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Bradford are only second fourth-tier side to reach final

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2 - Bradford City are only the second fourth-tier side to reach the League Cup final & the first since Rochdale in 1962. Congratulations.

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3 – Bradford City have become the first fourth-tier side to knock out three top-flight teams in a single League Cup campaign. Giantkillers.

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Fact file: Bradford City

The topsy-turvy history of Bradford City has been a mixture of success, financial crises and even tragedy. But tonight the League Two side could secure their place in the Capital One cup final if they prevail at Aston Villa.

  • The club was formed in 1903
  • Nicknamed ‘The Bantams’
  • Play their home games at Valley Parade, which has a capacity of 25,136
  • 56 supporters died when a fire ripped through the main stand on 11 May 1985 in one of British football's worst disasters
  • Promoted to the Premier League in May 1999
  • Relegated in 2001 and then slipped into League Two, where they have been since 2004
  • Currently managed by Phil Parkinson, the 44th manager in the club's history

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Aston Villa sack Alex McLeish

Aston Villa have sacked manager Alex McLeish after one season in charge of the club.

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Alex McLeish during his last game in charge against Norwich. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Villa chairman Randy Lerner said: "We need to be clear and candid with ourselves and with supporters about what we have lacked in recent years. Compelling play and results that instil a sense of confidence that Villa is on the right track have been plainly absent.

"The most immediate action that we can take is to look carefully at our options in terms of bringing in a new manager who sees the club's potential and embraces our collective expectations."

Alex McLeish set to be sacked as Aston Villa boss

Alex McLeish was appointed manager of Aston Villa in June 2011. Credit: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Alex McLeish is set to be sacked as manager of Aston Villa after club owner Randy Lerner flew in from America for crisis talks.

Following a 2-0 defeat to Norwich yesterday, sections of fans again called for the former Birmingham boss to be axed as Villa ended the campaign just two points clear of the bottom three.

McLeish has had to contend with slashing the wage bill, which he described as "astronomical", and was deprived of several key players through injury or illness.

Villa also encountered their worst season in their history in terms of their home record in registering just four wins.

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