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Bradford City Match Preview

8 November 2019

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the Emirates FA Cup visit of Bradford City

This weekend we welcome the Emirates F.A. Cup back to Montgomery Waters Meadow with a home game against Bradford City in round 1. Bradford were relegated from Skybet League One last season but are making an excellent job of returning at the first attempt. They sit in 2nd place, just 1 point behind leaders Forest Green with 30 points from 16 games. They've won more home games than anyone else in League 2 so far this season but their away form is what interests us this weekend. They've only lost twice away from home and have also won close to 50% of their away games with three wins from seven. They've scored nine times in seven games, conceded eight and managed two clean sheets on the road. So far the cup competitions haven't been too kind to Bradford, in the League Cup they lost 4-0 at home to Preston and in The Trophy they've been beaten 2-1 by Manchester City u21 but did win a penalty shoot-out after drawing 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers.

Head to Head

We've played Bradford three times in the F.A. Cup, twice in the 1990/1 season when we drew 0-0 at Valley Parade but won the replay 2-1 at Gay Meadow. The only other game in the F.A. Cup with the Bantams was in the 1975/6 season with Bradford beating us 2-1 at the Meadow.

Top Scorer

Bradford have shared the goals out quite equitably with thirteen goalscorers sharing 24 goals in League One. Top Scorer is number 12, forward James Vaughan with five.


Clayton Donaldson 3
Harry Pritchard 3


Sam Purkiss who is in his first season as a Football League after two years in the National League. This season he's already been in charge of a game involving Bradford when they lost to Cheltenham 3-2 at Whaddon Road. Sam has yet to give a red card this season but has given 37 yellow cards in 11 games.

Squad News

Ro-Shaun Williams is available after suspension. Ryan Sears, Lenell John-Lewis and Romain Vincelot aren't ready yet. Max O'Leary missed out on Tuesday because of an ankle injury and will again this weekend.

Bradford midfielder Callum Cooke is unavailable after he was sent off last weekend against Exeter.

Pre-Match Press

Bradford manager Gary Bowyer has focussed on the memories that his team can make as underdogs whilst Sam Ricketts has spoken about the pressure on the higher league clubs and the fact that competitions like these can be levellers.


Some might see this as a banana skin and others might want to cast Bradford as the underdogs but I'm not sure how much difference there is between Town and City. They were only relegated last season, are having a good one so far and have a broader fan-base so I think talk of underdogs is kidology rather than reality. Bradford have a decent team and are likely to be a challenge. If Gary Bowyer can convince his players that they are genuinely underdogs and up against it, they could find a little extra motivation to finish our cup campaign before it's really started. As ever though, if we play to our potential and defend like we have been doing recently, we should make things equally difficult for Bradford.


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Match Reports

Shrewsbury Town 1 Bradford City 1

9 November 2019

Town come back to book an Emirates FA Cup replay with Bradford

Town: Joe Murphy, Aaron Pierre, Scott Golbourne (Ryan Giles, 80), Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Ollie Norburn, Donald Love, Sean Goss, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Josh Laurent, Jason Cummings (Fejiri Okenabirhie, 57).

Subs: Cameron Gregory, Dave Edwards, Ro-Shaun Williams, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Ryan Giles, Brad Walker, Louis Thompson.

The Bantams: Richard O’Donnell, Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor, Zeli Ismail (Jermaine Anderson, 57, James Vaughan (Kelvin Mellor, 57), Dylan Connolly (Paudie O’Connor, 85), Hope Akpan, Adam Henley, Connor Wood, Danny Devine, Aramide Oteh.

Subs: George Sykes-Kenworthy, Kelvin Mellor, Jackson Longridge, Paudie O’Connor, Jake Reeves, Tyler French, Jermaine Anderson.

Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Darren Wilding and Lisa Rashid
Fourth official: Aaron Jackson

Attendance: 3764 (401)

Shrewsbury Town’s FA Cup journey started with a 1-1 home draw in the first-round against Sky Bet League Two Bradford City.

Despite going a goal down, Salop battled back and got back on level terms with a goal from Josh Laurent. The two teams will face off once again in a replay at Valley Parade.

