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BANTAMS HERITAGE: DONS v CITY

2 October 2018

Two clubs with very different histories, the Bantams and AFC Wimbledon have met on only a handful of occasions.

Of the other 91 sides in the Premier League and Football League, City have only played three teams on fewer occasions than the nine clashes with this evening’s opponents, against Forest Green, Stevenage and Yeovil.

FIRST MEETING

Given how AFC Wimbledon weren’t formed until 2002 - and didn’t reach the Football League until 2011 - City’s meetings with the Dons are quite limited.

In all, the Bantams have played tonight’s opponents eight times in the league in their short history, along with an FA Cup meeting against them in the same year.

September 24, 2011, was the first time City faced the new-look Wimbledon club, with Michael Flynn scoring the Bantams’ only goal in a 2-1 defeat at Valley Parade.

City actually lost both league meetings that season, being beaten 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Wimbledon in March, 2012.

They did, however, knock them out of the FA Cup. Ross Hannah and Craig Fagan were among the Bantams’ scorers in a 3-1 win.


FIRST LEAGUE VICTORY


City wouldn't have to wait long for their first league win against the Dons. In only the third game of the 2012/13 campaign, the Bantams won 5-1 at Valley Parade, with James Hanson and Nahki Wells netting goals.

RECENT MEETINGS

City’s promotion from League Two that season meant it wasn’t until 2016, when the Dons made it to the fourth tier and were promoted to League One for the first time, when the two sides squared off once again.

Their first meeting in League One provided what, to date, is City’s only away victory against the Dons. Hanson, who could face the Bantams this evening, scored twice in a 3-2 win, with Jordy Hiwula bagging the Bantams’ other goal.

Last year’s two meetings saw the Dons do the double over City. Paul Taylor scored for the Bantams in a 2-1 defeat down in Wimbledon on December 23, 2017, before the Bantams were beaten 4-0 at home in the reverse fixture in January.

LEADING SCORERS


Only two men have scored for Bradford against AFC Wimbledon more than once and one of them could well be lining up for the opposition this evening.

James Hanson leads the way with three goals against the Dons, standing as one of 10 players to net goals in league fixtures between the two clubs for City.

Tony McMahon is the other player to score more than once, having scored twice during the 3-0 win over the Dons in April 2017. The others include Michael Flynn, Andrew Davies, Nahki Wells, Rory McArdle, Garry Thompson, Jordy Hiwula and Mark Marshall.


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