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Match Previews


3 October 2023

Match Previews


3 October 2023

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The Bantams return to action on the road in Sky Bet League Two this evening, travelling to Prenton Park to take on Tranmere Rovers (7.45pm). 

We have created an Away Day Guide to give you all the important information you need to know heading into the encounter.


Prenton Park

Prenton Road West


CH42 9PY


You will be able to PAY ON THE DAY at Prenton Park this evening, with close to 1,000 Bantams already set to make the trip to Birkenhead.

Tickets will be available for £2 extra in the Cowshed Stand. 

Any supporters who have not collected their tickets from the University of Bradford Stadium will also be able to do so in Tranmere.

To read full details, please CLICK HERE

Admission prices are as follows:

Adult: £25

Senior (65+): £20

Young Person (18-22): £18*

Disabled (plus carer):£18

Under-18: £1

Under-12: £7

*With proof of age. Student ID not accepted. 


iFollow video match passes are available ahead of the clash, for those unable to secure a ticket for the game.  

On sale for just £10, the pass will enable supporters in the UK to tune in for all the pre-match build-up, before enjoying all the action alongside live commentary provided by BBC Radio Leeds' Jamie Raynor. 

Supporters are reminded that 100 per-cent of monies generated through the sale of iFollow video match passes for this fixture will be directed straight to Bradford City AFC. 

To purchase a video match pass, please CLICK HERE


A minute's silence will be observed ahead of kick-off this evening, as a mark of respect to those affected by last week's Wirral bus crash.


Prenton Park has been Rovers’ home since 1912 after the side were forced to vacate the site they had previously obtained from Tranmere Rugby Club.

The ground is shared with Liverpool’s women and reserve teams - with the reserves playing there since 2009 and the women’s team since 2018.

Merseyside’s third-largest ground underwent significant renovations in 1985 in accordance with the Safety of Sports Grounds Acts, reducing capacity from 18,000 to 8,000 while the stadium was adjusted.

Prenton Park now has a capacity of 16,587.


Tranmere currently sit within the relegation places in Sky Bet League Two after picking up six points from their opening 10 games.

The Birkenhead outfit were the first League Two side to change their man in the dugout, as former Rovers goalkeeper and Premier League manager Nigel Adkins replaced Ian Dawes.

Winning his first game against Accrington Stanley, Adkins prepares his side for his third outing in the Tranmere dugout against the Bantams, after losing 4-1 to Wimbledon over the weekend.


By car:

The ground is located in Prenton, Wirral. To get there, follow the M62 towards Liverpool and take exit 20A for the M56.

Continue on the M56 until you reach exit 15 for the M53 and take that exit signposted Ellesmere Port/Birkenhead. 

From here Prenton Park can be accessed via junction 4 and take the fourth exit on the main roundabout.

The stadium is signposted from this point and is approximately a 10-minute drive.

PLEASE NOTE: For supporters making the journey back to Bradford by car after tonight's game, please be advised that the Birkenhead Tunnel is shut after 9.30pm. Supporters are advised to use either the Wallasey Tunnel or M53 for the journey back. 

By train:

To reach Prenton Park by train you will be required to make two changes in Manchester Victoria and at Liverpool Lime Street.

Fans travelling from Liverpool or Chester should get off at either Birkenhead Central or Rock Ferry Station (Merseyrail). 

Both are around a 15 to 20-minute walk from the stadium.

Alternatively, taxis can be found outside both Chester and Liverpool station. It is significantly cheaper to travel by taxi from Liverpool but it can still be expensive due to charges for access via the Mersey Tunnel.


Official car parking is available, but spaces are limited. They are charged at £7 cash on the gate or £6 if purchased online in advance, subject to availability.

The Mersey Clipper pub, next door to the ground, also provides parking at a cost – payable on the day – but this is a very small car park and does often fill up fast.

Please be mindful that all roads around Prenton Park are resident parking only and there will be road closures in place around the ground from approximately an hour ahead of kick-off, until 30 minutes following the game.

The details of any road closures can be found ahead of the game on Tranmere Rovers’ social media pages.


City fans are welcomed into the fan park outside of the ground. 

This is in front of the main stand. Here, you will find a large bar and additional outlets selling a variety of food and drink.

Small groups of away fans are welcome in both the Mersey Clipper and the Prenton Park pubs, which are a short walk from the stadium.

There are also several pubs in Liverpool and Chester for fans travelling by train.


In the last four visits to Prenton Park, City have won three of them - Andy Cook’s brace last season securing a 2-1 victory.

On Boxing Day in 2020, under COVID-19 restrictions, Lee Novak’s second-half header sealed a narrow 1-0 win against a then-recently-relegated Tranmere.

The Bantams enjoyed a fruitful time against Tranmere in their time spent together in League One, including an entertaining nine-goal thriller - in which City prevailed 5-4 in Birkenhead.

Now Plymouth boss, Steven Schumacher opened the scoring for City before Ryan Taylor, formerly of Newcastle United, equalised from the spot.

City found themselves 4-2 up, after goals from Nicky Summerbee, Dean Windass and Ben Muirhead put the Bantams in a strong position, and despite being pegged back, David Weatherall was the hero to send all three points back to West Yorkshire.


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.

The club outlined its stance on pyrotechnics at the University of Bradford Stadium last season, following an incident during our home match against Newport County, in a statement. This can be read HERE.

The club would also like to take the opportunity to remind supporters of the zero-tolerance approach towards missile throwing, after an incident in City's home match against Harrogate Town in the Emirates FA Cup last season. 

Bradford City AFC would like to remind supporters that the strongest condemnation is employed towards anti-social behaviour, crowd disorder and misconduct, and illegal activity inside football stadia. 

Our stance on the above will ensure the strongest-possible action continues to be taken against those found guilty of any offence, including the issuing of Football Banning Orders. 

This follows the implementation of the 'Love Football, Protect the Game' initiative reinforced this season, by the EFL, FA and Premier League. For full details, please CLICK HERE


The scattered showers will likely have passed by the time kick-off rolls around in Birkenhead, and highs of 16°C await travelling City fans.

To secure an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE

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