Nahki Wells & Bradford City Defeat Arsenal

December 11, 2012

[Updated - Bradford City dramatically booked their place in the Capital One Cup Semi-Finals with a penalty shoot-out victory over Arsenal]

] Bermuda’s Nahki Wells and his Bradford City team mates will face Premier side Arsenal in the League Cup quarter-finals today [Dec 11].

The game will begin soon, and for those that are home please tune into CableVision channel 22/ESPN to watch the 22-year-old Bermudian in action. As of 3.30pm ESPN is showing a pre-game show.

Update 3.44pm: For anyone stuck at work, you can follow live updates on the Guardian’s blog, where they have posted Bermuda’s Nahki Wells is the “one to watch in the City side”

Update 3.45pm: Nahki Wells has a mention even before the game begins, with the ESPN commentator saying “All eyes will be on Nahki Wells.”

Update 3.53pm: Wells fired on goal in the first few minutes.

Update 4.01pm: Bradford has scored, they are now up 1-0. Goal was scored by Garry Thompson, and came from a free kick drawn by Wells.

Update 4.29pm: The game has gone to half time with the score remaining 1-0. Wells received numerous mentions, with the ESPN commentators being extremely flattering about his football skills.

Update 4.47pm: The second half is about to get underway, and in the first half recap the ESPN commentator said “The Bermudian Nahki Wells has impressed.”

Update 4.55pm: Score remains 1-0. ESPN continues to lavish praise on Nahki Wells, this time saying his “reputation has been enhanced by his performance” thus far.

Update 5.13pm: Wells received a yellow card

Update 5.17pm: Wells has been taken off, receiving a well deserved standing ovation from the crowd. As he went off the ESPN commentator said: “He’s been nothing but superb for Bradford tonight…”

Update 5.32pm: Arsenal have equalized, the score is now 1-1.

Update 5.41pm: The score was 1-1 and the end of 90 mins, and the game has now gone into extra-time

Update 6.14pm: Extra time ended 1-1, it will now go to penalties

Update 6.22pm: Arsenal has missed 1 penalty, and had another saved.

Update 6.24pm: Game over…Bradford has beaten Arsenal!

  • Bradford – Nathan Doyle – Scored
  • Arsenal – Santi Cazorla – Saved
  • Bradford – Gary Jones – Scored
  • Arsenal – Marouane Chamakh – Missed
  • Bradford – Stephen Darby – Saved
  • Arsenal – Jack Wilshere – Scored
  • Bradford – Alan Connell – Scored
  • Arsenal – Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain – Scored
  • Bradford – Ritchie Jones – Saved
  • Arsenal – Per Mertesacker – Missed

Update 6.53pm: ITV reports “Arsenal suffered an embarrassment of epic proportions as they lost on penalties to a battling Bradford side whose achievement should rank among football’s all-time giant-killing feats.”

“The 23,971 sell-out crowd, Bradford’s biggest since 1960, had groaned as the teams were read out but they were soon cheering when their top-scorer Nahki Wells out-muscled Vermaelen and forced a sprawling save from Wojciech Szczesny.”

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  1. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    Oh man can’t leave office till 5:30 ! Don’t have tivo .. Good Luck Nahki

  2. Kat says:

    It’s so wonderful to hear about this young man. Keep up the good work Nahki and I pray your team wins. It’s great to know that you’re putting Bermuda on the map in a positive way. Congrats.

    • Blurt says:

      He is working incredibly hard, and never stops learning. A good role model for our youth and our adults here.

  3. Let me get this str8 says: (live streaming)

  4. Wow says:

    Go Nahki!! Bermuda is rooting for you!

  5. Autumn Fire says:

    This is such an awesome accomplishment for our Bermudian, Nahki Wells! Congrats! Your family must be so proud! – good job family, Bermuda is cheering for you watching ESPN! Congrats on the GOAL!

  6. Just One says: (no download required)

  7. mixitup says:

    Whoo Hoo!!! Get it Nahki!

  8. slow potato says:

    im stuck at work, how is he playing?

  9. Concerned Citizen says:

    Fantastic performance! In January, expect Nahki to move into the Premier league(ah mr. Wenger, I’m a gooner, so BUY him), as he has revealed that he is a world class talent! In fact, if he had a tactically better midfield behind him, who can play touches, he would be even more dangerous! Today, I’m Bradford City, number 21, WELLS! Wenger, that’s the baller you have been missing, so don’t leave Yorkshire until you have a discussion with Bradford City!


  11. Truth is killin me... says:

    Bradford City are gonna win on penalties. Arsenal look sloppy! GOOOOOO NAHKI WELLS!!!!!!!!

  12. Kam says:


  13. concerned ambassador says:

    Proud to be Bermudian!!!

  14. Who wrote the report? says:

    Something seriously wrong with the Gooners these days

    Congrats Nakhi and Bradford City FC

  15. Truth is killin' me... says:

    And the Truth is right AGAIN! Well done Bradford City!!!

  16. Joey-Bag-O'doughnuts says:

    I am extremely happy for Nakhi but I am more ecstatic that Arsenal are out. I hate Arsenal and I cannot stand Wenger!

  17. Cal Blankendal says:


    Another fantastic performance and as long as you put this effort in each week, you will be rewarded for it with a dream move!

    Also note that your Hornet’s family are very proud to call you our ‘Living Legend’!!!

    No Guts, No Glory

    • Kewanna Swan says:

      Job well done Nahki!

      You are representing the Hornets in a very admirable way. Your contributions to your Bradford’s successful season thus far have been amazing! We are following you closely here and your family are very proud to provide updates. On behalf of the Dandy Town Family, we miss you in our brown and gold but are very proud of you and continue to root for you!

      Cal, you hit the nail right on the head! smile

      Again, No Guts, No Glory!

  18. wtf says:

    Nice to see the crowd at docksiders behind him

  19. abcd says:

    i wish you all the best young man

  20. Barracuda says:

    I am going to buy a Bradford shirt with your name on the back. The only other shirt I have like that is ‘Rooney’

  21. James Goodfellow says:

    Great job Nahki, no goals but you looked skillish out there.

  22. status! says:

    GO BRADFORD!!!!!GO NAHKI!!!!!!Moms is so proud knew you and team could pull it off!!!!!!!!Big things a goon so you know!

  23. James Tucker says:

    Way to go Nahki! You are doing the island proud mate!

  24. CHEEKUMS BIE says:

    i get chills watchin ya boy play well done mane cheekums bie

  25. bir says:

    Your the man so proud of you and your team…

  26. Tolerate says:

    Excellent performance by Nahki Wells. For a moment being able to watch a local boy perform on the big stage and see ALL my countryman united behind him was truly amazing. Exactly what Bermuda needed; a time-out to get behind a common goal.
    So proud of you today, keep working hard.

  27. Well Done Nakhi!!! says:

    This was a write up on ESPN’s soccernet…

    “And it was a night when a League Two striker performed with the skill and sharpness his Premier League counterparts lacked. Nakhi Wells swapped his native Bermuda for Bradford (holidaymakers are more likely to make the opposite journey) and his name reverberated around Valley Parade in relentless, rousing choruses. He ran Vermaelen ragged.”

    “Where Wells led, others followed eagerly. Bradford charged around to combat the Yorkshire cold, playing like men possessed. Thompson volleyed in after a corner from Jones and City merited victory in 90 minutes, eventually securing it rather later.”

  28. Great performance Nahki. Hope you get picked up by a bigger team during the next few weeks which was what was suggested by the commentator Skaka Hyslop. he also had high praise for the young Bermudian.

    Very proud of him.