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Preview: Bradford City (A)

21 December 2018

The Iron play their final game before Christmas when they make the trip to take on Bradford City this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

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Pay on the turnstile at Bradford City

22 December 2018

Scunthorpe head to the Northern Commercials Stadium, aka Valley Parade, looking to halt a run of four successive league defeats and start the festive run of games as they mean to go on.

The Bantams are in the bottom four of the division, though were boosted by last weekend’s 4-0 home win over Walsall.


Stuart McCall has confirmed Josh Morris faces two months out with a fractured fibula and strained ankle ligaments, while there are also fresh injury worries over two unnamed players.

Funso Ojo returns to contention following a hamstring injury, while George Thomas is fine and has trained for most of the week after suffering a dead leg at Doncaster last weekend.

Elsewhere, Matt Gilks (knee) and Rory Watson (arm) continue to miss out, while Ryan Colclough (knee) is out for the remainder of the season.


The two sides drew 1-1 at Glanford Park on the final day of last season, with Conor Townsend on target for Scunthorpe.

Our last trip to the Northern Commercials Stadium saw Scunthorpe emerge as 2-1 victors through strikes from Cameron Burgess and Hakeeb Adelakun.

2017-18 - Sat 5 May LG 1 Iron 1-1 Bradford Townsend
2017-18 - Tue 21 Nov LG 1 Bradford 1-2 Iron Burgess, Adelakun
2016-17 - Sat 26 Mar LG 1 Iron 3-2 Bradford Toney 2, Crooks
2016-17 - Mon 26 Dec LG 1 Bradford 0-0 Iron  
2015-16 - Sat 2 Apr  LG 1  Bradford 1-0 Iron   
2015-16 - Sat 21 Nov  LG 1  Iron 0-2 Bradford   
2014-15 - Tue 21 Apr  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Bradford  McSheffrey 
2014-15 - Sat 20 Dec  LG 1  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Adelakun 
2006-07 - Sat 31 Mar  LG 1  Iron 2-0 Bradford  Sharp, Beckford 
2006-07 - Sat 21 Oct  LG 1  Bradford 0-1 Iron  Sharp 
2006-07 - Tue 17 Oct  FLT R1  Bradford 1-2 Iron  Foy, Goodwin 
2005-06 - Sat 1 Apr  LG 1  Bradford 4-2 Iron  Beagrie, Hinds 
2005-06 - Sat 31 Dec  LG 1  Iron 0-0 Bradford   
1994-95 - Tue 22 Nov  FAC R1 R  Iron 3-2 Bradford  Carmichael, Alexander, Thompstone 
1994-95 - Sat 12 Nov  FAC R1  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Hope 
1988-89 - Tue 22 Nov  LG CUP R3 R  Iron 0-1 Bradford   
1988-89 - Wed 2 Nov  LG CUP R3  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Daws 
1983-84 - Sat 17 Mar  DIV 3  Iron 2-1 Bradford  Cammack, Matthews 
1983-84 - Sat 8 Oct  DIV 3  Bradford 2-2 Iron  Leman, Lester 
1981-82 - Sun 14 Feb  DIV 4  Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1981-82 - Sat 3 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 1-3 Bradford  Grimes 
1980-81 - Sat 31 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Bradford  Cammack 
1980-81 - Sat 23 Aug  DIV 4  Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1979-80 - Sat 9 Feb  DIV 4  Iron 3-3 Bradford  Pilling, Partridge 2 
1979-80 - Sat 22 Sep  DIV 4  Bradford 2-0 Iron   
1978-79 - Sat 3 Mar  DIV 4  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Pilling 
1978-79 - Sat 21 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 3-2 Bradford  Couch, Kilmore 2 
1976-77 - Wed 4 May  DIV 4  Bradford 4-0 Iron   
1976-77 - Sat 8 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Bradford  Wiggington, Keeley 
1975-76 - Sat 17 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 2-0 Bradford  Green, O'Connor 
1975-76 - Fri 26 Dec  DIV 4  Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1974-75 - Sat 1 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 1-2 Bradford  Charnley 
1974-75 - Sat 31 Aug  DIV 4  Bradford 3-0 Iron   
1973-74 - Wed 3 Oct  DIV 4  Bradford 2-1 Iron  Podd (og) 
1973-74 - Tue 18 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Bradford  Pilling, Fletcher 
1968-69 - Sat 29 Mar  DIV 4  Bradford 3-0 Iron   
1968-69 - Fri 6 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Bradford  Deere 
1957-58 - Thu 24 Apr  DIV 3 (N)  Bradford 2-3 Iron  Minton 2, Davis 
1957-58 - Sat 28 Sep  DIV 3 (N) Iron 0-2 Bradford   
1956-57 - Sat 9 Mar  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 3-1 Iron  Waldock 
1956-57 - Sat 27 Oct  DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-1 Bradford  Brown 
1955-56 - Tue 27 Dec  DIV 3 (N)  Iron 2-0 Bradford  Haigh, McGill 
1955-56 - Mon 26 Dec  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 4-3 Iron  Gregory 2, Brown 
1954-55 - Mon 27 Dec  DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-0 Bradford  Brown 
1954-55 - Sat 25 Dec  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 2-4 Iron  Brown 2, Gregory, Mosby 
1953-54 - Sat 27 Mar  DIV 3 (N) Iron 2-1 Bradford  Haigh, Mosby 
1953-54 - Sat 7 Nov  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 1-3 Iron  Jones, Whitfield, Brownsword 
1952-53 - Sat 17 Jan  DIV 3 (N) Iron 4-0 Bradford  Haigh 2, Whitfield, Daley 
1952-53 - Sat 6 Sep  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1951-52 - Wed 26 Mar  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 1-0 Iron   
1951-52 - Sat 18 Aug  DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-0 Bradford  Cumner 
1950-51 - Wed 18 Apr  DIV 3 (N) Iron 0-0 Bradford   
1950-51 - Sat 14 Apr  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 2-0 Iron   

