by Ed Watson and Shaun Moloney
Centenary Square was vibrant last night as thousands of fans and residents united to celebrate Bradford City’s promotion.
And the parade of the League Two play-off trophy was for the city of Bradford not just the football club according to Bantams boss Phil Parkinson.
Mr Parkinson told the on looking crowd: “It’s really important that a successful team can galvanise a city.
“I’m so pleased for the city of Bradford.
“I’d like to thank all the supporters. Your support makes a massive difference and you’ve played a massive part this season – well done!”
Mr Parkinson – who also pledged his future to the club by signing a new three year contact yesterday – reflected on a fantastic season, but also looked to the future.
He said: “It’s been a marathon season – we’ve had two amazing trips to Wembley.
“It’s been a real team effort. The lads have been outstanding with their attitude since day one.
“We’ve come on a journey – this is only the start.”
With the taste of promotion still fresh in players’ mouths their attitude for next season was clear – they want another one.
Midfielder Ricky Ravenhill said: “It’s been absolutely incredible this season, but the next steps for us now are the Championship.”
Jo Whitham, 39 from Bradford. “I didn’t get too excited before the final on Saturday in case we lost again but when it happened it was amazing. I’m so chuffed.”
Granville Stoyles, 62 from Bradford. “The atmosphere’s been brilliant. It’s a great end to the season. It’s what they deserve after what happened at Wembley. This is what it’s all about.”
David Hornsby, 59, from Bradford. “I’m a Scot, but I’ve supported City since I came here in 1978. I’ve seen them go from the old Fourth Division, all the way up to the Premier League and back down again, so it’s nice to feel like we’re going back up again.”
Greg Ormondroyd, 24, from Bradford. “I’m absolutely buzzing, it’s the best feeling since we stayed up in the Premier League.”