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PREVIEW: We're down in Barrow this weekend

A look ahead to the Saturday game

20 April 2023

Barrow v Carlisle United, Saturday 22 April, kick off 3pm

The History (we tend just to leave this bit in):

When these sides met at Brunton Park in October 2020, it was the first coming together in the league for some 56 years.

And there was all sorts going on at the top of Division Four in April 1964 - in fact, things were so tight that five teams, Carlisle amongst them, were neck-and-neck for the right to take one of the four promotion spots, with the title also still up for grabs.

Things were a little bit more academic at the other end. A system of re-election was still in place, but the Bluebirds were doing everything they could to avoid bottom spot.

In the end Carlisle held their nerve, finishing second behind Gilingham despite having recorded a whopping 113 league goals.

Unfortunately a run of poor results, particularly at home, meant that Barrow did indeed pick up the dreaded wooden spoon.


Barrow suffered a frustrating 1-0 away defeat at Grimsby on Tuesday night and, with three games left to play and a seven-point gap to the play-off places, it probably means that their hopes of being involved beyond the last scheduled fixture at the beginning of May are all-but over.

It's been a good season, and there was a real signal of intent back in the January transfer window when Fleetwood striker Ged Garner was signed on a two-and-a-half-year contract for a club-record transfer free, which remains undisclosed.

Liverpool-born Garner, 24, scored 11 goals in 60 games during his time with Fleetwood. He's played 13 games for his new club and opened his account for them in the 4-0 home drubbing of Crawley on Easter Monday.

Saturday's hosts are unbeaten in six at home and will be looking for a response to the 5-1 defeat they suffered at Brunton Park at the end of January.

Only eight draws this term - the second lowest in the division - suggests we'll get a result one way or the other and we're going with the reliable Josh Kay as the one to watch.

He has six goals from his 35 appearances in all compeititons this season and will give the back line a real test with his positive approach.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Barrow wins
League 25 18 18
FA Cup 1 0 3
Cup 0 0 1
Total 26 18 22

Carlisle started to stamp their authority on matters just ahead of the break at Brunton Park in January 2023. Jon Mellish got his first of two goals from the day on the stroke of half time, and Joe Garner pounced to notch not long after the second period had started. Omari Patrick made it four, but the visitors were given a consolation courtesy of a Ben Barclay own goal. Kris Dennis completed the scoring for the afternoon from the spot.

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The Papa Johns Trophy group game meeting in October 2022 went the way of the home side with Sam Foley and Josh Kay netting the second half goals.

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Carlisle notched a good 2-1 away win at Holker Street in March 2022, with Jordan Gibson and Kris Dennis on the scoresheet. Ollie Banks pulled one back to make it an interesting ending, but United saw it through to the three points.

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It was 0-0 at Brunton Park in November 2021 with neither side able to break the deadlock in a tight encounter.

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That historic first meeting in 56 years in October 2020 went the way of Carlisle as Jon Mellish gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with 24 minutes on the clock. Aaron Hayden was given his marching orders early in the second half, but the 10-men held on to claim the win.

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The return fixture at Holker Street in April 21 ended as a 2-2 draw. Jack Armer gave the visitors an early lead, but Scott Quigley and Patrick Brough had the hosts ahead before the break. Ozzy Zanzala levelled things up from the spot on 79 minutes.

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Referee - James Bell
Assistant Referee 1 - Philip Dermott
Assistant Referee 2 - Mark Dwyer
Fourth Official - Martin Woods
Observer - Gary Kellett

Our referee for this game is Mr James Bell. 

He's taken charge of 15 games so far this season and has shown 51 yellows and three reds.

