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1 April 2021

Match Previews


1 April 2021

The Bantams will look secure back-to-back wins when hosting Forest Green Rovers in Sky Bet League Two on Good Friday.

Mark Cooper’s side are enjoying a successful fourth season in the EFL and sit fifth in the table, having won 17, drawn 11 and lost nine so far this campaign.

This will be only the third ever meeting between City and the Green Devils, with the Bantams winless in both previous matches.

We have created this Opposition Guide to take you through everything you need to know about Friday’s visitors to the Utilita Energy Stadium.


The Gloucestershire-based outfit made three signings in January, with a further four players departing the club.

INS: Josh Davison (Charlton Athletic, loan), Baily Cargill (Milton Keynes Dons), Isaac Hutchinson (Derby County, loan). 

OUTS: Liam Kitching (Barnsley), Mathew Stevens (Stevenage, loan), Carl Winchester (Sunderland), Josh March (Harrogate Town, loan).


Luke McGee

McGee came through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and joined Peterborough United on loan before signing a permanent deal with Portsmouth in 2017. 

The 25-year-old goalkeeper enjoyed three years at Fratton Park and was loaned to the Bantams last season, where he made four appearances. He joined Forest Green Rovers last summer on a two-year-deal and has featured 28 times, keeping eight clean sheets.

Scott Wagstaff

Wagstaff is a product of the Charlton Athletic academy and went on to play in 137 matches for the Addicks, scoring 20 goals. He made a permanent move to Bristol City in 2013, where he won the Papa John’s Trophy two years after his arrival.

The 30-year-old midfielder enjoyed two seasons at Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon and joined the Green Devils last year. 


This is Chris Stokes’ second stint at the New Lawn, having played for Rovers between 2010 and 2015, making over 130 appearances. 

The Somerset-born defender has also spent time at Coventry City, Bury and Stevenage and was capped by England at youth level.

Stokes picked up the captain’s armband in January, following the departure of Carl Winchester to Sunderland at the beginning of 2021.


Wakefield-born Mark Cooper was appointed Forest Green manager in May 2016, achieving promotion from the Vanarama National League in his first season.

As a manager, Cooper’s former clubs include Peterborough United, Notts County, Swindon Town, Darlington and Telford.

He enjoyed a 22-year playing career for the likes of Exeter City, Birmingham City, Forest Green Rovers and Tamworth.


Bolton Wanderers extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches as Eoin Doyle’s first-half strike was enough to see off Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn.

Forest Green Rovers 0

Bolton Wanderers 1 (Doyle 39’)

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday March 27

Rovers: Thomas, Bernard, Stokes, Moore-Taylor, Cargill, Bailey (Young 57'), Whitehouse, Allen (Godwin-Malife 66'), Wilson, Matt (Davis 7'), Collins. 

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