The objective of the History Revisited series is to publish a series of complementary books that provide a definitive history of football and the origins of organised sport in Bradford, an authoritative reference to provide understanding of Bradford’s sporting heritage.
Each volume provides a different, original approach to the telling of the history. What the books have in common is a commitment to challenge what has been written by others previously, challenging the myths that have evolved and the superficial narratives. Quite literally they seek to revisit, and re-present the historical evidence.
To date there have been five volumes written between John Dewhirst and Jason McKeown.
- The first provides a history of Bradford City in objects through surviving relics and artefacts.
- The second tells the story of how Bradford City AFC was re-invented in the aftermath of the rebuilding of Valley Parade and the momentous events of the thirty years that followed.
- The third volume traces the origins of sport in Bradford and the emergence of the rivalry between Manningham FC (at Valley Parade) and Bradford FC (at Park Avenue).
- The fourth volume narrates their subsequent rivalry – first as Rugby Union clubs and then in the Northern Union – before conversion to soccer.
- The fifth volume looks at how the history of Manningham FC / Bradford City AFC has shaped the football club of today and what it stands for, demonstrating the extent to which it remains hostage to history.
We now have firm plans for at least another five volumes to be released during the next three years and are delighted to announce news of the next two, each of which is written by new authors and both of which will be published in 2019.
The first of those – the sixth volume – is written by Rob Grillo who examines the origins of association football in Bradford and specifically the amateur game.
The seventh volume is written by Aaron Bower, editor of the Bantams Heritage website and provides a statistical compilation of all the players to have represented Bradford City AFC and their pertinent records. In contrast to those statistical histories written about British clubs thirty years ago, Aaron promises a fresh approach in the presentation of the information. Release details will be confirmed shortly.
As with previous volumes in the series there will be an opportunity to subscribe for copies.
** The publication of Wool City Rivals / Fall from the Top has been deferred with the scope of the original title having been expanded. This will now include a wealth of new research findings, an updated history of each of the principal Bradford stadia as well as archive images.