Football

David v Goliath

How did £200 million ($403m) worth of talent fall to a team which cost £7,500 to assemble?

That was exactly what happened when Bradford stunned Chelsea 4-2 in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Supermarket shelf stacker James Hanson was the only member of the Bradford squad at Stamford Bridge to cost the club when he joined the League One side from Guiseley in 2009 for £7,500.


The rest of Phil Parkinson's heroes were stitched together by a mixture of free transfers and loan deals.

In contrast, Jose Mourinho had £200m worth of talent, with the substitutes alone costing £99m.

CHELSEA'S FIRST 11 
AND THEIR COSTS

Petr Cech £7m

Andreas Christensen Trainee

Kurt Zouma £12m

Gary Cahill £7m

Cesar Azpilicueta £6.5m

Ramires £20m

Oscar £25m

Jon Obi Mikel £4m

Mohamed Salah £11m

Didier Drogba Free

Loic Remy £8.5m

SUBSTITUTES

Cesc Fabregas £30m

Nathan Ake Trainee

Eden Hazard £32m

Thibaut Courtois £5m 


Willian £32m

John Terry Trainee 


Ruben Loftus-Cheek Trainee

TOTAL COST 
£200,000,000


BRADFORD'S FIRST 11 
AND THEIR COSTS

Ben Williams Free

Stephen Darby Free

Rory McArdle Free

Andrew Davies Free

James Meredith Free

Billy Knott Free

Gary Liddle Free

Filipe Morais Free

Andy Halliday Free

James Hanson £7,500

Jon Stead Loan

SUBSTITUTES

Alan Sheehan Free

Billy Clarke Free

Francois Zoko Loan

Mark Yeates Free

Jason Kennedy Free

Chris Routis Free

Matthew Urwin Free

TOTAL COST 
£7,500