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CITY'S GOODISON PARK ADVENTURE

19 January 2015

The Bantams take on Premier League giants Chelsea this Saturday (24 January 2015) at Stamford Bridge in the F.A Cup Fourth Round.

Almost eighteen years ago to the very day, Chris Kamara's Bradford City were travelling to Goodison Park to take on another Premiership household name, Everton, also in a fourth round encounter.

With a side containing the likes of Chris Waddle, Mark Schwarzer and Andy O'Brien, City, who had just been promoted to what is now the Championship the previous season, were looking to upset the odds on Merseyside.

Everton, who had won the F.A Cup as recently as just under two years previously at that point, were able to name a team including Duncan Ferguson, Neville Southall, Gary Speed, Andrei Kanchelskis and Nick Barmby.

Despite expectations of an easy home victory, it was City who actually took the lead following a goalless first period.

After scoring twice to help City past Wycombe Wanderers in the third round, John Dreyer fired the Bantams into a shock lead when he sent a half-volley crashing into the top corner past a stunned Southall from the edge of the box.

Better was to come for City, however, when Waddle latched onto a loose pass from Kanchelskis to double the Bantams' lead barely minutes later when he superbly lobbed Southall with an amazing first time effort from all of 40 yards out.

Everton hit back quickly when O'Brien unfortunately scrambled the ball into his own goal but the Bantams restored their two-goal advantage shortly afterwards when Waddle, who had also played a hand in Dreyer's opener, played Swedish striker Robert Steiner through on goal.

Steiner showed tremendous composure to slot the ball past Southall to make it 3-1 to the Bantams just under the hour mark.

City maintained that advantage until injury time in the tie when an attempted Speed cross dropped over Schwarzer's head and into the far top corner.

That gave Everton renewed hope for one final push but City hung on to claim a famous victory.

Kamara's Bantams would lose at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the next round to end their interest in the F.A Cup for another season but no City fan at Goodison Park that day will forget their Everton adventure in a hurry.

Everton: Southall; Barrett, Watson, Short, Phelan (58 Grant); Kanchelskis, Parkinson, Stuart, Speed; Barmby, Ferguson.
Booked: Stuart, Speed.
Subs Not Used: Gerrard, Unsworth

Bradford City: Schwarzer, Sas, Jacobs, Dreyer, Mohan, O'Brien, Waddle, Duxbury, Steiner, Kiwomya (Stallard 46), Hamilton (Liburd 46).
Subs Not Used: Pinto.  Booked: Steiner



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