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Bradford City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 25th August 2018, k.o. 3pm
Northern Commercials Stadium
Referee: Mark Heywood
Saturday's game can't come quickly enough for the Chairboys who finished Tuesday's encounter at Plymouth with their tails up and playing some of their finest football in recent time.
A point was no less than they deserved from the game at Home Park thanks to a performance which boosted morale following the disappointing loss at home to Bristol Rovers at the weekend.
Now Gareth Ainsworth's men look to record their first victory of the campaign against an indifferent Bantams outfit who've notched up a symmetrical sequence of results, winning their first and last matches, with two defeats and a draw in the cup in between.
Wanderers' last four visits to Bradford - the most recent being in 2013 - have ended in a 1-0 scoreline, three of them favouring the home side.
Alex Samuel could be included after signing a short-term deal on Thursday, while Darius Charles and Paris Cowan-Hall are nearing a return and Nick Freeman could be in contention after missing Tuesday's game with a knock. However, captain Adam El-Abd is likely to miss out after injuring his thigh in midweek.
Bradford could welcome back winger Sherwin Seedorf but striker Alex Jones remains a long-term absentee.
Man in the Middle
Mark Heywood showed a red card to Morecambe keeper Barry Roche in midweek, having also dished out 14 yellow cards in three games so far this season.
His last involvement in a Wycombe game was the 3-2 win at Grimsby last season, awarding penalties to both sides and sending off Town's Danny Collins.
Wycombe will be in their third-choice white kit.
On-the-day prices are as follows.
Over 60/Student (with valid student ID): £15
Juniors (U16): £10
Under 11: £5 (when purchased with adult tickets)
Tickets can be purchased and collected from Bradford's stadium from 1.30pm on Saturday.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: BD8 7DY
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Exit the northbound M1 at J42, and take the westbound M62 signposted Manchester. Exit the M62 at J26, taking the 6th exit at the roundabout onto the M606 (s/p Bradford). At the end of the motorway, keep in the right-hand lane and take the Ring Road East (signposted A6177 City Centre). From this point onwards, the ground will be signposted using a brown sign with a white football. At the next roundabout turn left continuing along the Ring Road East, passing a McDonalds on your left and then an Asda superstore. At the next roundabout turn left onto the A650 (signposted City Centre/Keighley). After crossing a further two roundabouts the road becomes three lanes. Keep in one of the two right hand lanes (signposted Keighley/Skipton). Continue straight along this road towards Skipton and eventually you will be able to see the stadium in front of you, over on the left. At the Kia Car Dealership on your left, turn immediately left into Station Road. At the top of Station Road turn left along Queens Road, then the second left into Midland Road for the away entrance. For the main offices continue along Queens Road and at the traffic lights turn left into Manningham Road. The ground is quarter a mile away on the left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 198 (approx. journey time 3 hours 25 mins)
Recommended area for car parking
There is on-street parking available around the stadium. There is usually a large stretch of road used on Midland Road by supporters for match-day parking.
Using the train?
There is a regular service out of London Kings Cross but a minimum of one change is required. Average journey time is a little under 3 hours. Most trains go to Bradford Interchange, some to Forster Square. The latter is around a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Interchange is further away but buses numbers 622, 623, 626 and 662 travel to the stadium. Return trains from Interchange are at 18:00 arriving back at 21:07, 18:31 (21:29), 19:00 (21.52) etc.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 25,136 (all seated). Visiting supporters are usually allocated the T L Dallas Stand at the Northern Commercials Stadium. This particular stand is two-tier, covered, and located behind one end of the ground. I have heard that the view of the action is far better from the upper tier. On the downside, there are a number of supporting pillars that could impede your view.
Spare time on your hands?
If you fancy a drink, BCFC recommend “The Bradford Arms” on Manningham Lane. It is only about two minutes from the ground and welcomes away fans. About a ten-minute walk away (going towards the City Centre) is the 'Corn Dolly' on Bolton Road, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, as is the “New Beehive” on Westgate. I have read that the latter still has gas lighting! Near to Bradford Forster Square Station on North Parade is another pub to feature in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, the “Sparrow Bier” Bar. Note that alcohol is not available to away fans in the TL Dallas Stand.
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