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22 October 2021

Match Previews


22 October 2021

The Bantams are back on the road this weekend - as they visit The County Ground to face Swindon Town in a kick-off in Sky Bet League Two.

Swindon have made an impressive start to life in the division, following their relegation from Sky Bet League One.

The Robins sit in third place - having won six, drawn five and lost two on their return to the league.

We have created a Big Match Preview to give you all the key details you need to know, heading into the encounter.


City: Liam Ridehalgh and Abo Eisa remain unavailable due to their respective injuries.

Sam Hornby and Lee Angol continue their recovery from injury, with both hoping to be back this month.

Theo Robinson and Caolan Lavery will once again be hoping for minutes, while club captain Niall Canavan could return to the starting line-up. 

Swindon: Swindon manager Ben Garner could have Dion Conroy back in the squad after he suffered a swollen ankle in last Saturday’s draw with Rochdale.

Ben Gladwin is likely to start after coming off the bench on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott will be looking to cement his place in the side after coming back into Ben Garner’s team in midweek following international duty.


Derek Adams: “We are five points off second place. It is a tight league and we have only needed two more games swing our way and we would be in a much better position.

“Swindon have started the season very well, and are only five points ahead of us. We will go there to try and win the game.

“Away from home, we need to start picking up more points. Saturday’s game is one we are looking forward to.”

Ben Garner: “We do not pay any attention to whether the game is home or away.

“If we were playing Bradford away on Saturday, we would prepare for the game and play in exactly the same manner.

“Like I said last Saturday, if our performances at home had not been great, I would possibly have some concerns.

“But we have been really, really good recently. We will focus on the process, still and we want to win every game we play.”


City supporters unable to make the trip to The County Ground can follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter page.

You will also be able to catch updates on other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram.

Full audio match commentary is available to iFollow Bantams subscribers, while BBC Radio Leeds’ Jamie Raynor and Andy Kiwomya will provide live commentary on DAB radio across the Bradford district, and via the BBC Sounds app.

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction - with post-match interviews and content.


The sides last met two seasons ago - when the Bantams rescued a point in the 89th minute thanks to Shay McCartan’s free-kick.

Swindon scored early and looked to have done enough to win the tie, until the substitute delivered a to snatch a deserved point on the road for City.

SWINDON 1 (Jerry Yates 11’ pen)

CITY 1 (Shay McCartan 89’) 

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Adam Henley, Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Callum Cooke, Jake Reeves (booked 13’, Aramide Oteh 59’), Matt Palmer, Chris Taylor (Shay McCartan 73’, booked 89'); Dylan Connolly, James Vaughan (c). SUBS (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy, Paudie O’Connor, Hope Akpan, Jermaine Anderson, Jordan Gibson.

SWINDON: Steven Benda; Paul Caddis, Anthony Grant, Zeki Fryers (Tom Broadbent 40’), Rob Hunt (booked 73’); Lloyd Isgrove (Adam May 87'), Danny Rose ©  (booked 42’), Jordan Lyden (dismissed 90+3'), Diallang Jaiyesimi (booked 61’, Michael Doughty 76’); Kaiyne Woolery (booked 90+6'), Jerry Yates. SUBS (not used): Luke McCormick, Scott Twine, Taylor Curran, Cameron McGilp.


Ross Joyce was the man in the middle for City's 1-0 loss to Salford last season, and has since officiated only three games in Sky Bet League Two.

Mr Joyce will take charge of his 10th game of the season at The County Ground - but his first in charge of both teams.

Greg Read and Christopher Kidd join him on the flanks with Carl Brook acting as the fourth official.


City supporters can back their team for victory this Saturday with Sky Bet.

Bantams fans can flutter on Derek Adams’ side to win the tie at 13/10.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams will don their white home strip whilst the hosts will wear their famous red and white kit.

Swindon: Red / White / Red

Bantams: White / Claret / Amber 

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