Bantams Kick-Start Lions’ Preparations

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After an 80 day wait the Lions are back at Nethermoor on Tuesday night hosting Bradford City in our first pre-season friendly ahead of the 18/19 campaign, kick-off is at 7:30pm.

Admission prices have been reduced to £10 for adults, £5 for concessions/U18’s and £1 for U11’s with half price entry for all Guiseley season ticket holders.

The Bantams also led by a new management team of Michael Collins, Martin Drury and former Lion Greg Abbott are in charge of the League 1 side for the first time at Nethermoor Park.

Bradford are set to bring their first team including Hope Akpan, Richard O’Donnell, Sherwin Seedorf and Thomas Isherwood.

Their friendly at Farsley Celtic was called off on Saturday after the pitch was deemed too hard despite the best efforts of the Throstle Nest Groundsman.

Marcus Bignot, Russ O’Neill and Paul Clayton are set to take charge of the Lions for the first time too following their appointment in May.

Ahead of the friendly Chris Bell spoke to Marcus Bignot who took time out of a busy double training session to explain how preparations have gone so far.

“It’s important we made a statement as a new management team, in terms of how we want to go about things, it pretty much has been get out on the grass as quickly as possible and make our impression out there.”

The management team have also introduced the academy players into training.

Marcus explained that after speaking to Dave Currie and having watched the side towards the end of the season it was important the Young Lions got a chance to show their talents.

“What we want to do is create an environment where the youngsters are familiar with the first team staff, so when they do come up they play with no fear, a smile on their face and with enthusiasm. Those are the three key elements we look for in youngsters.”

Speaking about his side’s style of play the former QPR defender seemed to have been inspired by the 2018 World Cup jokingly saying “We want a mixture of Spain with a bit of Brazilian flavour and the true grit of the England spirit!”

He then moved on to answer the question saying getting points on the board was all that matters.

“It is a result driven business, getting the right people in is the most important for us, it is the person before the player.”

“We want to bring winning football, we have got to find ways of winning football matches. It has been a while since Guiseley have found ways of winning football matches.”

“Putting smiles on people’s faces, is certainly results, if we can get results with performances then that is the icing on the cake for us.”

The Three Lions line up against Croatia just over 24 hours after Tuesday’s kick-off time and when asked if England could bring football home Bignot replied “Of course we can!”

Catch Chris Bell’s full interview with Marcus below.

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