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LEAGUE ONE INSIGHT: Bradford City

15 June 2015

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the 23 other teams in Sky Bet League One this season.

Bradford City

Nickname: 
The Bantams

Founded: 
1903

Ground: 
Coral Windows Stadium

Capacity: 
25,136

League position last season: 
7th - Sky Bet League One

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Billy Clarke (14)

Manager: 
Phil Parkinson - The 47-year-old will embark on his fourth season with the Bantams this season after taking over in August 2011. 

After helping the club survive in Sky Bet League Two in his first season in charge, his second season will live long in the memories of every Bradford City supporter.

He guided the club to seventh in the table, gaining promotion to Sky Bet League One after victory over Northampton Town in the play-off final.

However, he will be remembered for guiding the club to the League Cup final, memorably beating Arsenal and Aston Villa on the way to the final before being defeated by Swansea City.

After consolidation in the division in 2013/14, Bradford finished the 2014/15 season in 7th position, one place outside the play-off positions.

Again, however, it was their cup exploits which will be remembered last season as they knocked Chelsea and Sunderland out of the FA Cup as they reached the quarter final of the competition.

Parkinson's men were finally knocked out of the competition by Reading in the quarter final replay.

A professional player with Reading for more than ten years, Parkinson will be hoping to go one step better this season and mount a promotion campaign with his Bradford City side.

Key player:
Gary Liddle - The 29-year-old holding midfield player has been a consistent performer for the Bantams this season after signing permanently for the club from Notts County.

After 250 games for Hartlepool United in League One, the defender moved to Nottingham in 2012 where he contributed four goals in a two year spell. 

Liddle was an instrumental figure in Bradford's FA Cup run last season and will look to continue that form into this season.

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics have played Bradford City 102 times in all competitions, winning 40 and losing 31.

Latics faced the Bantams three times last season, winning two at home, once in the league and once in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and losing away from home. 

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 14/1
Promotion: 9/2
Relegation: 12/1

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