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Match Previews


9 March 2024

Match Previews


9 March 2024

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Graham Alexander’s City side look to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two, as they head to Accrington Stanley’s Wham Stadium this afternoon. 

City travel to Lancashire for the second time this campaign, hoping to come away with another victory, as action gets underway at the usual time of 3.00pm.

We have compiled a handy Away Day Guide - filled with useful information ahead of the encounter.


Wham Stadium

Livingstone Road




A founding member of the football league, Accrington Stanley moved into the Wham Stadium in 1970 and it is currently one of the smallest stadiums in the EFL by capacity. 

Rather uniquely, one side of the pitch actually comprises two stands - the Main Stand and the John Smith’s Stand.

Although having only six rows of seats, the Eric Whalley Stand is covered by a roof and has no restricting supporting pillars.


Supporters will be able to PAY ON THE DAY at the Wham Stadium this afternoon, with over 2,000 tickets sold and a limited number available on matchday. 

They can be purchased via cash or card payment, from 1.30pm today, from the Wham Stadium's Away Ticket Booth. 

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £25

Concessions (65+): £20

Students: £20

Aged 12-17: £15

Under-12: £5

Personal Assistant: FREE

Read full details HERE


After their relegation on the final day of last season, Accrington found themselves back in the fourth tier after five seasons in League One. 

Stanley sit one place, and one point, behind City in the table, having gone four games without a victory.

Their last outing, at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground ended in a 4-0 defeat which was John Coleman’s last match in his second spell with the Lancashire outfit.

While Stanley search for a replacement, first-team coach John Doolan has been appointed as the club’s interim manager, and will look to tackle the Bantams in his first game in charge.


There is a car park at the stadium, but this only houses 300 cars, so expect it to fill up quickly.

Otherwise, there is a large car park at Livingstone Road Sports Ground, which is also slightly cheaper at £2.


To drink:

Behind the Main Stand is the ground’s sports bar called Coley's Bar, which allows in visiting fans. The nearest pub is the Crown, which is just behind the ground on the main Whalley Road.

To eat:

The Peel Park Hotel serves traditional pub classics like fish and chips and steak pies, serving as a good option for a sit-down meal pre-match.

The Grants Bar in Accrington has its own brewery on site, as well as a pizzeria. It is a 20-minute walk to the ground, but is highly-rated amongst away fans.


By car:

Leave the M6 at Junction 29 and take the M65 towards Blackburn. Continue past Blackburn towards Accrington and leave the M65 at Junction 7.

Then, take the left-hand exit at the roundabout onto the A6185. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto A678 towards Padiham, and then at the next traffic lights turn right onto Accrington.

After half a mile on the A680, take the next left onto Livingstone Road and then after an immediate left, you will arrive at the ground.

By train:

Accrington Railway Stadium is only a mile away from the ground, as is served by trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds.

Leave the station and head towards the large roundabout in the centre of the town. After approximately 100 metres on Milnshaw Lane, you will come onto Whalley Lane.

Follow Whalley Road for a mile and after passing the mini roundabout, you will see the Wham Stadium on your left.

By bus:

From Accrington Bus Station, the number 7 bus leaves every 15 minutes, and takes five minutes to get to the stadium.


Prior to this season, the Bantams’ last visit to the Wham Stadium came in the build-up to the 2021/22 season, where City ran out 2-0 winners, with current No.9 Andy Cook bagging a brace against League One Stanley in a pre-season friendly.

City won their last competitive fixture against the Lancashire outfit too, romping to a 3-0 victory at Valley Parade on New Year’s Day in 2019. Lewis O’Brien, Eoin Doyle and Connor Wood were amongst the goals.

The festive period seemed to be fruitful for City when facing the Reds, as Phil Parkinson’s promotion-winning side saw off Accrington on Boxing Day in the 2012/13 season. Garry Thompson and Alan Connell netted.

The aforementioned visit to the Wham Stadium in August ended in a penalty-shootout victory in the first round of the Carabao Cup, while Tyler Smith converted in a 1-0 win at the University of Bradford Stadium in November.


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 this season 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 discriminatory abuse, tragedy chanting, 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 stance was further reiterated following a recent league game at home to AFC Wimbledon. CLICK HERE to read the full 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.


It is expected to be windy one in Lancashire, as a breezy forecast is set in Accrington.

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