In the match, Don Goodman gave the home side the lead before Paul Mariner (playing alongside a retired Kevin Keegan and Southampton's Peter Shilton among others) equalised. Mark Leonard scored a late goal to ensure a winning return for Bradford. That season ended satisfactorily too. Bradford recovered from poor form to finish mid-table in the Second Division, one place above Barnsley and two above Blackburn.Reuse content
On 14 December 1986, Bradford City beat an England XI side 2-1, a match memorable not only for the result, but because it was the game that marked Bradford's return to their renovated Valley Parade ground for the first time since the tragic fire which had killed 56 people 19 months previously.