BRADFORD City face arguably their toughest away day of the season tomorrow, as they travel down to Wiltshire to face league leaders Swindon Town at the County Ground.

But there will be one key player missing for the Robins, and Bantams fans know all too well about his goalscoring exploits this season.

Eoin Doyle, on loan at Swindon from City, is the top scorer in English League football this season with 23 goals, leaving the likes of Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang trailing in his wake.

But Bantams boss Gary Bowyer has so far resisted the temptation to recall Doyle, and his side will not have to face the scourge of League Two defences this weekend, with the striker ineligible to play against his parent club.

His absence may force Swindon to adapt, and this could present promotion-chasing City with a chance to pick up a rare away win. They have not earned victory on the road since beating Morecambe 2-1 on October 12.

For City fans hoping for their best away day since that visit to the seaside, here is all you need to know for tomorrow's trip.


Venue: The County Ground

Capacity: 15,728

Address: ‎County Road, Swindon, SN1 2ED


Seated tickets are still on offer for Bantams fans to purchase, and admission prices are as follows:

ADULT - £23


UNDER 11 - £2

UNDER 21 - £10




To collect tickets or to buy on the day, head to the Away Ticket Office, which is located by the Stratton Bank at the end of the Arkells Stand.


The main concern for the big day is how to get there, how long it will take to get there, and where on earth you’re going to park.

Train: After catching a train from Bradford Interchange to Leeds, you'll need to hop on a Cross Country service to Bristol Temple Meads.

You will need to get off at Cheltenham Spa after around two and a half to three hours on that service. From Cheltenham Spa, you will need to catch the Great Western Railway service to Paddington.

That stops at Swindon train station after about an hour. From there, it is around a 15-minute walk to the ground.

Head down Wellington Road from the station, then turn left on to Manchester Road. Walk along there until you reach County Road, and the ground.

Car: As someone, not unreasonably, pointed out in the comments last week, it would be easier just to tell you to use your Sat Nav to find your way to each away game.

But that would be a waste of time, as I get paid by the word for these away day guides...

Anyway, for those of you driving to Swindon tomorrow, your best bet, after a brief spell on the M62, is to take the M1 down to London/Wakefield.

After around 75 miles on there, take the A42 exit towards Birmingham. Stay on that road for around 15 miles, and keep right to continue on to the M42 and follow signs for Tamworth/Birmingham.

Forty miles later, merge on to the M5. Another 40 or so miles after that, at junction 11A, exit onto A417 toward London/Cirencester.

Stay on the A417, via one roundabout, for 15 miles, then continue on to the A419. Seven miles later, take the B4019 exit towards A4311/Highworth/Blunsdon/Swindon N & W.

Turn right on to the B4019, before then turning left on to Lady Lane/B4534. Lady Lane/B4534 turns slightly left and becomes Thamesdown Drive/A4198/A4311.

Keep left to continue on to Cricklade Road/A4311. You will then encounter several roundabouts, after all of which you will need to remain on the A4311.

Then at Transfer Bridges, take the first exit on to County Road/Transfer Bridges/A4289. Almost immediately, at Transfer Bridges, take the second exit on to County Road/A4289.

Turn left there, and your destination will be on the right.


If you survive the infamous Magic Roundabout right near the ground, then there is some street parking.

Otherwise, park at the cricket club (take County Road off the Magic Roundabout, go past the County Hotel on your right and you will see a small sign further down on your right for football parking, just before the mini-roundabout). That costs £5.

There is also car parking at St Joseph's Catholic College on Ocotal Way. It cost £5 per car and is only a 10-minute walk away from the ground.

There is also parking available at the Merlin pub on Drove Road, which costs £2.

There is some parking available at the County Ground itself at £10 per car.

Finally, you also have the option of renting a private driveway near in the local area via


Away fans get use of their own pub, called Bar 71, which is located by the away turnstiles. It is quite small, though, and tends to fill up quickly, with door men there to stop additional people going in and making it overcrowded.

Down County Road is the cricket club, which sits behind the Arkells Stand. As mentioned above, home and away fans can park at the cricket ground and then have access to a drink in the cricket club.

Away fans have praised the cricket club's facilities, saying the place is friendly and cheap.

You can still get into the cricket club (free of charge) even if you have not parked there.

The Merlin, also mentioned above, welcomes away fans and has Sky Sports showing on 12 television screens if people want to catch the day's lunchtime kick-off.

The pub is of reasonable size and also serves meals. It is less than a 10-minute walk from the County Ground.

Swindon town centre is only a 15-minute walk away too, and there are plenty of pubs to be found. If arriving by train and you like your real ale then the Glue Pot on Emlyn Square might tickle your fancy, with seven local beers on tap.

Alcohol is available within the ground to away fans in the Arkells Stand (but not in the open Stratton Bank End).

PREVIOUS TEASER (Carlisle United away):

Q: Which player began his professional career at Carlisle United in 1978, and went on to play for England at the World Cup in 1986 and 1990?

A: Peter Beardsley


Q: Swindon Town spent one season in the Premier League, but were relegated in last place after conceding a record 100 goals. Which season was it?