
|3 September 2013||Round 1||Hartlepool United||A||0-5||1,740|
|No.||Pos.||Name||League||FA Cup||League Cup||League Trophy||Total||Discipline|
|20||MF||Raffaele De Vita||6(14)||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||9(14)||1||1||0|
Statistics accurate as of 3 May 2014
|2 July 2013||MF||Jason Kennedy||Rochdale||Free|
|3 July 2013||MF||Mark Yeates||Watford||Free|
|30 July 2013||MF||Raffaele De Vita||Swindon Town||Free|
|1 August 2013||DF||Matt Taylor||Charlton Athletic||Free|
|28 September 2013||FW||Caleb Folan||T-Team||Free|
|13 October 2013||DF||Matthew Bates||Bristol City||Free|
|16 January 2014||FW||Aaron McLean||Hull City||Undisclosed Fee|
|10 January 2014||GK||Arron Jameson||Sheffield Wednesday||End of Season|
|10 January 2014||MF||Jordan Graham||Aston Villa||8 February 2014|
|23 January 2014||MF||Adam Reach||Middlesbrough||21 April 2014|
|24 January 2014||MF||Chris Atkinson||Huddersfield Town||End of Season|
|24 January 2014||MF||Kyle Bennett||Doncaster Rovers||End of Season|
|8 February 2014||DF||Matthew Dolan||Doncaster Rovers||End of Season|
|7 March 2014||DF||Adam Drury||Leeds United||End of Season|
|27 March 2014||FW||Jon Stead||Huddersfield Town||End of Season|
|24 January 2014||MF||Jason Kennedy||Rochdale||End of Season|
|28 May 2013||FW||Adam Baker||Released||Free|
|30 May 2013||DF||Steve Williams||Macclesfield Town||Free|
|30 May 2013||DF||Dean Overson||Released||Free|
|24 June 2013||GK||Matt Duke||Northampton Town||Free|
|1 July 2013||FW||Zavon Hines||Released||Free|
|4 July 2013||MF||Will Atkinson||Southend United||Free|
|1 August 2013||DF||Michael Nelson||Hibernian||Free|
|27 December 2013||FW||Caleb Folan||Released||Free|
|10 January 2014||FW||Nahki Wells||Huddersfield Town||£1.5 million + Add Ons|
|30 January 2014||FW||Alan Connell||Northampton Town||Free|
|30 January 2014||MF||Ricky Ravenhill||Northampton Town||Free|
|31 January 2014||DF||Luke Oliver||Released||Free|
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