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Match Previews


21 September 2021

Match Previews


21 September 2021

The Bantams will continue their 2021/22 Papa John's Trophy campaign this evening, with a 7.00pm visit of Manchester United Under-21s. 

Derek Adams' side lost their opening Northern Group F game 3-0 to Lincoln City, who also beat the young Red Devils in their first clash. 

We have put together a handy Matchday Guide, packed full of all the useful information you need ahead of the clash. 


Supporters are reminded the box office at the Utilita Energy Stadium will remain open right up until kick-off, allowing those without tickets every opportunity to secure their place inside. 

Supporters are also reminded this evening's clash is an ALL-TICKET affair, with NO ADMISSION AVAILABLE ON THE TURNSTILES.

When purchasing, supporters will have the option to either receive a physical ticket or an electronic ticket to be sent via e-mail. 

This e-Ticket can either be printed at home and brought along to the game to be scanned on turnstiles, or simply displayed on a smartphone or mobile device to admit entry on the day.

This is the quickest and most effective way to secure your place at the encounter, saving time queuing at the box office and having everything on your mobile phone. 

For full details on e-Tickets ahead of the encounter, please CLICK HERE

PLEASE NOTE: 'Take Me Home' 2021/22 season tickets do not admit entry to any non-Sky Bet League Two fixtures. 

For full details on matchday admission prices for the contest, please CLICK HERE.

To purchase your ticket, please CLICK HERE 


The club will continue to remain cautious of the threat of COVID-19, by implementing advisory measures on matchday. To read the club's Spectators Code of Conduct, please CLICK HERE. 

These measures WILL NOT be compulsory, though supporters are advised, where possible, to obey the following procedures - to keep themselves and others safe: 

- Arrive early to avoid queues. Turnstiles will be open from 6.00pm

- Wash hands regularly (use of sanitising stations throughout the stadium)

- Wear a face mask when in internal and crowded areas

- If not consuming alcohol, head straight to your seat - and avoid congregating in concourses

- Be courteous to others at all times. Maintain social distance from those not inside your bubble

- After the game, please remain seated until it is safe for you to exit the stadium socially distanced

DO NOT ATTEND if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been ordered to self-isolate

To view the club’s full spectators code of conduct, please CLICK HERE. 


The Utilita Energy Stadium is a strictly NON-SMOKING venue. Anyone caught smoking on the premises - including the use of e-cigarettes - will be immediately be ejected and not permitted re-entry. 

Similarly, any supporter who chooses to leave the stadium to smoke will not be readmitted at any point. 


Supporters are politely asked to avoid bringing large bags to the stadium. If bringing food to the venue, smaller, see-through bags sized A4 are preferred. 

Only plastic bottles will be permitted inside Valley Parade, with no glass bottles or cans allowed. 


The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited.

Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time.

Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

Supporters are also reminded to remain courteous when inside the stadium, with regards to foul and abusive language. 

If you do hear anything offensive while inside the stadium, please report it to your nearest steward. 

Drinking alcohol inside the stadium bowl, and anywhere outside of concourses, is also not permitted. 

Should you see anyone smoking (including e-cigs), drinking in their seat, or behaving offensively, please report it to your nearest steward. 

Unacceptable behaviour can also be anonymously reported to the club via the confidential matchday texting service - on 07949814243. 


Turnstiles are set to open from 6.00pm on matchday - AN HOUR AHEAD OF KICK-OFF (7.00pm) - with only the lower tier of The JCT600 Family Stand open for City supporters. 

Travelling fans will be housed in blocks F and G of The Bradford Lifts Stand, with the following the best way to gain access to your seat:

  • THE JCT600 FAMILY STAND (WEST): Turnstiles W3-W5 and W11-W12, which can be located in the Directors’ car park either side of the glass doors to the banqueting suites, which can be accessed from Valley Parade or Burlington Street. The turnstiles will give access to match tickets only (physical and e-Tickets). The late gate (open until half-time) will be W3, which is the turnstile nearest to Valley Parade. Supporters in wheelchairs can gain access to The JCT600 Family Stand (West) via Gate WD on Valley Parade - or via The Yorkshire Payments 1911 Main Reception, using the lift.
  • AWAY SUPPORTERS: Away supporters can gain access to The Bradford Lifts Stand Blocks F and G using turnstiles on Midland Road (closest to The TL Dallas Stand, which will be closed for this game). Please enter through, E11 or E12 - with E12 staying open until half-time. Away supporters WILL NOT able to purchase tickets on the day of the game. 


All-new baby-changing facilities have been installed in both ladies and gents toilets at the Utilita Energy Stadium - in The JCT600 Family Stand - and will be available for use. 


The club's official matchday programme will not be on sale this evening, with no issues produced ahead of Papa John's Trophy fixtures. 

Supporters can, however, still get their hands on previous editions - and purchase a season subscription - via the Curtis Sport website


The City Shop will be open right up until kick-off on Tuesday evening, to enable supporters to get their hands on the club's all-new home, away and third strips, as well as the exciting new 2021/22 training range. 

To read The City Shop's full opening hours, please CLICK HERE


Refurbished kiosks will be open again this evening, courtesy of the club's official kiosk catering partner, Tiffin Stadium Catering. 

Both kiosks will be open in the concourse of The JCT600 Family Stand, with one open in The Bradford Lifts Stand, for home and away supporters respectively. 

Supporters are reminded tonight will be the final opportunity for you to pay by cash at Tiffin Stadium Catering kiosks. 

Fast-food products available for supporters to enjoy include the beef burger (£3.75), cheese burger (£4), chicken burger (£4) and hot dog (£4), which is also halal. 

A renewed partnership also means the popular Pukka Pies (£3.50) will be available in kiosks, while pints of Carling can be purchased on draft for just £3.80, along with a range of snacks, and hot and cold soft drinks. 

Meal deals are all available for just £7 from kiosks, with any pie and beer, burger and beer or hot dog and beer being served.

With brand-new EPOS machines also installed in the kiosks, supporters will be able to pay contactless - as well as with cash and chip card. 

New and improved kiosks follow feedback from supporters, with Tiffin aiming to deliver quality food, speedy service and reasonable prices. 

Refurbished kiosks will be open in Utilita Energy Stadium concourses from 6.00pm on Tuesday, when turnstiles open. 


After re-opening its doors in the lower-tier concourse of The JCT600 Family Stand at the beginning of the season, Billy's Coop will be closed this evening, and for all evening fixtures this season. 

It will re-open when the Bantams play host to Rochdale on Saturday October 2 (3.00pm). 


The young Red Devils currently sit a place above City in Northern Group F of this season's Papa John's Trophy, in third. 

Neil Wood's side were beaten 3-2 by Lincoln City in their opening group game, and also faced Derek Adams' Morebambe outfit in last season's competition. 


A mild but cloudy evening is in store for supporters at the Utilita Energy Stadium, with highs of 19°C expected. 

To view the club’s full spectators code of conduct, please CLICK HERE. 

To purchase your ticket for this evening's game, please CLICK HERE. 

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