IT has been a long time between drinks since Bradford City’s last win in the Lion’s Den - and how they could do with a rewind on Friday night to one winter’s day at Millwall in February 1988.
It was a time when young songstress Tiffany was at number one with “I Think We’re Alone Now” in a month when a nurses’ strike made the news along with the first ever charity Red Nose Day and the Winter Olympics in Calgary - Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and all that.
In football, the Bantams had seen their wings clipped in the second division programme, albeit not helped by the weather, during a season when they, Millwall, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers were pitted in an intense promotion race.
They arrived at the old Den on a run of just one win in eight matches, to take the shine away from some considerable autumnal highs.
The game on February 6, 1988 was City’s first in the league since January 2 due to the weather - and they made up for their inactivity with a key win.
The hosts much-vaunted duo of Teddy Sherringham and Tony Cascarion were kept under lock and key with the Bradford matchwinner at the other end being Ian Ormondroyd, who netted the only goal of the game.
The game immeasurably boosted confidence levels for the claret and amber, who then embarked on a memorable run of one defeat in 14 matches.
Terry Dolan’s side beat Oldham 5-3 in their next game - John Hendrie firing a hat-trick - and then won 2-1 at Ayresome Park, thanks to an Ormondroyd double, in a memorable win on Teesside.
Millwall themselves recorded a powerhouse run in the midst of that loss to Bradford, but cruicially they maintained momentum en route to the second division title.
After losing to City and going down 1-0 at Birmingham, the Lions embarked on a 12-match unbeaten sequence, which featured a promotion-clinching run of seven wins - crowned with victory at Hull which secured them top-flight football.
Bradford slipped up 1-0 in their penultimate match of the season in front of just under 36,500 at Aston Villa - and then came that painful final day game with Ipswich.