Our full record against Bradford City is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 26 15  6 39  24 
Away 27  6 10 11  28  44 
TOTAL 53  21  16  16  67 68 


Striker David Ball scored a brace in the Bantams’ victory last weekend, and signed on loan from Championship side Rotherham United during the summer.

The former Manchester City academy talent has also enjoyed spells with Swindon, Peterborough, Rochdale and most prominently at Fleetwood during a five year stint.

He’s scored three league goals this season and will be looking to kick on following last week’s double.


Blackpool v Barnsley
Bristol Rovers v Fleetwood Town
Charlton Athletic v Gillingham
Doncaster Rovers v Oxford United
Luton Town v Burton Albion
Peterborough United v Walsall
Plymouth Argyle v Accrington Stanley
Portsmouth v Sunderland
Shrewsbury Town v Coventry City
Southend United v Rochdale
Wycombe Wanderers v AFC Wimbledon

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Match Reports

Report: Bradford City 2-0 Iron

22 December 2018

The Iron were defeated 2-0 by Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.

Manager Stuart McCall made three changes to the team that were beaten by Doncaster Rovers last weekend. On his return to Valley Parade, McCall brought Funso Ojo, Levi Sutton and Kyle Wootton into the starting eleven. They replaced the trio of Matthew Lund, Josh Morris and Andy Dales. 

The Iron got the game underway as Levi Sutton – making his first league start of the season, rolled the ball back to Funso Ojo. 

Seconds after the kick-off, Scunthorpe came forward. Ojo tried his luck from the distance, stinging the palms of Richard O’Donnell in the Bradford goal, who did just enough to parry it away. 

A minute later, the Iron were on the attack again. Kyle Wootton expertly controlled the ball with his chest before laying it off to Lee Novak. The striker then squared it to Ojo, who latched onto the pass after making a good run into the area, but he dragged his first-time effort wide of the target.

However, despite all the early Scunthorpe pressure, on the tenth minute, Bradford found themselves 1-0 ahead. 

Jack Payne was the man to score for the Bantams, after Eoin Doyle won the ball back in the attacking half. He picked up possession, drove towards goal, before passing left for Payne, who controlled it and rolled the ball into the bottom right of the net via the post.  

The Iron almost responded straight away. Ojo again caused Bradford problems. He curled in a shot from the left side of the area, with his right foot searching for the far corner, but O’Donnell made sure he held onto the midfielder’s effort. 

With 18 minutes on the clock, George Thomas nearly drew Scunthorpe level. 

Good link-up play between Wootton and Novak presented a chance for the latter to slot the Wales International in down the right. After receiving the ball, Thomas looped O’Donnell, however he saw his effort drop onto the top of the net.  

