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30 March 2019 Venue Prenton Park Attendance

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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: United head to Tranmere at the weekend

We take a closer look at Saturday's opponents

28 March 2019

Tranmere have hit the kind of form every team is searching for at what is a vital stage of the season.

James NorwoodTheir current stats read like a promotion-chasers dream as they head into the weekend fixture with the Blues on a run of eight games unbeaten which includes, of course, the much-talked about steam train of six consecutive victories.

Just two goals conceded within that eight-match spell shows that their current blistering streak has been built on a base of defensive solidity, and they've also developed an ability to pick up important results on the road, as well as on their own turf.

The prolific James Norwood has a massive 28 goals to his name - 26 of them coming in league games - and he clearly has just one thing in mind once he gets within shooting range as his assist column reads at only two. 

Former-Blue Mark Ellis is a familiar face at the heart of the back line having established himself as a regular since the middle of December in what has become a reliable and stubborn unit.


Manager’s thoughts

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the game, United boss Steven Pressley said: “Tranmere have found consistency in their results and there is no doubt they are a side full of confidence because of that.

"They have a way of playing, particularly going forward, which can cause teams a lot of problems if the movement and approach isn't dealt with. Defensively at the moment they haven't been giving too much away, but we've watched their recent performances and we know there are areas where we feel can cause them problems.

”As I said at the weekend, I've been very pleased with our recent performances. We've started to see the way we want to play come through and the players look very comfortable with it. If we can now tidy up in both boxes I know we'll get the wins we deserve.

"Another thing we keep saying is that it is such fine margins in this division. We know we could have had six points from Forest Green and Cambridge, and the disappointment was that we drew both games. What we have to remember is that we are still very much in touch with the play-off places, and achieving a top seven finish still remains our aim."

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Did You Know?

Dixie Dean+ A young Birkenhead player named William Ralph ‘Dixie’ Dean made his debut for Tranmere Rovers at the age of just 16 years and 355 days in 1924.

+ Following the expansion of the Football League in 1921 to a Third Division each for the north and south of England, Rovers were accepted into the Third Division (North) and played their first fixture against Crewe Alexandra at Prenton Park on 27 August 1921.

+ In 1999/2000, under former-hero John Aldridge, victories over a succession of Premier League sides led not only to a place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup, but a place in the final of the Worthington Cup - the first time Rovers had ever reached a major cup final. However, after coming from a goal down to equalise, Tranmere eventually lost the match 2-1 against Leicester City.


Head to Head

Regular combatants, the clubs have met a total of 86 times in all competitions over the years. It’s another fairly even split with United slightly edging 34 victories to 33 for Rovers.

  Carlisle wins Draws Tranmere wins
League 31 16 28
Cup 0 2 0
FA Cup 1 0 3
League Cup 2 1 2
Total 34 19 33

Tranmere took all three points home from their trip to Cumbria in September. The Blues had 15 minutes to forget at the end of the game as a penalty miss was followed by an own goal from Tom Parkes and a killer blow from Paul Mullin just before the final whistle.

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Our last meeting prior to that was in February 2015, at Prenton Park, when a quickfire double from Charlie Wyke just after the break secured a 2-0 away victory for the Blues. It came at a price as Kyle Dempsey received his marching orders deep into time added on.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The league meeting at Brunton Park earlier that season was a tense affair, but a nice finish from David Amoo with just 20 minutes left to play proved to be the difference as the Cumbrians battled their way to a hard-earned three points.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The trio of meetings from that season was completed, again at Prenton Park, when the sides came together in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Brad Potts got on the end of a good move to cancel out a first half Max Power goal, but it was Tranmere who progressed as they got the better of the penalty shoot-out, winning by 5-4 at the end of a very long night.

Watch the highlights of that game here:


Man in the middle:

Scott DuncanThe referee for this game is Mr Scott Duncan. He has taken charge of 28 games so far this season and has shown 90 yellow cards and seven reds.

The last time we saw him was for our home game against Wycombe Wanderers in October 2017. Sam Saunders and Adebayo Akinfenwa had brought the game back to 2-2 after Reggie Lambe and Jamie Devitt had scored for the Blues, and Lambe appeared to have won it for the hosts with just six minutes left to play.

Paris Cowan-Hall brought a halt to the celebrations when he equalised with the last kick of the game. No United names were taken on the day. 

Referee – Scott Duncan
Assistant Referee 1 – Akil Howson
Assistant Referee 2 – Mark Dwyer
Fourth Official – Daniel Middleton


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Tranmere 3 - 0 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

30 March 2019

United boss Steven Pressley went with a back three, complemented by wing backs, as Gary Liddle and Peter Grant stepped back into the starting line up for the away trip to in-form Tranmere.

Captain Danny Grainger missed out with a hamstring injury and Hallam Hope dropped down to the bench as the Cumbrians came up against the division's in-form outfit.

United were on the attack early when they edged their way down the left flank with O'Hare and Devitt working space between the right-sided defenders. Stand-in left wing back Tom Parkes called for it as he came forward and his cross bent towards the penalty spot. Ellis jumped high and he did well to nod it clear.

Carlisle came again when Devitt was given time in midfield. He turned and picked out O'Hare who immediately got his head down to go on a run. He went for a shot as he reached the edge of the box but it was straight at Davies. 

