The Bantams Season So Far . . . A View From The School

As part of our Free School Enrichment we have introduced a sports writing programme. This will help develop students literacy skills in an enjoyable environment whilst also using their interests to find out about different types of employment.

Part of the enrichment saw Chief Sports Writer for the Telegraph & Argus, Simon Parker come into school and give a talk on his experiences and also answer questions from the students.

Simon Parker delivers a question and answer session to One In A MIllion Free School Students

Students were tasked with writing a “Season so far . . .” review of Bradford City FC and also invited attend a match at Bradford City and write a match report from the Press box

The Season So Far . . .

This season, new owners Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic aim to take Bradford City to the championship. The business partners are among the first Germans to own a English Club and intend to concentrate more on youth players in order to make the team stronger from the bottom up.

The season began on two draws with Port Vale and Accrington Stanley, followed by three wins in a row. These, however, were followed by a string of draws, ending the first month at second place in the league.

Recently the Bantams had a busy transfer window, offloading two players: James Hanson was sold to Sheffield United and Felipe Morais was released. Five new players were then brought in; Matthew Penney, Charlie Wyke, Jacob Hansen, Alexander Jones and Kevin Toner, each bringing something special to the team.

Centre back Matthew Penny joins Bradford from Sheffield Wednesday, where he was a development squad player, and is on loan with the Bantams until the end of the season.  

Charlie Wyke, joining from Carlisle United in the English League, arrives with eighteen goals and a transfer fee of £250,000, the most expensive player in 17 years of Bradford City’s history.

Eighteen-year-old Jacob Hansen, also a development player, joined City from Huddersfield Town, who believe that this will be a beneficial move for the player.

Striker Alexander Jones, 22,  who began his career with West Bromwich Albion at the age of 12 and has joined from Birmingham City, signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Bradford City in January.

Kevin Toner is an Irish footballer who signed for Bradford City on loan from Aston Villa, where he made four appearances.  He has joined on loan until the end of the season.

As we approach the end of the season, it’s crucial for the Bantams to continue their great start. Fans are hoping that Bradford can keep their momentum, push for the playoffs, and reach for the championship next season.

Match Report to follow . . .

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