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8 January 2021

Match Previews


8 January 2021

The Bantams are in action for the first time in 2021 tomorrow - travelling to the Sands Venue Stadium to face Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League Two.

Neil Cox’s side sit 20th in the league - having recorded seven wins, two draws and 12 defeats. 

We have created this Opposition Guide to take you through all of the key information you need to know about Saturday’s hosts.


Scunthorpe United made 12 summer signings, with 12 players departing the club.

INS: Kenan Dünnwald-Turan (Bonner SC), Myles Hippolyte (Yeovil Town), Kelsey Mooney (Hereford), Tyler Cordner (AFC Bournemouth, loan), Ryan Loft (Leicester City), Lewis Spence (Ross County), Jake Taylor (Nottingham Forest, loan), Frank Vincent (AFC Bournemouth, loan), Aaron Jarvis (Sutton United), Emmanuel Onariase (Dagenham & Redbridge), Mark Howard (unassigned), Junior Brown (unassigned),

OUTS: Ryan Colclough (Altrincham), Kelsey Mooney (Hereford, loan), James Horsfield (Wrexham), Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers), Kgosi Ntlhe (Barrow), Yann Songo'o (Morecambe), James Perch (Mansfield Town), Rory McArdle (Exeter City), Cameron Burgess (Accrington Stanley), Adam Hammill (Derry City), Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (released), Levi Sutton (Bradford City).


Mark Howard 

Howard came through the Arsenal academy but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Gunners. The 34-year-old has played over 250 times throughout his career.

The London-born goalkeeper has turned out for eight different clubs, including enjoying notable spells at St. Mirren, Sheffield United and Blackpool. He helped Bolton Wanderers to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship during the 2016/17 season.

Devarn Green 

The 24-year-old striker started off his career at Hednesford Town before signing for Stourbridge in 2017. Green then had a brief spell at Tranmere Rovers in the National League before signing a two-year deal with Southport in 2018. He made over 50 appearances during his time at the Sandgrounders. 

Green signed an 18-month contract for the Iron in January 2020, after being signed from Southport. He made his league debut at the end of February - in a 2-2 draw away at Port Vale.

Abobaker Eisa

Eisa signed for Scunthorpe United in August 2019 on a two-year deal, and has made 55 appearances for the club so far - scoring 13 goals.

The Sudan-born winger has represented Uxbridge, Wealdstone, Shrewsbury Town and Colchester United. While with the Shrews, he helped the side into the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs during the 2017/18 season - losing 2-1 to Rotherham United in the final.


Jordan Clarke has played 164 times for the Iron after arriving at the club in 2015. The 29-year old defender reached the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs twice in as many seasons with Scunthorpe, losing out in the semi-finals on both occasions.

Clarke came through the academy at his hometown club Coventry City and made over 140 appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring five goals. He also served a short stint at Somerset-based side Yeovil Town during the 2014/15 campaign.


Neil Cox started off his playing career with hometown club Scunthorpe, before enjoying notable spells at Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers and Watford.

Cox represented Leek Town in 2010/11 as a player/manager before hanging his playing boots up at the end of the season.

The 49-year-old spent six years at AFC Wimbledon as the assistant manager, before joining Notts County in 2018 to take up the same role. Cox was appointed manager of the Iron in August.


Stevenage came from behind to take all three points against Scunthorpe United, leaving the Iron three points above the drop zone. 

Stevenage 3 (Carter 11', 22', Oteh 90+2')

Scunthorpe United 1 (Green 5’)

Saturday January 2

Scunthorpe: Howard, Clarke, Cordner, Bedeau, O'Malley, Green (Spence 59'), Gilliead, Beestin (McAtee 50'), Eisa, Taylor (Dunnwald-Turan 89'), Loft.

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