HAN­SON HAS HIS EYES ON BAN­TAMS RECORD

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

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

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