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Match Previews


8 January 2022

Match Previews


8 January 2022

The Bantams will contest their second game of the year this afternoon, with a trip to Brunton Park to play Carlisle United in a fixture rearranged due to COVID-19 cases in the City squad.

The clash - originally set to be City’s last before Christmas - was rescheduled for this weekend due to the absence of both sides from the Emirates FA Cup third round.

We have compiled a handy Away Day Guide - packed full of useful information ahead of the 3.00pm contest.


Brunton Park

Warwick Road





Brunton Park has been home to Carlisle United for over 100 years, playing host to the Blues since 1909. 

The club opted to reduce Brunton Park’s capacity from 17,949 to 9,999 in order to avoid any potential entry requirements due to COVID-19.

The ground comprises four stands - the Main Stand and Paddock, the Warwick Road End, The Pioneer Stand and the Waterworks End. 

The ground has also played host to an Elton John concert in 2007. 


City supporters can PAY ON THE DAY for this afternoon's contest. 

Over 1,100 tickets have already been sold for the clash, and admission will be available to purchase from 1.30pm at the Away Ticket Office, for an extra £3 (excluding juniors, under-11s and under-7s).

Supporters who purchase a ticket from Carlisle United WILL NOT receive 10 loyalty points, while those who have already secured tickets for collection or arranged for duplicates to be printed can also collect these from the Away Ticket Booth. 

Travelling fans will be housed in the Pioneer Stand, in blocks 2 and 3. 

Admission prices are as follows: 

Adult: £22

Senior (65+): £19

Young Person (18-22): £16

Junior (11-17): £10

Family Junior (11-17)*£8

Child (10-)^£7

Child (6-)^FREE

*Family Junior tickets can only be purchased with Adult or Senior tickets. Otherwise, standard Junior tickets must be purchased. A maximum of two Family Junior tickets A maximum of two can be purchased for every Adult ticket, or a maximum of one with each Senior ticket. 

^Child tickets MUST be purchased with either an Adult or a Senior

Ambulant disabled supporters are asked to pay the above, age-related price and are entitled to a free carer ticket, as are wheelchair supporters, who are each charged £4. 

Supporters unable to make it to Brunton Park on the day are also able to catch every minute of the action LIVE - for just £10 - with an iFollow video match pass.

For full details, please CLICK HERE, and to purchase a pass please CLICK HERE


UK-based supporters will be able to catch all the action from the comfort of their own home this afternoon, with an iFollow video match pass. 

Available for just £10, the pass will enable supporters to catch the action LIVE, with commentary provided by BBC Radio Leeds' Jamie Raynor, and former City star Filipe Morais. 

For full details, please CLICK HERE

To purchase your pass, CLICK HERE.


Cars are charged £2.50 to use the car park on site at Brunton Park, located to the rear of the Pioneer Stand.

Street parking is available in the local area but spaces are taken swiftly on matchday. Free parking is available at the Rosehill Industrial estate which is a 20-minute walk from the stadium.

PLEASE NOTE: Cars will only be allowed to exit the car park after the game, once all supporters have cleared the area and any away coaches have left the stadium.


To drink:

Carlisle Rugby Club is a two-minute walk from Brunton Park and can be accessed from the main car park, via a footpath.

They host home and away fans on a matchday and serve drinks and a small selection of food.

The Howard Arms - located on Lowther Street - is also another option for away supporters travelling from Carlisle town centre.

To eat:

Local restaurants include Stoneyholme Golf Course which has access to and from the supporters' car park and the Beehive which is opposite Brunton Park along Warwick Road.

Warwick Road also hosts many other restaurants and places to buy food - including Nando’s, Warwick Fish & Chips, Casa Romana Italian restaurant, Alexandros Greek restaurant, Claire’s Bakery, The Post Office, Lakeland Gate Inn, Toby Carvery and Tesco. 

All these establishments are within walking distance of Brunton Park. 


By car: 

Brunton Park is easy to reach by car as it is just off the M6. Leave the motorway at junction 43 and take the first exit off the roundabout.

The blue roof of the Pioneer Stand can be seen on the right-hand side, almost as soon as you leave the roundabout.

Keep going straight ahead along Warwick Road (A69) and pass through the third set of traffic lights.

The club shop (Blues Store) and Hughie McIlmoyle statue marks the main entrance to the ground.

By train: 

Brunton Park is 1.2 miles from Carlisle Railway Station.

Head out of the train station, cross the road, and locate the Nando's on the crescent-shaped road adjacent to the first set of traffic lights.

Walk straight down Warwick Road for about a mile and you will reach Brunton Park on the left-hand side. 

A taxi rank is located just outside the Railway Station.

By bus: 

Take the number 76 bus from the city centre and alight at the Lakeland Gate Inn.

Head back a short distance from the direction you travelled on the bus and Brunton Park is on your right-hand side. 


City fans should prepare for a cold afternoon in Cumbria, with highs of just 7°C awaiting them. It is set to be a cloudy afternoon, with rain expected throughout.

To purchase a £10 iFollow video match pass for this afternoon's clash, please CLICK HERE.

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