Bradford City have made a splash in their local press, appearing in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
The club’s ‘Green Team’ achieved the unthinkable, securing a terrific treble to round off an unbelievable campaign, this time in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Five-Aside Disability County Cup final last Sunday.
They defeated Derek Dooley’s Academy FC 2-0 in the final, and it confirmed a trio of trophies for Paul Jubb’s side at a sunny Eco Power Stadium (Doncaster Rovers), following their victories in the South Yorkshire Ability Counts Five-Aside Premier League and the South Yorkshire Ability Counts Five-A Side League One Divisional Cup.
Bradford’s ‘Amber Team’ also made it to the County Cup final in Doncaster but were unfortunate to be edged out by Sheffield FC, but it won’t knock back the achievements of City throughout the campaign.
Reflecting on a season of joy, Jubb (manager) said: “It’s been a great season, finished off with several trophy wins for the boys. I’m immensely proud.”
“Most of the lads who play for the green team have come up from the U16’s and it has been their first taste of adult football this season, so they’ve done extremely well to win all three trophies.”
“We have won the treble in the past with another team, but it’s an unbelievable achievement and it makes it even more special because these lads have made the step up to adult football. It can be quite daunting for some players at first but everyone has taken it in their stride.”
Jubb added: “I think Sunday’s cup final win was the pick of the bunch because of the size of the event. The team got to play at Doncaster’s stadium which was special, and not many teams get to play in the County Cup final full stop. To get to the final itself was a testament to the players, but to win it was very special.”
The step up to adult football has helped the green team to flourish but Jubb believes his side have what it takes to go even further.
He said: “The lads played together throughout the U16’s, so there was that knowledge and understanding already there on how one and other played. It helped make the transition into adult football fairly easy for them.”
“We wanted to test them out in the five-a side leagues at first to see how they got on, but they’ve literally won everything. The games were tight, but I do feel they are ready to make the step up to the next division.”
“Once you’ve won everything in the five-a side leagues, you move up to the seven-a side division, so it’s something I think we are looking to do with the green team. I believe they are ready to show their qualities in an even more competitive environment.”
Jubb added: “We’ve got to be wary though because we moved our ‘Amber Team’ up to the seven-a side league when they won the treble and they did struggle a little bit because the level obviously gets harder.”
“Hopefully the team can make another positive transition and continue to enjoy their football at a higher level.”
“That’s what it is all about – them enjoying the game.”