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PREVIEW: Tuesday at Bradford

A look ahead to the midweek game

20 March 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Tuesday at Bradford

A look ahead to the midweek game

20 March 2023

United's rearranged fixture with Bradford - originally lost to the cold weather in January - has come around quickly with both teams enjoying some decent form.


United are five games unbeaten, Bradford are on a run of six, and both teams will be looking to protect that in what is another big one to look forward to.

Four of the last six outings have been clean sheets for the miserly Bantams - the last three have been draws - and it needed a brace from forward Andy Cook at the weekend to prevent strugglers Hartlepool from stealing away with the points.

With things so tight at the top of the pile this game in hand will certainly help for whichever team takes the spoils, and over 1,000 Carlisle fans are already committed to making the journey.

Both managers have recently celebrated their one-year anniversaries at their respective clubs, and former Manchester United striker Mark Hughes spoke recently about the rewards of taking the helm lower down the leagues.

"I've been guilty in the past of overlooking roles below the Premier League or Championship," he told the local radio recently.

"The reality is that managers higher up can be a little bit too precious about their reputation and think about reputational damage more than getting out there and doing the job.

"I wanted to get out there and get my hands dirty again and I haven't regretted it for a moment. The fundamentals apply whatever level you play at.

"I've really enjoyed it. The league is good and every team has one or two players who can hurt you.

"It's been a really satisfying period of my career and there's more to come."

who watch

A haul of 25 goals from 40 appearances so far this season from Andy Cook is hard to ignore.

He's on fire at the moment, with nine goals from his last 10 outings, and he's scored in five of his last six games.

A product of our youth team, we know all too well that he has more than just being a targetman in his repertoire. 

Strong and athletic, he can hold the ball up and link the play, and he has a real eye for the nets if you give him half a glimpse. 


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  Bradford wins Draws Carlisle wins
League 21 13 17
Cup 0 0 1
League Cup 0 1 1
FA Cup 1 0 1
Total 22 14 20

The home game on Boxing Day in 2022 ended with a 1-0 victory for the Blues thanks to a first half header from Paul Huntington.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

United's final game of the 21/22 season was a 2-0 away defeat at Valley Parade. Lee Angol and Jamie Walker scored either side of the break for the hosts.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

These teams met in Carlisle in January 2022 and goals from former Bantams Omari Patrick and Jordan Gibson sealed the deal for the hosts.

Watch the highlights from that fixture here:

March 2021 brought the Bantams to Brunton Park as Rhys Bennett (2) and Ozzy Zanzala opened up a three-goal lead. Paudie O'Connor bagged a consolation, but the points stayed in Cumbria.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Rhys Bennett bagged the only goal of the game in December 2020 to earn the Cumbrians a deserved away win.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

A game blighted by red cards went the way of the Bantams back in September, as they bagged three in response to Olufela Olomola's early opener, but the match became a difficult one to measure for the Blues following a first-half sending off for Jack Bridge.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

We hadn't seen Bradford prior to that since the 1-0 home victory at Brunton Park back in February 2014. Striker Lee Miller scored the only goal of the game - and it was an absolute stunner - and keeping goal for the Blues that night was a certain young man called Jordan Pickford.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

A more recent meeting between the teams was the July 2018 pre-season friendly, played at Brunton Park. It was a tight game with the winner coming in time added on when Richie Bennett got on the end of a deflected Hallam Hope shot.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - Will Finnie
Assistant Referee 1 - Lisa Rashid
Assistant Referee 2 - Christopher Ward
Fourth Official - Richard Bartlett
Observer - Joe Copeland

Mr Finnie has taken charge of 26 games so far this season and has shown 85 yellow cards and one red.

He was with us in November 2021 for our incident packed away game at Exeter. Jon Mellish was sent off just before half time and the Grecians netted twice in the second period to build up a cushion. It was one they needed as Jordan Gibson bagged our late equaliser. Mark Howard was our other booking that day.

He was the man in the middle for our 2-0 away defeat at Cheltenham in August 2019, where Gav Reilly and Luke Varney scored the goals for the hosts. Jack Iredale, Nathan Thomas and Stefan Scougall had their names taken on the day.


We have been allocated 1,126 seating tickets in the Bradford Lifts stand.

Tickets are available on the day of the game but, please note, there will be no cash turnstiles.

If a ticket is needed on match day, away supporters can log onto the Bradford ticketing system by scanning the large QR code located at the away turnstile on Midland Road. Follow the online instructions to then make your purchase.

Prices increase on the day of the game.

Away ticket collection is also available at Midland Road.

Price Guide:                                   



Match Day




Senior 65+



Young Person 17-23



Youth 12-16



Junior 11 & under



Ambulant disabled and wheelchair user supporters pay the relevant price, with the carer free of charge.

Junior 11 & under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Methods of purchase:

  • In person – come to the main ticket office at the designated time.
  • Phone – ring the ticket office 03300 945 930 option 1 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
  • Internet – buy online HERE.


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

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