BRAD­FORD CITY 1975-76 FA CUP QUAR­TER-FI­NAL­ISTS

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Neil Fissler

DON HUTCHINS scored five goals en route to the last time Brad­ford City reached the FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nals 39 years ago. Mid­dles­brough-born winger Hutchins set the Fourth Di­vi­sion out­fit on their way, scor­ing the only goal against Ch­ester­field in the first round.

Even though they were strug­gling for league form at the time, Bobby Kennedy’s bat­tlers never looked back af­ter see­ing off the Der­byshire side.

It even proved to be the cat­a­lyst for the Ban­tams to win pro­mo­tion from the League base­ment the fol­low­ing sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Hutchins.

Gerry In­gram, twice, and Joe Cooke were on tar­get in the 3-0 win at Rother­ham in the sec­ond round be­fore goals from Cooke and Hutchins saw off Shrews­bury 2-1 away in round three.

Hutchins scored a brace in the fourth round as Non-League Toot­ing & Mitcham were dis­patched 3-1. John Mid­dle­ton got the other.

The fifth round draw wasn’t kind, how­ever, as Brad­ford were handed a trip to First Di­vi­sion Nor­wich City.

John Bond’s Ca­naries warmed up with three-goal wins over both Leeds United and Ar­se­nal, but Brad­ford had some se­ri­ous prob­lems which they needed to over­come, ac­cord­ing to Hutchins.

“The week be­fore the Cup game a few of our lads went down with the flu. Then a few of us came into train­ing one day and Bobby Kennedy said to us ‘you lot have got the flu, too!’,” he said.

“He made out a few more of us had flu. The game got called off and put back to mid­week. John Bond had said if we couldn’t put a team to­gether, then we shouldn’t be in the Cup.

“That wound us all up a bit, but Nor­wich had a very good team and if it was a boxing match, they would have stopped it be­cause they ab­so­lutely bat­tered us.

“They were hit­ting the post and hit­ting the cross­bar but we held out. Then Billy McGin­ley broke away and scored in the last cou­ple of min­utes.”

“It was just a case of get­ting out of our own box to­wards the end of that game,” added Hutchins, who had put Brad­ford ahead at Car­row Road be­fore World Cup win­ner Martin Peters equalised.

Their quar­ter-fi­nal op­po­nents, Southamp­ton, would go on to pull off one of the ma­jor Cup shocks of the time by beat­ing Manch­ester United 1-0.

But Hutchins in­sists that Jim McCal­liog’s win­ner for Saints at Val­ley Pa­rade wouldn’t now be al­lowed be­cause of the il­le­gal method of the free-kick.

“It was a dodgy free-kick – Peter Os­good flicked the ball up and McCal­liog volleyed it home. Nowa­days, the ball would have to travel its own cir­cum­fer­ence.

“They were favourites to win the game but we fan­cied our chances af­ter beat­ing Nor­wich. We didn’t fear them and we thought we had a chance. I think a draw would have been a fair re­sult but we had a good run and no­body ex­pected us to get as far as we did.” 1. David Hall: He set­tled in the Sh­effield area, where he has worked as a sales­man in the mo­tor trade since re­tir­ing from foot­ball. 2. David Rat­cliffe: Now an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen, he has man­aged Syd­ney Olympic, Wol­lon­gong City Wolves, UTS Syd­ney Olympic and Syd­ney United Pumas, and worked as a builder. 3. Gerry In­gram: He stayed on in the United States work­ing in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and stag­ing foot­ball camps. Is now re­tired, living in his na­tive Hum­ber­side. 4. Peter Downs­bor­ough: He worked in a power sta­tion un­til 1999, then re­turned to his na­tive Hal­i­fax where he was a school care­taker un­til re­tir­ing. 5. Ces Podd: Has man­aged the Saint Kitts and Nevis na­tional team, been Brad­ford City’s com­mu­nity of­fi­cer and ran his own salsa danc­ing com­pany. Is now tech­ni­cal direc­tor for the St Lu­cia FA. 6. Ian Cooper: Af­ter man­ag­ing Worces­ter City, he re­turned to Brad­ford. Be­came a joiner and works for the club on match­days in their hos­pi­tal­ity ar­eas. 7. Joe Cooke: A fit­ness ex­pert who nearly 30 years ago went into busi­ness with his wife Kathryn to open PJ’s Health and Fit­ness Vil­lage in Cleck­heaton, West York­shire. 8. Don Hutchins: Is now living in re­tire­ment hav­ing worked for 22 years in the paint in­dus­try, work-

ing his way up from a sales rep with Ley­land Paints to re­gional sales manager. 9. Billy McGin­ley: Came through the ranks at Leeds United and set­tled in Crewe where he ended his ca­reer. Lives in Leighton. 10. Rod John­son: Af­ter re­turn­ing to Eng­land from fin­ish­ing his ca­reer in the United States, he worked in in­sur­ance and has coached in Em­ley’s academy. 11. David Fretwell: Af­ter at­tend­ing uni­ver­sity in Brad­ford, he went into bank­ing and be­came a build­ing so­ci­ety branch manager in Cheshire. NOT PIC­TURED John Mid­dle­ton: He went into the li­censed trade in York­shire, run­ning pubs in Ot­ley, Ap­per­ley Bridge, Mexbor­ough and now Rother­ham.

Trevor Hockey: The son of a Welsh rugby in­ter­na­tional man­aged in the United States and then ran Trevor Hockey Soc­cer Camps in his home town of Keighley but died of a heart attack in April 1987. Gra­ham Jones: A lo­cally born full-back who went to work for the York­shire Elec­tric­ity Board. Clive McFadzean: Is now based in Hal­i­fax where for the last ten years he has been the man­ag­ing direc­tor of ABC Fire Pro­tec­tion. Bill Pun­ton: Stayed on in York­shire and has set­tled in Leeds, where he is work­ing lo­cally. War­ren Rayner: He still lives in Brad­ford and is self-em­ployed, run­ning his own air­port taxi ser­vice. Garry Wat­son: He went into Non-League man­age­ment with Guise­ley and is now run­ning his own car­pet-fit­ting busi­ness in Ec­cleshill, Brad­ford.

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