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23 IN 23: BRADFORD CITY

9 July 2018

BRADFORD City are our next focus as we take a look at every League One club we will face in 2018/19!

WHEN DO WE PLAY THEM?

Away: Tuesday 21 August, 2018
Home: Saturday 26 January, 2019

CLUB HISTORY:

Bradford City played their first ever Football League game away to Grimsby Town on 1 September 1903 losing 2-0 before registering their first victory in the third game of the season at Burton United. 

Manager Peter O'Rourke brought the Third Division (North) title to Bradford in 1929 in record-breaking fashion during his second spell as boss at Valley Parade.

Bradford then had to wait 56 years for another title success when former England international Trevor Cherry, building on foundations laid by George Mulhall and Roy McFarland, led them to the Division Three Championship in 1985.

City were promoted to the Premier League on the final day of the 1998/99 season with a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. 

But by the 2007/08 season, City were plying their trade in League Two, eventually earning promotion via the play-offs in 2013 to the third tier.

LAST SEASON:

The Bantams finished 11th in the League One table last term with a record of 18 wins, nine draws and 19 defeats. That earned them 63 points.

GROUND:

Valley Parade is a 25,136-capacity stadium that opened in 1886 and is divided into five all-seater stands.

MANAGER:

Bradford appointed under-18s boss Michael Collins to the role of head coach earlier this summer following the departure of Simon Grayson.

Greg Abbott and Martin Drury have come in as assistants to Collins, who at 32 becomes the youngest manager in the top four divisions.

INCOMINGS:

Eight new players have come in at Valley Parade. Goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell and defenders Joe Riley, Connor Wood and Thomas Isherwood have arrived, as has central midfielder Josh Wright while winger Sherwin Seedorf has joined on loan from Wolves. 

Former Brewers centre-back Anthony O’Connor has joined City from Aberdeen, as has former Albion midfielder Hope Akpan.


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