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Togetherness the key to Bradford City's journey to Wembley

That Bradford are even preparing for a playoff final is an achievement in itself.

Last summer the Bantams were a club in transition - new German owners, Edin Rahic and Steffan Rupp, no manager after Phil Parkinson left to join Bolton and only eight full time players.

Fans celebrate after winning the semi final at Fleetwood Credit: PA

One of those eight players was Tony McMahon.

We just said listen we've got to stick together whatever happens and over the months everything gelled. We built a togetherness which we've still got to this day and that's the reason where we are now. On the eve of the playoff final and that's just because of the togetherness of the group.

– Bradford City player Tony McMahon
Bradford City co-owners Edin Rahic (left) and Stefan Rupp celebrate after their semi final win Credit: PA

That togetherness has been fostered by a Bantams legend. Stuart McCall made close to 400 appearances as a Bradford player and last June was invited back for a second spell as manager.

I think mid table, after the upheaval of the summer would have been the aim, but we brought not only good players, but good characters to the club. Allied with the good professionals we already had at the football club and it has been a good success. We want it to be a great success and for that to happen we need to come back up the road as a Championship side.

– Bradford City manager Stuart McCall
Stuart McCall has his eyes on promotion to the Championship Credit: PA

For striker Charlie Wyke, who became Bradford's most expensive signing for 17 years when the Bantams paid Carlisle £250,000 for him in January, tomorrow's final is the culmination of a breakthrough season.

If you said to me at the start of the season that I was going to be playing in the League One play-off final I would've never believed it. I wasn't even playing for Carlisle at the start of the season so it's been a crazy year but an enjoyable one.

– Charlie Wyke
Charlie Wyke has been a hit with the Bradford City fans Credit: PA

The last obstacle in Bradford need to hurdle is a Millwall side they've drawn with twice this season. No chance of that tomorrow according to McCall.

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