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Grayson And Dreyer Do Battle In Bradford

16 September 2013

PNE coaching duo Simon Grayson and John Dreyer went head to head in a charity football match at Bradford City’s Coral Window’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The game was organised by former Bradford defender and co-founder of the One in a Million charity, Wayne Jacobs, and included a large number of the Bradford squad that clinched promotion to the Premier League in 1999.

Manager of that odds-defying Bantams side, Paul Jewell, took charge of the hosts, though current Bradford coach Phil Parkinson was unable appear for the opposing Celebrity XI, as scheduled, due to a scouting mission in Northampton.

Dreyer lined-up alongside his former teammates, after spending four years at Valley Parade as a player between 1996 and 2000, making over 90 appearances for the club.

Meanwhile, Grayson – who enjoyed a short spell at Bradford himself - ran-out for the celebrity side, which included the likes of cricketer Steve Harmison, Sky Sports presenter Bryn Law and One Direction superstar Josh Devine. 

The game finished 4-3 to the Celebrity XI, though Dreyer did manage to score a peachy curling effort for the legendary Bantam outfit’s second goal of the afternoon.

Grayson was unable to replicate his assistant’s scoring heroics however, as Andy Ritchie, Louis Horne and Adam Coulson grabbed the goals for the eventual winners.

The match marked the opening of the new government-backed free school, adjacent to Valley Parade - currently run by the One in a Million charity, which specialises in helping children from struggling backgrounds find ways of improving their future prospects in life.

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