My Story:

This is the Mitre Tensile club issued version used by Bradford City in the 2010/2011 English Football League Two season. The logo is of the Football League and does not carry the sponsor logo of Npower. Also absent are the wordings ‘Official Matchball of the Npower Football League” as this must be one of the earlier Tensile club balls produced for use in pre-season training or the first few games of the season.

According to Wikipedia: Bradford City Association Football Club (also known as “The Bantams”, and previously “The Paraders”) is an English association football club based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The club will participate in League One, the third tier of English football, in the 2013-14 season.

The club was founded in 1903. It was immediately elected into Division Two of the Football League despite not having played a previous game. Promotion to the top tier followed in 1908 and the club won the FA Cup in 1911, its only major honour. After relegation in 1922 from Division One, the club spent 77 years outside the top flight until promotion to the Premier League in 1999. City stayed up, with a then record low of 36 points, in the first season in the Premier League. Relegation followed the following season. Since then a series of financial crises have pushed the club to the brink of closure. The financial pressures have resulted in two more relegations to its 2012-13 position in League Two. In 2013 they became the first ever team from the fourth tier of English football to reach a major domestic Wembley cup final, the Football League Cup, losing 5–0 to Swansea City. They returned to Wembley for the playoff final and won promotion to the League One.

The club’s colours are claret and amber and they play their home games at Valley Parade. The ground was the site of a fire on 11 May 1985, which took the lives of 56 supporters.

Bradford City have had more than 40 managers, all of whom have been from Great Britain or Ireland. The current manager is Phil Parkinson, who was appointed on 28 August 2011.


The Official Story:

I have not seen one yet since this is a club issued ball.  The story for the generic Mitre Tensile should be good enough.


Technical Story:

Made in Pakistan.

FIFA Approved Code: 219.R4T

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