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Match Previews


6 April 2024

Match Previews


6 April 2024

- Tickets available until kick-off, from Burlington Street Box Office and online
- FanZone, City Hub and Billy's Coop OPEN, Penny Appeal food truck in operation
- Sparkle for Axl bucket collection with Bradford Hospitals' Charity
- Penny Appeal bucket collection
- Northern Rail industrial action
- Matchday Draw tickets now available online, in advance of the game
- First Bus discounted matchday travel - Bradford Interchange CLOSED

Graham Alexander's Bantams contest their penultimate home fixture of the season this afternoon, welcoming Gillingham to the University of Bradford Stadium (3.00pm). 

We have put together a handy Matchday Guide with all the information you need ahead of the clash. 

Firstly, a warm welcome to today's Big Match Sponsor, Collett, Executive Match Sponsors, Bliss and EBOR Catering, Matchball Sponsor, Joseph Parr, and Player of the Match Sponsor, Construction North Group. 


PLEASE NOTE: Supporters are reminded that Under-14s are not admitted into the University of Bradford Stadium unless they are accompanied by a paying Adult or Senior (24+). 

Supporters are reminded that the Valley Parade Ticket Office inside the Bradford City Store will be CLOSED before today's match. All matchday ticket sales will be from the traditional Burlington Street Box Office, which is open from 10.00am. 

Please DO NOT head to the Valley Parade Ticket Office before the game, and instead visit the Burlington Street Box Office for all ticketing sales and enquiries.

Supporters are also advised that ticketing phone lines close at 12.00PM on home matchdays, with supporters instead advised to direct any queries to, or visit the Burlington Street Box Office.  

The Burlington Street Box Office at the University of Bradford Stadium will remain open right up until kick-off, allowing those without tickets every opportunity to secure their place inside. 

Tickets are also available right up until kick-off online, via our all-new online ticketing platform, by CLICKING HERE

Supporters will also be able to secure a suite upgrade for the encounter - subject to availability.

This can be purchased both online via the club's ticketing website or at the Burlington Street Box Office, right up until kick-off on the day of the game.

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

To purchase your ticket, please CLICK HERE.


Why not use today as an opportunity to visit the Burlington Street Box Office at the University of Bradford Stadium, and secure your place for 2024/25?

Season tickets for the coming campaign are now on sale, in person and online via the club's all-new online ticketing platform, with Adults paying less than £11 if secured by Friday April 26. 

And today represents the final matchday for you to renew your season ticket with the guarantee of your 2023/24 seat inside Valley Parade, before the seat renewal period ends at 12.00am on Monday (April 8). 

To read full details, please CLICK HERE, and to secure your season ticket, CLICK HERE


The University of Bradford Stadium will again 'Sparkle for Axl' this afternoon, as part of our annual support of Bradford Hospitals' Charity. 

Axl Walker had a rare blood disorder and was a regular patient at Bradford Royal Infirmary before sadly passing away three days before his third birthday, in 2018.

Since then, Bradford Hospitals’ Charity - the official NHS charity partner of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - has raised money in his memory to ensure other young patients have access to toys to help occupy them while they are in hospital.

The Bantams players will warm up in Bradford Hospitals' Charity t-shirts, before at half-time, a video message from Axl's mother, Claire, will be played on the electronic scoreboard inside Valley Parade. 

Representatives from the charity - including Claire - will also be present in and around the stadium on matchday, collecting donations in buckets, with supporters urged to give what they can to support the appeal. 

To read full details, please CLICK HERE


Also in attendance this afternoon will be bucket collection representatives from one of our main club partners, Penny Appeal.

Funds raised will be put towards a number of Penny Appeal's ongoing projects and initiatives, which include our free food provision (see below). 

Supporters are asked to please give what they can to support the fantastic continued work of Penny Appeal. 


This afternoon sees the return of the club's official matchday draw, offering the opportunity to win six special prizes at the University of Stadium. 

For just £2, tickets can be purchased from sellers in and around Valley Parade, with all proceeds donated to Bradford City Community Foundation, with a particular focus on youth development. 

