TONIGHT the Green Army return to the Horsfall Community Stadium, hosting Whitby Town on Monday 23rd October, KO 7:45pm.
Admission prices are as follows: Adults will pay just £13 entry, Concessions are in at £10, Students with a valid ID pay just £5, Youth (12-17) is just £3, and u12s go completely free!
FROM THE HISTORY BOOKS – By Tim Clapham
Bradford and Whitby first met in competitive football in 1997-98, in the First Division of the Northern Premier League.
The previous season Whitby had completed a wonderful double winning the Northern League championship and the F.A. Vase after defeating North Ferriby by 3-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium. Pictured below.
Whitby’s momentum saw them win the NPL First Division in 1998, when Bradford finished 9th. That season the teams drew 1-1 at Horsfall, but Town claimed a 5-2 victory at the Turnbull Ground.
In 2001-02, Bradford joined Town in the NPL Premier Division and both meetings ended in a 1-1 draw. The following two seasons saw Whitby win twice by 3-2 at Horsfall, while Bradford won both games at the Turnbull Ground by 1-0.
Bradford became founder members of the National League North in 2004-05, but were relegated back to the NPL at the end of the season, and meetings with Whitby resumed in 2005-06 when both games were drawn.
That season Bradford suffered a second successive relegation, and the clubs did not clash again until 2008-09, after Bradford had won the NPL First Division title. Meetings then continued for four seasons with Bradford winning six of the eight encounters.
Bradford’s promotion to Conference North in 2012 brought a temporary end to meetings between the two Yorkshire clubs.
The clubs have also met on five occasions in cup football. In 2002-03, Bradford won by 4-0 at the Turnbull Ground in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup, and in 2007-08, at Horsfall, in the same round, Whitby were defeated by 4-0.
The clubs have met once in the F.A Trophy, in 2003-04, when Bradford won a home replay by 1-0 following a 1-1 draw. In 1997-98, Bradford won by 2-0 at Horsfall in the NPL’s Unifilla Cup, and in 2001-02 they completed a 5-0 victory, again at Horsfall, in the NPL League Cup.