League Two - Bradford parade put on hold

Bradford have asked the city council to put celebrations marking their historic Capital One Cup run on hold until the end of the season.

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Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson (left) shows his frustrations on the touchline as Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup looks on (PA Photos)

Phil Parkinson's side were beaten 5-0 by Swansea in Sunday's Wembley final and although there was no fairytale ending to their unprecedented giant-killing campaign, Bradford Lord Mayor Dale Smith said the city will expect nothing less than an open-top bus parade and civic reception.

But the Bantams must now quickly focus all their attentions on Wednesday's League Two game against Dagenham at Valley Parade in a bid to keep their promotion hopes alive.

"Any celebration is on hold at the moment at the club's request until they've got the next challenge out of the way," Councillor Smith told Press Association Sport.

"They've got two very important league matches coming up this week and we think we're going to hold it, with the club's agreement, at the end of the season so that Phil and his side can concentrate on the league.

"There are plans afoot. The city will expect a celebration certainly. What the club have achieved throughout the season has been nothing short of sensational and the council will extend a full civic celebration.

"They have had some amazing results in the Capital One Cup and while the fans were disappointed at the outcome, Swansea are clearly a very talented Premier League side and played better than us on the day.

"But the spirit of Bradford's fans was a real feature. The bigger the challenge became, the more they cheered and waved their flags. I was proud to be among them. It was wonderful.

"I would expect an open-top bus parade would be a fitting way to mark their incredible achievements. We're just waiting for the season to end, hopefully on a high, and for the sunshine to come and we'll start waving those flags again."

Bradford became the first club from the fourth tier to reach a major final at Wembley following wins over Premier League sides Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

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