Bradford profiles

  • Last Updated: February 20 2013, 13:01 GMT

Profiles of the Bradford squad ahead of their Capital One Cup Final clash with Swansea.

Wells: Thrived this season
Wells: Thrived this season

GOALKEEPERS

MATT DUKE (born 16/06/77) - The Bantams snapped up the experienced shot-stopper from Hull in August 2012. Duke, 6ft 4in, overcame testicular cancer in 2008 and was playing in the top flight with Hull as late as 2010. Performed heroics to win man-of-the-match award in semi-final first leg against Aston Villa.

JON McLAUGHLIN (born 27/03/91) - Signed from Harrogate Town in June 2008, the 21-year-old had to wait until May 2009 for his debut. Has made 17 first-team appearances for Phil Parkinson's side this season, but has operated mainly as back-up for Matt Duke.

DEFENDERS

STEPHEN DARBY (born 06/10/88) - Liverpool-born 23-year-old joined Bradford on a free transfer following his release from Anfield last summer. Has Champions League and top-flight experience having made seven first-team appearances for the Reds. A regular starter this season.

JAMES MEREDITH (born 04/04/88) - Scouted by Derby in Melbourne aged 16, the Australian left-back also had spells at Sligo Rovers, Shrewsbury and Telford before helping York to a promotion and FA Trophy double last season. Signed two-year deal with City in June, but recently laid low by glandular fever.

RORY McARDLE (born 01/05/87) - Northern Ireland international, who started out at hometown club Sheffield Wednesday, signed a two-year deal with the club last summer following his release from Aberdeen. Scored with a flying header in semi-final first-leg win over Aston Villa.

CARL McHUGH (born 05/02/93) - Comfortable at either left-back or centre-half, the teenager has been capped at Under-16 and Under-17 level for the Republic of Ireland. Previously enjoyed a spell with Premier League side Reading and signed a one-year deal with Bantams last August.

ANDREW DAVIES (born 17/12/84) - Signed a one-year deal in July after spending last season on loan from Stoke. Has a wealth of experience at top level with Middlesbrough, Derby and Southampton, but only recently back in the squad after three-month absence due to a knee injury.

CURTIS GOOD (born 23/03/93) - Drafted in on loan from Newcastle in November, the highly-rated Australian signed a six-year deal at St James' Park after arriving from A League side Melbourne Heart in the summer. Recently extended his stay with Bradford until the end of the season.

MICHAEL NELSON (born 23/03/80) - Former Norwich defender helped Kilmarnock to Scottish League Cup glory last season and signed for a reported £30,000 in January to add much-needed experience to City's back four. Gateshead-born 32-year-old made his debut earlier this month.

RYAN DICKSON (born 14/12/86) - Won promotion from League One with Southampton in 2011. The former Plymouth left-back arrived on loan from the Saints in January and although yet to appear in City's Capital One Cup run could feature in the Wembley final.

MIDFIELDERS

KYEL REID (born 26/11/87) - Phil Parkinson made West Ham academy product Reid his first signing on his first day in the job in August 2011. The pair worked at Charlton together and left winger Reid, who signed a two-year deal, has represented England at Under-17, 18 and 19 level.

RITCHIE JONES (born 26/09/86) - Former Manchester United youth team captain signed a two-year deal at Valley Parade in July 2011. The hardworking midfielder, who made five first-team appearances at Old Trafford, also played for England from Under-16 to Under-20 level.

GARRY THOMPSON (born 24/11/80) - Became the sixth player to join the Bradford revolution under Phil Parkinson last summer when his contract at Scunthorpe expired. Predominantly a right winger but can operate anywhere up front and scored the opening goal against Arsenal in the quarter-final.

WILL ATKINSON (born 14/10/88) - Started out at Hull for whom he made two Premier League appearances in 2010 and helped Rochdale win promotion from League two while on loan earlier in the same year. Comfortable on either wing, he signed a two-year deal with City last summer.

GARY JONES (born 03/06/77) - Skipper and the Bantams' driving force, the Birkenhead-born 35-year-old signed a one-year deal last summer. Led Rochdale to promotion from League Two in 2010 and is their record appearance maker. Also a set-piece and penalty specialist.

ZAVON HINES (born 27/12/88) - Jamaica-born former England Under-21 international reminded everyone of his Premier League pedigree in both legs of the semi-final against Aston Villa. Spent four years in West Ham's first-team squad before moving to Burnley and signed one-year deal with Bradford last summer.

NATHAN DOYLE (born 12/01/87) - Started out at hometown club Derby and counts Barnsley and Hull as former clubs. Still only 25, the versatile midfielder has experience at a higher level and made three appearances for Hull in the Premier League during the 2008/9 season.

BLAIR TURGOTT (born 22/05/94) - Phil Parkinson boosted his attacking options in November by bringing in highly-rated England Under-19s winger Blair Turgott on loan from West Ham. Featured against Arsenal in the quarter-final and both legs of the semi-final against Aston Villa.

RICKY RAVENHILL (born 16/01/81) - Combative midfielder joined Bradford from Notts County in January 2012 after an initial loan spell. Has won promotion twice with hometown club Doncaster and helped County to League Two title in 2010. Used mainly as a substitute this season.

FORWARDS

NAHKI WELLS (born 01/06/90) - The pacey Bermuda international was snapped up by Bradford in June 2011 following his release from Carlisle and has thrived this season to become one of League Two's leading goalscorers. Struck the opening goal in the semi-final first leg against Aston Villa.

JAMES HANSON (born 09/11/87) - The 6ft 4in striker, who headed City's all-important away goal in the semi-final second leg at Villa Park, arrived from Guiseley in 2009 and has proved a major aerial threat and tireless worker ever since. Was the club's top scorer last season.

ANDY GRAY (15/11/77) - Vastly experienced striker returned for his second spell at the club in January after his release from Leeds. Has scored goals regularly for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Sunderland, Burnley and Charlton during a 17-year playing career.

ALAN CONNELL (born 05/02/83) - Helped Paolo Di Canio's Swindon to the League Two title last season before signing a two-year deal with Bradford in the summer. Another well-travelled forward, who also won promotion to League One with Bournemouth in 2010.


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