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Bradford City Football Club
Valley Parade
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Bradford City was formed in 1903. However, to find the true beginnings of the club, one has to look at Manningham Rugby Club, established in 1880. In 1895 Manningham became one of the leading founders of the new breakaway code Rugby League, winning the first championship played under the new code. After this, however, the club's fortunes went into a decline. With finances in a precarious situation, the club began to look at the idea of housing a football team on the Valley Parade ground. The idea attracted a lot of interest and support from other Football League teams in the area, and in 1903 Bradford City was born. Amazingly they signed a completely new team and were admitted to the Football League without playing a match. The team could still have been wound up by members of the Rugby team, who voted instead to continue with the new sport.

Bradford found their feet quickly in the Football League Second Division, winning the division and gaining promotion to Division One in 1908. In 1911 the team tasted FA Cup glory, beating Newcastle in the final, following a replay. The team dropped out of top flight in the early 1920's, however, returning only for a brief spell in 1999.


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