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Sky Bet League Two 2021-22: Bradford City

27 May 2021

We continue a new feature throughout the close season taking an in depth look at all the teams in Sky Bet League Two for the 2021-22 campaign, this time looking at Bradford City.

In 2020-21...

Final position: 15th (down six places from 2019-20)
Biggest win: 4-1 v Forest Green Rovers (02/04/21)
Heaviest defeat: 0-3 v Newport County (24/10/20), 0-3 v Salford City (21/11/20)
League Cup: 1st round
FA Cup: 2nd round
Checkatrade Trophy: Group Stage

Manager: TBC

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars were relieved of their managerial duties at Bradford City with immediate effect following the conclusion of the end of the season. 

As written on www.bradfordcityafc.com, the duo, who previously oversaw City’s under-18s side, have been offered the opportunity to remain at the club in other roles. 

Trueman and Sellars took over first-team affairs at the Utilita Energy Stadium on a caretaker basis in December, before being made interim and then joint-permanent managers for the final 19 matches of the season.

Plans are already in place with regards to the vacant managerial position, and the club is not seeking applicants for the role. An announcement will be made as soon as possible.

Transfer news...

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BRADFORD CITY

Manager: TBC
In:  
Out: Danny Rowe (Chesterfield)
Loan Expired: Andy Cook, Jordan Stevens, Rumarn Burrell
Contracts Offered: Jorge Sikora, Kian Scales, Matty Foulds, Sam Hornby
Released:

Anthony O’Connor, Billy Clarke, Clayton Donaldson, Connor Shanks . Connor Wood, Harry Pritchard, Lee Novak, Will Huffer, Zeli Ismail

Correct as of May 25, 2021

Player in focus...

Sutton-removebg-preview.pngLevi Sutton

After leaving the Iron, academy graduate Levi Sutton was one of Stuart McCall's first summer signings last year as he bolstered his squad.

With 30 league starts and four substitutes to his name in 2020-21, the midfielder scored two goals and assisted in three strikes in his debut campaign at the club. He played a total of 2,725 minutes in Sky Bet League Two.

His final Scunthorpe appearance saw him sent off, with his disciplinary record for the Bantams reading as six cautions and one dismissal.

Utilita Energy Stadium (Valley Parade)

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Capacity: 25,136 (all seated)

Distance to the Iron: 61 miles

A ground of 'two halves', the initial impression is that one side is twice as big as the other. The Kop End is a modern two-tiered stand, that is simply huge and looks quite superb. Opened in 1999 it has a capacity of 7,492 fans.

In 2019 Valley Parade was renamed the Utilita Energy Stadium in a three-year corporate sponsorship deal.

Away fans are housed in Blocks F & G of the Mamma Mia Stand on one side of the ground. Blocks F & G are located on one side of this stand towards the TL Dallas End. The normal allocation is 1,300 seats in this area.

Head-to-head record...

SEASON/DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2020-21 - Sat 1 May LG 2 Bradford 0-0 Iron  
2020-21 - Tue 9 Feb LG 2 Iron 2-0 Bradford Eisa, Green
2019-20 - Sat 18 Jan LG 2 Bradford 2-2 Iron Gilliead, McAtee
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 29 16  7 44  28 
Away 30  6 12 12  30  48 
TOTAL 59  22  19  18  74 75 

Bradford's biggest win: 4-0 (04/05/1977) 

Scunthorpe United's biggest win: 4-0 (17/01/1953)

Memorable encounter...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Scunthorpe United (Ivan Toney, 3', 47', Matt Crooks, 82') 3-2 Bradford City (Kevin Toner, 14', Alex Jones, 16')

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The Iron won a pulsating encounter at Glanford Park, coming from behind to win in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The game, taking place at Sunday lunchtime, was brought to life following an early strike from Ivan Toney before a quickfire double from the visitors inside 16 minutes put the Bantams into the ascendancy.

Toney completed his brace in the second half, latching onto a ball from Hakeeb Adelakun to acrobatically send the ball into the corner of the net.

On-loan midfielder Matt Crooks then got the winner, bulleting home a header at the Doncaster Road end to keep the points in North Lincolnshire as both sides battled towards a play-off place in Sky Bet League One.


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