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So here we go into the 31st season of The City Gent as we celebrate 30 years of continuous publication and thus making The City Gent the longest running football fanzine in the UK. Following consolidation in League One during the 2013/14 season, it is a fair bet that there will be more of the same from the Bantams during 2014/15. Player budget cuts have made manager Phil Parkinson’s job that much harder, and sadly a few more of the “We Made History” team of 2012/13 left the club during the summer. Will the replacements of Gary Liddle, Alan Sheehan (both from Notts County), Billy Clarke (Crawley), Filipe Morais (Stevenage), Billy Knott and Jordan Pickford (both Sunderland, though Pickford is on a season long loan) help propel the Bantams towards challenging for the play-offs? Only time will tell. What is never in doubt, is that following Bradford City is always interesting and never dull, which, for writers of The City Gent is always good as there is always something to comment on.

The City Gent whilst being the voice of Bantam Progressivism is hopeful about the team's prospects in League One and whilst we're not expecting the drama of the kind that we saw during 2012/13, that really was a once in a lifetime season. As always the contents of each and every issue of The City Gent will reflect on what is happening both on and off the pitch at Valley Parade as The City Gent continues to be the oldest surviving football fanzine in the country.

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Issue 200
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Issue 199
In CG199 we reflect on City's defeat at Reading and missing the chance to play against Arsenal in a Wembley semi-final. But with 10 league games left to play, it is very much in the team's hands to get the necessary points to earn a place in the end of season play-offs.

Included in CG199 is most of the usual features including John Holman's last ever look back at football and music from his youth. Also included is Jess Softley's piece about the Bantamstrek event held at East Bierley recently which had Jon Stead and Filipe Morais in attendance.
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Issue 198

It's been almost 2 months, but hopefully the wait for another issue of The City Gent has been worth it. Once again, this issue is packed with contributions and it is another bumper 76 page edition. Unashamedly it revels in the magnificent win at Chelsea by our marvellous team. I even managed to squeeze a match report on the Sunderland victory as well before it went to print. Apart from the Chelsea stuff, there are some of the regular features plus articles from new contributors which I hope you enjoy reading.
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Issue 197
Another bumper 76 page edition where once again, I had so many contributions for this issue, it was just easier to add an extra 8 pages rather than hold back some articles for the next issue. Highlight of this issue is surely Derm Tanner's interview with former Bradford City player Greg Abbott. Greg was part of the third division title winning side of 1984/85 and he speaks fondly of the club which he played for from 1983 to 1992 plus he talks about his time at Carlisle and also his new job at Notts County. Also included in CG197 are most of the usual contributions such as Counsel & Criticism, Gimmer Gibber, Grumpy Old Fan, Odds & Sods and Straight from the Bantam's Beak plus Simon Ashberry's "League of Nations" article and Chris Overend's look at "Rivalries" plus many more to keep any Bradford City fan occupied for an hour or two for just £2 plus postage!
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Issue 196
This is a bumper issue of The City Gent as it contains 76 pages instead of the usual 68. I had so many contributions for this issue, it was just easier to add the extra 8 pages. Apart from the usual articles, as The City Gent is now 30 years old we have 15 pages dedicated to 30 years of The City Gent. Also, as November is always where we remember those killed or injured in conflicts and we have two articles that back at Footballers at War. Finally, there is an interview by Derm Tanner with former CEO of Bradford City David Baldwin done before he left Valley Parade for Turf Moor.
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Issue 195
As you can see from the front cover cartoon, Bradford City's League Cup win over near neighbours L**ds United features heavily in this issue. But along with the the regular features such as Straight from the Bantams beak, Counsel & Criticism, Grumpy Old Fan, Gimmer Gibber and Match Docs there are interviews by Derm Tanner with Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson and goal scoring hero Billy Knott.
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Issue 194
The new season kicks off with a goalkeeping crisis averted, just as well as the City Gent penguin is rubbish in goal! This issue of The City Gent contains many of the regular features such as Straight from the Bantams beak, Counsel & Criticism, Grumpy Old Fan, Gimmer Gibber and Match Docs. There are also an interesting article from the Notts County fanzine "Black & White" about them signing Gary Jones, plus Paul Firth interviews his 94 year old father-in-law who has been supporting Bradford City for 85 years!
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