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The Complete History Of Bradford City's Visits To The Moss Rose

29 November 2019

Bradford City have visited the Moss Rose on seven previous occasions and as we look ahead to tomorrow afternoon's eighth meeting, we take a look back at each of these.

The Bantams' first visit came back in August 2001 as the sides were paired together in the First Round of the Worthington Cup.

Macc dominated the early exchanges, yet the breakthrough did not come until the 57th minute when former Nottingham Forest striker Lee Glover fired the hosts ahead.

Gil Prescott's side looked all set to cause an upset, yet Andy Todd had other ideas as he restored parity in the 79th minute to force extra-time.

The Silkmen defiantly looked for a winner, yet Stuart McCall's thirty yard screamer ultimately sent the Yorkshiremen through.

Seven years later the two sides met once more at the Moss Rose, yet this time it was to contest a League Two fixture.

Teenager David Brown scored his first goal in professional football with his first touch to hand The Bantams a slender 1 - 0 victory that afternoon and our fate did not improve when Bradford next visited the Moss Rose in August 2008.

Two first half goals from Peter Thorne without reply saw the visitors return home with all three points, in what proved to be a disappointing afternoon for Keith Alexander's side.

After reigning victorious on their first three trips to Cheshire, Bradford had to settle for a point in October 2009 - yet after trailing 2 - 0 at the break, this was something which they would have been more than satisfied with.

Colin Daniel opened the scoring with just four minutes on the clock and when Hamza Bencherif doubled our advantage just before the interval, the Moss Rose faithful would have been forgiven for thinking that the three points were fairly safe.

James Hanson halved the deficit on 58 minutes and eight minutes later, Steve Williams capitalised on a Jonny Brain parry to restore parity.

Bradford's fifth visit came in April 2011 as they eased their relegation worries with another 1 - 0 victory.

Former Silkman Gareth Evans broke free down the left, before his tantalising cross was headed home by James Hanson to seal the win.

The sixth time that the two sides met at the Moss Rose was back in October 2011, when a Lewis Chalmers penalty secured our first ever home victory against the Yorkshire outfit.

The win extended Macc's unbeaten run to five games, although The Silkmen's fifteen year stay in the Football League would end the following spring when relegation to the National League broke all our hearts.

The last time that Bradford visited the Moss Rose was in August 2018, when the two sides met in the Carabao Cup First Round.

Fiacre Kelleher opened the scoring on the hour mark for Mark Yates' side, yet our lead was to last just two minutes as Luca Coalville's stunning long-range effort restored parity for the visitors.

Rhys Taylor then proved to be the hero, as he made two penalty saves to help send The Silkmen through to the next round courtesy of a 4 - 2 shoot-out victory.

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