Friends of Bradford City to sell scarves at Liverpool Friendly

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An Evening with The Bantams took place on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at Bradford City where the club launched the brand new white away strip for the upcoming season, as well as revealing commemorative half and half Bradford City/Liverpool scarves.

Friends of Bradford City will be selling these scarves at the upcoming Liverpool friendly fixture on Sun 14th July 2019. They will be available to purchase in the concourses of all stands as well as in the Suites.

Profits will go to the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation and Bradford City.

The club will also be selling special editions of ‘The Parader’ for the game. Find out more here.

Distance for Darbs

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Members of staff at Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City are readying themselves for a 65 mile walk across three days (July 26-28) to raise funds for The Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, a charity set up by former Whites defender Stephen Darby who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last year.

Beginning the hike at Bradford City’s home, the Northern Commercials Stadium, the walkers will head West across the Pennines and into Lancashire before eventually reaching their next milestone, the University of Bolton Stadium.

Taking two days to complete that particular stretch of the challenge, it will amount to approximately 14 hours’ worth of walking with a distance of 41 miles being covered.

Into the final day, the walkers will carry on their westward haul before eventually completing the ‘Distance for Darbs’ fundraiser by reaching Anfield, the famous home of Liverpool – Stephen Darby of course came through the ranks with The Reds, is a boyhood fan of the club and made seven first team appearances for the club after helping the Under-18s to back-to-back FA Youth Cup titles in 2006 and 2007.

Part two of the three-day walk will amount to approximately eight hours of walking – that’s 23.5 miles from the University of Bolton Stadium in Horwich to Anfield in Liverpool.

Darby made five appearances during the 2017/18 season for Wanderers, but between his spells with Liverpool and Bolton, the former right-back amassed 239 appearances for Bradford City during five seasons with the West Yorkshire club.

During this time, he helped them to promotion to Sky Bet League One, a League Cup Final appearance and an FA Cup run to the quarter-final under the guidance of current Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson.

Speaking about his own motivation to get involved in the ‘Distance for Darbs’ walk, Media & Communications Officer at the club Luke Gallagher said: “Having worked at Bradford City before joining Bolton, I have known Stephen for about seven years now and he was a huge part of Phil Parkinson and his team’s successful era at that football club.

“A committed player, Stephen is also one of the nicest people I have met during my time working in football and it came as no surprise to me that he wanted to turn negative news into a positive by setting up his own foundation to support people diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

“It only seemed right to get on board with supporting Stephen and his foundation by doing our collective bit to raise funds and so to involve all of his three clubs, we felt it would be a good idea and a great challenge to walk from Bradford to Liverpool, via Bolton.”

Plenty of money has already been raised for Stephen Darby’s newly formed foundation which will help to raise funds for the continued research behind Motor Neurone Disease.

Parkinson, his assistant Steve Parkin and Wanderers chief scout Tim Breacker recently completed a cross country cycle from Workington to Tynemouth and so far, have raised in excess of an incredible £20,000.

For more information, please contact Luke Gallagher on lgallagher@bwfc.co.uk.

To donate go to their Just Giving page.

FoBCFC donates almost £10,000 to City community projects!

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Friends of Bradford City in the last few weeks have donated almost £10,000 to City projects. The money has been split between Bradford City Women’s Football Club and Bradford City Community Foundation.

Bradford City Women's Football Club provides opportunities for women and girls of all ages to train and play football at the highest possible level in the English football leagues. They are one of the biggest women's football clubs in the area and welcome players of all ages and ability. The club is run by a willing band of unpaid volunteers.

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Bradford City F.C. Community Foundation was set up in 1988 by the PFA.  Their initial aim at that time was to promote BCFC in the community by increasing the fan base and awareness of the Club. The Community Foundation works within schools, but over the years has extended it's reach into the community working with groups and individuals of all ages, races, backgrounds, beliefs and abilities and is a well-liked organisation in the community.

These funds donated by Friends of Bradford City will go a long way and be spent within the wider Bradford City community on very worthwhile projects.

As always, Thank You for your support.

FOBCFC end the season with POTYA!

