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CITY FANS BRAVE THE WEATHER TO 'PLAY IT LIKE A PRO'

24 May 2014

A number of City supporters braved the rainy conditions this Saturday to take part in the third-ever 'Play It Like A Pro' fundraising game at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Heavy rain showers during the day had briefly threatened to dampened the fun at Valley Parade but the special fixture between 'Bradford City' and 'The Bantams' still went ahead as planned - much to the joy of those involved.


The fixture itself between the two teams of 'Bradford City' and 'The Bantams' ended 2-1 in favour of the 'away' Bantams team after ninety minutes of entertainment for both sides. 


Luke O'Brien - City's Player of the Year from 2009 - gave the Bradford City side the half time lead with a fine strike from distance but well-taken second period goals from Colin Fieldhouse and Tim Hird eventually won the game for The Bantams.


Despite the wet conditions, the game still was another great success for the club and fans alike as twenty-eight supporters got the chance to live out their dreams at Valley Parade.


The two sides were managed on the day by legendary former City defender Wayne Jacobs and ex-Premiership centre half Ken Monkou, who played for the likes of Chelsea and Southampton during a fifteen-year playing career.


As well as the appearance of Jacobs, Monkou and O'Brien, youth coach Lee Elam - once of Morecambe, Exeter City and Halifax Town - also took part in the game as a player.


On a rain-soaked afternoon at Valley Parade, the game, as you might expect, featured numerous goal-scoring chances and substitutes in it as every participant tried to get the most out of the unique event.


Small puddles of rain water on the pitch did make it hard for the players at times as the ball didn't roll true on occasions but those involved still looked to get their money's worth from the day.


The game was organised to raise funds for the club's youth department, with supporters paying for the privilege to play in the game and spectators asked, if possible, to make a donation into one of the collection buckets around the ground.


As well as getting to play on the hallowed turf at Valley Parade, supporters who paid to take part in the 'Play It Like A Pro' fixture were given the full works on their special day.


Before the game, they were treated to a pre-match meal and an opportunity to go through a full warm-up on the pitch. The participants of the game also got the chance to play in the match in their own specialised shirt with their names printed on the back.


The scoreboard and sound-systems were also in use at Valley Parade to give the game that all the more realistic feel to it for the players involved.


'Bradford City'
Manager Wayne Jacobs

1. Eliot Broome
2. Andrew Richardson
3. Luke O'Brien
4. John Egglestone
5. Matt Steer
6. Mark Teale
7. Dean Fearnley
8. Stephen Rawnsley
9. Ben Padgett
10. Paul Stevens
15. Alan Tumelty
17. Jordan Green
18. Luke Hirst (c)
19. Sean Rodgers
21. Dave Town

'The Bantams'
Manager: Ken Monkou

1. Anthony Spencer
2. Tim Hird
4. Jamie Twite
5. Alan Tranter
6. Nicky Betteridge
7. James Storrie
8. Danny Midgeley
9. Billy Bingham
10. Glen Pearson (c)
11. Lee Elam
14. Brannan Lawn
15. Ben Pickles
16. Rob Owlett
18. Colin Fieldhouse
20. Luke Gallagher

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