Bradford's Pursuit of Happiness
We unfortunates are mainly given to witnessing what we write about first-hand, but sometimes we simply have to give in and point readers in the direction of those who know best. In this case, the subject is Bradford City and the ten year affliction (and counting) that it has burdened its supporters with. How far we, fans of rival teams that have each enjoyed some semblance of success in the past decade, can empathise is an open question, so rather than patronise Bantams with sentiments of knowing what it’s like to be there etc, we think it’s best to go to a more authoritative source.
Boy From Brazil is without doubt that place. This week, after succumbing to a fourth consecutive defeat, blogger Jason McKeown can’t help but expose his enduring agony and frustration at events in West Yorkshire in his match report of yesterday’s loss at home to Port Vale. While Micky Adams’ side is described as a team that’s ready for a promotion race, Bradford appear leaderless, disunited and corrupted by fear and self-loathing. So much was predicted by fellow Boy From Brazil writer Michael Wood in his contribution to our League 2 Season Preview should his side have suffered a bad start.
In most cases, we unfortunates would opt to back the underdog which, in League 2’s case, would be a Torquay or a Lincoln. In this case, however, it would take a mean-spirit to wish any further melancholy on this sorry lot. It could be a long season for Bradford, but let’s hope for the health of their supporters that their poor start is but a minor bump in the pursuit of happiness.