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18 November 2019

Club News


18 November 2019

The Bantams go in hunt of a place in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup, tomorrow evening, at home to Shrewsbury Town (7.45pm). 

The two sides have each contested a Trophy fixture since their meeting in Shropshire - a 1-1 draw - on Saturday November 9. 

City are looking to reach the second round of the competition for the third consecutive season, in this replay, with their opponents having reached the same stage every year, since 2014.

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


City: Jake Reeves will be looking to make his second-consecutive start in claret and amber, having made his first appearance in almost 22 months in last week's game against Rochdale. 

Shay McCartan is also looking for a return to Gary Bowyer's matchday squad, having missed the Bantams' last three matches with injury. 

Matt Palmer and Jordan Gibson are 'recovering well' from their setbacks, according to Gary Bowyer, but are still unavailable. 

Shrewsbury: The Shrews could have defenders Aaron Pierre and Omar Beckles available for selection, with the pair expected to be granted an early leave from international duty. 

The pair helped guide Grenada to CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification last week, which led to their game against Doncaster Rovers, at the weekend, being postponed. 

Skipper Ollie Norburn was also called up for the 'Spice Isle' though missed out on involvement through illness, making him a doubt for tomorrow night. 


The first meeting - on Saturday November 9 - ended in a 1-1 draw. 

City broke the deadlock - through Aramide Oteh - before being pegged back, before the interval. 

Shrewsbury Town 1 (Josh Laurent 28')

Bradford City 1 (Aramide Oteh 19')

The Emirates FA Cup

Saturday November 9th 2019

Attendance: 3,764

City: Richard O'Donnell; Adam Henley (booked 17'), Anthony O'Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Zeli Ismail (Kelvin Mellor 57'), Daniel Devine, Hope Akpan, Dylan Connolly (Paudie O'Connor 86'); Aramide Oteh, James Vaughan (c, Jermaine Anderson 57'). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK), Tyler French, Jackson Longridge, Jake Reeves. 
Shrewsbury: Joe Murphy; Ethan Ebanks-Landell (booked 51'), Omar Beckles, Aaron Pierre (booked 76'); Donald Love, Ollie Norburn (c), Sean Goss (Dave Edwards 71'), Scott Golbourne (Ryan Giles 81'); Shaun Whalley, Jason Cummings (Fejiri Okenabirhie 57'), Josh Laurent. Subs (not used): Cameron Gregory (GK), Ro-Shaun Williams, Brad Walker, Louis Thompson. 
Paul Marsden has taken charge of 14 matches so far, this season, issuing 45 yellow cards and one red. 
The official oversaw two City matches and two Shrewsbury affairs, last season, dishing out a total of 14 yellow cards and two dismisalls over the four matches. 
He will be flanked by Christopher Ward and Anthony Moore, with Martin Woods on fourth official duty. 

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 priced as 6/4 favourites to advance into the second round. 

City captain James Vaughan is currently favourite to open the scoring, placed at 9/2. 

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 Salop, with their visitors in their blue and amber home colours.

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

Shrewsbury: Blue and Amber / Blue / Blue and Amber

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