Bradford City Association Football Club's first manager was Robert Campbell,who was given the role upon the club's election into the league in 1903 although the club was administered by a 13-man sub-committee. He left by mutual consent in 1905 to be succeeded by the club's most successful manager Peter O'Rourke in the first of two periods in charge of the club. O'Rourke's first spell as manager lasted 16 years, during which time he oversaw the club's first title and promotion in 1907–08 and the FA Cup success of 1911. David Menzies took over in 1921, but the club were relegated the following year. The club continued to struggle and Menzies' successor Colin Veitch oversaw a second relegation in 1926–27 before O'Rourke returned to the club. During his second spell he brought the Division Three (North) title in 1928–29 when the club set a number of records which remain today. O'Rourke resigned in 1930 to be succeeded by first Jack Peart then Dick Ray but the club were again relegated in 1936–37.
For half-a-century, City remained in the bottom two divisions of the Football League under a succession of managers until the 1980s brought an upturn in the club's fortunes. Former England international Roy McFarland was appointed player-manager in 1981, bringing instant success with promotion from Division Four in 1981–82. But he left in controversial circumstances to Derby County,to be replaced by another England international Trevor Cherry as player-manager from rivals Leeds United. Cherry oversaw a turbulent period at the club, which included City going into liquidation in 1983, the Division Three title in 1984–85 and the tragic fire on 11 May 1985. He was only the third City manager to win a trophy.
Cherry was sacked just one month after the club returned to Valley Parade in a move which shocked the Bradford public.His successor was first team coach Terry Dolan, who had played for the club for five years making nearly 200 league appearances. With the fans still singing Cherry's name, Dolan quickly won over the fans with a 5–1 FA Cup victory over Oldham Athletic in his first game, before guiding the club away from relegation and a 10th-place finish in 1986–87. The following season a final day defeat to Ipswich Town then failure in the play-offs against Middlesbrough prevented Dolan from taking the club into top flight for the first time in 66 years. He was unable to replace star players Stuart McCall and John Hendrie, who left during the summer, and was sacked to be replaced by Welsh manager Terry Yorath but relegation followed in 1989–90.
John Docherty had taken over two months before relegation was confirmed. During the 1990 close season he signed Sean McCarthy, to solve the club's goal-scoring problem, and a number of his former players from Millwall but he could not help City bounce back.He was replaced by Frank Stapleton, who also failed to deliver promotion before new chairman Geoffrey Richmond bought the club. Richmond's first appointment was experienced manager Lennie Lawrence, who had made a solid start to the 1995–96 season before he was enticed away to Luton Town. Richmond appointed assistant Chris Kamara, who took City to promotion via the play-offs following a run of results at the end of the season, taking 28 points from a possible 39 to edge Chesterfield out of the play-off places by just one point. A 2–0 victory in the final against Notts County meant City and Luton Town swapped divisions.
Kamara was also succeeded by his own assistant Paul Jewell originally on a temporary basis before the striker, who had been at the club since 1988, was given the job permanently in the summer of 1998. Richmond gave Jewell the biggest transfer budget in the club's history. Jewell signed the club's first three £1million players to mastermind Bradford's return to the top flight in his first full season. He then defied the critics by keeping the club in the Premiership with a 1–0 victory over the club where he had begun his career Liverpool.Jewell made a shock exit from the club after a disagreement with Richmond, who made his third successive appointment from within the club by elevating Chris Hutchings to the manager's seat. Hutchings was given unprecedented money for a Bradford manager to spend on a series of talented players including record signing David Hopkin, Benito Carbone and Dan Petrescu but he was sacked after 137 days and just one win from 12 league games.
The money Hutchings was given, combined with the collapse of ITV Digital continued to have repercussions on the club's league position and finances long after he had left.Three relegations have followed with a succession of respected managers, including Jim Jefferies, former England captain Bryan Robson and Colin Todd unable to stop the club from dropping through the league. Having stated in his autobiography he would one day "love to manage Bradford", Stuart McCall, who had two playing spells at the club, came from Sheffield United on 22 May 2007 to become the club's 38th full-time manager. McCall was given a two-year contract and promised to deliver promotion in his first season. He later changed his judgement and aimed at promotion in his second season; when he again failed he offered to resign, but stayed on for a third campaign. He left in February 2010, and was replaced by Peter Taylor. Taylor's reign lasted only a year before he resigned after criticism from fans, to be replaced by Peter Jackson. Jackson staved off relegation to the Football Conference, which was looking a possibility when Taylor resigned, but his reign proved to be even shorter-lived and he resigned after just six months in charge, with the lowest win percentage of any permanent manager in the club's history. Phil Parkinson succeeded Jackson and won another relegation battle, before bringing about a major revival in the club's fortunes the following year, taking the side to the final of the League Cup before winning promotion back to League One via the play-offs.
