The third volume, ROOM AT THE TOP by John Dewhirst tells the origins of professional football in Bradford and the nineteenth century rivalry of Manningham FC and Bradford FC that shaped their twentieth century relationship as members of the Football League.
It challenges a number of the superficial narratives that have been told previously about the rivalry of the two clubs and provides coverage of the origins of activities as diverse as cricket, gymnastics, rowing and cycling. It also tells the long forgotten military heritage of Manningham FC and Bradford FC and the story of how Valley Parade and Park Avenue were developed.
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Review below from the RL Journal #57 published Winter, 2016: