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MATCH PREVIEW: Bradford City are the visitors this weekend

We take a look at the Bantams

27 July 2018

Carlisle United will round off their pre-season fixture schedule with a home game against Bradford City on Saturday 28 July, kick off 3pm.

The meeting with the League One outfit will see a return to Brunton Park for popular former-manager Greg Abbott as he continues to settle into his new role as assistant manager at Valley Parade.

We are quite friendly!

This game sees the sides rekindle their pre-season love affair as this becomes the third July meeting between the teams in the space of the last four seasons.

The away game in 2015 saw the hosts claim a 2-0 victory, with the Cumbrians creating plenty of chances along the way.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Fast-forward a year and James Hanson and Filipe Morais did the damage as they bagged the goals to record the same end result for Stuart McCall’s side during the summer of 2016.

Head to Head:


Carlisle wins


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The teams have met a total of 49 times in all competitions with United having won 16, drawn 13 and lost 20 of the games.

The last time these sides met at Brunton Park was for a League One clash in February 2014. Lee Miller scored the only goal of the game with a stunning overhead kick which left Jon McLaughlan with no chance as it whipped into the roof of his net.

Watch the highlights from that game here (and do you recognise the keeper?):

Tha result was sweet revenge for the Blues who had gone down to a crushing 4-0 defeat in the first away game of the 2013/14 campaign.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Bradford in brief:

The Bantams finished eleventh in League One last season after a solid campaign and they’ll be looking to improve on that this time round with new manager Michael Collins now at the helm. Assisted by former-Bradford favourite Greg Abbott, the boss certainly has a wealth of League One experience to draw on.

Summer signings include Sean Scannell from Huddersfield Town, Jack Payne on loan from the same club, George Miller on loan from Middlesbrough, Connor Wood from Leicester City, Sherwin Seedorf from Wolves, Richard O’Donnell from Northampton, Hope Akpan from Burton, Anthony O’Connor from Aberdeen, Thomas Isherwood from Bayern Munich, Josh Wright from Southend, Joe Riley from Manchester United and Tom Clare from Barnsley.

Also making a return to Brunton Park [should his recent knee injury allow him to travel] is striker Charlie Wyke, who bagged an impressive 39 goals in 89 appearances during his two-year stay in Cumbria. A further 23 goals in 62 run outs for the Bantams has caused intense speculation that he's set for an August transfer window move, but he remains at Valley Parade as we speak.

Prices and match information:

  Seating & Terracing 
Adult £10
Senior (65+) £5
Young Person (18-22) £5
Junior (11-17) £5
Under 11 FOC
W/Chair £4
Carer FOC

Carlisle United season ticket holders have until 5pm on Friday 27 July to guarantee their seat.

The Warwick Road End, EWM Stand and the Cumberland Community Stand will all be closed for this fixture.

Visiting fans:

Take a look at our handy Away Fans Guide by clicking HERE.

Away supporters will be housed in the Pioneer Stand away section, as detailed in the above guide.

Away fans are welcome to use the Sunset Suite [located on the west side of the stadium] or the Fan Zone [west side, adjacent to the entry to Foxy's Restaurant] for pre-match refreshments prior to kick off.

Any questions?

Get in touch with our SLO Nigel Dickinson directly on Twitter using @CUFCSLO or email Alternatively give him a call on 01228 526 237.

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