Football - McCall hopes final sparks Bradford resurgence

Former Bradford captain and manager Stuart McCall hopes City's Wembley outing can kick-start a lasting renaissance for the club.

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McCall was a key figure at the club through its greatest and darkest days and will be present on Saturday as a fan when Bradford take on Swansea in the Capital One Cup final.

Leeds-born McCall helped them to promotion from the Third Division in his first spell after the tragedy of the fire in 1985 that killed 56 people at Valley Parade and saw his father badly hurt.

He returned after spells at Everton and Rangers to take them up another level to the Premier League in 1999 as club captain.

But financial problems saw them slump down the leagues and McCall took over as manager in 2007 when they were in the bottom tier of English football, where they remain now.

The Motherwell manager will revel in the club's day at Wembley and is optimistic about their chances of upsetting the odds again.

But he is desperate to see them back in the upper reaches of the game on a consistent basis.

McCall said: "It was no surprise they sold their tickets out straight away. It's a big city. And when we got promoted to the Premiership 12 or 13 years ago, you get a new brand of supporter.

"And unfortunately since those days the club has been on a slippery slope with relegation after relegation.

"The fans more than anyone deserve it. They will have a great turnout and I'm sure they will enjoy their day, and it's not a foregone conclusion. Naturally, Swansea are favourites, but if you can play Wigan and Arsenal and be undefeated and knock out Villa over two legs, why can't they do it?"

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