Omissions

Inevitably, with so many games and so many nuances to consider with a project as significant as this, there are some instances of players being omitted from the list for various reasons.

The most common occurrence for omissions are Wartime football – primarily during the Second World War. When the war broke out across Europe in September 1939, the Football League was almost immediately abandoned. In its place were the Wartime Leagues, a series of regionalised mini-leagues to replace the more traditional league.

Debates surrounding the validity of Wartime League football when it comes to appearance, goal and record statistics – and not just with Bradford City. In fact, the most notorious discussions surrounding those games and their validity is at Newcastle United. With Wartime football included, the great Jackie Milburn is Newcastle’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 238 – without, Milburn only has 200 official goals, meaning Alan Shearer has that title with 206.

And Shearer is recognised by Newcastle as their all-time leading scorer (click). That, plus the fact that when war broke out in 1939, the Wartime Leagues were universally regarded as friendly or exhibition fixtures, it adds further weight to the debate that Wartime football does not count.

So any games played during the Second World War conflict, unfortunately, are omitted. Our official records and statistics end at the conclusion of the 1938-39 season, when City finished 3rd in Division Three (North) – and resume for the 1945-46 FA Cup in November of 1945.

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