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Bradford City Match Preview

29 January 2019

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the trip to Bradford City

Bradford City have had a difficult season so far and currently sit in 23rd place with 28 points from 29 games. The season started pretty well with a win away against us on the opening day of the season but with just three more wins before Christmas, they found themselves looking up at pretty much everyone else in the division. Christmas brought Bantams fans four wins out of five but they've not won since new years day and have only scored once. Their motivation for this game is likely to be the fact that they will draw level with us if they can get the three points. Our motivation is equally simple, with Oxford, Bristol Rovers and Gillingham all playing at home tonight, we need to win to be certain of staying ahead of them.

Top Scorers

Jack Payne 8 from 37 appearances.
Eoin Doyle 7 from 31 appearances.
Anthony O'Connor 5 from 34 appearances.


Lewis O'brien 4
Eoin Doyle 3
George Miller 3

Clean Sheets

Six at home and three away.

Bradford haven't been starting games well judging by the eight goals they've conceded in the first fifteen minutes of games this season. At home they've conceded six in the first fifteen minutes but the second fifteen minutes has seen them score five at home, more than any other similar period.


Andy Haines from Tyne & Wear. Games this season: 25 . Yellow cards: 80. Red cards: 4.
Assistants: Kevin Mulraine and David Avent.

Squad News

Dave Edwards is still out of action but Shaun Whalley is available after coming on as substitute against Wolves, but maybe not ready for a start.


As I said above, we really need to win tonight if we want to keep Oxford, Bristol Rovers and Gillingham behind us, our recent form has seen a number of away draws so it would be good to turn one of those into a win. However, we should be drawing confidence from beating Stoke and pushing Wolves all the way to a replay. Form wise, we've only lost twice in the last ten games in all competitions (if you exclude the penalty shoot out at Port Vale). During that time we've only won twice but we have put on some good performances against some very good teams including a draw at Sunderland, another at Blackpool and of course the cup games. Throughout those games there have been more than enough signs that this team could still finish well in Skybet League One this season if we can find the right form.


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MATCH REPORT: Bradford City Shrewsbury Town

29 January 2019

An end-to-end fixture came to an end with the Bantams out-scoring Town 4-3.

Bradford: Richard O’Donnell, Anthony O’Connor, Eoin Doyle (George Miller, 81), Jack Payne (Paudie O’Connor, 90), Hope Akpan, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Connor Wood, Calum Woods (Adam Chicksen, 72), Paul Caddis, Lewis O’Brian, David Ball.

Subs: Ben Wilson, Adam Chicksen, Paudi O’Connor, George Miller, Jermaine Anderson, Danny Devine, Luca Colville.

Town: Steve Arnold, Ryan Haynes (Shaun Whalley, 75), Mat Sadler (Sam Smith, 57), Omar Beckles, Greg Docherty, Fejiri Okenabirhie, James Bolton, Luke Waterfall, Josh Laurent (Aaron Amadi-Holloway, 45), Ollie Norburn, Anthony Grant.

Subs: Reice Charles-Cook, Shaun Whalley, Romain Vincelot, Sam Smith, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Ryan Sears, James Rowland.

Referee: Scott Oldham

Assistants: Kevin Mulraine and David Avent

Fourth official: Mark Dwyer

Attendance: 14, 906

An end-to-end fixture came to an end with Bradford City taking all three points at home.

Fejiri Okenabirhie’s three goals weren’t enough to see Town outscore the Bantams as the home side snatched a late winner.

Team News: Sam Ricketts made no chances to this evenings line up as Town went in search of three points on the road against Bradford City.

First Half:

A cold evenings game in Bradford opened up with both teams looking to create chances and burst forward at any given chance, which created a free-flowing first 10 minutes for Town and the hosts.

Town would have been disappointed in the 19th minute as the home side took the lead. James Bolton could have dealt with a lofted pass over the top but the defender missed his swing at the ball. And Jack Payne pounced on the chance. The forward neatly finished into Steve Arnold’s net.

The home side were having a patch of good fortune shortly after their goal and came close to doubling the lead. A good break of play found David Ball on the edge of the box but Arnold did well to get two strong hands on the long-range shot.

Town didn’t let the home sides goal put a dampener on their motivation and managed pull a goal back just before the half-an-hour mark. Greg Docherty slipped in a neat pass for Fejiri Okenabirhie and the forward squeezed the ball past Richard O’Donnell to level the score.

Against the run of play the home side managed to notch another goal. As the ball fumbled around the edge of the box, Lewis O’Brian managed to swipe at the ball and his left-footed effort curled into the back of the net with just under 10 minutes to go.

David Ball was given a yellow card just a minute before half-time for brining down Josh Laurent.

The half came to an end with the home side going into the dressing room with a 2-1 lead over Town. An end-to-end half created a number of chances but fell the way of the hosts.

Second Half:

The hosts came out for the second-half and looked to continue their momentum and were breaking well on the counter-attack. Despite sustained pressure, the Town back line did well to push away most of the danger.

Confusion between Ollie Norburn and Omar Beckles allowed the home side to pressure Town’s goal on the 60-minute mark, as Town were unable to clear their lines. After a number of well blocked shots, Town’s fortune ran out and Eoin Doyle smashed home the Bantams third from a tight angle.

The only thing denying the Bantams another goal in the 65th minute was a great point-blank safe from Arnold. David Ball got on the end of a driven cross but was unable to beat Town’s keeper from a few yards out.

A great free kick by Okenabirhie pulled Town right back into the game with 15 minutes to go. The forward struck the ball with great power from 25-yards out and saw the ball rocket into the top right-hand corner of the goal – giving O’Donnell no chance.

Town were pushing and pushing to find more chances in the final third but the home side were battling hard to deny Town anything. Even with a number of subs, Town were finding it hard to break down the Bantams.

Omar Beckles was given a yellow card towards the end of the game for pulling back a Bradford frontman.

Town were awarded a penalty right in the depths of injury time as the Bantams tripped down Shaun Whalley just inside the box. Okenabirhie stepped up and slotted the ball into the goal – levelling the score right at the death.

David Ball secured a late goal to earn the home side all three points. The forward managed to cut in from the right side and curl an effort into the corner of the goal, which put the result beyond doubt.

The game came to an end the Bantams taking all three points after a late winner.

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Bradford City Ticket Details

27 January 2019

Ticket details for our Sky Bet League One trip to the Northern Commercials Stadium

Bradford City v Shrewsbury Town
Tuesday 29th January – 7:45pm Kick-Off
Northern Commercials Stadium
Sky Bet League One

We have been allocated 350 tickets which are located within the Northern Commercials (East) Stand.

Adults - £20
OAP/Student - £15
Juniors U16 - £10
Under Eleven - £5 (when purchased with adult ticket)

Please note adult ticket prices increase to £25 on matchday.

Disabled fans must be in receipt of DLA at the higher level, or middle rate for mobility. Disabled fans pay the age related cost from the above list.

Tickets go off sale at 12 noon on Tuesday 29th of January. 

Town fans can purchase tickets on the day but the adult price rises to £25.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 

•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Away tickets are set up online with the following delivery options:

Standard post 
Special delivery
Collect from Shrewsbury Town - Free

Any tickets for away games not collected will be taken to the away game on the day.

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

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