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8 November 2019

Club News


8 November 2019

The kick their 2019/20 Emirates FA Cup campaign off tomorrow with a visit to Shrewsbury Town. 

Gary Bowyer's men look to continue their Sky Bet League Two form at Montgomery Waters Meadow, with action set to get underway from 3.00pm. 

City's Sky Bet League One opponents currently sit 11th in the fourth tier, following an 18th-place finish, last season.  

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


City: City boss Gary Bowyer will be without the services of Callum Cooke tomorrow, after the midfielders dismissalin last week's win over Exeter City. 

Dylan Connolly could be pushing for a start after returning as a substitute, last weekend.

Daniel Devine will make his 50th appearance in City colours, should he be involved. 

Shrewsbury: Ro-Shaun Williams will again be available for selection after serving his one-match suspension, last time out. 

Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Ryan Giles are fit again - following injuries - however Max O'Leary may not be risked. 

Ryan Sears, Lenell John-Lewis and former Bantam Romain Vincelot are long-term absentees. 


Gary Bowyer: "We have to try and build more memories and create history of our own, beginning on Saturday.

"As our supporters know, these cup competitions give us the opportunity to create memories which last a lifetime.

"Shrewsbury are obviously a league above us so will go in as favourites, while we are the underdogs. We are going there to have a really good go at it."

Sam Ricketts: "It is a tough one, in this round. Being in Sky Bet League One, we are top of the tree.

"I do not really know what constitutes a good or bad draw. All I could have asked for is a home draw and we have got that.

"We have a good side. But, it does not matter who you play, - it is the FA Cup."


City's last meeting with Shrewsbury came in Sky Bet League One, last season. 

The Bantams recorded a memorable 4-3 victory after David Ball's dramatic, last-gasp winner. 

Bradford City 4 (Jack Payne 19', Lewis O'Brien 38', Eoin Doyle 60', David Ball 90+6')

Shrewsbury Town 3 (Fejiri Okenabirhie 27, 76' pen, 90+3')

Sky Bet League One

Tuesday January 29th 2019

Attendance: 14,906

City: Richard O'Donnell; Paul Caddis, Anthony O'Connor (c), Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Calum Woods (Adam Chicksen 72'); Hope Akpan, Lewis O'Brien; David Ball (booked 45'), Jack Payne (Paudie O'Connor 90+2'), Connor Wood; Eoin Doyle (George Miller 81'). Subs (not used): Ben Wilson (GK), Daniel Devine, Jermaine Anderson, Luca Colville. 
Shrewsbury: Steve Arnold; Mat Sadler (Sam Smith 58'), Luke Waterfall, Omar Beckles (booked 90'); James Bolton, Greg Docherty, Anthony Grant, Oliver Norburn, Ryan Haynes (Shaun Whalley 75'); Josh Laurent (Aaron Holloway 45'), Fejiri Okenabirhie. Subs (not used): Reice Charles-Cook (GK), James Rowlands, Ryan Sears, Romain Vincelot. 
Sam Purkiss has taken charge of 11 games this season, issuing 37 yellow cards. 
The official has already taken charge of the Bantams on one occassion, this season, showing five yellow cards in a 3-2 defeat at Cheltenham Town. 
Purkiss will be flanked by Darren Wilding and Lisa Rashid, with Aaron Jackson in as fourth official. 

Supporters unable to make the trip to Shropshire tomorrow can follow match action via the club’s official Twitter page.

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 at 774 kHz on FM and DAB.

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction with post-match interviews and content, while supporters based outside the UK with a package can even tune into a live video stream!


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

Shrewsbury are currently 23/20 favourites for victory in Shropshire. 

Shrews striker Daniel Udoh is favourite to open the scoring, currently priced at 9/2. 

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.


The Bantams will be in their claret and amber home strip - tomorrow - with their hosts in their blue and amber kit. 

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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