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The Big Match Preview: Bradford vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

24 August 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

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.

Team News
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.

Adults: £25
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


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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Match Reports

Report: Bradford 1-2 Wycombe

Mackail-Smith and Morris win it for the Chairboys.

25 August 2018

Wanderers secured their first win of the Sky Bet League 1 campaign with a well-deserved 2-1 victory at Bradford.

The visitors rattled the hosts with a dominant first-half display, pressing high, passing with style and attacking with pace, and were rewarded when Craig Mackail-Smith nodded home Joe Jacobson's excellent inswinging corner.

There was more of the same after the interval, and Bryn Morris opened his Wycombe account when he sidefooted home Dominic Gape's cross with the help of a deflection.

The three points rarely looked in doubt until Luca Colville pulled one back on the 90th minute, but Wanderers weren't to be denied and held on to make it four points in four days from two tough away trips.

Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the side that started in the 1-1 draw at Plymouth on Tuesday, and it was an enforced one, with Sido Jombati replacing the injured Adam El-Abd.

Both sides had sights of goal in the opening four minutes with Craig Mackail-Smith slicing a difficult chance wide from Joe Jacobson's throw, before Sherwin Seedorf met Eoin Doyle's low cross but the ball looped to safety via a deflection off Jombati.

Then Michael Harriman drilled over the top in the midst of a promising spell from the visitors, and Bryn Morris unleashed a spectacular first-time volley from Mackail-Smith's cross, seeing it whistle narrowly over the bar.

Pressure grew. Anthony Stewart's low pass started a move which set Randell Williams free down the left and his early cross evade the onrushing Harriman before keeper Richard O'Donnell clutched gratefully onto Mackail-Smith's header from another cross which ensued.

Wycombe were well on top and broke the deadlock courtesy of a phenomenal set-piece delivery from Joe Jacobson, whose powerful whipped corner from the right may have been flying straight in before Mackail-Smith helped it into the net with a bullet header from no more than a yard out.

The striker was almost presented with another clear-cut chance moments later, wriggling free on the edge of the box before being dispossessed just as he was set to pull the trigger, with Bradford floundering and struggling to keep the ball, much to the dismay of the home fans.

A rare chance from the Bantams came via Eoin Doyle's low shot from distance which was comfortably held by Ryan Allsop, but back came Wycombe, with Williams unable to find the power to beat O'Donnell with a shot from the edge of the box after more fine build-up play.

1-0 was how it remained at the interval, with the half-time whistle being met by boos from the Bantams fans who'd have expected a far smoother ride against the Chairboys before a ball had been kicked.

And the start of the second period followed a similar pattern, with Anthony Stewart shooting straight at the keeper after Wycombe kept the ball alive from a Jacobson corner.

Moments later, Mackail-Smith fed McCarthy with a fine ball down the right and the right-back was able to race onto it and burst into the box, unleashing a shot which was palmed to safety by the keeper.

The second goal was coming, and it duly arrived courtesy of Bryn Morris, who wandered unmarked into the box and was well-placed to meet Dominic Gape's cross from the right following more excellent football. His shot nicked off the defender and wrong-footed the keeper to bounce into the net for Morris' first goal in Wycombe colours.

It didn't take long for Bantams boss Michael Collins to decide enough was enough and make two changes, bringing on George Miller and Luca Colville, which prompted an upturn in performance and Allsop had to be alert to hold on to Eoin Doyle's near-post header from a deflected cross.

Jordan Gibson was Bradford's final change on 63 minutes, with the previously lively Sean Scannell departing with an injury, and Gibson's first involvement was to hit a swerving cross-shot which troubled Allsop but was parried to safety.

Then Morris bent an excellent shot at goal from 25 yards which was fisted behind the keeper, before Gareth Ainsworth introduced Adebayo Akinfenwa for Mackail-Smith, who'd worked his proverbial socks off for 70 minutes.

Nick Freeman followed soon after, in place of Randell Williams, but the Bantams almost halved the deficit when Eoin Doyle rose at the back stick to head the ball across goal and Allsop stuck out a hand to superbly divert it to safety with Miller poised to bundle it home.

Morris again let fly with a long-range effort which O'Donnell parried away on 77 minutes, before Sam Saunders came off the bench to take the place of Matt Bloomfield behind the strikers.

But as the board went up to indicate five minutes of added time, City gave themselves a lifeline, pulling a goal back through Luca Colville. Jordan Gibson's attempted shot was wayward but bounced kindly into the centre of the box for Colville to drill home from the penalty spot, giving Allsop no chance.

It sparked a frantic and nervy finale, and McCarthy blocked a last-gasp effort from Miller before the full-time whistle sounded to seal the Wanderers' first win of the season.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Bradford (A, 25/08)

Follow the Chairboys to the Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday 25th August.

15 August 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' visit to Bradford City on Saturday 25th August (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 600 tickets for the fixture, with more available on request. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game with a price increase of Adult tickets by £5.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults: £20 (advanced price)
Over 60/Student (with valid student ID): £15
Juniors (U16): £10
Under 11: £5 (when purchased with adult tickets)

Buy tickets online, call 01494 441118 or book from the shop at Adams Park (10am to 5pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 24th August. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from the Northern Commericials Stadium at Valley Parade from 1pm on the day of the game.

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