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PREVIEW: A look ahead to Saturday's big game

It's all to play for in front of the TV cameras

20 May 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: A look ahead to Saturday's big game

It's all to play for in front of the TV cameras

20 May 2023

Carlisle United v Bradford City, Saturday 20 May, kick off 3pm

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The teams most recently met, of course, on Sunday in the first-leg of the play-off semi-final, which Bradford won 1-0. Jamie Walker scored the only goal of the game. 

In the league this season the sides played out a 0-0 draw at Valley Parade, while United won 1-0 at Brunton Park on Boxing Day thanks to a Paul Huntington header. 

Bradford haven't won at Brunton Park since 1985, but with front man Andy Cook bagging 28 league goals this season, he is the obvious player to watch ahead of Saturday's game. 

Where at the stage where it's now a straight knockout, with a Wembley final and promotion to League One the ultimate prize. 

Let's face it, there's only one place to be on Saturday!


This game is not available to watch on iFollow due to it being broadcast live on Sky Sports. 

Click HERE to purchase a audio pass which will allow you to LISTEN to this fixture via our match streaming service. 

With match commentary provided by BBC Radio Cumbria, this is a fantastic way to follow your team. 

Match audio passes are available for ALL EFL league games - click HERE to find out more about this season’s iFollow United service.

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  Bradford wins Draws Carlisle wins
League 21 14 17
Cup 1 0 1
League Cup 0 1 1
FA Cup 1 0 1
Total 23 15 20

Jamie Walker grabbed the only goal in Sunday night's first leg, and you can watch the highlights from that game here: 

Watch the pitchside footage from the 0-0 draw at Valley Parade in March here: 

The last time the sides met at Brunton Park, a first half Paul Huntington header earned United the three points: 

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Referee - Simon Mather
Assistant Referee 1 - Darren Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Steven Rushton
Fourth Official - Benjamin Speedie
Observer - Iain Siddall
Reserve Assistant Referee - Mark Cunliffe

The referee for Saturday's game is Simon Mather. He has taken charge of 33 games this season, showing 138 yellow cards and six red cards. 

He was last in charge of a United game in September, for the away win at Grimsby. Kristian Dennis and Owen Moxon got the goals, with Jack Armer and Callum Guy having their names taken on the night. 

He was also the man in the middle for the Grimsby game in August which was postponed, after heavy rainfall made the pitch unplayable during the first half. 

The final game of his league season was at Vale Park, where Plymouth beat the Valiants to claim the League One title. 

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Tickets for this fixture are on sale now.

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 - due to away fans buying tickets in home areas, tickets are only available online if you already have an account on our new ticketing system. If you have not created an account, please follow the instructions which were sent to you in an email. If we did not have an email address registered for you, you must purchase tickets either over the phone or in person so ticket office staff can create an account for you. 

Please note - persons under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Minors under the age of 14 will not be permitted entrance and parents / guardians will be called to collect the child and escort them from the premises.


Remember, you can purchase an e-ticket online all the way up to kick-off on a match day. Simply show your purchased ticket on your smartphone at the turnstile and you'll be scanned in as normal.
E-tickets really are a fantastic and smooth way of making your match day experience just that little bit easier.

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