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19 October 2021

Match Previews


19 October 2021

The Bantams will continue their Sky Bet League Two campaign at the Utilita Energy Stadium this evening when facing Hartlepool United at 7.45pm.

It is a quick turnaround for Derek Adams’ men as they are back in West Yorkshire to face the Monkey Hangers after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers.

Tuesday’s game marks the first time the two sides have clashed in the league for 16 years - having only faced each other in the now Papa Johns Trophy on three occasions since.

We have created a Big Match Preview to give you all the key details you need to know, heading into the encounter.


City: Liam Ridehalgh joins the injury list, after he was forced off during Saturday’s draw with Bristol Rovers.

Abo Eisa will be unavailable for selection due to injury, while Gareth Evans is in contention for the clash having rolled his ankle ahead of the weekend.

Lee Angol and Sam Hornby remain sidelined, with both however hoping to be back within the next month.

Hartlepool: Dave Challinor has few options in the forward department - with Luke Molyneux, Fela Olomola and Tyler Burey all unavailable. 

18-year-old Joe Grey is available for selection, following a successful return from injury.


Derek Adams: “It is our home match. We have done very well at home so far and picked up a lot of points, which we probably should have more of.

“Hartlepool have come up from the National League last year, and are doing really well.

“They played against a really good team in Salford on Saturday.

“To come into this division and get as many points as they have so far is really positive for them.

“It is a game we need to be on top of again.”

Dave Challinor: “It is easy to jump in and say there will be loads of changes after a disappointing result.

“We will go there with a plan to try and win the game and try and think what personnel fits best for us to be able to do that.

“Whether we make changes or not, we will have a conversation around that and make a decision around how we are going to go - and what is the best way to go about things.”


For the City supporters unable to make it to the Utilita Energy Stadium, you can catch the game on iFollow for £10 with a video match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 6.45pm.

If not, you can follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter page. 

You will also be able to catch updates on other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. 

Full audio match commentary is available to iFollow Bantams subscribers, while BBC Radio Leeds’ Jamie Raynor and Andy Kiwomya will provide live commentary through 92.4FM and DAB radio frequencies across West Yorkshire, as well as on Freeview channel 719 and the BBC Sounds app.


The last time the sides met was at Victoria Park in 2013, as Tuesday’s visitors ran out 5-0 winners in the now Papa Johns Trophy.

Hartlepool 5

City 0

Hartlepool: Flinders; Duckworth, Baldwin (booked 72’), Burgess (booked 22’), Austin (booked 61’); Franks, Walker (Walton 68’), Dolan, Compton (Poole 76’); Monkhouse, James (Rodney 68’). SUBS (not used): Rafferty, Collins. 

City: Ripley; Darby, Taylor, McArdle (Connell), Meredith (McHugh 46’); Doyle, Ravenhill, Kennedy, De Vita; Yeates, Thompson (Reid 75’). SUBS (not used): McLaughlin, Wells. 


Tom Nield is the man in the middle for Tuesday night's game - which will be only his third in Sky Bet League Two this season having operated primarily in the league above.

Mr Neild last took charge at the Utilita Energy Stadium in 2019 - when the Bantams beat Swindon Town 2-1 in Sky Bet League Two.

Lewis Raper and Kenwyn Hughes are on the flanks for Tuesday's game, with Oliver Bickle completing the set as the fourth official.


City supporters can back their team for victory this evening with Sky Bet.

Derek Adams’ team are currently favourites to win the tie, coming in at 11/10 to take all three points.

City fans can also back Saturday’s goal-scorer Andy Cook to net first at odds of 10/3.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly. 


The Bantams will don their usual home attire whilst the visitors will wear their predominantly black strip with red stripes.

Bantams: White / Claret / Amber 

Hartlepool: Black and Red Stripes / Black / Black

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