Football club at the heart of Bradford’s economy wins award

A FOOTBALL club that has been in the heart of Bradford for over 100 years won Established Business of the Year at the 2022 Telegraph & Argus Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Awards on Sunday night.

Bradford City AFC, based on Midland Road, won the Incumbent of the Year award, sponsored by Sekhon.

Bradford City AFC chief commercial officer David Longo celebrated Sunday with his staff winning the award.

“It is an honor to win this award,” said Mr. Longo.

“We are an established Bradford company” as the club was founded in 1903 and immediately accepted into the Football League Second Division.

“Our success is not just about us, but it also helps the city’s economy.

“Our fans and our away fans contribute to the success of businesses in Bradford.”

To meet the criteria for Established Company of the Year, this award celebrates successful companies that have stood the test of time.

Bradford City experienced resilient businesses that were established, survived and prospered in the district.

In fact, these businesses are part of the fabric of Bradford when it comes to retail, leisure or hospitality.

To qualify, the judges looked for nominees who have been in the business for a decade or more.

Bradford City has a long history stretching back over 100 years.

The club was founded in 1903 following Manningham’s decision to switch from rugby to football.

Just five years later, they made it into Division One, drawing crowds of between 25,000 and 30,000.

Known as the Bantams, they are the only professional football club in England to wear burgundy and amber.

In 2007, Bradford City spearheaded an initiative to reduce the cost of tickets for the upcoming season, making their season tickets the cheapest in England at £138.

Bradford City currently compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English Football League system and are managed by Mark Hughes.

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