All you need to know ahead of this evenings game at Bradford City
Bradford City v Bury FC
Tuesday 4 October 2016 – 7:45pm
Checkatrade Trophy - Group C
Preview: The Shakers are back in action, this evening, in their next group match of the Checkatrade Trophy. The much maligned tournament has seen plenty of criticism in recent weeks but, for the club, it’s just the next game that has to be played.
Plenty of clubs have blooded young players in this tournament and the Shakers are certainly right up there with an appearance for Emeka Obi during the 4-1 win v Morecambe. His appearance at 15 years and 18 days saw history made as the youngest ever player to represent the club at first team level. Whether or not he will make another appearance at Bradford this evening is anyone's guess.
Other youngsters, within the Youth system, start to improve their performances around this time in order to catch the managers eye because they know, especially at Bury, that there is a good chance they could get that opportunity to play in a first team game. But, sadly, for George Miller and Rob Bourne, they will have to wait until another day with both players currently out on loan to local non-league sides in Witton Albion and Mossley respectively..
Rob Harker though has been grabbing the headlines within the Youth team and his 11 goals from 9 games is the kind of form that has management casting an eye in his direction. With injuries affecting the Gaffers choice for league games, and the next league game just around the corner, David Flitcroft may be tempted to throw in some of the kids.
There are also the players who have spent a lot of time on the bench so far this season; Tom Walker, Anthony Dudley, Andrew Tutte are three that quickly spring to mind and all will be eager to seize any chance that comes their way this evening to give the manager an even bigger headache when it comes to selecting the team to face Peterborough on Saturday.
The competition rules state that five of your regular first team must play in the Trophy games and it all makes team selection for these games just as demanding as it does for League games and, of course, the manager will want to win the game. He wants to win every game, as do all players and everyone involved with the club.
Tom Soares and Jacob Mellis will both miss Saturday’s game with Peterborough with five Yellow cards to their name, so they may play tonight but, equally, they may be given the rest needed before their next game with Rochdale on 15th October.
Bradford face similar problems with their own team selection. The Bantams assistant manager, Kenny Black, admits it is a juggling act to make sure the players out of City's team stay involved. Nathan Clarke, Matt Kilgallon, Rory McArdle and Danny Devine are all set to play in tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy home clash with Bury. Clarke and McArdle are looking for their first start whilst Kilgallon came on for the second half in the win over Stoke under-23’s in the competition opener.
The Checkatrade Trophy has received plenty of negative press with low crowds, but to anyone involved in the competition, it’s the next games and it’s the next game that has to be won.
Referee: Tonight’s ref is Ben Toner from Lancashire. His last game was on Tuesday 27th September when he took charge of Grimsby Town's 1-0 win v Newport County at Blundell Park and five yellow cards were shown. So far this season, Ben has taken charge of nine games - showing a total of 28 Yellow cards and no Red cards. This evening’s game will be his first game involving the Shakers.
Betting: Bury are 16/5 to win the game with Bradford at 10/11. A draw is available at 12/5
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Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary via Shakers Player HD with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby in the Press Box and the lads will be on air from around 7:30pm. We’ll also have full coverage of the game with updates via our official Twitter account (@buryfcofficial) and we’ll have team news from the game available via Social Media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) from around 7pm.
From Wednesday morning, we’ll have our match report together with video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game. Wednesday will also bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 3pm.
Ticket and Travel:
Admission Prices are as follows:
Over 60: £5.00
Student: £5.00 (Must show proof)
Under 16: £5.00
Under 11: £5.00
Ambulant Disabled: Age related, Carer free, Middle/Higher rate DLA only
Wheelchair Disabled: Age related (5 Pairs Available), Carer Free
Tickets will remain on sale at Gigg Lane until 1.00pm Tuesday 4th October.
Bradford City have also issued a guide for entry arrangements for tonight’s game here
For those making their own way to the game, the post code for Sat Nav is BD8 7DY
Bradford's visitors guide can be found here:
Previous meetings: This evening's game is the 74th such meeting between the two sides. Bradford hold the lions share in terms of wins with 26, whilst the Shakers have won 22. The remaining 25 games have finished all square. Bradford have scored 91 goals whilst Bury have scored 83.
And finally, plenty of noise again from those travelling please, because we all remember what happened the last time the Shakers played at Bradford in a Cup match don’t we?
Be Loud – Be Proud – Be Bury!
Enjoy the game!