Bantams heroes

Bradford are heading to the Capital One Cup final. Reaching Wembley represents a magnificent achievement for manager Phil Parkinson and his side. We shed some light on the players plying their trade for the giantkillers.

Last Updated: 22/01/13 11:16pm

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Bradford's unforgettable Capital One Cup run continued as the npower League Two club booked a place in the final by beating Aston Villa 4-3 on aggregate in the last four.

Reaching Wembley represents a magnificent achievement for manager Phil Parkinson and his players, many of whom are relatively unknown.

We shed some light on the players plying their trade for the giantkillers.


Matt Duke starred in both legs of the semi-final

Matt Duke (Age 35)

Well-travelled goalkeeper who has become a penalty specialist. He made his name for Hull during their Premier League years - his success coming after he beat cancer in 2008.

Jon McLaughlin (25)

Scotsman who played for Harrogate Town and Railway before joining City in 2008. Represented Great Britain at the 2009 World Student Games in Belgrade in 2009.


Stephen Darby (24)

A right-back with Champions League experience from his time at Liverpool, Darby made his way to Bradford via Swindon, Notts County and Rochdale.

Rory McArdle (25)

A Sheffield-born Northern Ireland international, McArdle started out with hometown club Wednesday before winning promotion with Rochdale. Played for Aberdeen before heading to Bradford.

Carl McHugh (19)

From the same Irish town as his hero, Shay Given, McHugh joined Bradford from Reading last summer.

Curtis Good (19)

Good is on loan from Newcastle, where he has a six-year contract. He joined from hometown club Melbourne Heart, but his appearance in the FA Cup while unregistered nearly saw Bradford kicked out of that competition.


Zavon Hines (24)

Jamaica-born former West Ham player who once commanded a fee of £250,000 when Burnley - his last club - signed him. Once scored twice for the England Under-21s after replacing Theo Walcott.

Gary Jones enjoyed his night at Villa Park

Gary Jones (35)

Rochdale's all-time record appearance maker having spent 11 years with the club across two spells. He joined Bradford last summer.

Nathan Doyle (26)

Played for England through the age levels to under-19 and featured for Hull in the Premier League after starting out at Derby. Joined Bradford from Barnsley.

Will Atkinson (24)

Another former Hull City player, Atkinson had seven loan spells before joining Bradford permanently last summer. Scored for the Tigers in the Premier League in a game at Wigan.

Ricky Ravenhill (32)

An experienced player who has won promotion with Doncaster and also played for the likes of Barnsley, Chester, Darlington and Notts County.

Kyel Reid (25)

A product of West Ham's academy, Reid had stints with Barnsley, Crystal Palace, Blackpool, Wolves, Sheffield United and Charlton before settling in West Yorkshire.

Ritchie Jones (26)

Joined Manchester United at the age of nine and scored the winning goal in their 2003 Milk Cup win. Made five senior appearances, went to their 'feeder club' Royal Antwerp and had other loan spells before a move to Hartlepool. Joined City from Oldham in 2011.

Blair Turgott (18)

Joined West Ham's academy when he was eight, taking a role as himself in the movie 'Green Street' in 2005.


Nahki Wells (22)

James Hanson was on target at Villa Park

One of the Football League's hottest properties, the Bermudan started out with the Dandy Town Hornets and then the Bermuda Hogges. Carlisle were his first English club and he is good friends with Bermudan football legend Shaun Goater.

James Hanson (25)

A Huddersfield Town youth player who went through the non-league ranks with Eccleshill and Guiseley before joining Bradford, juggling his career with a job at the Co-Op.

Alan Connell (29)

A lifelong Arsenal fan, Connell was released by Tottenham as a kid and spent his career largely in the south west with Bournemouth, Torquay, Hereford and Swindon. Scored 29 goals for Grimsby two seasons ago.


Manager Phil Parkinson has guided Bradford to Wembley

Phil Parkinson, manager (45)

A player with Bury and Reading, his first managerial job saw him win promotion with Colchester. He went to Hull, then Charlton, before settling at Bradford in 2011.

Steve Parkin, assistant manager (47)

Playing career took him Stoke, West Brom and Mansfield, with Parkin taking a managerial role with the Stags at the age of 30. He then went to Rochdale, Barnsley and back to Rochdale, before assisting Phil Brown as an assistant when Hull were in the Premier League.

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