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We've Met Before: Bradford City

31 December 2021

A photograph of Connor Brown scoring for Barrow against Bradford City in 2020/21 Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
Connor Brown scored the only goal when Bradford City came to Barrow last season
Club News

We've Met Before: Bradford City

31 December 2021

Phil Yelland casts his eye over Bradford City's previous record in Barrow ahead of our New Year's Day meeting at The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

Saturday will be the 27th visit of The Bantams to Barrow in all competitions.

Last season, thanks to a Connor Brown goal, we beat City here to record our first home win back in the Football League since we defeated Workington 2-0 in late April 1972.

City’s first visit to Holker Street was back in Division Three North in the 1927/28 season when the game finished without a goal. We had to wait until the fourth meeting here between the clubs in the 1938/39 campaign for our first win when striker Tom Harris netted both goals in a 2-1 triumph. Harris was top scorer that season with 28 goals.

The following season saw City visit on 2nd September 1939. The game finished 2-2 in front of 6,015 fans and was our last game in Division Three North before the competition was suspended at the start of World War Two.

Our best home win over The Bantams came in the 1952/53 season when we thrashed them 5-1 with Andy McLaren scoring twice and other goals coming from James Collins, Billy Gordon and Alan Layton. Four seasons later we equalled the four-goal winning margin as both Joe Armstrong and Brian Birch netted doubles.

Our last home win in our first spell in the Football League over City came in 1965/66 in Division Four when Jim Mulholland and Bobby Tait scored in a 2-0 win.

City earned the points on their following two visits; they won 1-0 here during our promotion season in 1966/67 when Bruce Bannister scored the only goal of the game. Then, at the start of December 1970 in Division Three, The Bantams ran out 1-0 winners on a freezing evening thanks to a goal from Bobby Ham. He scored over 60 Football League goals in two spells at Valley Parade and also played for City rivals Park Avenue.

So, the 26 games on our turf between the clubs have seen us win 12 times, City win seven times and seven contests have been draws. Some 60 goals have been scored in those games.

Let’s hope we can repeat last season’s win to make it a very happy New Year!

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