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The Bradford City Story: The Pain and the Glory

David Markham and Lindsay Sutton

Bradford City has had a rollercoaster existence over the past few years. Two long-awaited, high-profile seasons in the premiership. Two separate periods in administration. Too exhausting by far. This book not only gives the low-down on the realities behind the scenes, but it also reveals the stories behind the stories. The personalities, the clashes, the tensions, the differing opinions, the finacial facts.

The recent era when chairman Geoffrey Richmond pulled the strings is centre stage: nearly nine years of boom and eventual bust. Each of his managers, and the Rhodes family who funded his drive to the top, reveal what it was like to work with this driven man. Richmond, in turn, gives his first interview since he left the club, defending his decisions, his financial rewards, admitting his mistakes and passing judgement on those who served under him.

They pull no punches either. Frank Stapleton, Lennie Lawrence, Chris Kamara, Paul Jewell, Chris Hutchings, Terry Yorath and Jim Jeffries tell it as they saw it. Present chairman Julian Rhodes talks candidly about his family’s involvement with Geoffrey Richmond, and the multi-million pound legacy they have had to deal with.

The book also weaves together a season-by-season commentary covering every year since the club’s birth in 1903, alongside key player profiles. It is a must read for any inquisitive soccer fan.

 

 

 

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