Parkinson: Bradford players should be honoured

Phil Parkinson

Phil Parkinson

First published in Football League

Phil Parkinson believes his Bradford players deserve to be honoured in the same way as the club's 1911 FA Cup winning-side after reaching the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

The npower League Two outfit claimed a third Barclays Premier League scalp in the competition when they defeated Aston Villa 4-3 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 2-1 at Villa Park last night.

Striker James Hanson, who was stacking shelves in a supermarket only three years ago, scored the decisive second-leg goal to set up a final meeting with either Swansea or Chelsea.

Bradford are only the second fourth-tier club to reach the final of the competition after Rochdale in 1962 and will face the winners of tonight's semi-final between Swansea and Chelsea.

Parkinson, who started his playing career as a trainee at Saints in the mid 1980s, said: "These lads will be remembered in the history of Bradford City for years to come.

"There's a 1911 lounge at the club to celebrate the cup victory of that year.

"Well, in years to come, there will be a lounge named after this cup run and these players because of what they've achieved."

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11:52am Wed 23 Jan 13

upwherewebelong says...

If I was a Bradford fan i'd be annoyed that they are 10th in league 2 and only seem to care about the league cup. I hope the FA make it clear that league 2 teams WILL NOT be allowed to compete in Europe. I also hope the Premier League and Championship teams treat this as a wake up call and never allow this to happen again
If I was a Bradford fan i'd be annoyed that they are 10th in league 2 and only seem to care about the league cup. I hope the FA make it clear that league 2 teams WILL NOT be allowed to compete in Europe. I also hope the Premier League and Championship teams treat this as a wake up call and never allow this to happen again upwherewebelong
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