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And then there were eight ... Bradford City's form against other quarter-finalists

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson waves at supporters during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at the Valley Parade, Bradford. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson waves at supporters during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at the Valley Parade, Bradford. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Bradford's remarkable FA Cup run continued apace on yesterday as they beat Sunderland to book their place in the quarter-finals.

The victory comes on the back of a fourth-round win at Chelsea and after they went on a similarly impressive run to make the final of the Capital One Cup in 2013.

Consequently City are no strangers to the big stage, but as a League One side they do not brush shoulders with big names too regularly. Here, Herald Sport looks at their last meetings against all their possible last-eight opponents.

Arsenal

Won 3-2 on penalties, December 2012

Arsenal will still shudder at the thought of the Bantams. They were a shoo-in to win the 2013 Capital One Cup but fell at Valley Parade in the quarters. They avoided a 90-minute defeat with a late Thomas Vermaelen goal, but were undone in the shoot-outs when the Belgian thumped the post.

Aston Villa

Won 4-3 on aggregate, January 2013

After seeing off Arsenal the Bantams faced Villa in the semi-finals and won the first leg 3-1 at Valley Parade. They defended a two-goal lead at Villa Park and it looked under threat when Christian Benteke scored, but James Hansen's second-half goal got City on their way to Wembley.

Blackburn

Lost 1-0, April 1990

City were beaten by a solitary goal - one of 23 defeats in a miserable season in the old second division. They were relegated with just 41 points.

Liverpool

Lost 2-0, May 2001

A Bradford side heading out of the Premier League was defeated by goals from Michael Owen and Gary McAllister. Benito Carbone started up front for City in a side which contained the likes of Robbie Blake and Stuart McCall.

Manchester United

Lost 3-0, January 2001

City were fighting for their lives at the foot of the Premier League and held United for 72 minutes, until goalkeeper Gary Walsh made a horrible hash of a clearance and gave Teddy Sheringham an open-goal tap-in which opened the floodgates.

Preston

Won 2-1, November 2014

Bradford can travel a shorter distance back in time to their last meeting with League One rivals Preston. Rory McArdle put them ahead and, despite Joe Garner levelling with five minutes to go Mark Yeates won it 60 seconds later.

Reading

Won 2-1, April 2004

Nearly 11 years have passed since these sides met in a game which ended with both sides down to 10 men. David Wetherall put Bradford in front, Dave Kitson equalised and Lewis Emanuel scored the winner. Michael Branch saw red for a City side featuring the likes of Nicky Summerbee and Danny Cadamarteri.

West Brom

Lost 4-1, September 2005

Nathan Ellington (two), Dimoansy Kamara and Rob Earnshaw all scored as West Brom wiped the floor with Bradford in the League Cup, Steven Schumacher scoring City's solitary goal.

Dean Windass started up front, with Bobby Petta in midfield.

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