The Bantams are back on the road this Tuesday - this time for a long journey to Devonshire to face Exeter City in a first-round replay in the Emirates FA Cup.
The Grecians have started the season well, finding themselves third in Sky Bet League Two, having lost only one game.
Exeter’s best finish in the FA Cup came in the 1930/31 season, and the 1980/81 season. The Grecians reached the quarter-final of the competition on both occasions - losing 4-2 to Sunderland and 2-0 to Tottenham respectively.
We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our FA Cup replay opponents.
The Grecians allowed 23 players to leave the club this summer, and replaced them with 14 fresh faces at St James Park.
INCOMINGS: Scott Brown (Port Vale), Cameron Dawson (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Jonathan Grounds (Swindon Town), Pierce Sweeney (Swindon Town), George Ray (Tranmere Rovers), Callum Rowe (Aston Villa), Timothee Dieng (Southend United), Josh Coley (Maidenhead United), Sam Nombe (MK Dons), Jevani Brown (Colchester United), Colin Daniel (Burton), Owura Edwards (Bristol City, loan), Kyle Taylor (Bournemouth), Padraig Amond (Newport, loan).
OUTGOINGS: Jonny Maxted (Northampton Town), Lewis Ward (Swindon Town), Rory McArdle (Harrogate Town), Will Dean (Truro City), Cheik Diabate (Turo City, loan), Jack Arthur (Biedford AFC, loan), Noah Smerdon (Released), Tom Parkes (Livingston), Lewis Page (Harrogate Town), Louis Morison (Tiverton), Jake Taylor (Stevenage), Joel Randall (Peterborough United), Lewis Wilson (Biedford AFC), Alex Fisher (Released), Nick Ajose (Released), Ryan Bowman (Shrewsbury Town), Nelson Iseguan (Tiverton, loan), James Dodd (Weston-super-Mare, loan), Randell Williams (Hull), Ellis Johnson (Truro City), Jack Veale (Taunton Town), Jordan Dyer (Bath City, loan).
ONES TO WATCH
Goal-scorer in the return fixture, Nombe netted his seventh of the season across all competitions at the Utilita Energy Stadium.
Signed from Sky Bet League One side MK Dons in the summer, Nombe progressed through the Dons academy and made his professional debut in August 2017.
Nombe is the Grecians second-highest goal-scorer this season.
Brown joined the Grecians from Colchester United after an impressive 2020/21, season during which he scored 11 goals in his first 16 appearances.
The Hertfordshire-born former Jamaican youth international featured heavily for Cambridge United between 2017 and 2019, scoring 13 times in 84 matches. It was that move to the U's that proved his big break following a career in non-league.
His ability to play across the frontline keeps him firmly in Matt Taylor’s plans as his versatility allows his manager to make tactical formation changes mid-game.
Collins is a versatile player who can play in a variety of positions across the midfield and forward line.
The 22-year-old netted four goals in the 2020/21 season, with three of the goals scored from outside of the box. He has scored one goal so far this season.
Collins graduated from the Grecians academy and made his debut during the 2017/18 season.
Matt Jay captains the side, having been awarded the armband after a prolific 2020/21 season.
The Grecians' skipper is a firm fan favourite, due in no small part to his goal-scoring ability and graduation from their academy.
Jay’s leadership qualities are evident in his loyalty to the club, along with his willingness to play in a number of positions - including striker, winger or attacking midfield.
Matt Taylor was appointed manager at the start of the 2018/19 season, after Paul Tisdale’s departure.
Taylor made over 150 appearances as a defender for the Grecians, helping them achieve back-to-back promotions from the National League to Sky Bet League One.
The 39-year-old once donned the claret and amber of the Bantams - joining the club in 2013, but only making two appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit before joining Cheltenham.
Exeter 2 (Matt Jay 17’, Jevani Brown 50’)
Oldham 1 (Jamie Bowden 84’)
EXETER: Cameron Dawson; Jake Caprice, Alex Hartridge, George Ray, Pierce Sweeney; Josh Key, Harry Kite, Archie Collins, Matt Jay (Atangana 79’); Jevani Brown (Padraig Amond 79’), Sam Nombe SUBS (not used): Scott Brown, Colin Daniel, Jonathan Grounds, Owura Edwards, Josh Coley.
Exeter Wins: 16
City Wins: 16
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