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28 January 2022

Match Previews


28 January 2022

The Bantams are set to face Crawley Town this weekend at the Utilita Energy Stadium, with kick-off at 3.00pm for the Sky Bet League Two clash.

Crawley currently sit in 15th after 25 games having notched nine wins, five draws and 11 losses.

The Red Devils started 2022 in impressive fashion, earning successive victories against Colchester and Northampton but have since failed to earn three points - drawing with Carlisle before losing out to Stevenage and Tranmere.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our 27th league opponent of the season.


The Red Devils have been active in the January window, signing Taylor Seymour and Caleb Watts on temporary deals while also sanctioning the transfer of Tom Dallison to Colchester.

INCOMINGS: Owen Gallacher (Burton), Ludwig Francillete (Newcastle), Harry Ransom (Millwall), Jack Payne (Eastleigh), Kwesi Appiah (North East 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, loan), Caleb Watts (Southampton, loan), Taylor Seymour (Burgess Hill Town). 

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), Tom Dallison (Colchester). 


Kwesi Appiah

The Red Devils' talisman has delivered in his first season at The People's Pension Stadium - scoring eight times and assisting twice, making him the club's highest goal contributor.

The Ghanaian forward joined in the summer from NorthEast United and has played for no less than 19 clubs in his career, with eleven of those being loan spells.

Appiah gained attention during his time with Margate where he netted 22 goals in 24 appearances, earning him a move to Crystal Palace.

Ashley Nadesan

Nadesan joined The Red Devils in the summer of 2019 after a move from Fleetwood Town.

The 27-year-old joined Fleetwood after an impressive spell with Horley Town in the Combined Counties League where he scored 99 goals across two years.

Nadesan has notched four goals and provided three assists in 22 games this season and, at 6ft 2ins, is the pinnacle of the Reds' attack.

Glenn Morris

Dubbed ‘The Cat’, Morris has made over 130 appearances between the sticks for Crawley despite joining in 2016 with the intention to coach.

The experienced goalkeeper has recently put pen-to-paper on a new deal, tying him to another year at the club after an impressive start to the season.

The 38-year-old has won Player of the Year at The People's Pension Stadium for the last three years.


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 favourability with managers in his career - none more so than John Yems, who selected Francomb as his on-field leader. 


Yems is well into his second spell in charge of Crawley, having taken charge of over 100 games. 

Yems’ previous spell in charge of the club came in the 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 Month in December last season, losing out to Derek Adams.



TRANMERE 1 (Jay Spearing 65’)

Crawley: Glenn Morris; Jordan Tunnicliffe, Tony Craig (booked 72’), Joel Lynch, Archie Davies; George Francomb © (Jack Payne 78’), Jack Powell, Nicholas Tsaroulla (Mark Marshall 66’), Sam Matthews (Ashley Nadesan 59’); Tom Nichols, James Tilley SUBS (not used): Tyler Frost, Reece Grego-Cox, Taylor Seymour


Meetings: 11

City Wins: 4

Draws: 1

Crawley Wins: 6


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