BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Football: Teams: Bradford City  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Teams
Statistics
FA Cup
Eng Prem
Internationals
Champions League
Uefa Cup
Eng Div 1
Eng Div 2
Eng Div 3
Eng Conf
Scot Prem
Scottish Cup
Scot Div 1
Scot Div 2
Scot Div 3
Europe
Africa
League of Wales
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

Saturday, 31 August, 2002, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
PFA pay Bradford's players
Bradford players like Andy Myers (left) will be paid for the first time in nearly four months
Bradford's players can now focus on their football
Bradford City's players have been paid for the first time in nearly four months after the club struck a deal with the Professional Footballers' Association.

The debt-ridden Division One side will receive financial help from the PFA for the next two years as they seek to clear an estimated debt of 36m.


We have absolutely stretched ourselves with Bradford and we couldn't do it again
PFA chief Gordon Taylor

Bradford came close to folding after being placed into administration in May.

However, they were allowed to start the season despite missing the deadline for a rescue package to be agreed.

They will now apply for the administration order to be lifted.

Managing director Shaun Harvey said: "We're delighted the club's future is now secure and we can stop treading water and move forward.

"The deal has been finalised with the PFA and consequently we can come out of administration."

Bradford's problems arose when a disastrous summer of spending in 2000 failed to stave off the club's relegation from the Premiership.

The blow was further compounded this year when television revenue disappeared following the collapse of ITV Digital.

The PFA were forced to step in when Bradford admitted they could not afford to pay their players.

PFA chief Gordon Taylor estimates his organisation has already spent a seven-figure sum to keep Bradford afloat, but they will continue to help until the club's debts are paid.

He said: "We will be helping them on an ongoing basis. Without our help they would have gone under.

"We have absolutely stretched ourselves and we couldn't do it again. We couldn't cope with another 10 Bradfords.

"But everything seems to have been satisfactorily agreed and we hope they can exit administration."

Click here for all the latest from the My Club section


Match coverage
See also:

09 Aug 02 | Bradford City
12 Aug 02 | Eng Div 1
07 Aug 02 | Bradford City
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Bradford City stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Bradford City stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales