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27 April 2021

Match Previews


27 April 2021

The Bantams return to action at the Utilita Energy Stadium - hosting Salford City in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday evening (7.00pm).

Gary Bowyer’s side are chasing the play-offs and remain one point off the top seven, with three matches left of the campaign.

We have created this opposition guide to take you through everything you need to know about Tuesday’s visitors.


Salford brought in three new additions to their squad in January, with six players heading in the opposite direction.

INS: Paul Coutts (Fleetwood Town, loan), Robbie Gotts (Leeds United, loan), Tom James (Hibernian, loan).

OUTS: Joey Jones (Dagenham & Redbridge), Martin Smith (Chesterfield), Nick Hayes (Hemel Hempstead Town), Luke Armstrong (Hartlepool United, loan), Alex Denny (Morecambe, loan), Tyler Golden (Notts County, loan). 


James Wilson

Manchester United academy graduate James Wilson joined the Ammies permanently in January 2020 from Aberdeen - and has so far made 35 appearances for the club, contributing to 12 goals.

The 25-year-old striker featured 20 times for Manchester United between 2014 and 2019 - and has been capped six times for England at youth level. He also won the Under-21 Premier League three times while with the Red Devils.

George Boyd 

Boyd has racked up over 550 appearances since making his debut in 2002 - for clubs such as Burnley, Peterborough United, Sheffield Wednesday, Stevenage and Nottingham Forest.

He has gained promotion from the top four leagues in the English football pyramid after helping the Posh to the Championship from Sky Bet League Two in four years. Boyd then signed for Hull City where he won promotion to the Premier League in 2013.

The Chatham-born midfielder signed for the Ammies at the start of November, and has featured 11 times for the club. 

Robbie Gotts

Gotts is a product of the Leeds United academy and was part of the team that won the Sky Bet Championship last season. The versatile defender was sent out on loan to Lincoln City at the start of this season - making 12 appearances for the Imps.

The 21-year-old was recalled by the Whites and sent out on loan to Salford City in January until the end of the season. He has featured in 19 matches so far, scoring twice.


Ashley Eastham was handed Salford City’s captain's armband on September 4 - having initially joined the club in January 2020 from Fleetwood Town.

The defender has enjoyed previous permanent stints with Blackpool, Rochdale and Fleetwood Town - where he made a total of 364 appearances.


Gary Bowyer was appointed manager of Salford City on March 23, following the departure of Richie Wellens. Prior to his move to the Peninsula Stadium, the 49-year-old enjoyed spells in charge of Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool and the Bantams.

As a player, Bowyer operated as a defender for Hereford United, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United before hanging up his boots in 1997.


The Ammies moved to within one point of the play-off places after beating Mansfield Town 2-0 with 10-men at the Peninsula Stadium.

Salford City 2 (Hunter 5', Henderson 62')

Mansfield Town 0 

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday April 24

Salford: Hladky, Bernard, Eastham, Turnbull, Touray, Lowe, Threlkeld (Coutts 90+4'), Gotts (Burgess 90+12'), Towell, Hunter (Boyd 79'), Henderson (Thomas-Asante 80').

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