Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Bantams win lifts the city
"I'm still hoarse from shouting, and I was only watching on TV," Galloway said. "And I bet there were thousands of others who are similarly speechless. What a victory! The first time a team from the fourth tier has gone to Wembley in what we used to call the League Cup final. Absolutely remarkable, and the team was assembled for the cost of what a Premier League player would turn up his nose at as a day's wage. It's a tribute to the players, manager Phil Parkinson and the management of this great club.
"Whatever the result there has to be a civic reception for the squad and the management. I noted what co-chairman Mark Lawn said after the first-leg result, that the local council hadn't even sent a message of support. This has to be different. Dave Green and the ruling administration need to say clear and loud that the city is going to officially fete these heroes. I've contacted the other local MPs to suggest that we club together to have a parliamentary reception for them and I hope, and trust, this will come to pass."
Galloway added that the win, against all odds and predictions, had reverberated round the world. "Anyone with even a passing interest in sport will have noted this and the fact that Bradford has been put back on the map because of it. What we need now is a massive push to bring jobs and investment to the city, given the latest dire unemployment figures. Dave Green has been threatening to wear a 'Blame Dave' teeshirt. He needs to put on a Bantams top and get out there selling the message that Bradford people are resilient, innovative, talented and can overcome superior odds. But first he needs to set a date for the official celebration of this amazing result."