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20 September 2016

Club News


20 September 2016

In the latest of a series of player interviews with Stuart McCall's squad, Bantams striker James Hanson has given his thoughts to the Official Bradford City App on the latest events around the club.

In an attempt to get fans even closer to their beloved Bantams, the club's new official app will be speaking exclusively to members of the City team on a number of different subjects throughout the 2016/2017 campaign!  

The new official mobile app for Bradford City is available NOW and can be downloaded at

 with fellow fans, wherever they are.share content on the latest action (facilitated by Sky Bet) and bet live, in-play, place a commentary and results, check social media, interact on read the latest newsThe new mobile app will give Bantams fans a one-stop, 24/7, 365-days-a-year ‘digital match-day experience’, allowing them to 

The mobile app also provides a range of new revenue streams for the club, such as through digital advertising for sponsors and the provision of the betting platform. Thanks to a revenue share agreement in place with the EFL’s league sponsor, Sky Bet, every bet placed by fans will see the club take a share The article below with Hanson is available to view now on the app, it is the first of three exclusives this week with the long-serving City striker.

Look out for more from McCall's men in the coming weeks and months! 

A brief two-game stint as City’s player-manager aside, Stuart McCall was making his first foray into football management when handed the Bantams reins back in the summer of 2007.

His coaching teeth had been cut alongside Chris Hutchings, Jim Jefferies and Neil Warnock, but this was heading out on his own and taking the plunge in an unforgiving business where points and performances are king.

McCall was a novice then, but upon walking back through the gates of Valley Parade some nine years later, he was a seasoned tactician – one with over 300 games in the dugout and spells at Motherwell and Rangers on a distinguished CV.

It should, then, come as no surprise to find that he returned to his spiritual home with a different outlook on the world, one which has seen Bradford City embrace an exciting new era on and off the field.

James Hanson – the one man on the playing staff who bridges the two McCall eras – told the Official Club App on the changes he has noticed since welcoming a familiar face back into the fold: “I’d say his style has changed a lot since he has come back.

“He’s done different things in management and I’d say we are looking a lot more like a footballing side. 

"We are getting the ball down and mixing it up really well. We’re creating a lot of chances from that and, going on the last four games, we are perhaps unlucky not to have won all four and be top of the league.”

While McCall’s methods may have changed over the years, so too has the make-up of the Bantams squad, with Hanson admitting that the class of 2016 are better equipped to embrace the philosophies of their boss.

He said: “When he came back for this second spell in charge, he inherited a lot of professionals that have been under a strict regime under Phil Parkinson – so he had a lot of people who were very professional and had their own standards.

“That helped, and we had a good core of a squad as well. Stuart has then added six or seven bodies to help with the change of style, but he’s definitely stamped his authority on the team and we’re really enjoying playing under him.”

Hanson has more reason than most to be revelling under the tutelage of a City legend, with McCall having offered him his big break back in 2009 by bringing him into the Football League ranks from Guiseley.

Asked for his reaction to the big news of the summer, the powerful frontman said: “Absolutely delighted. First and foremost I was gutted to see the old manager (Phil Parkinson) go – I played a lot of games under him and scored quite a lot of goals.


“I was gutted to see him go, but if you’d have asked me which manager I would have preferred to come in, it would have been Stuart McCall. He gave me my chance and he’s brilliant to work under. I want to repay him by scoring goals on the pitch.”

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