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Match Previews


20 May 2023

Match Previews


20 May 2023

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Mark Hughes’ Bantams contest the second leg of their play-off semi-final against Carlisle United at Brunton Park this afternoon.

With a 1-0 lead intact from the first leg last Sunday, City know if they avoid defeat in Cumbria, with kick-off at 3.00pm, Wembley awaits.

We have compiled a handy Away Day Guide - packed full of useful information ahead of the crucial encounter.


The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited. Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time. Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

The club reminded supporters of its stance on pyrotechnics this month, with a statement following our last away trip to Crewe Alexandra. Please read HERE

A statement was also issued on pitch encroachment ahead of the final game of the regular season, which can be read HERE

The club would also like to take the opportunity to remind supporters of the zero-tolerance approach towards missile throwing, after an incident in City's home match against Harrogate Town in the Emirates FA Cup. 

Bradford City AFC would like to remind supporters that the strongest condemnation is employed towards anti-social behaviour, crowd disorder and misconduct, and illegal activity inside football stadia. 

Our stance on the above will ensure the strongest-possible action continues to be taken against those found guilty of any offence, including the issuing of Football Banning Orders. 

This follows the implementation of the 'Love Football, Protect the Game' initiative introduced this season, by the EFL, FA and Premier League. For full details, please CLICK HERE


Today's action will be available to watch LIVE on Sky Sports Football, for those unable to secure a ticket. 

Coverage starts from 2.45pm, with pre-match interviews with Mark Hughes and Adam Clayton, all the game's build-up and post-match reaction. 


Supporters are reminded tickets for this afternoon's clash are SOLD OUT.

Over 1,800 Bantams will make the trip to Carlisle, with tickets purchased from Bradford City AFC but not yet collected available to pick up at Brunton Park.

Admission will not be available on turnstiles in Cumbria, nor at the ticket office on the day of the game.

Additionally, any City supporter who attempts to purchase a ticket in the home stands will be denied entry. 

Read full details HERE


Brunton Park

Warwick Road





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

The ground, which is the largest in England that is not an all-seater, is comprised of four stands - the Main Stand and Paddock, the Warwick Road End, The Pioneer Stand and the Waterworks End. 

Rather uniquely, the Pioneer East Stand, which is where the travelling Bantams will be housed, runs 20 yards past the goal line, after plans to move the pitch north were abandoned - leaving the stand off-centre.


Cars are charged £3.00 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.


Supporters are advised that all payments are now CASHLESS in the away areas of the stadium, with supporters able to pay by card only, at refreshment kiosks. 

To drink:

In the away concourse situated in the Pioneer Stand, there is a bar which serves hot food and drinks.

Local catering partners are also available who provide a range of quality foods and beverages for your enjoyment. They are located on the west side of the stadium, in the main car park. These include The Chippie Van, a burger outlet, the Horsebox Bar and John Watt & Son coffees and teas.

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 areas to purchase food - including Nando’s, Warwick Fish & Chips, Casa Romana Italian restaurant, Alexandros Greek restaurant, Claire’s Bakery, 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 mark 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 sunny afternoon in Cumbria, which highs of 19°C.

To watch today's clash LIVE, tune in from 2.45pm on Sky Sports Football. 

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