Date: 19th November 2017 at 7:12pm
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This time last season ex City flop Josh Morris scored 15 goals and was one of the revelations in the English game, after that magnificent start he went on to score a further 5 times come the season end making sure he hit 20 goals in all competitions in a single campaign.

So what of this current season? How has Morris fared, although not as proficient in front of the net, young Josh has still netted 6 goals, but only 2 of those have come in the past 2 and a half months. Morris may not be the goal threat he was, but Josh still exposes a massive threat for the Iron.

This will also be Rory McArdle’s first return to Valley Parade since leaving in the summer. The huge fan favourite was part of the history makers and I can’t see anything other than a fantastic reception for McArdle, in fact, if he scores the winner, I would still cheer and applaud him due to the respect and thanks I have towards him. If Scunny do win, I wouldn’t want anyone other than Rory to score that goal, that is, IF they win.

Will the Iron park the Morris Minor?
After a massive 3 points on the road a couple of days ago at the DW Stadium, the Bantams have shown what we can really do in this division, having become the first time this season in the League to win in Wigan’s back yard. You would then expect a home match against anyone else would prove a lesser challenge, especially against a team that can’t beat any of the top teams thus far in 2017/18. Scunthorpe may only be a point and place below the Bantams in the table, but have lost against teams around us, Rotherham, Wigan, Shrewsbury, Blackburn, in fact the only team in the top 9 the Iron have beaten is Oxford United at home thanks to a late goal by Josh Morris in the final 10 minutes and a home draw against Fleetwood Town. This sounded like City a few seasons ago, and it will be something playing on the minds of the clubs and supporters alike.

Will the Iron park the Morris Major?
Scunthorpe have had a bit of a patchy season, but find themselves 1 place and a single point behind the Bantams, a win for the Iron would see them climb up to 3rd in the table and 2 points clear of their current opponents. Unbeaten in 8 games winning their last 3, Scunny will be brimming with confidence and on the road from 9 games, they have won 5 and lost only twice. Definitely a tough game for both sides and a game that both teams will feel they can win.

Head to head and form
53 games
16 Bradford City wins
22 Scunthorpe United Wins
15 draws

The Iron have got the upper hand between the 2 sides, last season their took 4 points off their rivals. This fixture ended all square and goalless on Boxing Day, but the season before the Bantams got the double of their Lincolnshire opponents. Since 1958 a 2-3 win over City, a long 18 league matches ago in the League, the Iron have only won just the once since then well, in the league, 2006 thanks to a Billy Sharpe goal, the same season the Iron also won in the Trophy and achieved the double in 2006/07.

City last 6 WLLWWW
Iron last 6 WWWDDW
City last 6 home LLWWLD
Iron last 6 away WDDWLL

Boz’s match verdict: Home win

5 Fun Facts

1. Current players to have played for both Bradford City and Scunthorpe United are, Josh Morris and Rory McArdle. Morris played in only 16 games for the Bantams in 2016/16 in all competitions, most appearances from the bench scoring just the once so it was a surprise when Morris scored 20 goals last season with the Iron. During his time with the Iron, currently in his 2nd season, Josh has scored 26 goals in 73 games. McArdle was signed to Bradford City between 2012-17, in that time earning a runners up medal in the League cup and winning promotion via the play offs from League 2, both in 2013. 231 games and 15 goals, Believe it or not in 5 seasons, Rory has appeared in 19 FA Cup games and 12 League cup games. As a Scunny player, Rory has made 21 appearances and 0 goals this season.

2. Did you know it was Scunthorpe United that gave the world Kevin Keegan, he played there at the start of his professional career between 1968-71 making over 120 appearances before signing for Liverpool. The rest they say is history.

3. Many may not know that cricketer legend Ian Botham turned out for Scunthorpe United back in the 80s as a centre half. Beefy may not be well known for his footballing career and this may be news to many Iron fans.

4. Graham Alexander has been manager of Scunthorpe United since March last year, in the 90 games he has managed 47 wins giving him a win ratio of 52.2%. This isn’t bad at all considering his predecessors could only manage 5 wins in 11 and 23 from 71.

5. Talking of Graham Alexander, did you know he got himself on the score sheet for the Iron in the 3-2 win over City in November 1994. Alexander also scored in the 1-1 home draw for Preston North End, again November 2001, the 1-1 draw at Valley Parade the season after in October 2002, both his Preston goals coming from the spot. Got himself sent off in the 2-1 loss in September 2003 at Valley Parade, again for Preston, so Alexander has had some mixed personal success during his encounters against the Bantams as a player.

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