Who are Bradford City?
Bradford are the only professional English team to wear claret and amber, colours they have worn since they were formed in 1903 (they are the same colours as Motherwell in Scotland). Sales of Bradford scarfs have been brisk since they are the same as Harry Potter’s house colours at Hogwarts. However, they are likely to be in their ‘Fusion Grey’ kit when they come to The New Lawn.
The Robins, the Paraders, the Wasps and the Citizens are all nicknames the club have had over the years. These days they are known as the Bantams.
Bradford play at Valley Parade which has a capacity of over 25,000 (the 2nd highest capacity in League 2 – Bolton Wanderers stadium has a capacity of over 28,000). When supporters were able to attend, average gates are around 18,000, making Bradford the best supported side in League 2 (by some distance!).
After a 77-year absence, Bradford were promoted to the Premier League in 1999. However, entering administration twice and relegations in 2000, 2004 & 2007 put the club back into the 4th tier. A promotion to League 1 in 2013 was followed by relegation to League 2 in 2019.
Rovers fans will probably recognise and remember the Bradford number 28, striker Kurtis Guthrie. But it’s likely to be strikers Lee Novak, Billy Clark and Clayton Donaldson who will provide the threat for the Bantams.
Bradford and Forest Green have only met once before when Jo Mills nicked a 93rd minute winner for Rovers at Valley Parade in August 2019.
Bradford have long boasted some of the least expensive season tickets in the EFL. An adult season ticket for this season was £150!!