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PREVIEW: Shrewsbury head north in the FA Cup

We look ahead to this weekend's cup tie

3 December 2021

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Shrewsbury head north in the FA Cup

We look ahead to this weekend's cup tie

3 December 2021

League One Shrewsbury Town are United's opponents in the next stage of the Emirates FA Cup competition this season.

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Former-Blue Ryan Bowman gave everybody a scare when he suffered an on-field heart problem during the Ipswich away game in October.

The 29-year-old suffered palpitations during the League One match at Portman Road and spent the night in hospital as a precaution after undergoing a series of tests.

“The tests show there is no long-lasting damage to his heart,” Shrews manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Shropshire. “Ipswich were first-class during the incident, their doctor came straight to the bench - and their people then shot his heart back into beat. We'll be forever thankful to them for that.”

Cotterill also confirmed that Bowman had suffered a slight heart scare before, during a training session with Exeter City.

"We can't say this was a freak as he’s had an episode of this before, but he now has the right medication,” the manager explained.

Bowman returned to training and first-team action quickly after the incident.


The Shrews have lost just one of their last five league games and have started to climb away from the bottom four spots.

That league confidence is bound to be a factor come Saturday, and the manner of the first-round victory in this competition will have done them no harm.

Seventh-tier Stratford Town gave them a slap in the face when they took an early lead, but Bowman (2), Leahy, Bennett and a late, late strike from Tom Bloxham capped off a first away victory of the season and an all-round professional display.

Unbeaten in two they'll be looking to carry that on as the battle for a place in the third-round draw commences.

who watch

It has to be Ryan Bowman. He currently tops the club's league scoring charts with six, alongside Daniel Udoh, and with Luke Leahy just one behind.

A physical, tenacious striker he can also use a football, and he's a real threat inside the penalty area. 

He can score goals from anywhere and he'll certainly give the back line a torrid time if he's allowed to run free.

And let's not forget Sam Cosgrove. He's on-loan from the Midlands and is another who knows how to hit the back of the net.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Shrewsbury wins
League 14 16 14
League Cup 1 0 0
Cup 1 1 0
FA Cup 0 2 1
Total 16 19 15

The last time the Shrews were at Brunton Park was back in February 2015. It all appeared to be going to plan when Charlie Wyke put the home side ahead on 66 minutes, but football can be a cruel mistress sometimes. With game management completely chucked out of the window James Collins and Mickey Demetriou turned the game on its head as they both scored deep into time added on to win the game.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee – Samuel Barrott
Assistant Referee – Daniel Woodward
Assistant Referee – Paul Newhouse
Fourth Official – James Bancroft
Observer – James Devine

Our referee for this game is Samuel Barrott. He has taken charge of 18 games so far this season showing 72 yellow cards and no reds.

Having joined the league list last season, he was with us for the first time when he officiated in the 2-0 home win over Scunthorpe in April 2021, where Jon Mellish bagged both goals. No Carlisle names were taken on the day.

He was at Brunton Park in October 2021 for the 2-0 reverse at the hands of Forest Green. Jamille Matt and Nicky Cadden did the first half damage, and Tristan Abrahams and Brennan Dickenson were booked for the Blues.


Don't forget that ticket prices increase by £2 on a match day.

The Paddock will be open for terracing. The Pioneer Stand and B, C and D stand will be open for seating. The Warwick Road End will be closed for this fixture. 

Season ticket holder seats in the Pioneer, B, C and D stands are reserved. You have until 5pm on Friday 3 December to purchase your reserved seat. Season ticket seats will not be reserved on the day of the game. 

Seating and terracing prices



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Adult meal and match ticket - £35

Senior meal and match ticket - £33

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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 0330 094 5930 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 85p. The last day tickets will be posted is 4pm on Tuesday 30 November.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions.

The game is part of the weekend's BBC TV package, with a single camera function to provide clips and highlights.

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