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Preview: Bradford City (A)

17 January 2020

The Iron return to League Two action on Saturday when they make the trip to take on Bradford City at the Utilita Energy Stadium (3pm kick-off).


Our last game saw the Iron defeated 2-1 by Newport County at the Sands Venue Stadium, in a game which saw Abo Eisa on target and Lee Novak sent off.

It was a result which left Scunthorpe sitting 15th in League Two, but victory at the weekend could take the side up to 11th in the table.

Bradford sit sixth going into the weekend, and were defeated 2-1 at Crawley Town in their last game, with substitute Aramide Oteh pulling a goal back late on.


Click here for the latest team news from manager Paul Hurst ahead of the game.

Elsewhere, Yann Songo'o (knee) continues a spell of six weeks out with an injury sustained away at Grimsby Town.

Regan Slater (ankle) also continues to be out for around two further months following an operation.


The two sides met in North Lincolnshire back at the end of September, with Jamie Ward on target from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw during which Scunthorpe played more than 75 minutes with ten men following Matthew Lund’s red card.

2019-20 - Sat 28 Sep LG 2 Iron 1-1 Bradford Ward
2018-19 - Sat 27 Apr LG 1 Iron 2-3 Bradford Wootton, Novak
2018-19 - Sat 22 Dec LG 1 Bradford 2-0 Iron  
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 28 15  7 42  28 
Away 28  6 10 12  28  46 
TOTAL 56  21  17  18  70 73 


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Match Reports

Report: Bradford City 2-2 Iron

18 January 2020

Alex Gilliead, facing his former club, and a first league goal for John McAtee helped secure a spirited 2-2 draw at Bradford City, as the Iron came from behind.

Hope Akpan and James Vaughan fired the hosts into the lead, but Paul Hurst’s side hit back to claim a point at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

The Iron went into the game making three changes, with Andy Butler, Kgosi Ntlhe and Lee Novak replaced by Jacob Bedeau, Gilliead and George Miller.

United looked to start well, and Abo Eisa forced an early clearance as he linked up with Junior Brown on the left before sending a dangerous low cross into the box which was turned away by the Bantams.

The Iron then won a corner as James Perch’s deep ball into the box, aimed for Miller, was flicked behind by a Bantams player. Gilliead’s delivery looked for Bedeau but the hosts managed to clear.

The first attempt at goal came in the seventh minute as Brown whipped in a cross from the left, which Gilliead connected with centrally in the area, but sent just wide.

Soon after, Miller, facing his former club, stole possession and advanced forwards before drilling an effort wide of the goalkeeper’s bottom right-hand post.

He came close again with 10 minutes on the clock, latching on to Rory Watson’s goal kick, and catching the hosts out by getting between the two central defenders. However, his shot was pushed wide for a corner by the home goalkeeper.

With a quarter of an hour gone, James Vaughan hit the foot of the post for Bradford as he was played a square ball by Matt Palmer after he found space on the right side of the area.

On 18 minutes, Hope Akpan broke the deadlock for the hosts as he slotted across goal after being slipped into the area on the left. Jordan Clarke pulled up with an injury and came off for treatment, before later being replaced by Ntlhe.

Just a minute later, it was two for the hosts as play was spread to the left, with the cross into the area turned home by Bantams skipper Vaughan.

After Vaughan was yellow carded for a late tackle on Matthew Lund, McAtee floated in the resultant free-kick, with Perch winning the header. He powered it goalwards but McGee just about held onto it.

Then, at the other end, Watson denied Vaughan from point blank range following a header, with the Iron then able to clear the ball as it rebounded back into the penalty area.

There was then patient build-up from the Iron down the right as Gilliead and Ntlhe linked up to send the ball to meet the run of McAtee, but the cross couldn’t find an Iron player.

Then, handball shouts were ignored as Ntlhe strode out of defence. Lund played to Eisa, who looked to drive down the left, but the ball was cleared for a throw.

