Date: 10th January 2009 at 11:14pm
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The Christmas special offer saw the Bantams sell more than the League Two average!

The special offer of a reduced season ticket for £99 in the Bradford End and £138 elsewhere was eagerly snapped up by 4,680 fans.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus, joint chairman Mark Lawn said ‘we`re very pleased with the take-up so far. The supporters have got an absolute bargain and that`s what the Bradford public like.

It`s started us off well and if we can push towards – and get – promotion, then I think we can exceed the number of season-ticket holders we`ve got this year.

A lot of clubs in League Two would take 4,600 as an average crowd.’

There are currently 11,203 season ticket holders at Valley Parade but this early bird uptake has been far more successful than last year’s offer when only half as many tickets were sold. Either that’s to do with the quality of football, the state of the economy or a bit of both.

As football clubs have to tighten their belts as much as everyone else having almost 5,000 supporters signed up by January is a fantastic basis for the coming season, particularly as the club looks for a new sponsor to replace Her Majesty’s Government in the shape of Bradford & Bingley.

And, if Christmas was too fraught to enable you to get your ticket (I almost missed out on mine) Mark Lawn & Julian Rhodes have got good news. They’re planning a further two cut-price discounts before tickets go on sale at their full price. Lawn said ‘Julian and myself are working on another early-bird incentive which I`d say is probably very accessible for the working man and woman.

Then there will be a window when people can buy a reasonably-priced ticket before it will go to full price like last time. So people will have another three choices on when to get their season ticket.’

Coming on the heels of the buy 5, pay for 4 offer it seems that Bradford City are well poised to continue offering the supporters a very good value for money experience at a very concerning time for many.

Hopefully, of course, we’ll be able to crown these fantastic figures with a higher level of football next season?


Only three games managed to survive the weather today. And all in all the results were pretty favourable from a Bantam point of view. Ten man Lincoln held Brentford to a 2-2 draw which means that despite their game in hand they’re only 2 points ahead of us in 2nd. Bury won 1-0 to close the gap behind us to just a point but have now played one game more whilst Exeter were beaten at Notts County in one of their outstanding fixtures.

Only Wycombe & Shrewsbury have played the same number of games as us in the top 10, four of whom could overtake us in the table should they pick up maximum points. These games in hand could play a significant role over the rest of the season…