Bradford City Team of the Decade: The Right Midfielders

#1141: Garry Thompson 
City appearances: 102
City goals: 11

Perhaps most fondly remembered for his goal against Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the 2012-13 League Cup, industrious winger Garry Thompson served Bradford City with distinction over a number of seasons at the club.

Debuting alongside the likes of Gary Jones and Stephen Darby at the start of the 2012-13 season, Thompson had an almost-immediate impact, finding a regular home on the right wing for Phil Parkinson.

He made 44 league appearances in total in his first season with the club, scoring what would prove to be a decisive goal in the first leg of the play-offs against Burton. Thompson had a knack of scoring crucial goals for City; including the one he scored in the round two win at Watford in the League Cup which, given what happened thereafter, is sometimes overlooked.

Thompson was equally crucial as City solidified themselves as a League One side in 2013-14, with the midfielder missing just two league games all season, before leaving the Bantams that summer to join Notts County.

#1192: Mark Marshall
City appearances: 88
City goals: 6

Mark Marshall’s arrival on a two-year deal in the summer of 2015 was seen as a shrewd bit of business by City fans: but he struggled to make a real impact during his one and only season working with Phil Parkinson.

He made almost 40 league appearances in 2015-16 – but started only eight of them. However, the arrival of Stuart McCall in the summer of 2016 transformed Marshall’s City career. He was thrown in from the start of the 2016-17, and was involved every game of the 12-match unbeaten run which started that season.

Marshall had also discovered his scoring touch, too. He missed just four league games in 2016-17, scoring seven times as the Bantams made it all the way to the play-off final. However, it was Marshall’s record with assists which was arguably just as impressive, which led to him being named the club’s player of the year in 2017. However, when City fell short at Wembley against Millwall, Marshall was one of a number of players to leave Valley Parade: he returned south to join Charlton.

#1176: Filipe Morais
City appearances: 71
City goals: 8

Like another right winger on this shortlist, Filipe Morais’ time at Bradford City is most fondly remembered for one goal in particular: but summing his career with the club up by talking about his goal against Chelsea in the FA Cup would be doing the remainder of his time as a Bantam a disservice.

Morais was one of a number of new signings in the summer of 2014, and the winger’s role in helping City to a seventh-placed finish in League One during the 2014-15 season was important. However, it was in the FA Cup where he truly flourished, starting each and every game in the run to the quarter-finals.

Morais contributed with key goals too; he scored against Halifax and Dartford in the opening two rounds of the competition before infamously drawing City level against boyhood club Chelsea in January 2015.

However, injury ruled Morais out of the majority of the 2015-16 season, and he featured just eight times. He returned to full fitness for Stuart McCall’s first season in charge, but was mainly used from the bench owing to the form of Mark Marshall. That prompted him to leave Valley Parade in January 2017, when he linked up with Phil Parkinson once again at Bolton.

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