Bradford City 99 5 v 4 Celebrity XI (Charity Friendly Match)
Bradford City’s Premier League squad of 1999 returned to Valley Parade today for the second consecutive year to face a Celebrity eleven side in a charity match to raise funds for local charity “One In A Million”.
A number of City legends played in the game including Stuart McCall, Dean Windass, Jamie Lawrence, Lee Mills, Robbie Blake, Darren Moore and Wayne Jacobs.
The Celebrity XI included former Yorkshire and England Cricket Captain Michael Vaughan as well as Anthony McGrath, Dean Saunders, Danny Mills, Ken Monkou, Colin Cooper and current Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson.
The match was split into three halves of thirty minutes and it was the Bradford City “Class 99” that were on top for the first thirty minutes, taking a 3-0 lead with two goals from Lee Mills and a penalty from John Dreyer following a Phil Parkinson handball in the area.
Veteran Striker Lee Mills showed he still has an eye for goal, when midway through the first half he started and finished a move to give the City team the lead.
Mills played the ball wide to Jamie Lawrence who in turn played a one-two with Stuart McCall before squaring a ball across the edge of the box for Mill’s first time effort which went straight into the top corner of the goal to make it 1-0.
The second thirty minutes period was a little more evenly matched as the Celebrity XI scored twice through former Yorkshire cricketer Anthony McGrath, whilst Danny Forrest added a fourth goal for Bradford City to make the score 4-2.
In the final half of the game, it was the veterans who extended their lead even further as Dean Windass chipped the Celebrity XI goalkeeper from five yards out which he was on his line to put the City side 5-2 in front.
The Celebrity XI side then increased the number on the pitch by adding players to the game whilst the officials were not watching and at one point they had fourteen players to City’s eleven.
The extra numbers seemed to work as Graham Stuart scored twice for the visitors in the final ten minutes, the first was a header from a Dean Saunders cross and the second was a well taken free-kick from just outside the area after Danny Mills had been fouled by Jamie Lawrence.
In the end the Bradford City “Class 99” squad stood up to the pressure and managed to win the game 5-4, as all of the players returned to the pitch for the final two minutes of the game.
After the match both sets of players went into the McCall Suite at the Coral Windows Stadium to sign autographs for the supporters and also to take part in a Q&A session to give the fans a chance to ask the team and celebrities some questions about their careers.
Bradford City 99 – Dittmer, O’Brien, Jacob, Wetherall, Dreyer, McCall, Lawerence, Whalley, Mills, Blake, Windass (Subs) Moore, Forrest, Milner
Celebrity XI – Hallwood, Mills, Heckingbottom, Monkou, Cooper, Parkinson, Thornton, Duxbury, Stuart, Vaughan, Saunders, (Subs) McGarth, Law, Ndiwa
Goals – (Bradford City 99) Mills (2), Dreyer, Windass, Forrest (Celebrity XI) McGarth (2), Stuart (2),