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10 April 2022

City's academy head of coaching and player development, Martin Drury, spoke of his pride in the culture his under-19s side have created, after their 2-0 win over Grimsby Town secured the EFL Youth Alliance North East title.

The young Bantams’ victory over the Mariners meant they clinched the title with two ‘merit’ games to spare at Cheapside.

Drury described the feeling as one of pride in the working environment the squad have created, and how it spurred them to league victory.

He said: “I am pleased for the players. They have won the league and I am immensely proud of them all, as well as the staff.

“Our culture is the strongest thing about the group.

“It was a very difficult game. I have to give credit to Grimsby, they are a very tough outfit to play against.

“We showed that culture to overcome the challenge. It was a testament to how we play.”

The scenes of celebrations were subdued on the full-time whistle, before jubilation poured out after the Grimsby players had vacated the scene.

Drury spoke of the attitude his players showed throughout the clash and in their celebrations, praising their humility in success.

He added: “I said to the lads: ‘why have you not celebrated?’ I thought we had been too humble.

“But, no, they did it exactly right. I thought it was very respectful.

“They waited until the Grimsby players had gone inside and we discussed the positives of the game, and over the last few months.”

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