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Match Previews


13 January 2024

Match Previews


13 January 2024

Graham Alexander’s Bantams will hope to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two this afternoon, when visiting Colchester United’s JobServe Community Stadium (3.00pm).

We have compiled a handy Away Day Guide – packed full of useful information ahead of the contest.


Supporters will be able to PAY ON THE DAY this afternoon, from the self-serve ticket machine in the JobServe Community Stadium’s club shop.

Over 400 City supporters will already make the trip to Essex, with any tickets not collected from the University of Bradford Stadium also available to collect from the JobServe Community Stadium, from 1.00pm, from the ticket window. 

Matchday admission prices are as follows:

Adult: £23.50


Under-18: £14.50

*Concessions: Senior 65+, Under-21, Ambulant Disabled (free carer), NHS and Armed Forces

To read full details, please CLICK HERE.

JobServe Community Stadium
United Way

The JobServe Community Stadium has a capacity of 10,105 and has been home to Colchester United since opening in 2008.
The £14million project broke ground in July 2007, replacing the U's previous home, Layer Road.
The stadium welcomes over 300,000 visitors a year and has previously hosted England youth and women internationals.

Today's hosts currently sit six points above the relegation zone in Sky Bet League Two and are winless in 11 league matches.
They were last victorious on November 7 against Swindon Town, where the U’s ran out 3-1 winners.
Under the new stewardship of the Cowley brothers, Danny and Nicky, the new men in the dugout will be hoping to start their tenure brightly in Essex.

Car parking at the JobServe Community Stadium is available to book in advance - from £6.
Four different options, in different sections of the stadium, are available - including an 'fast exit' area.

Matchday parking at the JobServe Community Stadium can be purchased by CLICKING HERE

By car
The stadium is located in the north of the town, near to Colchester Business Park. It is easily accessible from the town via the Northern Approach Road and via Urbis Romanae. To access the stadium, you can also make use of the A12 Junction 28.


The stadium is adjacent to the main A12 trunk road that serves East Anglia.


To access the stadium from the north, turn off at Junction 28, turning left at the first roundabout. Turn right into the United Way from the second roundabout. You are now at the stadium.

Alternative access
Alternatively, you can come off the A12 at the next junction and take a left onto the A1232. When at the top of this road, bear right back over the A12 towards the traffic lights with the BMW garage on your left.

Go straight over and up Ipswich Road. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right onto Severalls Lane (signposted just previously for Colchester Cattle Market). Follow this road to its end, where you will pick up signs for the stadium.

Please note that travel restrictions apply around the stadium on matchday.

By train

The closest train station for the JobServe Community Stadium is the Colchester North station, which is on the mainline from London or Norwich.

The station is 2.6 miles from the stadium and can be reached by the Park & Ride buses and the No.2 bus.

By bus

In addition to the above routes, FirstBus services 61 and 65, as well as Arriva buses 2 and 8, both travel to the stadium.

You will be able to find relevant the bus timetable by CLICKING HERE.

REMINDER: The JobServe Community Stadum is an entirely CASHLESS facility.

To drink

The nearest pub to the JobServe Community Stadium is the Dog and Pheasant, around three quarters of a mile away from the ground.

Alcohol is also available inside the stadium up until the end of half-time.

To eat

Near the aforementioned Dog and Pheasant is Myland Fisheries, on Nayland Road.

In addition to this traditional fish and chip shop, food such as burgers, hot dogs and pies are served inside the JobServe Community Stadium from kiosks in the concourse.


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 last season, following incident during our home match against Newport County, and away match at Crewe Alexandra. These statements can be read HERE and 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. 

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. 

The club reiterated its stance on this following an incident at our recent Bristol Street Motors Trophy game against Manchester City Under-21s. CLICK HERE to read the statement.  

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


Clouds and light winds await the Bantams in Essex this afternoon, with no precipitation expected.

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