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Preview: Barrow vs Carlisle United

20 April 2023

Match Previews

Preview: Barrow vs Carlisle United

20 April 2023

Check out all you need to know, as we host Carlisle United on Saturday afternoon

Barrow vs Carlisle United

22nd April 2023 3pm Kick Off

SO Legal Stadium

Sky Bet League Two




Founded in 1896 as Shannongate United, before renaming itself to the current Carlisle United in 1904, with 3 initial football clubs fighting for the same space to be the dominant football club within the city being Carlisle Red Rose and Carlisle AFC as well as Shannongate themselves. Carlisle AFC folded in 1899 and Carlisle Red Rose in 1906 leaving the recently renamed Carlisle United (Adopted from Newcastle United) as the dominant football club in the city. Carlisle United played their first football game under the adapted name in 1904 against fellow Carlisle-based team Victoria Wanderers, a game they would end up losing 2-1.

Carlisle United’s golden age came in the 1960s – 1980s, with promotion to the top flight of English football in the 1973/74 season finishing 3rd in the old Division 2. They also entertained their only European fixture in 1971/72, facing AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in the Anglo-Italian Cup. Successive relegations in the late 70s saw them tumble back down to the Third Division for the first time in 13 years.

In more recent times they have achieved Wembley success in the Football League Trophy in 2011, and Paul Simpson currently has The Blues 5th in Sky Bet League Two, with their previous result being a 2-2 draw at Brunton Park against fellow promotion-pushing Stockport County.




Barrow has played Carlisle twice this season, the first came in the Papa Johns Trophy group stage, where the Bluebirds defeated their Cumbrian Rivals 2-0, with goals from Josh Kay and Sam Foley in the second half giving Barrow progression in the tournament.

The second fixture saw defeat at Brunton Park in Sky Bet League Two, on a day to forget for Barrow, The Blues ran out 5-1 winners.




This afternoon, the man with the whistle and notebook at the SO Legal Stadium will be James Ball. He’ll be accompanied by Philip Dermott and Mark Dwyer with the flags, and Martin Woods will be between the dugouts as Fourth Official.


Barrow fans can still buy tickets for the game on our ticketing website and gain admission through the turnstiles via our e-ticket option.


CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets from our ticketing website.


Visiting With Families

If you're visiting the SO Legal Stadium with your family, check out our handy Family Guide on how to make the most of your visit.


CLICK HERE to check out our Family Guide.


Fan Zone & Cross Bar

The Fan Zone will be open from Noon, and The Cross Bar will be serving drinks pre and post match, with Happy Hours from 5pm - 7pm.

Live Streaming


This game is available to stream via Ifollow and you can purchase the match in the usual way ahead of kick-off.

Live Commentary

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 the duo of Adam Johnson and John Goodwin at the SO Legal Stadium 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.


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