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4 November 2016

Match Previews


4 November 2016

ACCRINGTON STANLEY (HOME) - Emirates FA Cup First Round, Saturday 5 November 2016, kick off 3:00pm, Northern Commercials Stadium

The Bantams will make their entrance in this season's Emirates FA Cup this Saturday when they welcome Sky Bet League Two side Accrington Stanley to the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The match will, of course, be City's second encounter with Accrington this campaign having lost out to the Lancashire side on penalties in August following an action-packed EFL Cup tie at the Wham Stadium.

After narrowly missing out on promotion up into League One last season, John Coleman's side currently find themselves two points and two places outside the play-offs following a 3-1 home loss to Newport County last weekend.

Team News

Bradford City
Loan duo Jordy Hiwula and Haris Vuckic are in line to feature on Saturday after being given permission by their parent clubs to represent the Bantams in this season's Emirates FA Cup.

Fellow loanees Josh Cullen and Marc McNulty won't be involved this weekend, however.

Full backs Tony McMahon (thigh) and James Meredith (ankle) will be assessed pre-match to see if they have any chance of taking part following recent injury.

City boss Stuart McCall has hinted that he could use Saturday's tie as an opportunity to make changes to his side, with the likes of Filipe Morais, Daniel Devine and Mark Marshall all in contention for starting berths.

Accrington Stanley
Like City, Accrington may also make alterations to their starting line up for the match.

Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman, who featured in the penalty shoot-out between City and Accrington back in August, could possibly replace regular custodian Elliot Parish between the sticks for Stanley.

Experienced forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher is likely to also get the nod to start for the visitors at Valley Parade.

Stanley will be hoping to be able to call upon fellow striker Billy Kee after the 25 year-old missed Accrington's last three games.

Former Bantams midfielder Patrick Lacey could be on the bench for Accrington. The Liverpudlian, now 23, enjoyed a brief spell with City back in 2011.

Accrington defender Matty Pearson, once of FC Halifax Town, was born in nearby Keighley.

Pearson has already played against City in the FA Cup once before when the Bantams defeated Halifax 2-1 at The Shay in the first round back in 2014.

He could be partnered in central defence at Valley Parade by Omar Beckles. The centre half played against City in the FA Cup first round last season for previous club Aldershot Town.

Ticket Details
Tickets are now on sale from the ticket office at the Northern Commercials Stadium for this game.

Season Tickets/FlexiCards will not be valid for this tie.

The JCT600 Main Stand (lower tier) and North Stand Kop (lower tier) will be open for City supporters on an unreserved basis.

Supporters will be able to pay on the day for the match.

Admission prices are:

Adults: £15.00   
Senior Citizens and Students: £10.00   
Juniors: £5.00

Stadium Entry Details:
Further turnstile, ticket and stadium entry details for Saturday's tie can be found HERE.

Saturday's tie will NOT go to extra time or penalties should the score remain level after 90 minutes. The tie will instead be decided by a replay at Accrington's Wham Stadium on the week commencing 14 November 2016.

Although the club's new big screen has now been installed, the plan is still to have it up and running for the first time for next Saturday's (12 November 2016) Sky Bet League home fixture with Rochdale.

Previous Visits:
Since their rebirth back in 1968, Accrington have played seven times in league and cup at Valley Parade - all since 2004.

Accrington's most recent visit to BD8 came on Boxing Day 2012 when a late Alan Connell winner secured a 2-1 victory for City.

Prior to that, Accrington's four previous away fixtures with the Bantams had all resulted in 1-1 draws.

During Stuart McCall's first spell in charge of City, Accrington impressively defeated the Bantams 3-0 back in October 2007 thanks to a first half double from Roscoe D'Sane and a clincher from Andrew Proctor after the break.

Accrington also beat City 2-1 in the League Cup in 2004 thanks to an 88th-minute goal from Lee McEvilly.

Last Time Out

Newport County 3 (Healey 47, Barnum-Bobb 62, Sheehan 90+4)
Accrington Stanley 1 (Donacien 79)
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 29 October 2016

Accrington Stanley line up: (4-4-1-1): Parish; Vyner (Taylor-Fletcher 60), Beckles, Pearson, Donacien; O'Sullivan (McCartan 69), Brown, Conneely, McConville; Clark (Boco 69); Gornell

Subs not used: Chapman, Hughes, Jones, Lacey 

Accrington's previous five in the league (from left to right): L - D - W - D - L


This Saturday's tie will be Mr Salisbury's fourteenth game of the season.

He has officiated games in Sky Bet League One and League Two so far during the 2016/2017 campaign, along with a single match each in the Checkatrade Trophy and EFL Cup.

His previous match at the Northern Commercials Stadium came as recently as September when he took charge of City's 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town.

For those unable to get to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday afternoon, City supporters can follow live updates from the Accrington tie via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage  


Full audio match commentary of the Accrington match can be found via Bantams Player HD. Join Pulse 2's Jason Thornton and Chris Cooper for match action and reaction from the game.


Bantams Player HD is also the place for post-match interviews from McCall and his players, plus extended match highlights over the weekend.

Supporters can subscribe to Bantams Player HD for as little as £4.49 per month.

The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Accrington tie.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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