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22 December 2020

Match Previews


22 December 2020

The Bantams are back on the road in Sky Bet League Two - travelling to Blundell Park to face Grimsby Town (7.00pm). 

The Mariners sit 19th in the table and have the second-worst goal difference in the league with -14. They secured their first victory in six matches on Saturday with a 1-0 win against Scunthorpe United.

We have compiled all of the key information you will need about tonight’s hosts in this Opposition Guide.


Grimsby made 15 signings over the summer, with 14 players heading in the opposite direction.

INS: Sean Scannell (Blackpool), Terry Taylor (Wolverhampton Wanderers, loan), George Williams (Forest Green Rovers), Montel Gibson (Halesowen Town), Luke Spokes (Taunton Town), James Morton (Bristol City), Danny Rose (Swindon Town), Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers, loan), Owen Windsor (West Bromwich Albion, loan), Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest, loan), Danny Preston (Nottingham Forest, loan), Owura Edwards (Bristol City, loan), Ira Jackson Jr. (Folkestone Invicta), Jock Curran (Spalding United), Filipe Morais (unassigned).

OUTS: Billy Clarke (Bradford City), Bilel Mohsni (Barnet), Alhagi Touray Sisay (Cleethorpes Town), Brandon Buckley (Cleethorpes Town), Jock Curran (Spalding United), Ahkeem Rose (Dover Athletic), Jake Hessenthaler (Crawley Town), Harry Davis (Morecambe), Elliott Whitehouse (Forest Green Rovers), Charles Vernam (Burton Albion), Harry Cardwell (Chorley), Jordan Cook (released), Elliot Grandin (released), Brad Garmston (released).


Filipe Morais

Morais was part of the City side which triumphed over Chelsea in the 2014/15 Emirates FA Cup, winning 4-2 at Stamford Bridge. Morais is a product of the Blues’ academy and has clocked up over 400 career appearances.

The Portugese winger signed for Ian Holloway’s side at the beginning of the month, following his release from Crawley Town at the start of October. He has made three appearances so far this season for the Mariners.

Elliot Hewitt

The versatile defender started his career off at Macclesfield Town before signing for Ipswich Town in 2012. Hewitt struggled for first-team appearances while with the Suffolk-based side and enjoyed spells with Gillingham and Colchester United - before signing a permanent deal with Notts County in 2015.

He played 152 times for the Magpies, including a Sky Bet League Two Play-Off campaign where they lost out to Coventry City in the semi-finals. The Welshman penned a two-year deal with Grimsby in 2019 and has made 11 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

Luke Waterfall

The 30-year-old enjoyed his most successful spell as a player with Lincoln City, as he helped guide the club back into the EFL as Champions in 2016/17 - winning the Papa John’s Trophy the season after.

Waterfall then signed for Shrewsbury Town in 2018 where he made 54 appearances, scoring six goals. The Sheffield-born defender departed the Shrews for Grimsby in August 2019 and has been a regular in the side since arriving.


James McKeown started off his professional career with Peterborough United in 2007 before signing a permanent deal with Grimsby Town in 2011. Whilst at the Posh, McKeown made loan appearances for Kettering Town, Worcester City and Boston United.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper has made over 425 appearances for the Mariners and helped win promotion back into Sky Bet League Two in 2016 after losing out in the National League Play-Off Final to Bristol Rovers, on penalties, in the previous season. 


Ian Holloway started his managerial career off with Bristol Rovers in 1996 and has since managed eight clubs - including Queens Park Rangers, Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City.

He helped guide Blackpool into the Premier League through the play-offs in 2010 and achieved the same feat with Crystal Palace just three years later. The 57-year old remained in London after leaving the Eagles in 2013, managing Queens Park Rangers and Millwall respectively. 

Holloway won his first two matches 1-0 after he was appointed manager of Grimsby Town in December 2019 but sits in 19th position in the table this season, six points above the relegation zone.


Grimsby Town won their first match in six on Saturday - beating Scunthorpe United 1-0 at Blundell Park.

Grimsby Town 1 (Pollock 21’)

Scunthorpe United 0 

Saturday 19 December

Grimsby: McKeown, Hendrie, Hewitt, Pollock, Preston, Morais (Starbuck 82'), Clifton, Spokes, Bennett (Edwards 62’), Gibson (Green 62’), Jackson Jr (Tilley 79').

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