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Tournament victory for supporters

24 June 2013

It may have been Phil Parkinson's men who were tasting the champagne last month to crown the club's promotion into League 1, but a section of City's fans have also had something to celebrate about recently on the football field!

Earlier this month, a Bradford City supporters' team overcame the challenge of a number of other fan-created sides from Premier League and Football League clubs to win the Internet Football Association's 'Big Tam' Vets tournament.

The 'Big Tam' Vets tournament, which this year was held at the University of Weetwood playing fields in Leeds, is an annual over-35's competition set up as part of the Internet Football Association's main WorldNET event.

The IFA - Internet Football Association - was created in the mid-1990's to promote good relations among football fans around the world by giving them a platform to keep in touch with each other and share stories via the internet.

Both WorldNET and 'Big Tam' Vets tournaments give a chance for supporters groups from across the country and beyond to meet up and play each other in competitive football matches.

The 'Big Tam' Vets tournaments is named in memory of one of the early tournament organisers, Neil Love.

City's current group of winners - named Bradford Internet Bantams - have been playing in the tournament since 1997, winning it three times and finishing as runners-up twice.

After drawing with Watford, Aberdeen and FC Halifax Town in this year's group stages, City's team defeated Arsenal, Leicester City, Everton, Stockport County in the knock-out section before eventually beating FC Halifax in the final on penalties.

Supporters can find out more information about the Internet Football Association and the 'Big Tam' Vets tournament by clicking on the links below.

Internet Football Association

‘Big Tam’ Vets tournament

The manager of City's supporter side in the 'Big Tam' Vets tournament, Matthew Steer, would like to place on record his thanks to the Bantams' kit man Graham (John) Duckworth for lending the group some old club kit to use in the event.

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