He was our referee in May 2022 when we went to Bradford for the final game of that season. Lee Angol and Jamie Walker scored the goals in a 2-0 home win and Jack Armer, Brennan Dickenson, Tyrese Omotoye and 

James was with us for our dramatic 2-1 win over Northampton in March 2022. Tobi Sho-Silva gave us the lead, but the Cobblers scored late through Paul Lewis to burst the bubble - or so it seemed. A cool head from Jordan Gibson saw him smash an injury time penalty into the back of the net. Joe Riley was the only United name taken on the day.

He was at Brunton Park in November 2021 for the 1-1 Papa John's draw with Lincoln. Jack Armer scored the goal, and the Blues won on penalties to claim the bonus point. Callum Guy and Jon Mellish were booked for the hosts.

Papa John's Trophy group action brought Mr Bell north again in August 2021 for a goal-filled 3-3 encounter with Hartlepool. Taylor Charters, Manny Mampala and Tristan Abrahams scored the goals, and the Blues eventually won the shoot-out 4-3. Mampala was our only booking of the night.

Mr Bell was the referee for our home game against Leyton Orient in March 2021. The O's nicked it with a late Connor Wilkinson goal, and there were no home names recorded on the day.

He was our official for the away game at Port Vale in October 2020. Jon Mellish scored the winner and Lewis Alessandra was the only name taken on the day.

In the National League last season, he was the man in the middle for the August play-off final between Harrogate Town and Notts County prior to his pormotion to the league list.


All away tickets for this fixture have been sold.

Please do not travel on the day - access to the home areas of the stadium will not be permitted.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Barrow 0 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

22 April 2023

United were at Holker Street for their penultimate away fixture of the season on Saturday afternoon.

And manager Paul Simpson went for two changes from the side that drew with Stockport on Tuesday with Ben Barclay and Ryan Edmondson in for Joel Senior and Jordan Gibson.

That brought a change of formation to a 4-3-3 line-up with the away team looking for the points to keep their automatic promotion dreams alive.

It was a tight start, with both teams trying to get the football going, and it was United who had the first chance of the day when Moxon let fly from 22-yards. It took two deflections, but Gordon was stopped in his tracks by the referee's whistle.

Barrow thought they'd scored on nine minutes when an overlap brought a cross from Newby and a flick from McClelland. Neal had the width of the target to aim at but Holy was alert and he dived to make a two-handed save as the header arrowed at his nets.

There was a corner for the visitors when Moxon threaded a pass through for John-Kymani Gordon to chase. Newby went for safety first, but it proved to be a key moment as Moxon sent the set piece to the front stick. Dennis flicked it on, and Barclay stuck to the task as he stabbed at it twice before backheeling it over the line following an almighty scramble.

The Bluebirds had a scramble of their own at the other end when Gotts scissor kicked a corner back into the mix. Huntington got in the way as Ray threw a boot at it. Holy was relieved to see it spin past his upright.

Josh Gordon was next to have an effort blocked as he found space, and Holy stayed calm to pull the spinning ball into his chest.

A neat move from the white shirts saw Gotts find Whitfield in the hole in front of the defence as the game ticked along at a decent pace. Once again it was easy for Holy to claim.

Carlisle were incisive after a long delay to the game as McClelland received treatment, with Moxon surging in from the left to feed it to Guy. His shot was stopped, but that invited Barclay to cross. Armer sprinted in to get on the end of it but his header was smothered by the recovered McClelland, who survived the appeals that followed for handball.

John Kymani-Gordon rattled a wild shot into the stands after he'd used pace to get to the edge of the box, and Edmondson was thwarted by a thigh after two deft touches had sent him into a dangerous area on the angle.

A carbon copy of the earlier burst from John Kymani-Gordon put him on the 18-yard line once again, but his low bullet was diverted for a corner on this occasion. 

An unbelievable sliding tackle from Armer was possibly the moment of the first half after Whelan had gone to ground. Whitfield exploited the gap, but the left back was perfect with his timing as he dealt with it with his toe before a shot could be fashioned.

Moxon spotted John Kymani-Gordon on his own deep into time added on but the connection from the Palace loanee lacked venom and it bobbled into the side netting.

