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Bradford City

Most recent campaign:

It was a tumultuous season for the Bantams as they finished in 24th position in League One. Former O’s favourite Michael Collins was in charge at the start of the season before being replaced by David Hopkin on September 4. Gary Bowyer became the third manager in charge when he took over on March 4 but he couldn’t prevent relegation as they finished with 11 wins, 8 draws and 27 defeats. 

Head Coach:

Gary Bowyer – Son of former O’s player Ian Bowyer, Bowyer was put in charge on March 4 and was tasked with attempting to keep the Bantams League One status. Bowyer has plenty of managerial credentials, securing two top-half finishes with Blackburn Rovers in the Championship before guiding Blackpool back to League One at the first time of asking.


Star Man:

Eoin Doyle – The Bantams number 9 enjoyed a relatively successful goalscoring return last season, despite the relegation, as he hit 11 goals in 48 appearances.

Doyle has previously featured for Cardiff City and Preston North End in the Championship having scored 21 goals in 26 games for Chesterfield at League Two level.

Transfer Business:

The Bantams have been fairly busy in the window so far, bringing in two central defenders in recent weeks. Ben Richards-Everton was the first man in the building having spent two seasons with Accrington Stanley before confirming the signing of highly-rated Non-League prospect Tyler French, who arrives from AFC Sudbury. 



By far the biggest stadium in the division, Valley Parade holds an attendance of 25,136. Built in 1886, Bradford City has been playing in the stadium since 1903. It was heavily redeveloped following the Valley Parade and is divided into five all-seater stands. 

The highest attendance last season was 19,487 for the fixture against Sunderland on October 6. 

Last Meeting:

Bradford City 3-1 Leyton Orient [League One – November 29, 2014]

The 10-men of Orient were soundly defeated by Bradford City at Valley Parade in 2014. The home side took the lead through Billy Knott just before the break before David Mooney equalised with 16 minutes left on the clock. However, Chris Dagnall saw red moments later and that sparked a revitalised Bradford City who notched twice in three minutes to confirm the win.