“Rather than paraphrasing their recollections, he just lets people speak. It makes for quite a wordy read but a fascinating one.
“There is a better sense of immediacy because the quotes flow….Hindsight is obviously used to place each game within a specific era but it is not overplayed. This feels like genuine memories from those involved not hurried re-writes taken from the Internet…There are so many more anecdotes; little nuggets from so many sources that fill in the blanks.
“The Bradford City story post-1985 may be a familiar one but this version is told in a refreshing way.”
“The book is passionately written and each chapter beautifully evokes a period in time as the club punches above it weight, sinks to the canvas (more than once) before landing a knockout blow or two and, hopefully, continues building another age of Bantam Progressivism. McKeown captures the various moods perfectly and this book will be treasured by City fans of all ages.”
About the book
Few football clubs have experienced a more dramatic modern history than Bradford City. After emerging from the trauma of the 1985 Valley Parade fire, the Bantams have taken their loyal supporters on a rollercoaster ride up and down the divisions; tasting the bright lights of the Premier League and then treading down the dark path towards financial ruin. Now they’re fighting back again. Climbing back up from the canvas, and dishing out a bloody nose or two to the game’s elite.
Writer Jason McKeown has chosen 12 of the biggest Bradford City matches, from the past 30 years, to tell the story of the glorious and turbulent modern history of the club. Interviewing many of the key figures along the way, including Stuart McCall and Phil Parkinson, this is the definitive account of how Bradford City has continued to reinvent itself to its public.
REINVENTING BRADFORD CITY includes:
- The barely told story of City’s short-lived spell playing at Odsal, following the fire
- The Nearly Season: the sparkling football, the agony and THAT fall out
- The rebirth of Bradford City under Geoffrey Richmond, via a barmy night out in Blackpool
- The rise to the top, and Premier League football, following a stellar promotion season
- The damning consequences of six weeks of madness, and how it left City fighting for their own survival
- The re-emergence of Bradford City under Phil Parkinson, and the inside story of the epic cup runs of 2013 and 2015
In addition to Stuart McCall and Phil Parkinson, REINVENTING BRADFORD CITY also includes interviews with the likes of James Hanson, Andrew Davies, Terry Dolan, Mark Ellis, Jamie Lawrence, Michael Flynn, Lee Duxbury, Julian Rhodes, David Baldwin, James Mason and Simon Parker.