And supporters are reminded that tickets for the Matchday Draw can now be purchased online, in advance of the match, by visiting

Winners will be announced in the stadium at half-time, over the club’s PA system and on the electronic scoreboard, as well as across the club’s official social media channels during and after the game. All prizes can then be collected from Valley Parade’s Yorkshire Payments 1911 Main Reception, provided you have your winning ticket with you.

To read full details, please CLICK HERE. To purchase a Matchday Draw ticket now, please CLICK HERE, and keep an eye on your phone for text messages prompting you to get involved. 


The Community Foundation's City Hub cafe - in the old City Shop on Valley Parade - will be open again ahead of kick-off today, from 12.00pm. 

Homemade food and hot and cold drinks are available, for anyone looking for a warm welcome in a calm, family environment ahead of the game.

The City Hub remains open on weekdays between 11.00am and 3.00pm.


The University of Bradford Stadium FanZone will be in operation from 1.30pm this afternoon, to the rear of The Kop, allowing supporters the opportunity to soak up the pre-match atmosphere. 

New for this season, the FanZone has undergone a makeover courtesy of SALT Beer Factory, having debuted against Colchester United, sees a selection of the local brewery's beers available in cans from the FanZone.


Billy's Coop - located in The Morrisons Family Stand concourse - will be open again from 1.30pm this afternoon, for Junior Bantams looking for some pre-match entertainment. 

Supporters will be joined by Billy Bantam and will be able to pose for photographs and enjoy time colouring in, right up until kick-off!


Our free food initiative in partnership with Penny Appeal, Bradford City Community Foundation and Bradford City Women, and sponsored by Bradford Lifts, will be back again after today's game. 

The truck is open for one hour between 6.00pm and 7.00pm outside the City Hub on Valley Parade, with unused food from the Hub and University of Bradford Stadium kiosks handed out for free, to help provide for vulnerable members of the local community, while reducing food wastage. 

We remain on the lookout for donations to be made to the truck, whether food, cosmetics, other products or money. To do so, please visit the City Hub. 

For full details on the provision, please CLICK HERE


As a result of ASLEF strike action, there will be no Northern services at all today. 

Additional disruption is expected until April 9 due to action short of strike called by ASLEF where some short notice amendments may take place.

Supporters are advised to choose another mode of transport to get to today's game. 

To read full details on strike action, please CLICK HERE


Our friends at First Bus across West Yorkshire are once again offering discounted matchday travel to the University of Bradford Stadium, exclusively via their app.

Supporters can bag unlimited travel all day for just £3 with the code BANTAMSMATCH. 

Details on how to redeem the offer can be viewed on First Bus' website, by CLICKING HERE

PLEASE NOTE: Bradford Interchange remains CLOSED due to structural damage. CLICK HERE for full details. 

How to purchase your discounted ticket:

  • Step 1 - Download the First Bus App
  • Step 2 - Head to the 'Tickets' tab and select 'Buy'
  • Step 3 - Check your area is 'Bradford'
  • Step 4 - Click into 'Promotions' and choose 'Match Day - Bradford' 
  • Step 5 - Enter the promo code 'BANTAMSMATCH' and buy your ticket(s)
  • Step 6 - Activate your ticket(s) before you travel

PLEASE NOTE: The promo code is only valid to use on home matchdays. 


Supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible on matchday, in order to gain admission in time for kick-off. Turnstiles will be open from 1.30PM, with the following the best way to gain access to your seat:

  • THE MORRISONS FAMILY STAND (WEST): Turnstiles W3-W15, 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 season tickets and match tickets only. 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 Morrisons Family Stand (West) via Gate WD on Valley Parade - or via The Yorkshire Payments 1911 Main Reception, using the lift.  
  • NORTH WEST CORNER: Turnstiles NW3-NW6 - which can be located to the left of the box office as you approach it. The turnstiles will give access to season tickets and match tickets only. The late gate (open until half-time) will be NW6. Supporters in wheelchairs can gain access to the North West Corner through the One In A Million school compound, and then through Gate NWB.
  • THE KOP (NORTH): There are two locations to gain entry to The Kop: behind the stand or from Midland Road. Turnstiles N1-N8 (four near to the box office and four near to the Bantams Bar entrance) are situated behind The Kop. The turnstiles will give access to season tickets and match tickets ONLY. The late gate (open until half-time) will be N1. Supporters in wheelchairs can gain access to The Kop through the One In A Million school compound and then through Gate ND. In addition, supporters can also gain entry to both levels of The Kop from Midland Road, using turnstiles N12-N14. The turnstiles will give access to season tickets and match tickets only. There will be no late gate for The Kop on Midland Road; N1 behind the Kop will remain open until half-time. Supporters in wheelchairs cannot access The Kop from Midland Road, and are asked to enter the stadium through the One In A Million school compound and then through Gate ND.
  • THE BRADFORD LIFTS STAND (EAST): Turnstiles E1-E6 on Midland Road will be open for this stand for this game. The turnstiles will give access to season tickets and match tickets only. The late gate (open until half-time) will be E6. Supporters in wheelchairs can gain access to the (East) Stand should gain access through Gate EA
  • 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). Please enter through E8, E9, E10, E11 or E12 - with E12 staying open until half-time. 


