After six years of League Two football and over a decade of bad news around Valley Parade, Bradford finally experienced the taste of success once again.
The previous campaign ended with a whimper for the Bantams, which resulted in an 18th place finish in League Two.
The start of the new season gave a clue to the 9 months of success that lay ahead of the club; Phil Parkinson’s side won six of their opening nine games, which placed the side in the top three of League Two.
Over the coming months, the club maintained their place in the promotion picture but also embarked on a historical run in the Capital One Cup.
Penalty shootout wins over Wigan and Arsenal set up a 2-leg semi-final against Aston Villa in early 2013.
After stunning the football world in a 3-1 home win, the Bantams arrived at Villa Park knowing despite a two-goal lead, they would still be the underdogs.
Villa managed to score the two goals they needed, but in a scene that will live long in League Cup history, James Hanson scored the key goal that took the club to Wembley to face Swansea City in the Final.
The clubs cup heroics were followed by just one win in the following twelve league games, which saw them slide outside the playoffs.
In the League Cup Final, a brilliant Swansea side outplayed the Bantams and cruised to 5-0 win, but the clubs achievements had come before the final, and they earned huge respect for their amazing cup run.
In League Two, the club returned to their early season form, winning five of the last nine league games to earn a playoff place.
After losing the first leg of the playoff semi-final 3-2 to Burton Albion, an inspired Nahki Wells led from the front and turned the tie around, with the Bantams winning the tie 5-4 on aggregate.
Northampton Town awaited the Bantams in the Playoff Final at Wembley.
After experiencing defeat previously in the capital, the club made sure they wouldn’t experience that again, and comfortably beat the Cobblers 3-0 to earn promotion back to League One to top off an incredible season.
Player of the Season: Gary Jones
Clubs Future: Nathan Curtis
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