Garry Birtles: Bradford City epitomise everything that is great about football
BRADFORD City epitomise everything that is great about football.
When they run out at Wembley, there is not a neutral fan in the country who will not be willing the Yorkshire club to lift the Capital One Cup.
And you cannot say that Bradford, a team from the fourth-tier of English football, do not deserve their cup final opportunity.
They have beaten Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa to earn their trip to the capital.
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Under Phil Parkinson, they have provided a demonstration that almost anything is possible if you have team spirit, togetherness and simple determination.
Some of the bigger teams are guilty of not taking this competition seriously.
But, by the time Arsenal came across Bradford in the quarter-final, they certainly were. Arsene Wenger named a strong side and still got beaten at Valley Parade.
Paul Lambert will have known that his very future at Aston Villa could even hinge on whether his side got to the final or not.
And, while Villa gave it a good go in the second leg, the 3-1 defeat from the first game in Yorkshire left them with too much to do.
Most people expected Villa to overturn the two-goal deficit. Only Bradford had different ideas.
Parkinson summed it up perfectly for me, after the game.
No matter what happens in the final; whether they win or lose at Wembley, one thing is certain.
In ten or even 20 years time, every single one of this Bradford side will still be remembered for their achievements this season.
At the time of writing, I don't know who Bradford will face.
But whether it is Chelsea or Swansea, Bradford will be hoping their fairytale still has one final twist.
And, if they win at Wembley, Bradford would qualify for the UEFA Europa League.
Some would view that as a daunting prospect.
But, judging by the Premier League scalps they have taken so far – after beating League One Notts County in the first round – Bradford will probably just see it as another opportunity to upset the odds.