On 25 minutes, Bradford had a penalty with a great chance to extend their lead, after Jak Alnwick was adjudged to have fouled George Miller.  

Doyle stepped up and emphatically buried it into the roof of the net, making it 2-0 to the Bantams, despite Alnwick’s best efforts of guessing the right way.

Five minutes after, Bradford came forward again. Paul Caddis found space down the right flank, before he whipped in a dangerous low cross towards Miller, however the striker couldn’t get on end of it and the ball petered out.  

With the first half drawing to a close, Bradford nearly had another. A shot from Miller took a wicked deflection, but the fine fingertips of Alnwick touched the ball onto the crossbar, before Rory McArdle headed off the line and behind for a corner which came to nothing. 

Another good stop from Alnwick then denied the hosts further. Miller’s audacious volley was fizzed in towards goal, but the goalkeeper was aware and pushed it away for a corner, which Cameron Borthwick-Jackson then mopped up. 

Two minutes of added time were signalled by the fourth official at the end of the half, leaving Scunthorpe with time for one last attack. Borthwick-Jackson swung in a free-kick from the left, which Charlie Goode and McArdle both attacked, but the linesman had flagged for offside. 

During the half-time interval, the Iron made a double substitution, with Cameron Burgess and Ike Ugbo coming on to replace Borthwick-Jackson and McArdle.

As the match restarted for the second half, David Ball made a run down the right for Bradford, he looked to cross towards the back post, however Alnwick was there to claw the ball away. 

Ball came close again moments later when he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area. He tried to curl one in the far corner, as he wrapped his left foot around the shot, but it went wide of the target. 

50 minutes in, the Iron almost halved the deficit. Sutton did brilliantly to skip past three players, before passing out wide to Novak. The striker then sent a deep cross in towards Wootton, who met it with a volley, although he couldn’t quite keep it down and fired over the crossbar. 

United tried to find a way back into the game with Ugbo injecting pace into the attack. He played a nice one-two with Wootton on the edge of the area, before firing in a shot, but his effort travelled wide of the post. 

After 67 minutes, Burgess was dismissed for a second bookable offence, leaving the Iron down the ten men with over 20 minutes to play.

A few minutes later, Alnwick produced a fine reaction save to deny Ball, who spun and shot inside the six-yard-box. From the following corner, Payne headed over the bar. 

Alnwick was required again on the 76th minute, when Caddis neatly backheeled to Payne in the area. Payne opened up his body as he looked to place it with the side of his foot and caught it well, but Alnwick dived to his left to deny him and push the ball to safety.

Clayton Lewis was sent on for the remaining ten minutes in place of Thomas and shortly after, the Iron nearly scored. Wootton connected with a cross and his looping header had O’Donnell scrambling across his goal, but the ball dropped just wide of the target. 

With five minutes to go, Lewis unleashed an effort from distance after a free-kick was played short to him. He caught the ball well with his right foot, however it sailed over the goalkeepers’ head and over the bar. 

As the fourth official indicated four minutes of additional time, there were no other opportunities for either side and the game ended 2-0. 

The Iron are next back in action against Luton Town on 26th December at Glanford Park. 

Bradford City: O’Donnell, Chicksen, McGowan, Doyle (Goldthorp, 90), Payne (J. O’Brien, 82), Miller (Bruenker, 79), Akpan, Knight-Percival, Caddis (C), L. O’Brien, Ball.
Substitutes not used: Wilson, Wood, Devine, Isherwood. 

Scunthorpe United: Alnwick, Clarke, Borthwick-Jackson, Ojo, Perch, Novak, Thomas (Lewis, 79), Goode, Sutton, McArdle (C) (Burgess, 45), Wootton (Ugbo, 45).
Substitutes not used: Flatt, Horsfield, Dales, Ben El-Mhanni. 

Referee: Carl Boyeson.

Attendance: 16,113 (427 away). 

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Pay on the turnstile at Bradford City

22 December 2018

Iron fans can pay on the turnstile for the away game at Bradford City on Saturday, December 22nd (3pm kick-off).

Tickets are now OFF SALE from Glanford Park.

Prices for the game are as follows:

Adults £25
60+/Students with valid ID £15
15 and under £10
Under-11 £5 when purchased with adult ticket

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