Bradford boy Clayton Donaldson spoke of his pride after making his competitive debut for the Bantams yesterday.
City were held to a goalless draw by Cambridge United on the opening day of their Sky Bet League Two campaign, with close to 15,000 supporters packed into the Utilita Energy Stadium.
And the Manningham-born forward, who claimed heritage number 1276 after starting the fixture alongside five other debutants, spoke of his delight at a “fantastic atmosphere”.
He said: “It was amazing to walk out in front of our supporters.
“It was a day I have been dreaming of and looking forward to ever since I signed for the club.
“To actually make my debut in front of a massive crowd was a really special moment for me and my family, who were all inside the stadium.
“The result didn’t go our way and we didn’t get the three points we wanted.
“But we cannot afford to dwell on it. We will settle back down and get straight back to business with preparations for the Grimsby game.
“This is a massive season in Bradford City’s history and I only see us improving as the season draws on.”
Donaldson lined up alongside fellow frontmen Eoin Doyle and James Vaughan, as the Bantams went in search of victory over Cambridge.
Despite all three having chances to break the deadlock, with City managing 22 shots at goal, the visitors clung on to claim a point.
“You have seen in pre-season how well me, Vaughany and Eoin can play together and the relationship we have on the pitch,” added Donaldson.
“We have more than enough ammunition up front to hurt teams, which is one of the main positives we can take from the draw with Cambridge.
“To be able to bring players like Sean Scannell off the bench, who is a massive threat, shows you how much we have to offer in attack.
“It is very early doors and there are still a lot more games to come. We can take a lot of positives from the match.”
Donaldson and his fellow Bantams return to action on Saturday, travelling to face Grimsby Town (August 10).
Tickets for the 1.00pm contest are sold out, with more than 1,800 City supporters set to descend on Blundell Park.