Bradford in stadium bid

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BRADFORD is emerging as a serious contender in the race to win up to pounds 100m in National Lottery cash to build a new national stadium for the 21st century.

Five contenders are expected to be declared when applications to the Sports Council close on Friday. Birmingham and Wembley remain front-runners. But after establishing an early lead, Manchester's bid hopes appear to be fading. Sheffield is regarded as a no-hoper.

Bradford's pounds 100m bid is the only one based on plans for an all-seater stadium with a retractable roof. The most likely outcome is two national stadia - one in the north and one at a revamped Wembley. A decision is expected in the autumn.