When exiting the University of Bradford Stadium today, to ease congestion, supporters in the North West Corner are advised to use the stairs outside the Burlington Street Box Office.
Those in The Kop, meanwhile, are reminded you can exit through the One In A Million free school car park. This is explained visually on the below graphic.


The Bradford City Store on South Parade will be open right up until kick-off this afternoon, with supporters able to shop the 2023/24 playing and training ranges, and all-new end-of-season sale. 

Fans will also be able to make the most of our all-new BOGOF replica kit sale, saving money on the cheapest product when purchasing two 2023/24 replica kit items together. 

To shop online, please CLICK HERE


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

Fast-food products available for supporters to enjoy include the beef burger (£4.20), cheese burger (£4.60), chicken burger and hot dog (halal, £4.60), as well as some tasty, more recent introductions, including the popular Southern Fried Chicken Wrap (£4.15), Chicken Tikka Panini (£3.95), Ham and Cheese Panini, samosas and bhajis (£2.50) and Pepperoni and Margherita Pizza Twist (£4.00), as seen on @FootyScran!

Pukka Pies will also be available, while pints of Carling and Madri can be purchased on draft in all areas of the stadium*, along with a range of snacks, and hot and cold soft drinks. 

PLEASE NOTE: Madri will not be available within the £8 meal deals on offer in kiosks. All deals will remain unchanged and will continue to include Carling both on draft and from the bottle, along with Stowford press cider.  

*Madri will not be served in a kiosk in the upper tier of The Morrisons Family Stand, and the E3 bottle bar on Midland Road. 

PLEASE NOTE: Tiffin Stadium Catering kiosks ONLY ACCEPT CARD payment, and are cashless. Please CLICK HERE for full details. 

Kiosks will be open in University of Bradford Stadium concourses from 1.30pm today, when turnstiles open. 


Valley Parade 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 the University of Bradford Stadium, with no glass bottles or cans allowed. 

PLEASE NOTE: The use of e-cigarettes inside Valley Parade is strictly prohibited, with pushchairs also not permitted. 


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 reiterated this stance on pyrotechnics and crowd disorder after incidents at December's away game against Doncaster Rovers. CLICK HERE to read the statement. 

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. Tragedy chanting and discriminatory abuse of any kind is not tolerated. The club outlined its stance on this following an incident at this season's Bristol Street Motors Trophy game against Manchester City Under-21s. CLICK HERE to read the statement. This stance was further reiterated following our recent game against AFC Wimbledon. CLICK HERE to read the full statement. 

Drinking alcohol inside the stadium bowl, and anywhere outside of concourses, is also not permitted, while supporters are also not permitted to bring their own alcoholic drinks into the stadium, from outside the premises. 

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

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. 

Unacceptable behaviour can be anonymously reported to the club via the confidential matchday texting service - on 07949 814243, or by emailing

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


Baby-changing facilities are available in both ladies and gents toilets at Valley Parade - having been installed last season - in The Morrisons Family Stand. 

Supporters are reminded that each and every female toilet in the University of Bradford Stadium is stocked with complimentary sanitary products, free to take as needed. 

To view the full first-time visitors guide, please CLICK HERE

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

To purchase your ticket for the game - RIGHT UP UNTIL KICK-OFF - please CLICK HERE. 

For help with any matchday issues or queries, please contact @bcafchelp on X (formerly Twitter).

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