Graham Kavanagh on Bradford v City

Last updated : 16 January 2004 By Michael Morris

CARDIFF CITY captain Graham Kavanagh will tomorrow face the man who killed his Middlesbrough dream.

It was former Boro boss Bryan Robson - now manager of First Division strugglers Bradford - who showed the Irishman the door at the Riverside Stadium.

The Manchester United legend and former England skipper sold the midfielder to Stoke for £250,000 in 1996 - and ended his chance of playing alongside Juninho, Ravanelli and co in the Premier League.

Robson spent millions in the transfer market, luring Brazilian trio Juninho, Emerson and Branco and Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli to the North East.

The foreign legion had arrived on Teesside - and that meant the end of Kavanagh at the Riverside Stadium.

Tomorrow City visit Bradford for the first time in nearly 10 years, presenting Kavanagh with the ideal opportunity to show Bantams chief Robson he made a mistake in letting him leave the Riverside.

But the Bluebirds' very own Captain Marvel insists he holds no grudges against Robson - even though he felt he didn't give him a fair chance at Middlesbrough.

"Of course I want to show Bryan Robson what I can do. I'd be lying if I said anything different," said Kavanagh, who joined Boro from Irish club Home Farm in 1991.
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