While there were undoubtedly exciting moments for the club during the post war-period, overall it was a tale of frustration in the lower half of the Football League.
1 Days of Austerity - The 1950's
With both Bradford clubs firmly encamped in the Third Division, the derbies naturally became the focal point of the decade. However, even that chink of light was extinguished when
The club's exploits in the FA Cup brought welcome relief from the gloom. In 1958/59 neighbours Avenue were dispatched and only First Division Preston North End finished City's brave challenge in the fourth round. The following season City went one better, knocking out Everton before succumbing to Burnley in the fifth round after a replay. At Valley Parade, City were leading the eventual First Division champions 2-0 until a late burst led to a replay at Turf Moor. Over 50,000 saw City bow out on the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing.
Though the likes of 'Polly' Ward, the Jackson twins, Johnny McCole and Derek Stokes were crowd favourites from the era, in truth the fifties were a decade to forget at Valley Parade.
2 Rock Bottom - The 1960's
A breath of fresh air swept into Valley Parade when Stafford Heginbotham became chairman in 1965. A roof over the Bradford End, the purchase of second hand floodlights from West Ham and new club offices, were concrete proof of Stafford's ambition for the club. Perhaps his finest hour came when he rallied supporters at a packed public meeting at St George's Hall in 1967 when the club faced the real threat of closure.
The following year a new stand on the Midland Road side signalled an upturn in the club's fortunes. The clutches of the bottom division were escaped with promotion to Division Three in 1969.
3 Cup Glories - The 1970's
City were back in Division Four following relegation in 1972. In 1973-74 erstwhile rivals Avenue spent one melancholy season as tenants at Valley Parade following the sale of their Park Avenue ground. Supporters of both sides fought proposals to merge the two clubs and form a new club entitled Bradford Metro - the club colours were even mooted as chocolate and cream as featured on the municipal dustbin wagons! The idea was quickly dropped and Avenue went into liquidation in the summer of 1974.
Once again the FA Cup brought cheer to Valley Parade. The fourth round was reached on two successive seasons, with memorable ties against teams as diverse as Arsenal and Alverchurch - the latter being City's first ever Sunday game, attracting a bumper 13,062 to Valley Parade.
It was a false dawn. Relegation was immediate and the decade ended with a heartbreaking defeat at Peterborough that cost promotion on the final day of the season.