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League One 2017-18: Bradford City

16 June 2017

With less than a week to go until the fixtures are released, we continue a new feature taking an in depth look at all the teams in Sky Bet League One for the 2017-18 campaign, looking at Bradford City.

Last season...

Final position: 5th (same position as 2015-16)

Biggest win: 4-0 v Rochdale (12/11/16)

Heaviest defeat: 0-3 v Southend United (19/11/16), 0-3 v Sheffield United (17/04/17)

League Cup: 1st round

FA Cup: 1st round

Checkatrade Trophy: 4th round

Manager: Stuart McCall

A Bradford City legend, McCall came through the youth ranks to sign professional for the Bantams in 1982 making around 250 appearances in a six year stint in midfield before signing for Everton in 1988. After three years there, he made the switch to Rangers where he played 200 times before a return to Valley parade for four further years in 1998. He'd complete his playing career at Sheffield United, retiring in 2005 with 40 caps for Scotland.

This is McCall's third stint in charge of Bradford City, with him guiding the side to the League One play-off final in the first campaign since his return.

TEAMS FROM TO GAMES WON DRAWN LOST
Bradford City 20/06/16 Present 57 25 21 11
Rangers 12/03/15 14/06/15 17 7 6 4
Motherwell 30/12/10 02/11/14 174 74 32 68
Bradford City 22/05/07 08/02/10 133 46 35 52
Bradford City 06/11/00 20/11/00 2 0 0 2

Transfer news...

IN: None  

OUT: James Meredith (Millwall, free), Billy Clarke (Charlton Athletic, undisclosed)

RELEASED: Joe Cracknell, James King, Stephen Darby

Correct as of June 12, 2017    

PLAYER IN FOCUS  

Charlie Wyke
 
He signed for Bradford City for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day in January 2017, alongside Jacob Hanson, Kevin Toner and Matthew Penney. 
 
Wyke took just 15 minutes to score on his debut for the club, scoring in a 2-2 draw at home to Gillingham four days later. He then scored a brace in another 2-2 draw later that month, this time at home to play-off rivals Bolton Wanderers. 

Wyke, 24, scored 32 league goals in 77 league games for previous club Carlisle United and joined for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Northern Commercials Stadium (Valley Parade)

Capacity: 25,136

Distance to GP: 61 miles

Valley Parade has been completely rebuilt since the mid-1980's but it is a strange stadium in the sense that one side is large and rather spectacular and the other is very small. The two-tiered two sides which are merged by an corner are a good spectacle, while the other long stand is a single tier.

Away fans are situated behind the ground in the TL Dallas Stand which is an odd-looking small double decker stand. 1,840 fans can be accomodated here with the best view in the top tier of the stand. If demand requires, some fans can be situated in the Midland Road Stand.

Head-to-head record...

  Bradford City wins Draw Scunthorpe United wins
League 15 13 18
FA Cup 0 1 3
League Cup 1 1 0
Other 0 0 1
Total 16 15 22

Bradford City's biggest win: 4-0 (04/05/77)

Scunthorpe United's biggest win: 4-0 (17/01/53)

Memorable encounter...

Scunthorpe United (Toney, 3, 47, Crooks, 82) 3-2 Bradford City (Toner, 14, Jones, 16)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Iron went ahead, behind and eventually came back to claim three points against play-off rivals Bradford City in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Newcastle United loanee Ivan Toney broke the deadlock after three minutes as he peeled away from a Josh Morris corner to smash into the roof of the net. Kevin Toner and Alex Jones bagged two quickfire strikes to put the Bantams ahead at half time, with the score 2-1 to Bradford after just 16 minutes.

Toney grabbed his brace two minutes into the second half as he broke the offside trap from a Hakeeb Adelakun ball, controlling and overhead kicking into the net.

Matt Crooks, on loan from Glasgow Rangers, bulleted home the winner, connecting with another Morris delivery.

Sky Bet odds...

We've taken a look at the latest Sky Bet odds ahead of the League One campaign to see how the bookmakers think the Bantams will fare in 2017-18.

Correct as of June 12, 2017

Outcome Position Odds
Outright Winner 4th 10/1
Promotion 4th 100/30
Top six 4th 11/8
Relegation 21st 14/1

For this and other odds visit skybet.com/scunthorpe.


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