Cardiff v Bradford. Match preview

Last updated : 15 August 2003 By Michael Morris
Cardiff City entertain Bradford City in the first Division 1 game at Ninian Park since 1985. It was going to be a massive occasion anyway but the arrival of Alan Lee and Richard Langely to the Cardiff City squad has boosted interest in the game and the season.

Both players are available to play.

Cardiff last played Bradford in 1995, the Bantams were 4 - 2 winners at Ninian Park. City won the fixture at Valley Parade in the season 3 - 2.

Cardiff squad from

Alexander, Weston, Vidmar, Gabbidon, Barker, Robinson, Kavanagh, Whalley, Boland, Bonner, Earnshaw, Campbell, Bowen, Maxwell, Fleetwood, Margetson, Collins, Lee, Langley.

Bradford lined up last Saturday with the following team against Norwich.

Paston, Francis, Wetherall, Edds, Jacobs, Heckingbottom, Kearney, Gray, Evans, Windass, Branch. Subs Muirhead, Emanual, Wolleaston, Combe, Cornwall.

They came from 2 down to earn a point against Norwich City. Their goals coming in the last 6 minutes. They were not so lucky in midweek, another home draw, this time in the Carling Cup against Darlington ended up with Bradford losing on penalties to the boys from the North East.

It will be a big day for Gareth Whalley he has played at first division and Premiership level for Bradford City.

Talking to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus Whalley said:

"It was a great shame (that the club headed towards administration) because Bradford City supporters are so passionate, just like our fans at Ninian Park. They have the same level of expectancy which can be found in Cardiff. There aren't too many of the lads from my time there left at the club now but it would still be great to play against them. It was a great experience playing at all those famous Premiership grounds."

Interest in Saturday's game has gone from being huge to going through the roof as new players have arrived. Kick off is at 3:00pm, tickets available from the ticket office on 0845 345 1400.