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AWAY DAY GUIDE: DERBY v CITY

9 January 2024

Fixture News

AWAY DAY GUIDE: DERBY v CITY

9 January 2024

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The Bantams travel to Sky Bet League One opposition in Derby County, in the last 16 of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, at Pride Park this evening (7.00pm).

Graham Alexander’s Bantams visit Derbyshire, knowing a win will book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time since 2012/13. 

TICKETS

Tickets will not be available from Pride Park tonight WHATSOEVER. 

Close to 750 Bantams are set to make the trip to Derbyshire, though there will be no more ticket sales for this evening's game. 

To view Derby County's away seating information, please CLICK HERE

To view Derby County's away seating plan, please CLICK HERE

To view Derby County's bag policy, please CLICK HERE.

iFOLLOW

iFollow video match passes are available ahead of the clash, for those unable to make the trip. 

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

STADIUM ADDRESS

Pride Park Stadium

Pride Park

Derby

DE24 8XL

ABOUT THE GROUND

Pride Park has been the home of the Rams since 1997, which acted as an initial replacement for their former home, the Baseball Ground.

Inspiration for the ground was taken from Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium, though there were exactly 30 changes from the original plans.

Unusually, yet historically, the dugouts are overlooked by a statue of former player, and record goalscorer Steve Bloomer, while statues of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor can be found outside the ground. 

ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

Under the management of former Rotherham United boss Paul Warne, the Rams currently sit in fourth in Sky Bet League One, four points off leaders Portsmouth.

They are in their second-consecutive campaign in League One after administration and a subsequent points deduction saw them drop into the third tier for the first time in the club’s history.

Among the ranks at Derby are a number of seasoned professionals including captain Conor Hourihane and wingers Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Tom Barkhuizen.

So far in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy, tonight’s hosts beat Fleetwood Town to set up this encounter, who they also beat in their last outing on Saturday at Highbury Stadium.

CAR PARKING

At the west of the stadium is a large car park, which is a short walk from the ground. 

It costs £8 to house your car here, though a slightly cheaper alternative is available at the nearby KFC, which is an extra five-minute walk to the stadium.

Street parking is available on Downing Road, but it is advised that this is unmonitored, and vehicles are left at your own risk.

Pride Park has a dedicated car parking area for away disabled supporters (Blue Badge Holders) and for supporters who have temporary mobility restrictions, e.g. broken leg.

Spaces are allocated at a cost of £10 on a first-come, first-served basis (please be aware that supporters will be asked to show and display their Blue Badge) and must be booked no later than 24 hours before the match. Supporters should call 01332 667528 or email emma.drury@dcfc.co.uk with their contact number, to book a space.

ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS

PLEASE NOTE: Pride Park is an entirely CASHLESS stadium, with only card accepted. 

To drink:

There are not many pubs in extremely close proximity to Pride Park, but if you are travelling by train, there is a stretch of drinking outlets to enjoy a pre-match drink on your walk to the stadium from the station.

Opposite the railway station, which is an approximate 14-minute walk from the ground, is the Waterfall, and further along this road is the Alexandra Hotel, which is family and away friendly, and also offers a selection of real ales.

Derby City Centre also offers multiple spots, including two Wetherspoons establishments next to each other.

The closest venue to the stadium is a Harvester, which is situated on Roundhouse Road, and is a five-minute walk from Pride Park.

To eat:

The aforementioned Harvester will sell its traditional pub-grub menu, while a Hungry Horse outlet is also situated 0.2 miles away on Pride Parkway.

A Greggs outlet can also be found at the stadium too, while a variety of fast-food outlets in the west car-park such as Subway and KFC act as viable pre-match choices.

There is also a variety of options in Derby’s City Centre, including a Pizza Hut, Five Guys, Zizzi and Wagamama.

GETTING THERE

By car:

Exit the M1 at Junction 28 and follow the A38 South towards Derby.

Remain on the A38 until the roundabout with the A61, where the brown football signs will direct you to Pride Park.

Remain on this road until the Pentagon Island roundabout, and take the first exit from the A52, and follow the slip road.

At the next roundabout, take the second exit along Wyvern Way, and follow this until you reach another roundabout on Derwent Parade.

Take the second exit (straight on) and the stadium will appear in front of you.

The West Stand Car Park is the first turning on your left.

By train:

Once arriving at the Derby Railway Station, it takes approximately 14-minutes to walk to Pride Park.

Start by walking east on Roundhouse Road, and take the third exit at the first roundabout onto Pride Parkway.

At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto Derwent Parade, then at the final roundabout, take the third exit onto Royal Way.

PYROTECHNICS AND BEHAVIOUR

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

MEMORY LANE

Tonight's encounter will be the first competitive meeting between the pair since 2004, when both sides were in the second tier.

There have been only 38 meetings between the two sides, including a memorable 4-4 draw in the Premier League in 2000.

Despite finding themselves 2-0 down after 10 minutes, through goals from Rory Delap and Branko Strupar, a Dean Windass hat-trick and a Peter Beagrie penalty saw City take a 4-3 lead.

A Craig Burley penalty in the second half levelled the encounter as the points were shared at Valley Parade.

Exactly a year later, though, the Bantams got the last laugh, as an Ashley Ward brace sealed a 2-0 victory over the Rams, which would be the last top-flight encounter between the two teams.

WEATHER

Rain is not expected in Derby tonight, as light winds and clouds are forecast.

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