When Omar joined Bradford City, he came over as a gangly, unimpressive winger who looked like he could be gone as quickly as he came following Colin Todd’s departure. He looked like a very poor man’s Jermaine Johnson. But after almost 5 years at the club, I will miss Omar Daley. He slowly built up his form, and following a season and a half at the club settling in, the 2008/09 season saw Daley come into his own. It was the ‘nearly’ season under Stuart McCall when City resided in the top 3 until March when a 9 game winless run saw the team finish 9th. I am still convinced to this day that had Daley not been on the end of a bad tackle from Darlington’s Neil Austin, the 2009/2010 season would have seen Stuart McCall managing a Bradford City side in League One. Daley was the extra quality in that team who, while not always the producer or scorer of goals, was the man opposition teams most worried about. And this was reflected in his inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year that season, despite missing the last third of the season.
I’m not going to claim that he was always wonderful, some games he didn’t turn up, didn’t look interested and following his return from injury, he was never quite the same player. However, he did come up with some important goals this past season; he scored both goals in City’s two 1-0 wins over Bury, he got the ball rolling in the almost win-or-bust game against Aldershot and got a double in the thrashing of Oxford back in October. He also scored some memorable goals, against Aldershot this year and last, and away at Rotherham in his first season with the club. In my opinion, his loan to Rotherham was a disastrous decision by Peter Taylor and one of the final nails in his coffin.
In what has been quite frankly an abysmal ten years for Bradford City, Omar Daley has been one of very few players that has been able to excite me whilst watching Bradford City, he has been a bright spark in what has seemed a never ending decline. And for that, I thank Omar. I wish Daley all the best in the future and hope that we can find a player just as exciting to replace him.