TOWN-Bradford derbies have always been big news.
As the West Yorkshire rivals prepare for their 21st league meeting at Valley Parade, just look back to the first for proof.
It took place on Saturday, September 18, 1920 and attracted a bumper crowd of 32,500.
It was the second biggest league gate Town had ever played in front of after a 35,000 turn-out down at Tottenham the season before.
Despite being beaten 2-0 at White Hart Lane, Town had won promotion from Division II (alongside Spurs) as well as reaching the FA Cup final (they were beaten 1-0 after extra time by Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge).
Their arrival in the top flight had come just 12 years after being formed - and a matter of months after the club almost disappeared off the football map after a major financial crisis.
It also meant the onset of `proper' derbies against the Bantams (previous clashes at first-team level had been in the West Riding Cup and during World War One).
City had been on the scene since 1903, when Manningham, a founder member of the Rugby League in 1895, had decided to switch codes and were offered an immediate place by the Football League, who were keen to establish the game in the populous West Riding.
Despite the foundation of the rival Bradford Park Avenue club, which affected their support base, City gained promotion to the top echelon in 1908, the year Town were formed and Park Avenue entered the Football League, and won the FA Cup in 1911, beating Newcastle.
Despite being longer established in the First Division - and despite concerns about the ability of Town's defence to withstand City's forward power - Bradford lost both 1920-21 derbies against Town, who had beaten them 1-0 at Leeds Road (in front of 27,500) the week before their 2-0 triumph at Valley Parade.
The games provided the highspots in the career of Fred Lunn, who had been recruited from Marsden by manager Ambrose Langley (legendary boss Herbert Chapman was then the Town secretary!).
Having scored the only goal in the first game, Lunn netted Town's first (and his last for the club) after half an hour of the return clash.
"Sam Taylor worked the opening with his usual skill and Lunn eluded Potts, ran through, and shot home," the Examiner noted.
Lunn turned creator for the second, seven minutes later, his cross being helped on by Taylor for Ernie Islip to fire home.
Islip was one of a number of Town stalwarts on duty, with the team at Valley Parade also including Fred Bullock and triple title stars Tommy Wilson and Billy Watson (Billy Smith was out injured).