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Bradford City Preview - It's Yorkshire derby time

15 April 2021

Match Previews

Bradford City Preview - It's Yorkshire derby time

15 April 2021



We host a Yorkshire derby this weekend when Bradford City visit the EnviroVent Stadium in a fixture that will kick off at the earlier time of 12.30pm.


And boss Simon Weaver will be hoping that his side can take the momentum from the performance on Tuesday night that earned his side a 2-2 draw at home to Leyton Orient.

The Bantams playoff hopes were dealt a blow with a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Crawley and they come into the game in 12th position, four points off the final playoff position.

Since we last met

Lloyd Kerry scored the only goal of the game earlier in the season when Weaver's side triumphed 1-0 at Valley Parade in front of the Sky TV cameras.



There has been plenty of change for the Bantams since then with Stuart McCall replaced in the dug-out by the managerial duo of Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars, the latter who played for Town back in 2013/14.

The change arrested the slide that saw City slip to the lower reaches of the division and the pair tasted defeat in only one of their first 15 games to propel themselves up the table.

The Men in Charge

The duo were initially appointed on a temporary basis which was made permanent thanks to the stellar run that the side went on.

With Trueman aged 35 and Sellars just 29 they are the youngest managerial team in the Football League. 
Both also played for a number of non-league sides in the Yorkshire area during their playing days.

One to Watch

The January window saw a number of faces come and go at the club. Permanent moves were made for Charles Vernam from Burton and Danny Rowe from Oldham, whilst Andy Cook arrived on loan from Mansfield and has added seven goals so far.

Anthony O'Connor, Connor Wood and Elliott Watt have been mainstays of the side under both McCall and Trueman and Sellars.

Recent History

Bradford have spent much of their recent history in the top two divisions of English football, spending two seasons in the Premier League under Paul Jewell at the turn of the century, the first of which saw them pull off ‘The Great Escape' as the survived relegation on the final day by defeating Liverpool at Valley Parade.

However, consecutive relegations saw them tumble through the divisions in the mid-2000's and although they made a return to League One, they were relegated back to the bottom division following the 2018/19 season.

Team news

Aaron Martin is set to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury, joining Simon Power and Josh March on the treatment table. We'll be hoping though that Mark Beck shakes off the injury that kept him out of the game against Leyton Orient.

You can watch our final Saturday home fixture of the season LIVE with a Town streaming pass.

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