First Half:

Town’s FA Cup journey began in the first-round, with the Shrews taking on Sky Bet League Two outfit Bradford City at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Within the opening seconds, the home side nearly found themselves a goal down. Joe Murphy was called into action as Dylan Connolly played a perfect ball into the box – but the Town keeper made an authoritative save to parry the ball away from danger.

The first booking of the game was brandished in the 17th minute, as Adam Henley prevented Josh Laurent from breaking on what looked like a dangerously developing counter-attack.

A defensive error from Aaron Pierre provided the Bantams with the breakthrough goal in the 19th minute. A poorly headed pass-back from the defender didn’t generate enough power and Bradford forward Aramide Oteh was on hand to poke the ball into the back of the net.

A great forward phase of play soon saw the home side pull back onto level terms. The move started Shaun Whalley’s cross finding Scott Golbourne just inside the Bantams’ box - the defender had the nous to read the situation and delicately headed the ball to Laurent and the midfielder smashed home from close range.

The opening half came to an end with the two teams level on the score sheet. Despite being in the league below, the visitors provided strong competition for Sam Rickettts’ team and constantly looked to test the Shrews.


Ethan Ebanks-Landell was booked shortly after play had resumed for the second-half for a foul in the middle of the park.

The away side came out for the second-half determined to pull back onto the front foot, and that determination nearly paid off through Zeli Ismail. The pacey winger was able to pick the ball up in the middle of the park, and after a direct run, the Bantams wide-man found himself bearing through on goal - but Ismail couldn’t guide his effort on target.

A hard-fought half continued to develop with both teams looking to pull into the lead. It was Salop who were creating the most chances in an already tightly contested FA Cup tie. Ollie Norburn’s distribution continued to cause trouble for the away side, as the midfielder looked to open the door for his team.

Town had a great opportunity to take the lead with just 10 minutes left on the clock. A great run Aaron Pierre opened up space for Whalley to attack, but the Bantams recovered well to make a last-ditch challenge on Town’s forward.

Town’s FA Cup fixture with Bradford City came to an end with the two sides unable to find a winner.


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Ticket News

Bradford City Ticket Details

6 November 2019

Ticket details for the Emirates FA Cup first round game with Bradford City

Shrewsbury Town v Bradford City
Saturday 9th November – 3pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Emirates FA Cup 1st Round

Tickets details are confirmed for our Emirates FA Cup home game with Bradford City.


Just a reminder, Season Ticket holders have until 5 pm on Thursday, November 7th to secure their reserved seat at the lower price at the Ticket Office windows or over the phone.

They will have until Midnight on Thursday, November 7th to buy their reserved seats online.

After this time, all season ticket reservations will be cancelled and prices will be at the normal rates for the game.

To activate an account online or for info on how to use the online system :-

Should you have any questions, please call the Ticket Office on 01743 273943.

We have managed to secure a discounted ticket for ST holders for this match and we are grateful to Bradford City AFC for agreeing to our pricing proposal.

This game is not included for Season Ticket holders and they will need to purchase a ticket to attend the game although this can be done by buying your seat and adding to your season ticket card.

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

Supporters are encouraged to buy in advance if they can to help beat the queues on matchday.

Matchday prices are

Adult - £15.00 (Adult Season Ticket Holder £10.00 when purchased in advance)

Concessions - £12.00 (Senior, £8 Season Ticket Holder when purchased in advance)

U18 - £6.00 (U18 Season Ticket Holder £4.00 when purchased in advance)

U12 - FREE

Tickets go on sale from 9 am on Friday 1st November from the ticket office and online.

Important Info For Season Ticket Holders Purchasing Online-

Login to your account before selecting your seat to buy for the game.

Season Ticket holders have up until Thursday 7th November at 5 pm to get their tickets at the reduced rates, after that time they will have to pay full price and seats will be released for general sale.

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

Tickets bought online can be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

When buying online the following costs apply-

Print at Home = Free
Collect from STFC = Free
Standard post = £2.60
Special Delivery = £9.00
Add to FanCard = Free

U12s go free to every home SkyBet League One game during the 2019/20 season.

There are several options for the game if you would like to sample our matchday hospitality, you can see this here - Matchday Hospitality - or contact our Commercial team here -

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

Travel - There are a number of matchday buses from around the county and buses from town centre, details here Matchday Travel Plan.  There a number of parking options in and around the stadium, these can be viewed here Matchday Parking Options.

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