|Robert Campbell||Scotland||20 June 1903||31 October 1905||79||29||18||32||36.71|
|Peter O'Rourke||Scotland||1 November 1905||30 June 1921||497||204||121||172||41.05|| Division Two champions 1907–08 |
FA Cup winners 1911
|David Menzies||Scotland||1 July 1921||1 June 1926||222||63||64||95||28.38|
|Colin Veitch||England||1 August 1926||14 January 1928||65||14||17||34||21.54|
|Jack Foster||England||14 January 1928||5 May 1928||19||10||4||5||52.63|
|Peter O'Rourke||Scotland||6 May 1928||1 May 1930||92||43||22||27||46.74||Division Three (North) champions 1928–29|
|Jack Peart||England||1 July 1930||1 March 1935||208||79||52||77||37.98|
|Dick Ray||England||1 April 1935||28 February 1937||86||27||23||36||31.40|
|Fred Westgarth||England||1 March 1938||1 July 1943||56||26||14||16||46.43||Third Division North Cup champions 1938–39|
|Bob Sharp||England||1 July 1943||1 May 1946||2||0||1||1||0.00|
|Jack Barker||England||1 May 1946||1 January 1947||23||10||6||7||43.48|
|Jack Milburn||England||1 January 1947||1 July 1948||64||26||14||24||40.63|
|David Steele||Scotland||1 July 1948||1 February 1952||167||57||34||76||34.13|
|Albert Harris||England||1 February 1952||1 May 1952||17||5||4||8||29.41|
|Ivor Powell||Wales||1 May 1952||1 February 1955||129||46||38||45||35.66|
|Peter Jackson||England||1 February 1955||1 March 1961||305||118||80||107||38.69|
|Bob Brocklebank||England||1 May 1961||1 October 1964||157||62||30||65||39.49|
|Bill Harris||Wales||1 March 1965||31 March 1966||45||15||9||21||33.33|
|Willie Watson||England||1 April 1966||1 January 1967||128||51||37||40||39.84|
|Grenville Hair||England||1 January 1967||7 March 1968||55||27||10||18||49.09|
| Jim McAnearney |
|England||7 March 1968||31 May 1968||12||5||5||2||41.67|
|Jimmy Wheeler||England||1 June 1968||7 September 1971||144||49||46||49||34.03|
|Ray Wilson||England||1 September 1971||1 November 1971||10||5||2||3||50.00|
|Bryan Edwards||England||1 November 1971||17 January 1975||154||51||38||65||33.12|
|Bobby Kennedy||Scotland||1 January 1975||31 January 1978||138||46||46||46||33.33|
|John Napier||Northern Ireland||1 February 1978||31 October 1978||34||11||5||18||32.35|
|George Mulhall||Scotland||1 November 1978||1 March 1981||115||48||33||34||41.74|
|Roy McFarland||England||1 May 1981||22 November 1982||64||35||16||13||54.69|
|Trevor Cherry||England||1 December 1982||5 January 1987||201||83||44||74||41.29||Division Three champions 1984–85|
|Terry Dolan||England||5 January 1987||30 January 1989||112||51||30||31||45.54|
|Terry Yorath||Wales||2 February 1989||7 March 1990||57||13||20||24||22.81|
|John Docherty||Scotland||20 March 1990||11 November 1991||83||29||22||32||34.94|
|Frank Stapleton||Republic of Ireland||9 December 1991||2 May 1994||129||47||43||39||36.43|
|Lennie Lawrence||England||25 May 1994||27 November 1995||77||29||20||28||37.66|
|Chris Kamara||England||27 November 1995||6 January 1998||112||40||26||46||35.71||Second Division play-off winners: 1995–96|
|Paul Jewell||England||6 January 1998||18 June 2000||117||46||26||45||39.32|
|Chris Hutchings||England||18 June 2000||6 November 2000||21||7||4||10||33.33|
|Stuart McCall||Scotland||6 November 2000||20 November 2000||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Jim Jefferies||Scotland||20 November 2000||24 December 2001||53||15||12||26||28.30|
|Steve Smith||England||24 December 2001||31 December 2001||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Nicky Law||England||1 January 2002||9 November 2003||87||23||21||43||26.44|
|Senior players||England||9 November 2003||23 November 2003||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Bryan Robson||England||24 November 2003||17 June 2004||28||7||1||20||25.00|
|Colin Todd||England||18 June 2004||12 February 2007||139||44||46||49||31.65|
|David Wetherall||England||12 February 2007||22 May 2007||14||2||4||8||14.29|
|Stuart McCall||Scotland||22 May 2007||8 February 2010||133||46||35||52||34.59|
|Wayne Jacobs||England||8 February 2010||16 February 2010||1||0||1||0||0.00|
|Peter Taylor||England||17 February 2010||26 February 2011||25||10||5||10||40.00|
|Peter Jackson||England||27 February 2011||25 August 2011||19||4||4||11||21.05|
|Colin Cooper||England||25 August 2011||29 August 2011||2||1||1||0||50.00|
|Phil Parkinson||England||29 August 2011||10 June 2016||274||101||86||87||36.86||League Two play-off winners: 2012–13|
|Stuart McCall||Scotland||20 June 2016||5 February 2018||96||44||24||28||45.83|
|Greg Abbott||England||5 February 2018||11 February 2018||1||0||1||0||0.00|
|Simon Grayson||England||11 February 2018||8 May 2018||14||3||5||6||21.43|
|Michael Collins||Republic of Ireland||18 June 2018||3 September 2018||7||2||1||4||28.57|