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The Friends of Bradford City hosted the Player of the Year Awards to end the 2017/18 season. The event which was hosted by Pulse 2 Commentator Jason Thornton & Bradford City Announcer Liam Scott brought supporters, sponsors, staff and players together and saw Matt Kilgallon walking away with the majority of the awards on the night.

The Bantams defender Matt Kilgallon won The Telegraph & Argus Player of the Year, JCT600 Player's Player of the Year, FOBCFC Player of the Year, The Telegraph & Argus Most Consistent, Shipley Bantams Player of the Year, East Bierley Bantams Player of the Year and White Abbey Supporters' Branch Player of the Year. 

Tyrell Robinson, who signed from Arsenal last summer also walked away with 2 awards, Pulse 2 Commentary Moment of the Year for his goal against Wigan Athletic and Supporters' Trust Under 23s' Player of the Year. Meanwhile City shot stopper Colin Doyle claimed Bingley Bantams Player of the Year and Romain Vincelot won Bradford City PFA Community Champion.

Other awards on the night included Bradford City Youth Team Player of the Year which went to goalkeeper George Sykes-Kenworthy, The Bradford City Supporters' Board Unsung Hero Award went to The Community Foundation volunteers, The Bradford City Disability Player of the Year was awarded to Steven Jowett and Bradford City Women's Team Unsung Hero was
Paul Scott.

On the evening Bradford City Joint Owner Stefan Rupp awarded Julie Stainthore and Jean Calvert for their work with the Junior Bantams with The Chairmans' Special Recognition Award.

Cake That Bradford raise money for Junior Bantams

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Cake That Bradford recently teamed up with Tony McMahon who chose to help raise money for Junior Bantams. 

Cake That Bradford raffled off an exclusive personally signed Bradford City shirt cake.

The prize was drawn over Christmas and the winning ticket number was 60. 

The raffle raised £131 for Junior Bantams.

Thank You to Cake That Bradford & Tony McMahon for their support of Junior Bantams.

For more details about Cake That Bradford: Cake That Bradford

Photography by Claire Epton.

Winners announced for Rochdale fixture

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Friends of Bradford City are the official match day sponsor for the fixture against Rochdale on Saturday 9th December 2017. We have a sponsor table in The Legends Suite on the day where guests will enjoy a 3 course dinner, pre-match entertainment, Q&A session with a Bradford City legend, present the man of the match after the game and so much more!

If you are a claret or amber member of Friends of Bradford City you were automatically entered into the draw.

Congratulations to Tony King, Peter Leskovac, Jeannette Parkin, Lynn Davison & Paula Thornham who have all won a pair of tickets each to join us in The Legends Suite! 

Bid for a signed Bradford City shirt with Wakefield Walking Football Club

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Wakefield Walking Football Club recently held a charity event to support 25 year old Wakefield sportsman Danny Pennington and his partner Judy Davis with fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Weston Park Cancer Charity in Sheffield, where Danny successfully underwent 6 months of regular chemotherapy treatment for a rare form of tumour on his left arm.

Danny and Judy themselves did a Coast to Coast Cycle Ride to raise funds. Bradford City have now kindly donated a signed shirt to be auctioned off to raise further funds for Weston Park Cancer Charity. 

The bidding has now CLOSED for this shirt.

Cake That Bradford team up with Tony McMahon & Junior Bantams

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Cake That Bradford have teamed up with Tony McMahon who has chosen to help raise money for Junior Bantams. Cake That Bradford are raffling off an exclusive personally signed Bradford City shirt cake.

Raffle Tickets are just £1 each and can be purchased through Helen Broome, Friends of Bradford City, Junior Bantams and the 1911 reception at Valley Parade.

The prize will be drawn at the Boxing Day match and the winner can choose their preferred date for the cake to be made.

For more details: Cake That Bradford
Photography by Claire Epton.

FoBCFC launch new away scarf

Get your FoBCFC away scarf to go with the classy away kit for this season!

FoBCFC today launched the new scarf for the season.  As we already have the classic bar scarf within our range it seemed like a great time to launch an away scarf to match this season’s eye-catching away strip.  Get yours today for just £10.00 in our shop.  Remember ALL our profits go back to the Club and its’ affiliates as our committee is made up of 100% volunteers.