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THOMAS GADD'S BEST SNAPS OF 2014-15

12 June 2015

We caught up with the club's official photographer Thomas Gadd, and he revealed the best 15 photos that he took during a memorable 2014-15 season, for a one off website feature. Thomas claimed the images are in no particular order, he then took us through why he chose the images and described them in his own words. 

Read on for an interesting piece...


Billy Knott vs Leeds United




best goal that I saw all season.''Having gone 1-0 down in the 82nd minute against our local rivals, I think most including myself thought the game was going the same way as our last meetings with Leeds…….a loss. But our lads didn’t want to stick to the script! In the 84th minute the ball was cleared from a corner to Billy on the edge of the box with no one around him. After controlling and setting it onto his left foot, he hit it. It was an absolute screamer into the top right corner. It has got to be the 



James Hanson Celebration vs Leeds United




'Having equalised we were now on the front foot and within 4 minutes of what we all thought was Leeds’ winner, James Hanson scored the winning goal. The ball was whipped into the 6 yard box by Gary Liddle where Big Jim had slipped his marker and did what he does best, beating the keeper with a quality header. Looking as unfazed as ever Hanson celebrated in front of a packed Kop with a disappointed Taylor slumped on the floor realising what had just happened. After over 9 minutes of nerve wracking added time, Bradford City had finally beaten Leeds.'



Phil Parkinson vs Port Vale




'As fans, there is no better feeling than knowing the management and players are committed and passionate about the club. Phil Parkinson definitely isn’t lacking in passion for Bradford City after leading us through some of our best years in the last decade. This photograph shows his passion and how much it means to him.'



Stephen Darby vs Swindon




'Again passion and commitment means a lot to a football fan and Darby definitely isn’t lacking in either of these. After getting into nose bleed territory (the oppositions 18 yard box) this photograph shows his frustration at missing a chance to level the game for The Bantams.'



Scarf Parade vs Reading




'As the players came out I didn’t know what to expect from the Scarf Parade. ‘Take me home Midland Road’ was being chanted from all parts of the ground and to be on the pitch in front of the Kop made the hairs on my neck stand up and will be something I never forget. The sea of Claret and Amber scarves made for some great photographs and this is one of my favourites.'



Celebrations in front of the Shed End vs Chelsea




'This is probably one of my favourite ever photographs and probably will be for a long time to come. It was the moment it all became real. My team had just gone 4-2 up against Chelsea and I was lucky enough to be pitch side. There is so much emotion in the photograph and it really tells a story. The man on the left cuddling the steward makes me laugh every time I see it.'



Filipe Morais vs Halifax




'When this was scored who would have thought it was the start of a journey to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals. When Halifax scored in the 3rd minute you would have been excused for thinking Bradford would be making an early exit out of the cup. It took until the 50th minute for City to respond with a goal from Stead, closely followed up with a winner from Morais.'


Mark Yeates vs Preston North End




'Mark Yeates' winner made Bradford City the first team to beat Preston at home in the league since 21st December 2013. Bradford City fans were in fine voice as ever against Preston and kept going even when Preston had equalised. Within 60 seconds they were rewarded with a goal after a curling effort from Yeates.'



Defensive Duo




'McArdle and Davies share a joke leaving the field after keeping a clean sheet and picking up another 3 points.'



Andy Halliday Celebration vs Chelsea

 




'Being 2-0 to the best team in the country could be forgiven and we were going to enjoy our day out anyway. But as Stead scored 4 minutes before half time, my thought pattern was can we scramble a draw and take them back to Valley Parade. Morais’ goal sent the Bradford City following wild… could we still cling on to a draw. But at Bradford City things are not done by halves. Good build up play led to the ball being with Stead just outside the 6 yard box who laid it off to an incoming Andy Halliday, who buried the ball into the left hand side of the goal. He ran off celebrating with a knee slide with his hands over his face followed by Mark Yeates.'


Mark Yeates Celebration vs Chelsea




'Going 3-2 up hadn’t really sunk in and I was still thinking the worst thing that could happen was we would have to play Chelsea at home…. hardly a punishment. At this stage of the game we were well on top playing some great football, playing Chelsea at their own game. After a good run down the left from Yeates he found Stead in the box. Stead managed to sneak a ball through to an overlapping Mark Yeates who calmly finished after being one on one with Petr Cech. In this Photograph I love the joy on the face of Yeates in contrast to the disappointment ofthe Chelsea players.'


Captain Darby in front of Tifo Display




'Like the Scarf Parade I didn’t know what to expect from the Tifo display. As the players came out the Kop proudly held their cards in the air, it looked amazing. This picture was made by Darby doing his pre match air header as he breaks from the handshakes.'


Celebrations after Chelsea




'The win at Chelsea was probably one of the best FA Cup moments in history. The photograph, randomly taken of Halliday jumping around with a City scarf, shows the joy and emotion after the game. There was that much going on it was really hard to capture everything. To be in between the players and 6000 city fans was an unbelievable moment especially as a Bradford City fan. The lads were buzzing and there was a real party atmosphere.'



Flag




'The flag in the back of the Kop. An emotional last day of the season remembering the 56 fans that lost their lives 30 years ago.'


Darby and Parkinson




'Fans showing their appreciation to captain and manager after a season that will never be forgotten.'




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