Bradford derby

Bradford derby
Other names Wool City derby
Locale Bradford
Teams Bradford City
Bradford Park Avenue
First meeting 24 February 1912
Most wins Bradford Park Avenue (23)

The Bradford derby is a football derby match played between Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue.

The derby has also been called the Wool City derby,[1] referring to Bradford's history with the wool trade. The two clubs are the only two from Bradford to have played professional league football.

The rivalry was a regular league one across all four Football League tiers, first played in 1914, until 1969. However Bradford Park Avenue's failed re-election to the Football League in 1970 and subsequent liquidation in 1974 meant the game has only been played in friendly fixtures since.

The Tom Banks Memorial Trophy is awarded to the winner of this match.[2]


Bradford City had been elected to the Football League ready for the 1903–04 season. Their cross-city rivals Bradford Park Avenue joined the league five years later, for the same season as City's first in Division One.

The first game between the two teams at any level had been in the North-Eastern League. Other meetings had taken place in the West Riding Cup before the first competitive game was in the FA Cup on 24 February 1912 at Park Avenue, a year after Bradford City's FA Cup triumph. A goal from Frank O'Rourke for City gave them the first derby success.

The first all-Bradford league match took place at Valley Parade on 23 October 1914 in Division One in front of a crowd of 29,802, when City won 3–2. Park Avenue won the reverse fixture 3–0. The clubs met in the top flight just four more times before Park Avenue were relegated in 1920–21. City were themselves relegated to Division Two but a second successive relegation for Park Avenue meant the clubs did not meet again until 1927 in Division Three (North). That season's derby saw Park Avenue record a record 5–0 for a Bradford derby on their way to the title and promotion. City kept the title in Bradford the following season.

Between the 1929–30 and 1936–37 seasons the clubs continued their rivalries until City were relegated, one place below Park Avenue. The derby was resumed from 1950–51 to 1957–58 in Division Three (North), a period which included an FA Cup tie in December 1951 and a record 5–0 win for City at home on 16 April 1956. A league restructure meant the clubs did not meet again in the league again until the 1963–64 season in Division Four, although the teams did meet again in the FA Cup in December 1958 and the League Cup in September 1963, when Park Avenue were 7–3 winners.

The teams met on six successive seasons until 1968–69 when City were promoted to Division Three in fourth spot and Park Avenue had to seek re-election when they came bottom of the league. The following season Park Avenue failed a fourth successive re-election and were replaced by Cambridge United, before they went into liquidation in 1974 and the teams have never met in competitive football since.

In modern times, the teams traditionally participate in a pre season friendly, usually the week before the start of the new season.


Competition Played City Draw Avenue City goals Avenue goals
League 52 20 11 21 72 78
FA Cup 3 2 0 1 5 3
League Cup 1 0 0 1 3 7
Totals 56 22 11 23 80 88

Crossing the divide

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The following is a list of players who have represented both clubs in at least one senior fixture.

Name Pos City Avenue
CareerAppsGoals CareerAppsGoals
Simon Ainge DF 2006–2009140 2009–2010
Wayne Benn MF 1994–1996100 1996–2004
Joe Brown FW 2005–2007191
Chris Brandon MF 2008–2010272 1995–1997
David Brown FW 200851 2010–
Wayne Bullimore MF 1995–199720 40
Norman Corner FW 1969–197211016 1972–1973
Terry Dolan MF 1976–198119543 1969–1970480
Mitchell Downie GK 1959–19631340 1950–19541540
Donald Duckett 1914–19241556 1927–1929
Karl Goddard DF 1986–1990730
Neil Grayston DF 1995–199670 1996–1999
Rodney Green FW 1962–19646639 1962196
Bobby Ham FW 1968–1970
Geoff Hudson
Andy Lee MF 2002–200320
Gerry Lightowler DF 1968–1969110 1958–19682081
Harry Peel FW 1929–193618626 1920–192620737
Charlie Rackstraw FW 1967–196910427 1970–1971
Neil Redfearn MF 1999–2000171 2006–2007275
Kevin Sanasy FW 2002–200591
Carl Shutt FW 1994–19958916 2004–2005131
Whelan Ward FW 1948–195414937 1955–195910831


  1. Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. pp. 159–167. ISBN 0-907969-38-0.
  2. "Next up...Bradford (Park Avenue)". Bradford City A.F.C. 2 August 2010.
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