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In opposition: Bradford City v York City

10 October 2012

York City fans will enjoy one of the shortest journeys of their season this weekend when they head west to play Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.

Here, we preview the game with the help of a supporter from each club.



Name: Lindsey England.

Club: Bradford City.

Number of years as a supporter: I've been following them since 1975, so 37 years.

Favourite moment as a fan: That would have to be promotion to the Premier League in the 1998/99 season. Unforgettable.

How many games a season do you attend? I was a season ticket holder for 15 years until last year. Now I go when I can.

Where do you sit? It changes from week to week.


Name: David Batters.

Club: York City.

Number of years as a supporter: 64.

Favourite moment as a fan: The 1954/55 season, when City, as a Third Division North club, reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The classic game was in the fifth round when City outplayed First Division giants Tottenham Hotspur - Alf Ramsey, Danny Blanchflower and co - and beat them 3-1. Henry Rose, then one of the leading football writers, described City as "a First Division team masquerading in Third Division shirts".

How many games a season do you attend? All home games but now only perhaps half a dozen away.

Where do you sit? In the main stand.


What happened in your last match?

LE: We played Hartlepool United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and won 3-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw. It's always positive to keep a clean sheet away from home and against a League 1 side, but the League remains our priority.

DB: We endured a 4-0 home defeat - the heaviest at Bootham Crescent for 24 years - to Coventry City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Why is this game important?

LE: We need to carry the momentum from our mid-week cup run into the home fixture this weekend against fellow Yorkshiremen York City if we're to build on our top-10 start to the season. No wins in three in the league means three points at home are a must if we are to keep the pressure on teams around the top of the league. The game also sees the return to Valley Parade of Lee Bullock and one-time Bantam apprentice midfielder Scott Kerr.

DB: Following a run of just one win in seven league games, plus the heavy cup defeat in midweek, it is important York City get back on track.

How do you see this game going?

LE: The Minstermen might be newcomers to npower League 2 after gaining promotion in the summer, but they're no strangers to the bottom tier of the Football League and additions to central defence, such as the experienced Clarke Carlisle, will mean City's strike force will have plenty to cope with in maintaining fine goalscoring form.

DB: I think - and hope - it will be very tight, with York aiming to avoid the shocking defensive lapses they showed against Coventry.

Who should we keep our eye on?

Forward Nahki Wells, who has been in good form this season. He has averaged a goal roughly every three games for us and while it looked as though he might have left in the summer at one stage, he's not only stayed, he's been a key player for Phil Parkinson. Recently signed a three-year contract extension, too.LE:

DB: Matty Blair with his pace and eye for goal. After a slow start to this campaign he is beginning to show the outstanding form of last season when he finished top scorer, including netting in both of City's Wembley goals in the Play-Off Final last term.

Any memories of previous encounters?

LE: The last time we played York was in the mid-90s. I don't remember any eventful games as such, but the matches in the 1995/96 season formed part of our rise from Division Two (npower League 1). We were unbeaten against York that year and won 3-0 at their place.

DB: York's last visit to Bradford was in March 1996 in Division Two (npower League 1), it ended 2-2.The game marked Paul Barnes' last game in York City colours (In 169 games he scored 85 goals for the club 1992/96) prior to his transfer to Birmingham City while Richard Cresswell scored his first goal for the club that day. As you may well know, he went on to play for a whole host of Football League clubs.

Score prediction?

LE: 3-1 home win.

DB: 1-1.

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