Bradford City exorcise Wembley ghosts to reach League One

Bradford City will be playing in the third tier of English football next season.

The Bantams were back at Wembley for the second time this term on Saturday, having previously been thumped 5-0 by Swansea City in the February League Cup final. This time, it was the League Two playoff final, with Northampton Town the opposition.

Goals from James Hanson, Rory McArdle and Nahki Wells gave City a comfortable 3-0 win against the Cobblers, and after the match, manager Phil Parkinson revealed this, rather than the League Cup trophy, was always the priority for him and his players.

“This is more important (than the League Cup final) because obviously it determines the future of the club,” he told Sky Sports. “The League Cup – it was great to get to the final with the revenue it brought in, but this is what it is all about.

“This is the bread and butter and to get this club back in the first division is a dream for us all and now we can enjoy it, enjoy the summer and prepare for next year. This was our 64th game of the season, enormous credit goes to the lads, they have been outstanding and if any group of supporters deserve success, it’s the Bradford fans.”


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