HANSON HAS HIS EYES ON BANTAMS RECORD
JAMES Hanson has set himself the target of overtaking legendary striker Dean Windass in Bradford City’s all-time top goalscoring charts after bagging number 66 in Tuesday night’s win over Blackpool.
The 27-year-old is a oneclub man in the pro ranks and only five other marksmen in the Bantams’ history have now scored more league goals.
Though Hanson will have to go some to overtake former Northern Ireland striker Bobby Campbell’s tally of 121 – and 143 in total – Windass is firmly in his sights.
Windass hit 76 goals during two spells at Valley Parade, including 13 in the Premier League.
And though Hanson’s name is already in the Bradford history books, having helped them reach the 2013 League Cup final and last season’s FA Cup quarter-finals, he would like a personal milestone to sit alongside his accomplishments as part of the team.
“I do get reminded I’m getting close to Dean Windass’ mark,” said Hanson, whose team are ninth in the League One table on a six-match unbeaten run.
“Getting close to Bobby Campbell is going to be a big ask but you never know what can happen.
“I want to play at the highest level I can and hopefully next year I will be in the Championship with Bradford, because we are pushing at the right end of the table now.
“We have momentum behind us, and there is no doubt about it, our squad is good enough.
The next chapter in Bradford’s history could well begin to take shape this afternoon when they travel to Aldershot Town for the FA Cup first round.
Last season’s journey in the competition began at Halifax Town and, via an astonishing 4-2 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, ended with a sixth-round replay defeat to Reading.
“We know that if we get through there is always the chance of a big draw down the line.,” he said “This is the first stage towards that.”
PROLIFIC: James Hanson