Bantams Banter was once part of a larger show called ‘The Tom & Dom Show’. It was ten minutes splattered on the end of a two hour entertainment show and basically involved idle chat about our favourite football club. What happened?! Well we decided to take this ‘idle chit-chat’ to the terraces at Valley Parade and record the outcome, and so Bantams Banter was born.
One half of Bantams Banter, Tom, is a gentle giant with a pretty blunt whit. He’s had 18 years watching City and 10 years moaning about how bad they have become! Listeners have portrayed Tom as ‘enthusiastic’, ‘the monkey’ and ‘profuse’? (Tom only knows what two of these words mean but he’s willing to go with it!) He has a penchant for Johnny Cash, all things 1970’s and food in general. He drives a 1976 bright orange campervan and has had facial hair since the age of 14…
Tom has worked for the Sports Team at BBC Radio Leeds and also puts in a shift at the National Media Museum in his spare time. Tom’s Dad attends most games with the gents and as a point of reference is the spitting image of Jasper Carrot. (For those of you too young to know who Jasper Carrot is, google images should give you an idea).
Tom’s favourite City players past and present are Dean Furman, Dave Syers, McGod, Juanjo Carricondo, Mills/Blake and Marco Sas/Nigel Pepper. He takes a size large t-shirt at H&M but a size medium at GAP. Randomly Tom also runs his own business, where he supplies Chiropody Products?!
Dom, (or Ol’ Dommy Boy as he likes to be addressed) whiles away many an hour listening to Sinatra, wearing cardigans and smoking cigars. Listeners have described Dom as ‘vainglorious,’ ‘eccentric,’ ‘implacable’ and ‘twat’, but according to him none of those do him any justice!
Born in a stable in Nazareth…ooops wrong miracle worker. Bradford born and bred Dom didn’t even like football until the day his Uncle dragged him to Valley Parade for the first time at the age of 7. He stepped into the Kop, placed his cushion on the cold metal bars, looked up and saw the floodlit green, green grass and his life was changed forever!
Dom spent his spectacled youth pretending he was Nigel Pepper or Des Hamilton (at a push) running around the garden falling over his own feet, his love for the Bantams growing by the day. Years went by when this boy didn’t do too much, then one day he saw his beloved Bradford City were about to go into admin for the second time, ‘I want to help’ he whimpered. So he did, running to York and raising £5,000 in the process, giving it to the club he’d already pumped all of his pocket money into. From this generous donation came a job at City. Upon receiving the job Dom went home, cried with joy for a day, and then got on with it, working for nothing for 6 months…mug!
Then as the clock of life struck 18 Dom went full time, a paid job at the club he’d loved and lived for so long. ‘Get the fuck in sunshine!’. He worked his way through various roles at the club including traveling with the squad on away days which blew his simple mind.
Disaster. The club was hitting financial ruin again after a poor first season in league 2. Dom was gone, no longer could the club afford him. The BBC (Derm Tanner) called and gave Dom the chance to be in radio…the start of the rest of Dom’s life. After a while at the BBC Sky then called to tell Dom a job was available and like the rash decision making idiot he is, he took the job and went on to commentate on fricking greyhound racing! This didn’t go so well and after 6 months he was let go…damn.
Loads more stuff happened here… wife, step-kids, baby, job at a crap radio station, football coach extraordinaire, The Tom & Dom show, and then… Bantams Banter! The rest, as they say, is bloody boring! Get off this page and get listening to the podcasts, you toerags! ‘’
Tom’s dad is, well, the father of Tom. His name has been a badly kept secret for many years on the Bradford City scene and Bantams Banter intend to keep it that way! He has been supporting City since he was a young whipper snapper and has been through most of the clubs trials and tribulations of the past 40 years!
Tom’s Dad is also the worlds biggest Led Zepplin fan and once went to see them ‘Live’ in Bradford at St.Georges Hall! He is the proud new owner of an allotment and as a child used to collect matchbox cars. Day-to-day Tom’s dad sells ‘’stuff for your feet’’, runs his own successful business and likes to holiday at least 15 times a year.
Tom’s dad can be often heard reminiscing about either a) Stuart McCall b) Bobby Campbell or c) John Hendrie – his favourite City players who have yet to be trumped…although he’s loving David Syers this season.