Barrow v Manchester United U21
Tuesday 4th October, kick-off 7:30pm
SO Legal Stadium
Papa John’s Trophy Group Stage
Manchester United U21 travel to the SO Legal Stadium on the back of a positive opening to the competition: a 2-1 victory at Brunton Park. Goals from Man United's young guns Charlie McNiell & Omari Forson helped the Red Devils overcome Carlisle United.
A look back at last season's competition saw the Man United youngsters exit at the group stage, finishing third in a group consisting of Lincoln City, Sunderland and Bradford City. Picking up 3 points which came from a comfortable 3-0 victory against Bradford City.
United U21s have endured a difficult start to their Premier League 2 Division 1 campaign, coming into the game 12th and on the back of a 6-1 thumping from Blackburn Rovers. The young Red Devils have drawn 4 and lost 3 of their opening 7 fixtures.
Head To Head
Although Barrow have never faced the United youngsters in competitive competitions, they were the hottest ticket in town in December 1993, where a Manchester United team including Roy Keane, Bryan Robson and Dion Dublin took to the Holker Street pitch on a typical Barrow Tuesday night.
Roy Keane scored the only goal of the game when he slid the ball past goalkeeper Ian Senior in front of 2,056 fans.
This fixture was orchestrated by ex-Bluebirds manager Brian Kidd, who at the time was Assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson, to help lift Barrow out of financial problems.
Another Manchester United outfit came to town in May 1984 for Kevin Thomas & Dave Large's Testimonial.
The man with the whistle Tuesday will be Geoff Eltringham; a well experienced referee, officiating over 400 games in the EFL, with the first of these coming back in August 2009 when Morecambe and Hereford United entertained a 2-2 draw in League Two.
From our research, this will be his first fixture involving Barrow.
Geoff Eltringham will be partnered by Gary Hilton and Lewis Raper, with the Fourth Official for the fixture being Helen Conley.
Ticket prices for the game have been slashed to just £10 for adults and £5 for everyone else for a game that is expected to draw big numbers.
You can buy tickets online right now and this is the easiest option because you can either choose to print them off at home or simply show the QR code on your device at the turnstiles.
There’s a live stream of the game available on iFollow, meaning fans in the UK and abroad can watch the clash with Manchester United U21 online.
All of our Papa John’s Trophy Group games will be streamed live on iFollow, so if you can’t make it to the SO Legal Stadium, make sure you catch the action online.
Video Match Passes are available now for just £10 to watch Pete Wild's side take on Manchester United's U21 side.
We will be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.
Fans will be able to listen to adept commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by stalwart Barrow supporter John Goodwin, to describe all the action as it unfolds.
You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.