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28 December 2019

Club News


28 December 2019

The Bantams contest their final match of 2019 tomorrow, welcoming Mansfield Town to the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Gary Bowyer's men look to extend their unbeaten run to six matches in the 3.00pm encounter. 

The visiting Stags currently sit 19th in Sky Bet League Two, having narrowly missed out on promotion, last term. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview full of in-depth pre-match analysis - ahead of the encounter. 


City: Gary Bowyer's side could still be suffering from the illness which has swept the camp - over the festive period. 

Captain James Vaughan and full-back Adam Henley could return to the starting 11, having not started either of City's last two matches. 

Bowyer will also be hoping to be able to pick Jake Reeves and Harry Pritchard, after the pair missed the Bantams' Boxing Day trip to Carlisle United. 

Mansfield: Graham Coughlan could name an unchanged starting 11 for his side's visit to West Yorkshire. 

They newly-appointed Mansfield boss has named the same side in both of his two opening games at the helm. 

Injured due Hayden White and Kellan Gordon will be hoping to return. 


Gary Bowyer: "Mansfield have just had a change in manager so will have to quickly pick up from where they left, and we will have to be aware of that.

"When you look at their squad and the quality they have, we know it will be another tough challenge.

"But, we are back at home and, hopefully, we can make all our possession and opportunities - which we have recently had - count."

Graham Coughlan: "We have a very busy schedule. It is hectic, chaotic and game after game.

"There are far more positives that I have seen over the last two games and five or six training sessions than I thought, when I came in.

"We will be okay, but I want to win football matches. I am not here to draw games or hang around 18th in the table – and I am sure the players will echo that sentiment."


City's last meeting with Mansfield came over 10 years ago - in 2008.

The hosts were beaten 2-1 at the Utilita Energy Stadium in Sky Bet League Two, with future Bantam Michael Boulding netting the winner for Mansfield. 

Bradford City 1 (Barry Conlon 45')

Mansfield Town 2 (Nathan Arnold 14', Michael Boulding 51')

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday March 15th 2008

Attendance: 13,611

Referee: Scott Mathieson

City: Scott Loach; TJ Moncur, David Wetherall, Darren Williams, Paul Heckingbottom; Joe Colbeck (Willy Topp 68'), Paul Evans (Tom Penford 62'), Alex Rhodes (Omar Daley 71'); Eddie Johnson, Barry Conlon, Peter Thorne. Subs (not used): Mark Bower, Kyle Nix. 
Mansfield: Jason White; Alex Baptiste, Jake Buxton, Johnny Mullins, Gareth Jelleyman; Will Atkinson (Jefferson Louis 64'), Jon D'Laryea (Dan Martin 90'), Stephen Dawson, Matt Hamshaw (Keith Briggs 76'); Nathan Arnold, Michael Boulding. Subs (not used): Rory Boulding, Chris Wood. 
Ross Joyce has taken charge of 19 matches this season, issuing 82 yellow cards and three red. 
The Cleveland man oversaw City's Trophy meeting with Manchester City Under-21s in September, though is yet to officiate a Mansfield game, this season. 
Joyce will be flanked by Stephen Wade and Alix Pashley, with Peter Gooch appointed fourth official. 

Supporters unable to make it to the Utilita Energy Stadium tomorrow can follow match action via the club’s official Twitter page.

Supporters can also buy an iFollow match pass for just £10, enabling them to enjoy the game from the comfort of their own home! CLICK HERE to purchase.  

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction with post-match interviews and content.

The live feed will provide minute-by-minute coverage of the clash in addition to updates on other social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram.

Full audio match commentary is available to iFollow Bantams subscribers, while BBC Radio Leeds’ Tim Steere and Andy Kiwomya will provide live radio commentary on 774 MW.


City supporters can back their team for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet.

Gary Bowyer's men are currently placed as heavy 19/20 favourites to overcome the Stags. 

Skipper James Vaughan is favourite to break the deadlock, priced at 7/2. 

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.


City will wear their home strip of claret and amber stripes for the visit of Mansfield, who will be in their teal blue third kit. 

City: Claret and Amber Stripes / Black with Amber Detail / Black with Amber Detail

Mansfield: Teal / Teal / Teal

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