All-Time Premier League Record
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
Most Premier League Goals
Biggest Premier League Victories
|Bradford City 3-0 Wimbledon||30th April 2000||1999-2000|
|Bradford City 3-1 Leicester City||23rd October 1999||1999-2000|
|Bradford City 2-0 Newcastle United||18th December 1999||1999-2000|
|Bradford City 2-0 Chelsea||22nd August 2000||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 2-0 Charlton Athletic||13th April 2001||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 2-0 Derby County||21st April 2001||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 3-2 Watford||22nd January 2000||1999-2000|
|Bradford City 2-1 Arsenal||5th February 2000||1999-2000|
|Bradford City 2-1 Coventry City||2nd December 2000||2000-2001|
|Leicester City 1-2 Bradford City||1st January 2001||2000-2001|
Worst Premier League Defeats
|Manchester United 6-0 Bradford City||5th September 2000||2000-2001|
|Leeds United 6-1 Bradford City||13th May 2001||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 0-4 Sunderland||2nd October 1999||1999-2000|
|Manchester United 4-0 Bradford City||26th December 1999||1999-2000|
|Coventry City 4-0 Bradford City||18th March 2000||1999-2000|
|Bradford City 0-4 Manchester United||25th March 2000||1999-2000|
|Everton 4-0 Bradford City||15th April 2000||1999-2000|
|Bradford City 1-4 Sunderland||26th December 2000||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 0-3 West Ham United||28th August 1999||1999-2000|
|Leicester City 3-0 Bradford City||6th May 2000||1999-2000|
|Manager||No of Seasons managed||Left the Club|
|Paul Jewell||1||18th June 2000|
|Chris Hutchings||1||6th November 2000|
|Jim Jefferies||1||24th December 2001|
Highest Home Attendances
|Bradford City 0-2 Liverpool FC||1st May 2001||22,057||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 1-1 Middlesbrough||5th May 2001||20,921||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 0-3 Manchester United||13th January 2001||20,551||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 1-2 West Ham United||24th February 2001||20,469||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 1-4 Sunderland||26th December 2000||20,370||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 2-2 Newcastle United||31st March 2001||20,160||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 0-3 Aston Villa||3rd February 2001||19,591||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 2-2 Manchester City||17th March 2001||19,117||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 2-0 Derby County||21st April 2001||18,564||2000-2001|
|Bradford City 2-0 Newcastle United||18th December 1999||18,286||2000-2001|
Bradford City were one of the more unlikely clubs to reach the Premier League when Paul Jewell guided them to promotion in May 1999. The Bantams were tipped by many to go straight back down but a final day victory over Liverpool FC ensured survival for a second top-flight campaign. A messy 2000-2001 season saw relegation follow and the club have experienced tough times since, including a spell in the fourth-tier of English football and administration but they did reach the League Cup final against the odds in 2012-2013.
Bradford made a wonderful start to their maiden Premier League campaign as Dean Saunders’ late winner saw them defeat Middlesbrough on the opening day of the season at The Riverside Stadium. They were gifted another away victory a month later at Derby County by a Horacio Carbonari own goal but they managed just two more victories before Christmas. As anticipated, Bradford spent most of the season at the wrong end of the table and also lost a thrilling contest at West Ham 5-4, despite leading 4-2 at one point. However, they unexpectedly beat Arsenal and three wins from their last four games saw them edge out Wimbledon and maintain their place in the top-flight.
Dean Windass finished as top goalscorer, having also netted in the win over the Gunners and David Wetherall’s header beat Liverpool FC at Valley Parade on the last day to create unbridled joy at the ground. The win was tempered a month later when Paul Jewell walked out on the club to take charge of relegated Sheffield Wednesday.
It was Jewell’s assistant, Chris Hutchings who would take charge of the club in 2000-2001 and they spent money to bring in the likes of Benito Carbone, Dan Petrescu and David Hopkin to the club. They beat Chelsea 2-0 in their first home match of the season but that would be the only victory Hutchings would experience as manager.
He was sacked after a 2-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic in early November and replaced permanently by Jim Jefferies, who moved down from Scottish football. Bradford had dropped into the bottom three in mid-September and they would not escape the drop zone again for the remainder of the season. Jefferies only oversaw four victories in his 24 matches’ in-charge and their relegation was confirmed after defeat to Everton on 28th April.
He wasn’t helped by the departure during the season of Andy O’Brien to Newcastle United, Hopkin back to Crystal Palace and Dean Windass to Middlesbrough.