|David Hopkin||Scotland||4 September 2018||25 February 2019||35||7||11||17||20.00|
|Martin Drury||England||25 February 2019||4 March 2019||1||0||1||0||0.00|
|Gary Bowyer||England||4 March 2019||3 February 2020||48||14||15||19||29.17|
|Stuart McCall||Scotland||4 February 2020||13 December 2020||28||7||7||14||25.00|
| Mark Trueman |
|England||13 December 2020||10 May 2021||31||14||7||10||45.16|
|Derek Adams||Scotland||4 June 2021||Present||0||0||0||0||—|
Bradford City Association Football Club is an English professional football club in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system, and are managed by Derek Adams. The club's home ground is the 25,136-capacity Valley Parade, which was the site of the Bradford City stadium fire on 11 May 1985, which took the lives of 56 supporters.
Paul Jewell is an English football manager and former player, who is currently director of football at Swindon Town.
John Grattan Hendrie is a Scottish former professional association footballer who played on the right wing or in attack.
Terence Charles Yorath is a Welsh former football player and manager at both club and international level. He is also the father of television presenter Gabby Logan.
Peter Allan Jackson is a football manager and former footballer. He has previously had two spells as Huddersfield Town manager, whom he helped win the Division Three play-off in 2004, and he has also managed Lincoln City, before taking charge at his former playing club Bradford City in 2011.
Christopher Kamara is an English former professional football player and manager who works as a presenter and football analyst at Sky Sports.
Francis Stanley "Stan" Ternent is an English former footballer and manager. He managed Blackpool, Hull City, Bury, Burnley, Gillingham and Huddersfield Town. He was a scout for Hull City until January 2017.
Andrew Stuart Murray McCall is a professional football coach and former player. He played in a total of 763 league games and in 40 full international matches for Scotland during his playing career.
Dean Windass is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker and is manager of East Hull. He played spells at Bradford City and contributed to his hometown team Hull City's promotion to the Premier League in 2008.
Terence Peter Dolan is an English former professional footballer and manager.
Peter O'Rourke was a Scottish football player and manager. In two spells as manager of Bradford City, he won the FA Cup in 1911 as well as two league titles, the Football League Second Division in 1908 and the Third Division North in 1929.
Gregory Stephen Abbott is an English football coach and former player who was most recently assistant manager at Notts County.
Christopher Hutchings is an English former footballer and manager. He played for a number of clubs including Chelsea and played more than 100 games for Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town. He has managed in the Premier League with Bradford City and Wigan Athletic, while his most recent tenure was at Walsall. He left Ipswich Town in November 2012 following Paul Jewell's departure.
David Menzies was a Scottish football player and manager.
Robert Campbell was a Scottish football manager who was the first club manager of Bradford City when the club was formed in 1903.
James Wheeler was an English footballer. He played as striker for Reading where he played 406 league games, scoring 147 goals. He later became a coach at Reading and then manager of Bradford City.
Bradford City Association Football Club—also known informally as Bradford City—are an English football club founded in Bradford in 1903 to introduce the sport to the West Riding of Yorkshire, which until then had been almost entirely inclined towards rugby league. Before they had even played their first game, City were elected to the Football League to replace Doncaster Rovers in Division Two, and took over the Valley Parade stadium, which has been their permanent home ground ever since. The club won the Division Two title in 1908 and the FA Cup in 1911, both under the management of Peter O'Rourke, before they were relegated from Division One in 1921–22.
The 1996 Football League Second Division play-off Final was a football match played at Wembley Stadium on 26 May 1996, at the end of the 1995–96 English league season to determine the final promoted club from the Second Division. Bradford City beat Notts County 2–0 to join Swindon Town and Oxford United in winning promotion to the First Division. It was the 10th Second Division play-off Final and the seventh to be held at Wembley.