Well it was a glorious Sunday afternoon, the sun was shining, birds were singing, kids making friendships and playing football…..
But the lads from Wilsden Bantams FC and Leeds Transplant Team FC were focussed! Friendships were put on hold as massive bragging rights were at stake here.
The Wilsden Bantams team consisted of Commitee, members and lads who work at Bradford City such as El Capitan and midfield maestro Daniel Kuby as well as Club Photographer Thomas Gadd!
The opposition Leeds Adult Transplant Team had lads from The Club Shop at Bradford City as well as one of The Wilsden Bantams commitee and Leeds Adult Transplant Team organiser John Dunwell.
Both sets of teams qued up in the tunnel with Billy Bantam awaiting the instructions to lead us all out and make their way to the pitch. Suddenly the famous “midland road” song by The Good Citizens (Jamie & James both play for Wilsden Bantams too) could be heard so both teams made there way upto the pitch to a round of applause from fans, family and friends.
Handshakes were made in the Centre circle and posing for pictures but soon it was down to business.
Wilsden Bantams kicked off and started the game brightly and were on the attack from the beginning, Leeds Transplant Team could not cope with the passing and movement which was instructed by Manager Chris Moralee on the sidelines.
Soon it was 1-0 to Wilsden Bantams following a break in midfield and a fine ball to Mushy Benson and he did the rest, striding forward before curling one in the top corner!! But that was the end of his game, he pulled his calf and hobbled off to be replaced by new signing Stiker Marc Dempsey.
Marc Dempsey made an immediate impact to the game spraying 50 yard balls for fun and holding off two players with his Akinfenwa style and physique and scoring too.
The goals started coming thick and fast as dominance paid dividence especially with some fantastic goalkeeping from Schmeichel look a likey Jamie Lofthouse who was charging around his box putting fear into oppositions Attackers, and some amazing Defending from The likes Of David Taylor (Leeds fan) Karl Cunningham, Thomas Gadd and subs Brian Allinson and Martin Adair.
But it was young Centre half Nick Hahn who stood out and got Man of the match for his heroic display of keeping their team in his back pocket – It was like watching a young David Wetherall.
Zeeshaan from the Bantam Vloggs was running like a man possessed upfront terrorising the defenders with his immense pace, winning free kicks and even getting on the score sheet in the process, his vlogging partner Saiful also was playing as he came on to play on the right hand side of the midfield.
The Midfield pairing Of Daniel Kuby and John Rossiter was like watching Jake Reeves and Vincelot with the energy and focussed display from two with the luxury of having very pacey and tricky wingers in David Town and David Keogh. The lads who came on to fill the midfield were just as valuable with some great interceptions and passing in James Fearnley and Man of the moment number 22 Joe Davy who’s family have become well known in the Bradford City community due to his daughter Mailie battling with Cancer for this second time, Joe scored and immediately pointed to his number on his back.
Changes were happening as stamina was dropping and on came The strong as an Ox striker Andy Dennison and the ever running legs of Sam Sunter who’s recently celebrated a pretty important birthday so Happy Birthday Sam!!
It was also time for Player Manager Chris Moralee to come on and play his part in the match. As soon as he came on he was played through on an angle and his attempt was like watching Josh Cullen’s shooting from last season – High and wide, but within minutes a searching ball was played upfront by Nick Hahn and Chris Moralee used his strength to knock the defender off the ball before knocking it over the on rushing keeper and then running through to put it over the line!!!! Goal!!
The match ended 6-1 to Wilsden Bantams, handshakes all round. Becky Doyle who runs the Charity #liamssmiles with her husband and Bradford City Goalkeeper Colin Doyle came over to congratulate the lads and posed for pictures.
Then it was back to the Supporters Club Hub The New Inn Thornton for food, drinks and a raffle.
Wilsden Bantams Donated £250 to #liamssmiles Charity and £100 to Leeds Adult Transplant Team.