‘Rotten to the core’, ‘Atrocious’ – Many Bradford fans react to humbling Harrogate defeat

On the first weekend of December 2017, Bradford City beat Plymouth Argyle to keep the pressure on the leaders in League One.

Under Stuart McCall, they looked likely to challenge for a place in the Championship at long last. On the same weekend, Harrogate were beaten 3-2 by FC United of Manchester in the National League North, leaving them playing catch-up in an unlikely promotion bid.

Just 20 miles separate the two, but on that cold weekend a little over three years ago, there may as well have been a thousand miles. Last night, at Valley Parade, The chasm was finally closed, with Simon Weaver’s side recording a big, big win.

Lloyd Kerry’s late strike from Jack Muldoon’s delicious ball in the 74th minute, giving them a big win over the Bantams. It also lifted them to eighth in the table, three points and eight places ahead of Stuart McCall’s men.

It wasn’t a backs-against-the-wall battle either; the visitors registered 25 efforts at goal, compared to nine from the home side. It was a game they fully deserved to win, something Bradford supporters are not happy about one bit.

Crowds might not be in the grounds, but had they been last night might have been a breaking point for Bantams fans. They have already been beaten 5-0 at home this season by Lincoln City, but losing to Harrogate would surely have seen them booed from the pitch. Instead, the ground was silent when the final whistle went, but the disdain and anger poured out on social media in the hours afterwards, as you’ll see below.


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