|What is Valley Parade Like?
Co-operative & Kop Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Northern Commercials & TL Dallas Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Northern Commercials (Midland Road) Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
A Closer Look At The TL Dallas Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzine
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Valley Parade Location Map
|What Is Valley Parade Like?|
term 'a game of two halves' is often applied to a
football game; in the case of Valley Parade, a stadium of 'two
halves' comes to mind. The ground has been now been
completely re-built since the mid 80's, but the
initial impression is that one side is twice as big as
the other. The Kop End, is a relatively new two
tiered stand, that is simply huge and looks quite
superb. It once towered over the rest of the ground,
but the addition of another tier to the Co-Operative Main Stand during
2001 has led to it meeting its once larger neighbour.
With the corner between these stands also being
filled, one has a truly impressive spectacle.
The rest of the ground now looks somehow rather out of place. The Northern Commercials (Midland Road) Stand is a covered single tiered stand, which has windshields to each side. At some other grounds this would look impressive, as it is of a fair size and is free of supporting pillars. However it almost is lost in the shadow of its larger newer neighbours. At the remaining end is the TL Dallas stand which is an odd looking small 'double decker' type stand. This two tiered covered stand has the upper tier largely overhanging the lower tier, giving this 'double decker' effect. There is also a large electric scoreboard in one corner of the ground, between the Midland Road and TL Dallas Stands.
Co-operative & Kop Stands
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|After an absence of a few seasons, away
fans now find themselves back in the TL Dallas Stand
at one end of the ground, where 1,840 fans can be
accommodated. If possible try to get tickets for the
upper tier, as the view of the action is far better.
On the downside there are a number of supporting
pillars that could impede your view. Roger Mulrooney
a visiting Barnsley fan adds; 'On my last visit I
found the home crowd friendly and non threatening.
The stewards were particularly good natured and
helpful. Still a very good away day for a visiting
Having been a student
in Bradford and having watched them win the old
Third Division, I have a bit of a soft spot for this
club. And having been there on
the day of that fateful fire in 1985, Valley
Parade will always stay deep in my memory. Pleasingly
I have found Bradford to have become rather more
friendly towards away supporters in recent years. It
is quite an enjoyable day out especially if you
enjoy what the city has to offer. Make sure that you
wrap up well unless the
weather forecast is 80 degrees. This is because
Bradford is situated at a bottom of a valley, down
which a rather cold wind normally prevails.
Fred Benson a visiting
Scunthorpe United fan informs me; 'On our recent
visit, the lower tier of the TL Dallas was closed to
away fans, apart from disabled spectators. With the
upper tier being sold out other Scunthorpe fans were
accommodated in the Midland Road Stand, which seemed
strange. Even with the lower tier being closed the
refreshment kiosk had run out of hot food by half
time and there were big queues for the toilets.'
|Where To Drink?|
O'Sullivan a visiting Bury fan recommends the
Bradford Arms on Manningham Lane; 'It is only
about two minutes from the ground and
was welcoming to away fans'.
About a ten minute walk
away from the stadium along Manningham Road (going
away from the City Centre) is the Cartwright Hotel,
which has a sizeable bar. Also
about a ten minute walk away (this time towards
the City Centre) is the 'Corn Dolly' on Bolton
Road, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, as is the New Beehive on Westgate. The New Beehive is
somewhat of a 'step back in time'
still having gas lighting.
Near to Bradford
Forster Square Station on North
Parade is another pub to feature in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide,
Bier Bar. This bar offers up to four real
ales, plus ciders and continental lagers. Neil Le
Milliere a visiting Exeter City fan
adds; 'The Sparrow was superb. Although on
the small side (it
is probably only good for 50 or so supporters),
it is still an excellent
place to visit with a superb choice of ales and
special drinks. Plus the
pork pies were to die for!'
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
Leave the M62 at
Junction 26 and take the M606 for Bradford. At the
end of the motorway, keep to the right hand lane and
take the Ring Road East (signposted A6177 City
Centre). From this point the stadium is well
signposted through the use of a football image. At
the next roundabout turn left continuing along the
Ring Road East, passing a McDonalds on your left and
then an Asda superstore. At the next roundabout turn
left onto the A650 (signposted City
Centre/Keighley). After crossing a further two
roundabouts the road becomes three lanes. Keep in
one of the two right hand lanes (signposted
Keighley/Skipton). Continue straight along this road
towards Skipton and eventually you will be able to
see the stadium in front of you, over on the left.
At the Kia Car Dealership on your left, turn
immediately left into Station Road. At the top of
Station Road turn left along Queens Road, then the
second left into Midland Road for the away entrance.
For the main offices continue along Queens Road and
at the traffic lights turn left into Manningham
Road. The ground is quarter a mile away on the left.
Mostly street parking around the ground.
Map showing the location
of the Valley Parade football ground (at the bottom of this
Post Code for Sat-Nav: BD8 7DY
|If going by train into Bradford
Interchange, it is quite a walk to the ground (20
minutes). Either take a taxi (£5) or
alternatively the bus station is located next to the
train station (Bus No's 622, 623, 626 or 662). Chris
Hawkridge suggests; 'supporters travelling via Leeds
should catch the Leeds - Bradford Forster Square
service (two trains per hour during the day)
rather than those to Bradford Interchange. Forster
Square is only 10 minutes walk from the ground'.
From Bradford Forster Square (Trains from Leeds, Skipton & Ilkley)
Leave the station to the right of the ticket office, either up the six or so flights of stairs or up the long ramp further on. This brings you out on Manor Row, where you should turn right. Keep on this road passed the City Gent pub to a massive crossroads. Here, you can either go straight over and walk all the way down Manningham Lane, passed The Bradford Arms Pub to Valley Parade, just before the Petrol Station. Alternatively, fans in sitting in Dallas or Midland Road Stands (away end) will find it easier to turn right at the main cross roads, then turn left on to Midland Road after 100 yards and follow the road all the way to the turnstiles.
From Bradford Interchange (Trains from Everywhere else)
Leave the station walking towards the city centre, with the Queen pub on your left and St. Georges Hall on the right. Walk down the hill, and take a right just after the Ginger Goose pub, on to Market Street. Follow this road round to the mini round about and go up the hill. You will come on to Manor Row, where Bradford Forster Square Station is…and can follow the instructions above.
Thanks to Chris Eveleigh for providing the walking directions above.
if travelling by train then you can save on
the cost of fares by booking in advance.
Visit the the trainline
website to see how much you can normally save. Click on
the trainline logo below:
|Leeds United, Huddersfield Town.|
areas of the stadium:
* Under 11's can be
admitted free, providing that they
become club members, are
accompanied a paying adult and
that their match tickets are collected prior to matchday.
Please also note that children under two
years old are not allowed inside the
|Programme & Fanzine|
Official Programme: £3.
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Bradford City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
39,146 v Burnley,
FA Cup 4th Round, March 11th, 1911.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
24,021 v Sunderland
FA Cup 5th Round, February 15th, 2015.
2013-2014: 14,121 (League One)
2012-2013: 10,322 (League Two)
2011-2012: 10,171 (League Two)
|Fans Reviews Of Valley Parade|
Desforges (Sheffield United) 18/10/14
Sam Page (Crewe Alexandra) 4/10/14
James Grimshaw (Gillingham) 18/9/10
Martyn Greenwood (Nottingham Forest) 10/8/10
Tony Rastelli (Cheltenham Town) 2/1/10
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Last Updated: 16 February 2015