“City of Sinners” by A.A. Dhand. (Harry Virdee #03)

I zipped through this, the third Harry Virdee novel, in just a matter of days. Around two and a half, I think. And, at 0232 hours this morning, I came to the end of this whirlwind paced, adrenaline fuelled, terrific bobby-dazzler of a read. For such a clean cut, well presented, eloquent and charming chap,…

“Streets of Darkness” by A.A. Dhand. (Harry Virdee #01)

Young Mr. Dhand has a lot to answer for in my view. It is (almost) exclusively down to him that I have been distracted from my own shabby attempts at writing and, instead, have been absorbed in the world he has created in his debut novel. Despite being born abroad and spending my early years…

#TeamTwenty

When Saturday comes and the sun burns high From up in a pale blue Yorkshire sky. We leave our house, we lock our door Heading to that place where ‘oft before We’ve cheered and laughed, we’ve sworn and cried And played our part in the magic inside That place of steel and concrete, of wood…

Waddle was a Bantam.

***THIS PIECE WAS PROMPTED BY AN EXERCISE FROM MY CREATIVE WRITING CLASS. WE HAD TO USE SEVERAL RANDOM PHRASES AND WORDS TO INSPIRE US TO WRITE A PIECE. MY PHRASES AND WORDS FELL KINDLY FOR ME AND BROUGHT A DAY FROM TWENTY YEARS AGO BACK TO MY MIND.** Saturdays in January are very special for…

MOONEY MAGIC WORKS AGAIN

(My match reports from our Premiership days – 1999-2000) Match 03 – Premier League – August 21st 1999 Watford 1 (Mooney 71) Bradford 0 This was a revenge mission for Paul Jewell. The Bradford City boss was playing for the Bantams when they crashed 7-2 to Watford in December 1989; although the scoreline was not…

LATE BEAGRIE PENALTY RESCUES POINT FOR CITY

(My match reports from our Premiership days – 1999-2000) Match 02 – Premier League – August 14th 1999 Bradford 1 (Beagrie 89 pen) Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Dreyer 39 OG) A last minute Peter Beagrie penalty against Sheffield Wednesday gave Bradford a point in their first Premiership match at Valley Parade. City, still unbeaten, showed determination…

SAUNDERS IS LAST MINUTE HERO

(My match reports from our Premiership days – 1999-2000) Match 01 – Premier League – August 7th 1999 Middlesbrough 0 Bradford City 1 (Saunders 89) If Bradford City’s previous season was like a fairytale for their fans and management, then their first ever Premiership fixture – and first game in the top flight for 77 years…

Day 230 – 365

 Day 230 – 365 / August 18th 2015 Valley Parade features, yet again, in another “365 Project” image. Here we see the Bradford City team moments before kick off against Gillingham in the second league match at Valley Parade this season. Seven minutes later James Hanson put us 1-0 up with his first league goal of the…

Day 228 – 365

 Day 228 – 365 / August 16th 2015 We were pleased to be able to collect the scarves from the weavers in time for Saturday’s first home game of the season. The folk who had kindly reserved the scarves and turned up to collect them seemed very pleased with them. That was especially gratifying as, with any…

Day 219 – 365

 Day 219 – 365 / August 7th 2015 Bethany, my daughter, moves into her apartment today with Liam. In preparation for her moving out, I have taken all my football shirts from my crowded wardrobe in readiness for moving them into her, soon to be vacated, wardrobe. These are a selection of my shirts; I have rather…

The Parader – a #bcafc logo or not a logo?

I have made a few tweaks and amendments to the logo I was asked to design for “The Parader”,  the Bradford City AFC programme, for this coming season. I do not know if it is going to be used but it was on the cover of the programme for the recent pre-season friendly against Carlisle…

Day 150 – 365

 Day 150 – 365 / May 30th 2015 Graphics on the wall of “The Record Cafe” in Bradford. It’s strapline is “Vinyl. Ale. Ham”. Three rather fie words I think. A bar, record shop and charcuterie combined in one fine establishment. Only in Bradford.