|Description:||Photograph of David Markham|
|Contributor:||West Yorkshire Archive Service|
|Rights:||West Yorkshire Archive Service|
For 27 years out of 36, David covered the affairs of Bradford City for the Telegraph and Argus newspaper. Today he still works as a freelance journalist, coming to every home game at Valley Parade and some away matches - 'even in retirement I'm very busy'.
David says that his favourite season was 1981/1982 when Roy McFarlane - 'one of the best defenders England's ever produced' - arrived as player manager. He praised McFarlane not only for being a 'wonderful player on the field' but for bringing a 'wonderful team spirit'. This then lead to joint managers Trevor Cherry and Terry Yorath taking the club to Division Two just before the Valley Parade fire devastated Bradford City.
David was covering the infamous match against Lincoln City that day for the Telegraph and Argus. He describes it as 'one of the worst human tragedies probably in the history of the country'. However, looking back from the 25th anniversary of the fire this year, it is incredible to see how well Bradford City strove not only to survive but strove for success and victories.
David's favourite game was the Wembley final against Nottingham County at the end of the 1995/1996 season. A staggering 30,000 Bradford City fans travelled all the way down to see their beloved team win convincingly with a result of 2-0 to gain promotion to Division One.