Bantams Heritage combine with Bradford City for historic first for British football

Bradford City and Bantams Heritage have joined forces to create an historic moment for British football: with the Bantams the first club to wear heritage numbers on their shirts from next season following approval from the EFL.

After several weeks of work behind the scenes, we’re very proud to be working with the club – who, driven by the excellent work and passion shown by communications director Ryan Sparks – have made great strides to re-connect the club with its proud history following a difficult 12 months for everyone associated with Bradford City.

Bantams Heritage launched the heritage numbers project last summer – which details every single player who has played a competitive game of football for Bradford City and awards them a unique heritage number, ensuring their place in the club’s history.

Those numbers will now be brought to life from the start of next season, after the club successfully applied to the EFL for permission for each player’s official heritage number – supplied by Bantams Heritage – to be printed underneath the club badge on any shirt they wear during a competitive game, as pictured below:

“It is a huge honour for this project to have been officially recognised by the EFL and, more importantly, the club,” Aaron Bower, the founder of Bantams Heritage, said.
“Connecting the present day Bradford City to the generations before us, who have followed the club’s journey through history, was the underlying reason behind creating the heritage numbers.
“Now every single City player past and present knows they forever have a place in our history. I am sure there will be family members of former City players out there who may not even know one of their descendants played for the club.

“Now they can see a link to that history through the heritage numbers. It’s particularly exciting to see the club express such a desire to make this happen – and become the first English club to have heritage numbers displayed on the shirts.”

It is a proud moment for Bantams Heritage, who are proud of our club’s history and believe all generations of City fans, both young and old, deserve to be reminded of our unique journey from 1903 to the present day.

All of our new signings this summer will be allocated their official heritage numbers whenever they make their debut for the club in a competitive fixture. The current, contracted, Bradford City first-team own the following heritage numbers:

#1204 – Daniel Devine 
#1227 – Shay McCartan
#1228 – Omari Patrick
#1230 – Jake Reeves
#1235 – Jordan Gibson
#1238 – Tyrell Robinson
#1242 – Reece Staunton
#1249 – Hope Akpan
#1250 – Eoin Doyle
#1251 – Kelvin Mellor
#1253 – Anthony O’Connor
#1254 – Richard O’Donnell
#1256 – Joe Riley
#1257 – Sean Scannell
#1259 – Josh Wright
#1262 – Connor Wood
#1267 – Eliot Goldthorp
#1268 – Raeece Ellington
Furthermore, the link with the club and the EFL is just one of several exciting projects lined up by Bantams Heritage to further illustrate what a magnificent history this club has: and how every single City supporter should be proud of it.

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