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1 April 2021

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side return to action at the Utilita Energy Stadium - hosting Forest Green Rovers on Good Friday (3.00pm).

The Bantams moved up to 12th in the table after securing all three points at Colchester United on Saturday afternoon, though currently sit 13th after Carlisle United's victory over Crawley Town in midweek. 

This will be City’s third meeting with Rovers in history, and they will look to overcome the Gloucestershire-based side for the first time ever on Friday afternoon.


Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE as part of their 'City For All' 2020/21 season ticket. 

Non season-ticket holders can also stream the action by purchasing an iFollow video match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 2.00pm.

For a step-by-step guide on how to purchase an iFollow video match pass for the fixture, please CLICK HERE. 

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE.


City: Kian Scales, who scored his first senior goal last weekend, could feature for the Bantams once again.

Saturday’s man of the match, Clayton Donaldson is also in contention to start in claret and amber having played a pivotal role in the victory against Colchester United.

Callum Cooke, Zeli Ismail, Lee Novak, Harry Pritchard, Reece Staunton and Bryce Hosannah all remain out for Friday’s encounter.

Rovers: Baily Cargill is in line to feature at the Utilita Energy Stadium, having started in the Green Army's previous match against Bolton Wanderers.

23-year-old goalkeeper Lewis Thomas is also set to start for the visitors, ahead of ex-Bantam Luke McGee.


Forest Green Rovers scored deep into second-half stoppage time to deny Stuart McCall’s Bantams all three points at the New Lawn.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Connor Wood, Reece Staunton (Finn Cousin-Dawson 90+9’), Anthony O’Connor (sent off 62’), Paudie O’Connor (sent off 70’); Tyler French, Billy Clarke (Callum Cooke 68’), Zeli Ismail (Dylan Mottley-Henry 65’), Elliot Watt (booked 73’); Lee Novak, Kurtis Guthrie. Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK); Jackson Longridge, Harry Pritchard, Clayton Donaldson. 

GOALS: Lee Novak (49’), Elliot Watt (66’).

FOREST GREEN: Luke McGee; Dom Bernard (Scott Wagstaff 69’), Dan Sweeney (Matty Stevens 71’), Liam Kitching (booked 82’) (Jake Young 85’), Carl Winchester ©; Ebou Adams, Aaron Collins (booked 90+5’), Nicky Cadden, Jamille Matt; Jordan Moore-Taylor, Udoka Godwin-Malife. Subs (not used): Lewis Thomas (GK); Chris Stokes, Taylor Allen, Shawn McCoulsky.

GOALS: Carl Winchester (60’), Aaron Collins (90+6’).


Anthony Backhouse has taken charge of 25 matches this season - awarding 77 yellow cards, two reds and nine penalties throughout. 

The Cumbria-based referee oversaw City’s 3-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic in December, but is yet to officiate Rovers this season.

Backhouse will be assisted by Abbas Khan and Simon Clayton, with Darren Drysdale in as fourth official for Friday’s fixture.


Supporters can back the Bantams for victory tomorrow afternoon with Sky Bet.

City to win against Mark Cooper’s side is on at 29/20, with two price boots available ahead of the clash. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.


The Bantams remain in their traditional claret and amber strip, with the visitors in their light blue and black third colours. 

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Rovers: Blue and Black / Blue / Blue and Black

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