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17 September 2021

Match Previews


17 September 2021

The Bantams will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten start at home in Sky Bet League Two when hosting Barrow tomorrow. 

The game is set to get underway from 3.00pm and this will be the first time City have hosted the Bluebirds in front of supporters since April 1970. 

The two teams traded victories in the 2020/21 campaign with the home side coming out on top in both meetings. 

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


City: The Bantams will remain without the injured trio of Abo Eisa, Lee Angol, and club captain Niall Canavan. 

However, there are no other injury concerns for City with every other squad member fit and available to select. 

Andy Cook is expected to start up front against his former club. The 30-year-old scored 67 goals for the Bluebirds over two spells. 

Barrow: The visitors will be missing defender James Jones due to suspension after he picked up a red card in their 3-2 loss at home to Colchester United last week. 

The Cumbrian-based side have no known injury concerns heading into the contest. 


Derek Adams: “Like plenty of teams in this division, Barrow have changed personnel and play in a slightly different way to how they did last season. 

“They will try and push us back, but it is then up to us to find the space they leave in behind.

“We have created enough opportunities to win matches but, unfortunately, have not taken them. We need to start taking chances when they come along.”

Mark Cooper: “We are looking forward to it. 

“We are going to play against a big club in a big stadium with great support and a fantastic atmosphere, so we will go there with no pressure on us. 

“It is a great game for the players, but more importantly for the fans because I am sure that Bradford away is one of the fixtures they will have been looking forward to when they got back into the EFL. 

“We want to go there and try to get on the front and put in the kind of performance that the fans can relate to, and all of our energy is going into preparing for that.”


Callum Cooke’s goal shortly after half-time was enough for the Bantams to pick up a narrow victory over the Bluebirds at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

CITY 2 Danny Rowe (5’), Callum Cooke (49’). 

BARROW 1 (Scott Quigley 37 pen’). 

Saturday 30 January 2021

CITY: Sam Hornby; Finn Cousin-Dawson, Paudie O’Connor (c), Anthony O’Connor (booked 36’), Connor Wood; Elliot Watt, Levi Sutton (Jordan Stevens 78’); Gareth Evans, Callum Cooke, Billy Clarke (Kian Scales 88’); Danny Rowe (Andy Cook 78’). Subs (not used): Will Huffer, Niall Canavan, Clayton Donaldson, Tyler French. 

BARROW: Joel Dixon; Patrick Brough, Matt Platt, Bobby Thomas, Tom Davies (Dan Bramall 74’), Neal Eardley; Harrison Biggins, Oliver Banks (Jamie Devitt 73’), Lewis Hardcastle (Dion Donohue 66’); Josh Kay (booked 90’), Scott Quigley. Subs (not used): Josh Lillis, James Jones, Chris Taylor. 

REFEREE: Antony Coggins. 


City supporters unable to make it to the Utilita Energy Stadium 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 across 92.4FM and the BBC Sounds app.

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


Tom Reeves refereed a total of 16 games in the 2020/21 season - issuing 53 yellow cards and three reds. He has already dished out two red cards in his opening five games in this campaign. 

The Warwickshire-based referee has never overseen a game involving the Bantams, but last took charge of the Bluebirds in their 2-1 victory at Bromley in the National League back in October 2019. 

Reeves will be flanked by Daniel Woodward and Richard Wigglesworth with Simon Clayton being confirmed as the fourth official. 


City supporters are now able to back their team for victory tomorrow afternoon with Sky Bet.

The Bantams are currently 10/11 favourites to come out on top at Valley Parade. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams will play in their all-white home strip, with the Bluebirds in their traditional blue home kit. 

City: White / Claret / White

Barrow: Blue / Blue / White

To purchase your ticket for the encounter, please CLICK HERE or visit the box office at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

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