With 34 minutes played, Gilliead picked up the ball, turned onto his left foot and fired across goal, with the ball driving through the bodies, nestling into the far bottom corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Just four minutes later, there was a big chance for the Iron as McAtee drove forward and picked out Miller. He found Lund on the edge of the box, with his cross meeting the run of Gilliead. He put the ball across the area with Miller heading goalwards but for a tremendous save by Luke McGee.

Miller proved a nuisance to the Bantams back line again three minutes before the break, as he put the hosts under pressure from an aerial ball before putting his body in the way as McGee came to gather. The ball dropped, but there was no Iron player running in.

Gilliead and McAtee combined well early in the second half before McAtee rolled a ball across the area which just missed the run of Miller.

Perch then sent in an inviting cross which went between the two central defenders, with McGee producing a flying punch to get the danger away.

Soon after, Brown swung in a cross from the left which Perch tried to connect but just failed to get on the end of, and had to receive treatment after colliding with the goalkeeper.

On the break, the hosts attacked through Callum Cooke, as he was played in by Connor Wood but Brown pulled off a block to deflect the shot wide for a corner.

United continued to threaten and Perch sent the ball wide of the goalkeeper’s left-hand post with a drilled effort after Eisa played the ball back to him.

Gilliead then charged down the right, with a powerful cross seeing McGee flap, before a looping ball dropped for McAtee, with his header going over the bar.

Ntlhe, who had minutes earlier received treatment, was replaced by Ryan Colclough on 57 minutes, with Gilliead reverting to right-back.

With an hour gone, Eisa danced into the area from the left following good work from Perch, but despite rolling the ball across goal, he was penalised for a foul on a defender who ended up on the floor.

With around 20 minutes left, Perch did a lot of hard work before the ball was rolled to Colclough. Possession stayed with the Iron before Eisa opened into space on the left, with his low effort saved by McGee.

On 73 minutes, Scunthorpe levelled as McAtee drove forward and fired a low effort across and beyond the dive of McGee, and into the corner of the net for his first ever league goal.

Moments later, Miller controlled and turned on the edge of the box and swung a boot but didn’t get the best connection as McGee saved.

Ten minutes before the end, McAtee’s corner was floated to Eisa on the edge of the box, but his volley was saved by McGee.

Not long after that, Miller was replaced by Alfie Beestin for his Iron debut and received a standing ovation from the away support after working tirelessly up front.

On the turn after being teed up following a Colclough corner, Beestin almost made it a debut to remember too, as he turned and fired in a shot that McGee had to get down to save.

The hosts broke during the second minute out of six in stoppage time, but the league’s top scorer Eoin Doyle blazed the ball over the crossbar.

Lund sent a late cross in from the right, but McGee caught just under his crossbar as the game ended all square.

BRADFORD: McGee, Mellor, P O’Connor, Richards-Everton, A O’Connor, Doyle, Vaughan (McCartan, 78), Palmer, Akpan (Connolly, 67), Wood, Cooke (Reeves, 82).

BRADFORD SUBS NOT USED: Sykes-Kenworthy, Henley, Devitt, Taylor.

IRON: Watson, Clarke (Ntlhe, 20, Colclough, 57), Lund, Perch, Gilliead, McGahey, Brown, Miller (Beestin, 82), Eisa, Bedeau, McAtee.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Collins, Butler, Sutton, Hornshaw.

ATTENDANCE:14,176 (606 away).

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Ticket News

Pay on the gate at Bradford on Saturday

18 January 2020

Iron fans can pay on the gate at Bradford City on Saturday, January 18th (3pm kick-off).

Our fans will be located in the East Stand on Midland Road.

PAY ON THE GATE: There will be a pay on the gate option, cash only. The only price increase is for adults, these go up to £25, all other price bands remain the same. Any fans paying on the day need to go the away end turnstiles on Midland Road at the bottom of Holywell Ash Lane.

Matchday prices for the game are as follows:





OAP (60+)/Student*


Juniors Under-16



£5 (when purchased with an adult ticket)

*All students must be in full-time education, with valid student ID.

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