By Tony Leighton
After their tremendous exploits last term, Bradford City's 2013/14 season was always likely to be something of an anti-climax, and so it is proving despite the fine start that Phil Parkinson's team made to the current Sky Bet League 1 campaign.
The early season promise of a promotion push has evaporated but, says Bantams legend Ian Ormondroyd, supporters will be happy to settle for a mid-table finish as they still reflect happily on the most memorable year in the club's history.
The Yorkshire side famously reached Wembley twice in 2013, incredibly as a basement division side for the Capital One Cup Final - lost but with no disgrace to Premier League outfit Swansea City - and then for the League 2 Play-Off Final in which they clinched promotion with victory over Northampton Town.
Former striker Ormondroyd, who as a player helped the Bantams gain promotion to Championship level in 1995/96 and is now the club's Football in the Community Officer, told football-league.co.uk: "Last season was just amazing.
"What the team achieved was probably beyond the wildest dreams of any supporter, but it was the most exhilarating journey for everybody concerned."
The Bantams followed their double whammy by climbing to fourth in the League 1 table after 10 matches this term, and in spite of then winning only one of their next six outings they were still in the Play-Off positions heading into December.
But their barren run is now just one win in 18 and they have slid to 13th in the table - 12 points below the top six and seven above the relegation zone.
Bradford born Ormondroyd, a lifelong Bantams fan who had two playing spells at Valley Parade, added: "A repeat of last season was never likely to happen.
"We made a very good start to the campaign and that maybe raised expectations, but League 1 is an extremely tough division with some top sides in it and I don't think that any supporter would be unhappy with a mid-table finish."
As a match summariser for local station Pulse Radio in addition to his club tasks, Ormondroyd watches every Bradford game with an expert eye.
So he is well qualified to comment on the season so far and what the second half of the campaign may bring.
"I think the team has adapted pretty well," he said, "although they've dropped off a bit recently after playing well before Christmas.
"But the run of one win in 18 has included 10 draws and they've only been beaten by more than one goal twice, so they've not really been turned over.
"Scoring goals might be more difficult after our top scorer Nahki Wells went to Huddersfield in the January transfer window, but hopefully Aaron McLean [signed from Hull City] can strike up the same sort of partnership up front that Nahki had developed so brilliantly with James Hanson.
"It might just take one win to put our season back on track, and we've got a chance to quickly do that because our next two games are against Crewe and Carlisle - both below us in the table and both games definitely winnable.
"If we can win one or both games that will strengthen our position in the table and hopefully lead to us making it a season of solid consolidation."
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