Bradford City 3 - 0 Northampton Town

Match info: League Two at Wembley Stadium

Date: 18/05/2013 KO: 13:30 Ref: K Stroud Att: 47,127

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


James Hanson 15
Rory McArdle 19
Nahki Wells 28



FT (ht: 3-0)

Bradford are promoted

  • Last Updated: May 18 2013, 19:34 BST

Post-match reaction to Bradford's 3-0 League Two play-off final victory over Northampton.

Parkinson celebrates promotion

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson stopped short of targeting the npower Championship next season after seeing his team sweep aside Northampton at Wembley in the npower League Two play-off final.

The Bantams crowned a memorable season by securing their first promotion since reaching the top flight 14 years ago, three months after their historic Wembley appearance in the final of the Capital One Cup.

Parkinson's side stunned Bradford-born Aidy Boothroyd's Northampton with three goals inside the first 28 minutes from James Hanson, Rory McArdle and Nahki Wells to end a 64-game season on a glorious high.

But when asked if his side would now chase back-to-back promotions, Parkinson said: "You've got to be careful before you go shouting from the rooftops.

"When we've settled down we'll discuss what budget we're going to have to go forward with next season and see how we can do.

"But whatever budget and players we have, one thing Bradford City is now known for is that we have a group of players who give their all and we'll do that again next year."

Parkinson, 45, confirmed he had verbally agreed a new contract with the club "ages ago", but was waiting to sign it at the same time as assistant Steve Parkin and fitness coach Nick Allamby, whose deals were still in the process of being completed.

"When we've had the celebrations this week I'll sit down with (joint-chairmen) Julian (Rhodes) and Mark (Lawn) and hopefully we'll get that finished."

The former Colchester, Charlton and Hull boss said this season's achievements - City became the first club from the bottom tier to reach a major cup final at Wembley in February - were his best yet as a manager.

"To get to a major cup final and beat three Premier League teams along the way and then to bounce back from that, yes I think so," he said.

Bradford were taught a football lesson by Swansea in a one-sided Capital One Cup final, but Parkinson felt the chastening experience had helped his players settle quicker than Saturday's opponents.

"Without a shadow of doubt," he said. "It gave us the experience of being here before, not just here but the build-up to the game, the extra press attention, the new suits, the ticket demands, how your family are going to get down, your wife's new outfit, your kids' new outfits, it can drain a lot of energy out of you.

"We took all that away from the lads this time. We said we were here to do a job to finish the season off in style.

"It certainly benefitted us to just come in this time and get the job done."

Hanson's towering header put Bradford ahead in the 15th minute, defender McArdle headed in the second at the near post four minutes later and leading scorer Wells added the third with his 26th goal of the season in the 28th minute.

Parkinson said: "It couldn't have gone much better. To be three up at half-time is beyond your wildest dreams and the second half was about being professional and seeing the job through."

Northampton boss Boothroyd, who took charge of the club in November 2011, guided them to a sixth-placed finish in his first full campaign.

The 42-year-old, who steered Watford to the top flight via a play-off final win over Leeds in 2006, said his side had had a very good season, but were "unrecognisable" from the team that finished four points ahead of Bradford.

"We looked like rabbits in the headlights for the first 30 minutes. Three-nil down is a massive uphill battle," he said.

"What's most disappointing for me is that all I wanted was for that group of players to play to their potential on a fantastic stage and we didn't do that.

"When you come to a place like this you want to go away a winner. Bradford got what they deserved, so well done to them.

"We have to use this to our advantage. I've been a winner in a play-off final, 3-0, and now I've been a loser in a 3-0 final.

"But you've got to use it and not sulk and bounce back quickly and that's what we'll do."