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Bantams Fairytale: League of Dreams

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Bradford City’s remarkable 2012/2013 season which saw them reach Wembley twice has been turned into a new children’s book, aimed at engaging six and seven-year-olds with reading.

Last year Bradford City visited Wembley twice, firstly in a historic League Cup Final against Swansea City (having dispatched Arsenal and Aston Villa en-route), and later returning to secure promotion beating Northampton Town 3-0 in the play-off final.

To celebrate the remarkable achievement the fairytale season has been turned into a children's book 'The League of Dreams'.  The story focuses on the main character 'Jimmy' based on Bantams' centre-forward James Hanson who went from working in the Co-op to gracing the biggest stage in world football - Wembley!

The book was the brainchild of keen fan Jamie Fletcher who put the idea to the Friends of Bradford City – a supporters’ group set up to give positive assistance to the club.

Mick Shackleton, who produced the book, spoke to the Telegraph and Argus: “We’ve turned it round in three months from the original concept to the printed copy.

“I work in the greeting card industry, so I’ve got access to illustrators and writers. It is an ideal resource to pull something like this together.

“The writer, Mark Graham, is actually a Carlisle fan but he lives in West Yorkshire. Illustrator Rob Palmer runs a team in Thackley and they are both real football supporters.

“It is fully illustrated and full colour and it’s a true story right from the start to the end.

“There are obviously some ups and downs, like the cup final defeat at Wembley. But on the back of that, we finish very strongly on a major high.”

There will be 6 copies of the book complete with lesson plans distributed to every primary school in Bradford (totalling around 150 copies) and fans can buy the book at the Bradford City Shop, Bradford branches of the Co-operative and WH Smiths in Bradford and also at

League of Dreams costs £5 with £1 going to Bradford City’s football in the community foundation charity.


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