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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Bradford in League Cup final

Bradford City have become the first team in the fourth-tier to reach the League Cup final since 1962 after beating Aston Villa over two legs in the League Cup Semi-Final.