The opening exchanges of the second half stayed mainly in the midde third, but that changed when Brough ran out of his own half with the ball at his feet. Huntington got an important block to send the eventual shot for a corner. The short routine from Newby was dealt with.

A cross from the left from Brough caused a moment of panic when it was stopped by Newby eight-yards out. He couldn't set himself to finish it off and the clearance was completed.

Barrow had a real opportunity to level it up just past the hour when a whipped ball into the box left Tom White with just one player to beat. He was disappointed as he rebounded it off the defender, and Neal and Gotts were equally frustrated as they somehow conspired to send it straight at Holy, who was already on the floor, when they had the target at their mercy.

The red shirts broke, with JK Gordon instrumental in keeping possession. Dennis released Guy, and he returned the favour with a rolled pass on the edge of the area. United's top scorer fell to the floor when his shot bent too close to Farman.

Callum Guy hit the afterburners to turn defence from attack from the deep inside his own half. He left his marker in his wake, then checked back to bring Dennis into play. Armer and Patrick worked hard to open things up, but JK Gordon nodded wide on the leap.

Barclay was superb at the back as he blocked and tackled to stop Newby and Gotts, and Gotts had another charged down by Whelan when the ball pinged around inside the area for what seemed like an age.

Omari Patrick was next to turn defence into attack when he skipped through three challenges to go 80-yards up the pitch. He cut back inside as he got into the area, but the block was made as he pulled the trigger.

Holy dropped to a knee and used both gloves to take the sting out of a Newby rasper from range, and he was able to watch on in comfort as Warren thrashed a poor cross high over everybody having done all of the hard work in getting up in support.

Tom White was excellent for the hosts when he got a boot to a Patrick volley in time added on at the end of the game. Armer and Patrick had bounced it off each other in the build up, with Gibson and Garner also involved.

It was good stuff from Carlisle as they managed the game out, despite a thunderbolt from Kay that smacked the post, with Farman also forward for the free kick and, with results elsewhere, it was a hugely important three points from a very solid away display.



Carlisle United - Barclay (16)



Barrow - Gordon (36), Brough (57), Wild (78), Canavan (86), Farman (86)

Carlisle United - Huntington (57), Devitt (86)



Barrow - Farman, Brough, McClelland (Warren 46), Canavan (c), Newby, Gordon, White, Neal, Gotts (Garner 84), Ray, Whitfield (Kay 78). Subs - Lillis, Taylor, Young.

Carlisle United - Holy, Barclay, Whelan, Huntington (c), Armer, Moxon, Guy (Devitt 85), Mellish (McCalmont 84), Gordon (Garner 70), Dennis (Gibson 70), Edmondson (Patrick 64). Subs - Kelly (gk), Robinson.


Match officials

Referee - James Bell
Assistant Referee 1 - Philip Dermott
Assistant Referee 2 - Mark Dwyer
Fourth Official - Martin Woods
Observer - Gary Kellett


Attendance - 4,515 (640)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Barrow ticket information

Priority sales for the April away game

3 April 2023

Barrow v Carlisle United, Saturday 22 April, kick off 3pm



We have been allocated 112 seated tickets and 528 terracing tickets.

Due to the small allocation, we will have a priority sale system in place.

Disabled info:

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant price, with the carer free of charge. Supporters who require wheelchair tickets must contact Barrow AFC ticket office directly on 01229 666 010.

Methods of purchase:

  • In person – come to the Pioneer ticket office at the designated time. Sales on home match days will be from the west side ticket office (from 5.30pm on a midweek home match day). 
  • Phone – ring the ticket office 03300 945 930 option 1 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.

Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have purchased over the telephone there is an additional charge of £1.

The last day tickets will be posted is 4pm on Tuesday 18 April (this date may change due to postal strikes). 


If you wish to purchase bus travel you can organise this by calling CUSAT on 07563 700 987.

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