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WE'VE MET BEFORE: BRADFORD CITY

Previous meetings with Saturday's opponents

15 October 2019

Club News

WE'VE MET BEFORE: BRADFORD CITY

Previous meetings with Saturday's opponents

15 October 2019

It's nearly four years since we last took on Bradford City.

That League One fixture - in our relegation season - ended with a 1-0 defeat for Dean Saunders' side on a terrible pitch.

The game this Saturday will be the seventh meeting between the teams and to date Reds have won three and lost three.

Crawley did the double over the Bantams in the 2011-12 season with Reds winning 3-1 when the teams met for the first time in September 2011. Kyel Reid put the Bantams in front but second-half goals from Tyrone Barnett (2) and Andy Drury completed the turnaround.

The return fixture at Valley Parade in March 2012 is one of the most notorious in the club's Football League history. Leon Clarke (pictured), now a Premier League player with Sheffield United, and Gary Alexander scored either side of Chris Dagnall's equaliser at the Coral Windows Stadium to seal a 2-1 success but at the final whistle a mass brawl broke out and referee Iain Williamson sent off five players, including Reds' Pablo Mills and Claude Davis.

Kyle McFadzean was subsequently given a retrospective ban after the FA viewed video evidence. Six Crawley players were also booked.

Both teams won their respective home fixtures when we met again in the 2013-14 campaign. Emile Sinclair scored for Crawley in a 1-0 home victory and Bradford won 2-1 at Valley Parade despite a goal from Jamie Proctor.

Our only other game against Bradford in August 2014 ended in a 3-1 away win with Joe Walsh getting Crawley's consolation. 


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