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McCALL PLEASED WITH HOME START

23 June 2016

Bantams manager Stuart McCall was pleased with the news that his new era in charge of Bradford City will begin with a home fixture.

Following the release of the Sky Bet League One fixture schedule for the 2016/2017 season, City now know that McCall's second spell at the helm will start with the visit of Port Vale to Valley Parade on Saturday 6 August.

The Valiants fixture will be McCall's first official match in charge of the Bantams in over six years, and he hopes it will give his side the opportunity to start his new reign in a positive fashion.

McCall said: "It is always an exciting time when the fixtures come out, and it is good to see that we are at home first.

"You always want to be at home first no matter who you are pitted against.

"There are always never any guarantees, but you hope it will help you to get off to a good start being at home first up.

"We have Boxing Day (Scunthorpe United) and New Year's Eve (Bury) both at home as well. Those are the sort of matches that you tend to look out for first when the fixtures come out.

"First and foremost though, we look to Port Vale to begin with. We have from now until then to get the squad prepared and ready for a good challenge this season."

As well as received their league schedule for the new season, City also found out their EFL Cup Round One opponents this Wednesday.

The Bantams were handed an away trip to League Two side Accrington Stanley, a game which will take place just a few days after the season opener with Vale at Valley Parade.

McCall won both of his previous games at Accrington in his first spell as City boss, including a dramatic 3-2 victory, but he expects the tie to be a tough one after Stanley narrowly missed out on promotion last time out.

The Bantams chief added: "Accrington were unfortunate last season, missing out on automatic promotion on the last game of the season and then in the Play-Offs.

"They obviously had a good campaign last year and went very close. John Coleman (Accrington manager) has done a good job there and it is always a tough place to go.

"I remember on my last visit there with Bradford we were two goals down with time running out but managed to win it in the end late on.

"We also won 2-0 on New Year's Day the season before, so I have some good memories from there.

"It will probably be a full house and a good challenge for us this time around though no doubt."

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