Harrogate Town’s Simon Weaver made a big impression on Bradford City boss

Saturday will see Bradford City chief Conor Sellars come up against a man who made a big impression on him during the early years of his football career.

The Bantams travel to Yorkshire rivals Harrogate Town, the club whom Sellars spent the 2013-14 season playing for in Conference North.

In charge of the Sulphurites at that time was Simon Weaver the very same manager who will occupy the home dug-out this weekend and be looking to mastermind a league double over City.

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Plenty has changed since Sellars last donned Harrogate colours, though Weaver has remained in situ and Bradford’s joint-manager admits that his former boss’s passion for the game rubbed off on him.

Bradford managerial duo Connor Sellars and Mark Trueman. Picture Bruce Rollinson

“They weren’t in League Two back then but obviously it’s the same manager in Simon Weaver. He’s a really good guy and has done a tremendous job there,” Sellars said.

“I thought he was a really good manager when I was there. I had some good discussions with him whilst I was a player and enjoyed working with him.

“I used to really like his desire and how committed he was.

“We were part-time in Conference North, but he lived and breathed it. His intensity in his work was great to see.

“They always spoke about moving forward, about trying to get into the EFL and they’ve done that and they deserve it.”

Though Sellars has seen first-hand how Weaver operates behind the scenes, six years have passed since he played under the Town chief, and thus he doesn’t expect his personal experience to give him an extra edge.

“I guess it gives me a little bit of an insight into how they’re going to approach it, but obviously people evolve over time,” he added. “I’m sure Simon has changed because the club is of a bigger stature now.”

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