Reports of most of Bradford FC’s Saturday matches appeared in local papers, such as the Yorkshire Observer, on the following Monday. Midweek match reports normally appeared the next day but this could not be relied upon.
The local press usually gave team line-ups before games were played, perhaps as a service to the players who needed to know whether or not they had been picked. However the Monday reports seldom listed the teams, so it is not possible to compile lists of appearances or even accurate details of scorers.
In this section, we have put together a small selection of reports from some of the more important milestone fixtures in the history of the Bradford club.
1882 exhibition Where it all began - Blackburn Rovers vs Blackburn & District (16th September 1882) - The first match at Park Avenue
Swinton (A) 1895 Bradford’s first ever association game - it started with the vicar
Featherstone (H) 1895 Bradford’s first competitive game which was played at Park Avenue
Leeds (N) 1896 The first ever game of association football at Valley Parade
Featherstone (N) 1896 Bradford win their first trophy
Hunslet (N) 1896 The West Yorkshire Association League championship play off
Sheffield United Reserve (A) 1897 Bradford’s first match in the new Yorkshire League
Kilnhurst (A) 1897 Bradford’s first ever game in the FA Cup
Corinthians 1897 Bradford play the famous Corinthian amateur XI
Hunslet (H) 1899 Bradford’s last match at Birch Lane
Sheffield Wednesday Reserve (H) 1899 Bradford’s last match for eight long years