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MATCHDAY GUIDE: CITY v SWINDON

5 October 2019

The Bantams are preparing for their return to the Utilita Energy Stadium, hosting Swindon Town this afternoon (3.00pm). 

We have compiled a handy Matchday Guide - packed full of helpful information ahead of the Sky Bet League Two encounter.

PYROTECHNICS & BEHAVIOUR

The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited.

Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time.

Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

CROWD SAFETY

Today's game sees the return of safety netting which has been installed to the first three rows of seating in The Kop (North Stand). 

This comes as a result of FA investigations into pitch encroachment, following recent home fixtures against Northampton Town and Carlisle United.

DARBY RIMMER MND FOUNDATION 

Today’s match will be contested in aid of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

The charity - set up by City legend Stephen Darby and close friend Chris Rimmer - is designed to raise awareness and funds towards a cure for motor neurone disease, following ‘Darbs’’ diagnosis, last year.

With this afternoon’s opponents - Swindon Town - also keen supporters of the fund, with the club among another of Darby’s former sides, today’s clash promises to be one to be savoured, by all involved.

Bucket collectors and volunteers on behalf of the foundation can be found in and around the ground.

The club urges supporters - wherever possible - to please donate towards this fantastic cause.

PETER DOWNSBOROUGH (1943-2019)

Prior to today's encounter, a minute's applause will be held for Peter Downsborough who, last week, sadly passed away - aged 76.

A highly-rated goalkeeper, Peter appeared - in great distinction - for both the Bantams and this afternoon's visitors - Swindon Town throughout the 1960s and 70s.

Both clubs and sets of supporters are asked to pay their repsects. 

TICKETS

Tickets are still on sale for this afternoon's clash. 

The ticket office at the Utilita Energy Stadium will be open from 9.00am right up until kick-off for supporters wishing to purchase a ticket. 

Admission Prices:

Adults: £25

Concessions: £15

Under-16s: £10

Under-11s: £5

For more information on any of the above, please call 01274 770012 to speak with a member of our ticketing team.

Key information on Flexi Cards can be found HERE

For further turnstile information, CLICK HERE

BANTAMS BAR

The Bantams Bar - located within The Kop at the Utilita Energy Stadium - will be open after full-time for supporters wishing to unwind after the match. 

WIN WITH 'SHIRT OFF MY BACK'

Our popular matchday competition will be back in place for the opening match, giving supporters the opportunity to walk away with a top prize of either the man of the match-worn shirt or £100 in cash!

Not only will you win this unique prize (second prize £100 in cash) but you will also meet the man of the match after the game who will sign the shirt and present it to you.

Tickets for this competition can be bought for just £1 from sellers located inside and around the outside of the ground. The winner will be announced at half time.

OUR OPPONENTS

High-flying Swindon are currently sat fifth in the Sky Bet League Two table - on 20 points - despite losing two of their previous three league outings. 

Today's visitors achieved a 13th-place finish in the fourth tier, last season, with this their third consecutive season in the division. 

THE PARADER

Be sure to grab a copy of Issue Seven of The Parader this afternoon, on sale for just £3 around the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

The front cover of the Bantams' official matchday programme features the latest in a collection of illustrations by Bradford artist and City fan Rob Dunn. 

Adam Henley - who also features in 'The Big Interview' - is this week's cover star. 

The full-back discusses his bid to reclaim his spot in the Bantams' starting 11, following a spell on the sidelines - with injury.

The 25-year-old also breaks down his relationship with manager Gary Bowyer and his spell in the USA, on top of what it means for today's contest to be dedicated to the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation. 

Other features include 'From The Top' with interim chief executive, Julian Rhodes, 'From The Dugout' with manager, Gary Bowyer, and the popular 'Bantams Board'. 

John Watmough fills in for Mike Harrison, providing this week's 'City Gent' column. 

Meanwhile, there are returning contributions from Aaron Bower, Jason McKeown, Mick Lamb, John Dewhirst and David Markham. 

THE CITY SHOP

The City Shop will be open from 10.00am until 3.00pm today to allow supporters another opportunity to get their hands on the Bantams’ 2019/20 home, away and third kits.

The strips will be on sale along with City’s all-new training range, gifts and other official club merchandise.

WEATHER 

Conditions will remain dull, this afternoon, with a 10% chance of rain and highs of 13°C.


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