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Parkinson wins FL award

24 March 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has won the Football League Outstanding Managerial Achievement of the Year award for this (2012/2013) season at The Football League's annual end of the season awards evening this Sunday.

Parkinson fought off competition from Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson and Cardiff City's Malky Mackay to pick up the award after guiding City to the Capital One Cup Final this February for the first time in the club's history.

Speaking to the BBC's Manish Bhasin upon collecting the award, Parkinson said: "It was an incredible journey to get to Wembley and some of the moments all the way will live with us for a long time.

"Nights like Wigan away when we won on penalties and had 5,000 fans behind the goal cheering us on. I remember saying to the players in the dressing room after that game that all of this was one of the reasons we all joined Bradford City.

"To draw Arsenal next after that was brilliant. To then go on and actually beat them was just incredible. I always remember walking out from the corner of the ground and seeing Valley Parade full that night - it was a moment I'll never forget.

"To take a two-goal lead into the second leg of the semi once we'd drawn Aston Villa was great, and the night that we actually got through to Wembley was history-making. We had 6,000 fans in the ground that night and when the final whistle went it really was an amazing moment - one that we will probably struggle to surpass.

"The whole city really got behind our run to the Capital One Cup Final and the positivity created by all of our success was fantastic."

Among the others awards handed out on the evening, the npower League 2 Player of the Year award went to Port Vale's Tom Pope.

The striker, who is League 2 current top-scorer, beat fellow short-listed players City skipper Gary Jones and Exeter City striker Jamie Cureton to the award.

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