Yesterday, even the most football-mad supporters in football-mad England didn’t know the name Phil Parkinson.
Well, not unless they lived in or around Bradford, where Parkinson managed the hard-fightin’ Bradford City Bantams.
Bradford, by the way, is up in the northern reaches of the country. Not North like Newcastle-north – Newcastle is practically Scotland on the map – but north as in Leeds-north. Bradford is just a short drive West of Leeds.
At any rate, here’s what Parkinson had to say about Tuesday massive upset; his fourth-tier side took down Arsenal in a Carling Cup quarterfinal:
I don’t think the enormity of our achievement has quite sunk in. When get up in the morning and see the headlines in the newspapers they will realize what they have done…. There is a big gulf between the two teams in terms of finances and places in the divisions.
Arsenal have played their best team and we were three minutes away from beating them, then we have had the setback of conceding a goal and had to dig deep again in extra time. … I hope this can be the first of many nights like this for Bradford City. We want to put Bradford on the map again. I want them to have a team to be proud of.”