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24 September 2021

Match Previews


24 September 2021

The Bantams are back on the road again, and will be looking to get back to winning ways when visiting Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two.

The Red Devils have had a similar season to City thus far, registering three wins whilst losing one game more than Derek Adams' side.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our ninth opponent of the season.


Crawley experienced a consistent transfer window this summer, with 11 players joining the club and 11 exiting - including TOWIE star Mark Wright, and brother and former City midfielder, Josh.

INCOMINGS: Owen Gallacher (Burton), Ludwig Francillete (Newcastle U23s), Harry Ransom (Millwall U23s), Jack Payne (Eastleigh), Kwesi Appiah (NorthEast Utd.), Alex Battle (Truro City FC), Will Ferry (Southampton B, loan), Blondy Nna Noukeu (Stoke City, loan), Joel Lynch (free agent), Mark Marshall (free agent), Amrit Bansal-McNulty (QPR U23s, loan)

OUTGOINGS: Josh Doherty (Barnet), David Sesay (Barnet), Joe McNerney (Woking), Tarryn Allarakhia (Woking), Harry Ransom (Dover Athletic, loan), Lewis Young (retired), Manny Adebowale (Havent & Waterlooville, loan), James Tilley (Dorking, loan), Stuart Nelson (free agent), Josh Wright (free agent), Mark Wright (free agent)


Will Ferry

Ferry hails from one of the most highly-regarded academy systems in the country, and has hit the ground running in Crawley red.

The Southampton loanee has registered three assists since his debut for the Sussex outfit, creating a respectable 0.75 chances per game.

The wide midfielder has featured in every game this season, and has quickly earned himself one of the first spots in the starting XI.

Tom Nichols

Last season's top goal-scorer, Nichols netted 15 after signing for the Reds from Bristol Rovers. His scoring antics earned the forward a new contract, penning a deal until 2023 with an option for a further year.

The target man was named Crawley's Player of the Year for the 2020/21 season.

Sam Ashford

The versatile frontman has two goals to his name this season, having featured mostly as a centre-forward. 

Ashford's ability to play on the wing, as well as through the middle allows Crawley to shift their play tactically with him on the field.


George Francomb was appointed club captain at the beginning of the 2020/21 season, having signed in 2018.

The 30-year-old’s willingness to play at full-back, despite his natural position arguably being further up the pitch, has earned him a lot of favorability with managers in his career - none more so than John Yems, who selected Francomb as his on-field leader. 


During John Yems’ second spell with Crawley, he has taken charge of close to 100 games. 

Yems’ previous spell in charge of the club came in the form of a joint caretaker role during the 2006/07 season.

His only other previous time as manager of a side came in 1992, as manager of Horsham - during which he selected himself to play on multiple occasions.

Yems was nominated for Sky Bet League Two Manager of the in December last season, losing out to Derek Adams.


Crawley 2 (Joel Lynch 42’, Sam Ashford 45+1’)

Harrogate Town 2 (Luke Armstrong 2’, Archie Davies 52’ OG)

CRAWLEY: Glenn Morris; Joel Lynch (Ashley Nadesan 45’, sent off 65’), Nicholas Tsaroulla, Tom Dallison-Lisbon, George Francomb (Archie Davies 38’); Jake Hessenthaler, Will Ferry, Jack Powell (booked 61’), Jack Payne; Sam Ashford (Mark Marshall 80’), Tom Nichols (booked 86’). SUBS (not used): Rafiq Khaleel, Amrit Bansal-McNulty, Alfie Jones, Kwesi Appiah.


Meetings: 10

City Wins: 4

Draws: 1

Crawley Wins: 5

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