Bantams Begin Pre-Season Preparation

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Bradford City travel to Nethermoor on Saturday for the opening friendly of the 2019/20 season. 

Tickets are available to purchase at the turnstiles priced at just £10 adults, £5 concessions/U18’s and £1 U11’s, you can also purchase online in advance here.

2019/20 Guiseley Season Ticket Holders can claim half price entry via Turnstile 3 on the day.

The Lions are looking to improve on last season’s 19th placed finish and have seen five new players come through the doors and the permanent acquisition of George Cantrill from Sheffield United after an impressive loan spell.

Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill have assembled a squad mixed with youth and experience ahead of the new season.

The Bantams are looking to bounce back to League One at the first attempt under the stewardship of Gary Bowyer who enters his first full season in charge.

They have signed nine new players after 13 left the club at the end of the season, Bowyer has opted for two experienced strikers in James Vaughan and Clayton Donaldson whilst also luring Tyler French from AFC Sudbury.

Speaking to the Wharfedale Observer Marcus Bignot said “Our new strategy is to go to clubs and help develop their players. We want to be established in this league and we want to be at the right end of the table and if you’re competing at this level then anything’s possible.”

“Being in that top half and competing in that top half, you’re never far away from the play-offs. We did the job last year and now it’s something we want to build on and be at the right end of the table.”

“It’s going to take time, but, hopefully, the fans can see with the recruitment we’ve made that we’re putting in the building blocks to change the style of play, develop and get those results too. We’re just at the start of the season now and starting this rebuild.”

“We’ve got to go to the professional clubs and ask if they need help bringing on players, we’ve got to go into the lower leagues and give players the opportunity to develop, and this way we’ll be helping ourselves too.”

Meanwhile we can confirm midfielder Alex Purver has left the club and signed for Swedish side Östersunds FK, the midfielder initially joined The Lions during the 16/17 campaign on loan before his move was made permanent at the beginning of 17/18 season.

We would like to thank Alex for all his efforts whilst with the club and wish him the best of luck for his future career.

Our bumper 56 page summer magazine covering all of the friendlies ahead of the 19/20 season will go on sale on Saturday.

It is packed with features on players past and present including a piece on James Earl and his job at the FA, our new international Tabish Hussain, our new players Andrai Jones and Hamza Bencherif and the exciting season ahead for our Academy in the new ‘Super League’.

There is a candid review of last season by Colin Robertson and an inspiring insight into the new season by Marcus Bignot alongside a view of renewed optimism from Chairman Gary Douglas, we spotlight the charity fundraising of one of our supporters and pay tribute to a lost member of the Guiseley family.

We also have bloggers’ views on our pre-season home opponents Bradford City, Leeds United, Stockport County, Scunthorpe United, South Shields and of course there will be the new season’s fixtures.

Don’t miss it, get one before it sells out!

Don’t miss a minute of the action at Nethermoor with a 19/20 Season Ticket. 

Prices have been held at last season’s rates making it just £150 for adults, £130 for concessions, £30 for U18’s and £10 for U11’s for a whole season of Vanarama National League North Football! Order yours online here.

Next Up:

3:00 pm
Pre-Season Friendly

Guiseley vs Huddersfield Town