Team of the Decade: the Central Midfielders (vote one)

#1210: Timothee Dieng
City appearances: 78
City goals: 6

One of Stuart McCall’s first signings in his second spell as Bradford City manager, French midfielder Tim Dieng was one of the key components of a side that came desperately close to promotion to the Championship in the 2016-17 season.

The powerful midfielder made an impressive 48 appearances during his first season with the club, chipping in with crucial goals along the way to help City to a fifth-placed finish, before the Bantams came unstuck against Millwall in the League One play-off final.

Injuries, however, limited his appearances the following season. He made just three starts before Christmas in the 2017-18 season, though he did force his way back into the side in the latter months of the season, before leaving the club that summer to join Southend.

#1138: Gary Jones
City appearances: 100
City goals: 8

Few, if any, players have left as big a legacy at Valley Parade after just two seasons with the club than Gary Jones. A low-key arrival from Rochdale in the summer of 2012, Jones was immediately handed the captain’s armband by Phil Parkinson: and became one of the most popular skippers the club has ever seen.

He became only the second man to lead Bradford City out in a major cup final: and first to do so at Wembley, after helping guide the club to the 2013 League Cup final, which ended in defeat with Swansea. Jones’ Bantams then returned to the national stadium three months later, securing promotion against Northampton.

Jones was just as important to Parkinson’s side as they adapted to life back in League One. His passion and pride in the badge is arguably what made him so popular with supporters: but he also had a knack of popping up with crucial goals, too. At the end of the 2013-14 season, his contract wasn’t renewed: but he remains a popular figure whenever he returns to Valley Parade.

#1067: Michael Flynn
City appearances: 104
City goals: 14

Few players emerged from the turbulent years pre-Phil Parkinson with more credit than Michael Flynn. The current Newport County manager is seen by many supporters as a future Bantams manager, in part due to how popular he was throughout his spell at Valley Parade.

Flynn captained City on numerous occasions, and was a lynchpin of the side throughout a difficult, transitional period in the club’s modern-day history leading up to Parkinson’s arrival in August 2011.

Even when Parkinson arrived, he remained in the side, but the summer of 2012 brought about huge change at City, and Flynn was one of several players who left the club. He made over 100 appearances for the Bantams, scoring eight times.

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