VOTE FOR YOUR GOAL OF THE SEASON 2015-16!
It’s that time of year again, where it is in your hands to choose which of City’s goals throughout the 2015-16 campaign has been the best. It has been a good campaign for Phil Parkinson and his team who reached the end of season play-offs before ultimately falling to defeat against Millwall.
It’s been a real rollercoaster ride over the last nine months or so and there has been some great goals scored along the way. We have whittled all the goals down to 12 that we think stand out from the rest – it’s now down to you to decide the winner.
Here are your twelve options:
GOAL A | Josh Morris vs Swindon Town (A)
A warm summer afternoon began so promisingly for The Bantams going away to a side who were beaten play-off finalists the season before. Just for minutes in Josh Morris have City the lead with a superb first time strike into the top corner from outside the box after being teed up by Tony McMahon. City went on to lose the game convincingly but it was a blistering strike to open up the 2015-16 season.
GOAL B | Christopher Routis vs York City (A)
Just a few days after the opening day defeat at Swindon Town, City made the short hop to face League Two side York City in the 1st round of the Capital One Cup. The Bantams gained the lead midway through the first half and the goal came through Christopher Routis; latching onto Alan Sheehan’s free kick from wide, the Frenchman showed superb technique to acrobatically volley the ball across goal and into the far corner past York ‘keeper Scott Flinders.
GOAL C | Greg Leigh vs Aldershot Town (H)
Recently recognised by BBC Sport as one of eight contenders for the FA Cup Goal of the Season, Greg’s strike against Aldershot Town in the FA Cup 2nd Round Replay certainly had a touch of class about it. Billy Knott picked out the marauding full back excellently with a raking cross-field pass and the Leigh’s immaculate first touch took him past the Town right back and then with his second touch, he chipped Phil Smith to cap an excellent move.
GOAL D | Greg Leigh vs Scunthorpe United (A)
Still brimming with confidence after his wonderful goal against Aldershot Town in the FA Cup just three days earlier, he continued to impress with another fine goal. Following the breakdown of a Scunthorpe corner down at one end, City counter-attacked with pace and menace and Billy Clarke’s perfectly weighted pass found Leigh who hammered a low shot past Luke Daniels from a tight angle to give Phil Parkinson’s side an unassailable lead in the game. A superb team goal.
GOAL E | Lee Evans vs Walsall (A)
A goal which proved to be a timely example of the great technique that Wolves loanee Lee Evans has in his locker, it was one which got City back on level terms at promotion chasing Walsall. Billy Clarke beat James O’Connor in the air to head the ball on into the path of Evans who perfectly executed a volley on the full from 20 yards, which nestled into the bottom corner.
GOAL F | Kyel Reid vs Peterborough United (A)
During City’s heaviest away victory of the season, Kyel Reid found the net in superb style. Lee Evans’ long throw-in into the box fell to Reid, but the winger was patient enough to create a clear shooting opportunity for himself before lashing a powerful, low drive past Ben Alnwick and into the far corner from 15 yards out. The Bantams went on to record an emphatic 4-0 victory at London Road.
GOAL G | James Hanson vs Peterborough United (A)
Shortly after Reid’s goal at Peterborough, James Hanson scored his second of the game to put City three goals to the good. James Meredith floated a teasing cross into the box from the left hand side and it was an inviting opportunity for James Hanson who rose above Gabriel Zakuani to power a brilliant header into the top corner via the inside of the post to leave Ben Alnwick rooted to the spot.
GOAL H | Tony McMahon vs Southend United (H)
Tony McMahon was involved in more Bradford City goals this season than any other player, with 6 goals and 17 assists. The most memorable of his goals came on a Tuesday night in March in a re-arranged game against Phil Brown’s Southend United. Setting his sights from 25 yards out, McMahon curled a brilliant free kick over the wall and into the back of the net to give City a first half lead.
GOAL I | Kyel Reid vs Blackpool (A)
As many as 3,000 fans travelled to the Fylde Coast in anticipation of another away victory for The Bantams. The conditions were tough and the playing surface was difficult and at times it looked like City wouldn’t leave Bloomfield Road with three points. The goal came early in the second half through Kyel Reid; Stephen Darby made a darting run towards the edge of the area and he teed up Reid who lashed a shot across goal and into the bottom corner.
GOAL J | Kyel Reid vs Burton Albion (H)
Arguably City’s best home performance of the season against table topping Burton Albion, The Bantams went on to record a 2-0 win against a side who were ultimately promoted to the Championship. Kyel Reid continued a decent run of scoring form with a rocket of a first time shot past former teammate Jon McLaughlin from a tight angle after latching onto Billy Clarke’s pass.
GOAL K | Lee Evans vs Southend United (A)
A win for City in Essex would confirm a place in the League One play-offs and it was a task that was duly carried out by Phil Parkinson’s side. James Meredith did well to read Piotr Malarczyk’s hopeful pass out from the back and he found Lee Evans who moved into a pocket of space before curling a precise 25 shot past Ted Smith and into the bottom corner.
GOAL L | Lee Evans vs Chesterfield (H)
The third Lee Evans goal on this list of 12, Evans found the net in some style during City’s final regular league game of the 2015-16 season. Tony McMahon saw a shot blocked on the edge of the area and it deflected into the path of the Wolves loanee who rocketed a volley into the back of the net with his weaker left foot, despite the best efforts of Spireites stopper Tommy Lee to keep it out.
Watch all 12 of the nominees below: