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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No pace in that team. Guthrie and Donaldson should get a taxi up to odsal to play for BPA. Absolute shower of shite that.
— JamesD (@Jdarcy91) October 12, 2020
Donaldson looks okay. Novak on the other hand runs around like a headless chicken. Key issue is the midfield. No ball playing player. A jack Payne type. To slow build up, and careless passes.
— Zane Green (@AfricanZane) October 12, 2020
Fully deserved. Hope everybody is prepared to be in this division for years to come. Awful from back to front.
— Jay (@JayTeddy13) October 12, 2020
25 shots from an away side says it all . Shambles and embarrassing
— BarnsleyBantam (@jeager72) October 12, 2020
Can not believe how deep we are. Not good enough to play it out from so deep so everyone is just going to high press against us and we barely get to the half way line before losing possession. Fair play Harrogate they pressed and we can’t keep hold of the ball
— Mark Sugden (@sugden_mark) October 12, 2020
Club is rotten to the core. Just happy to plod on and go through the motions season after season. Awful #bcafc
— Richard Waterworth (@_RichWaterworth) October 12, 2020
Massive reality check for us. Yes they were miles better than us all over the pitch im actually gobsmacked at that effort or lack of it.
Been a bradford fan has been hard for a few years now…..
— Gav Mooreee (@GavMooreee) October 12, 2020
Utterly atrocious, where do we go now Stuart. Absolutely bossed by Harrogate which is completely unacceptable. A lot of questions at your feet now, the team is clearly not good enough which you state, is!!
— Craig Street (@cstreet80) October 12, 2020
Mccalls football is shocking as bad if not worse than bowyers. This team isnt good enough wheres the goals coming from. Outplayed by harrogate is the embarrassment of the season so far. Shambolic city
— Armsden (@Armsden1) October 12, 2020