A cross from Ridehalgh had Collin scrambling as he looked to get his side going at the other end, but Grant was back to cover and he helped to shepherd it away. The Whites attacked again with a cross from the right from Caprice which found Norwood in a good area. He dived to meet it but his header bounced just wide of the upright.

Carlisle responded well and a flowing move down the left saw Parkes overlap as O'Hare and Devitt combined to work space. He took a touch and shot across the face of goal but Davies was able to breathe a sigh of relief as it sped past the post.

And Thomas produced an almost carbon copy effort moments later when he ghosted forward and called for the ball. Devitt fed it to him, but he couldn't quite get the angle he needed and he swept it wide.

United keeper Adam Collin was comfortable when Norwood tried his luck with a 28-yard free kick, but he had to be on his game when Banks dropped his shoulder and put his laces through a crisp volley from a similar distance. The keeper saw it late but he got down smartly to palm it away. 

It was the visitors who should have taken the lead on the half hour when Slater flighted a beauty of a pass into the channel. Thomas got there first, and he left Ellis for dead as he spun with the ball at his feet. A rolled pass brought a firm toe poke from O'Hare, from just 10 yards out, and he was disappointed to see it crash back to safety off the underside of the bar with the keeper well beaten.

Devitt was next to test the target when he held his ground to see the outcome of a midfield tussle between Miller and McCullough. The United man won it, and Devitt wasted no time in setting himself for the shot. Davies dived as it swirled in the air and he was pleased to be able to beat it away with his fists.

A volley from Jennings didn't seem to cause Collin too many problems as Tranmere were restricted to shooting from distance, but the Cumbrians were left to rue the fact that they hadn't converted good football into goals with the last attack of the first half when the hosts made the most of a half cleared corner. Ellis and Perkins combined to make space for a cross and Ollie Banks said thank you very much as he was able to finish off a crunching delivery from very close range.

Trickery from Callum O'Hare earned his side a free kick on the angle of the box at the start of the second period but Devitt wheeled away in frustration as his direct shot fell onto the roof of the net.

Collin had to keep his eye on a volley from Perkins as the game started to open up, and he collected it well as he moved to get his whole body behind the shot. The Cumbrians also had to deal with a well-crafted move which saw Perkins eventually release Banks on the right wing. His low, rasping drive was blocked by Gerrard just in the nick of time as Norwood steamed in.

But Tranmere doubled their advantage for the afternoon on 64 minutes when they somehow managed to bundle their way down the right wing, with Banks heavily involved. It was his cross which scythed through the United back line and the predatory James Norwood took his personal tally to 29 for the campaign as he stayed alert to bundle the ball over the line at the second attempt, with Collin having made an initial superb point-blank save.

The Whites were suddenly full of confidence and shots from Norwood and Banks went close, with Carlisle wasteful with set pieces at the other end, and the game settled into a battle for possession in midfield as the hosts kept things tight.

Collin made a fine save from Harris when he instinctively shot late in the day, but an unguarded run from defender Manny Monthe from the resulting corner left him with the simple task of guiding his header into the roof of the net as a three-goal match-winning cushion was formed.

Callum O'Hare sent a free kick from wide just past the post in time added on, but it was a disappointed Carlisle contingent who left the stadium having allowed the upper hand to slip in a game that had showed much first half promise.



Tranmere Rovers - Banks (45), Norwood (64), Monthe (83)



Tranmere Rovers - Davies, Ridehalgh, Monthe, Norwood, Jennings, McCullough (Harris 10), Caprice, Ellis, Perkins, Morris (Gilmour 76), Banks (Smith 85). Subs - Pilling, Buxton, Mullin, Dagnall.

Carlisle United - Collin, Miller (Hope 59), Liddle, Gerrard, Grant, Parkes, Slater, Jones, O'Hare, Thomas, Devitt (Etuhu 72). Subs - Gray, Kennedy, Simpson, Scougall, Branthwaite.


Referee - Mr Scott Duncan

Attendance - 8,095 (910 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Tranmere ticket information

Ticket information for the trip to Tranmere

17 March 2019

Tranmere Rovers v Carlisle United, Saturday 30 March, kick off 3pm


Adult £18
Senior (65+) £11
Young Person (18-22) £11
U18  £5
U12* £2
Disabled £11
Carer Free

We have received an initial allocation of 600 tickets with a further 1,100 tickets available if required.  

*Under 12’s must be accompanied.

Ticket prices will increase by £2 on the day of the game. Cash turnstiles will be in operation.

If you are buying a Young Person ticket on the day of the game, you will be asked for ID. Please make sure you have valid ID, student cards will not be accepted. If you cannot provide ID, you will be charged the full adult price.

If you require a wheelchair space please contact Tranmere Rovers direct on 03330 144 452.

Dates of sale

Date Time
Monday 18 March  10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 19 March  10 am – 5 pm 
Wednesday 20 March 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 21 March 10 am – 5 pm
Friday 22 March 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 23 March 10 am – 2.30 pm + 4.45 pm – 5.15 pm
Sunday 24 March Closed 
Monday 25 March 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 26 March 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 27 March 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 28 March 10 am – 5 pm
Friday 29 March 10 am – 5 pm 


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions.  

Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have purchased over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Wednesday 27 March

Bus Travel
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987. Click HERE for more information on booking and departure times. 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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