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Match Previews


5 August 2022

Match Previews


5 August 2022

The Bantams will be looking for their first win of the season as they travel to the SO Legal Stadium to face Barrow in a Sky Bet League Two clash tomorrow.

The Bluebirds will aim to carry momentum from their opening-day victory at Stockport County.

Three first-half goals from Josh Gordon, Ben Whitfield and Billy Waters ensured the points were taken against a side who were marking their return to the EFL after an 11-year absence.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the key details you need to know about our upcoming opponents.


INCOMINGS: Benni Smales-Braithwaite (Southampton), Ben Whitfield (Stockport County), Harrison Neal (Sheffield United under-23s, loan), George Ray (Exeter City), Richie Bennett (Sutton United), Sam McClelland (Chelsea Develoment Squad, loan), Sam Foley (Tranmere Rovers), Tyrell Warren (FC Halifax Town), Solomon Nwabuokei (Woking), Billy Waters (FC Halifax Town).

OUTGOINGS: Tom Beadling (Released), Mike Jones (Released), Kgosi Ntlhe (Released), Dimitri Sea (Released), George Williams (Released) James Jones (Altrincham) Matty Platt (Bradford City), Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Loan Expired), Anthony Glennon (Loan Expired), Will Harris (Loan Expired), Jacob Wakeling (Loan Expired), Remeao Hutton (Swindon Town), Offrande Zanzala (Termination Mutual Consent), Ollie Banks (Termination Mutual Consent).


Richie Bennett

Bennett returned to Barrow this summer, on a two-year deal, after completing a move from Sutton United.

He made a huge impact during his first stint in Cumbria, scoring 22 goals in all competitions for the then National League side.

He left Sutton with a record of six goals and five registered assists in 38 appearances, but will be looking to rediscover his previous Barrow form.

He is an exciting centre-forward who will add power and pace to our team.” – Pete Wild, Barrow manager. 

Benni Smales-Braithwaite

The 20-year-old forward was a member of Manchester City’s academy until 2018, when he made a move to another Premier League outfit in Southampton.

He has twice found the net during pre-season, with goals against Holker Old Boys and Witton Albion.

Billy Waters

Waters put pen to paper with Barrow in June after sealing a move from FC Halifax Town. The 27-year-old forward scored 21 goals in all competitions for Town last year.

His third goal of the first half last weekend ensured victory for Barrow in their opening game of the season.


Former City defender Niall Canavan was announced as the club’s new captain last week.

Canavan left the Bantams on January Deadline Day at the beginning of this year, and his first game with the armband in Cumbria came in last weekend's impressive opening-day victory.


Pete Wild was appointed at Barrow over the summer, after resigning from his post at Halifax Town to pursue the opportunity. 

This is not the 38-year-old's first taste of managing in the EFL, after a spell in charge of Oldham Athletic between March and May 2019. 

Three progressive years at Halifax have seen him gain plaudits for their achievements, including a National League Play-Off campaign last season.


Meetings: 51

City Wins: 23

Draws: 14

Barrow Wins: 14


Barrow 1 – 2 Bradford City (Josh Gordon 52’) (Lee Angol 8’, Andy Cook 49’) 1st January 2022

Bradford City 1 – 1 Barrow (Charles Vernam 59’) (Joshua Kay 21’) 18th September 2021

Bradford City 2 – 1 Barrow (Danny Rowe 5’, Callum Cooke 49’) (Scott Quigley 37’ pen) 30th January 2021

Barrow 1 – 0 Bradford City (Connor Brown 18’) 31st October 2020

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