Carlisle vs Barrow: The Battle of Cumbria

By George Atwood

For the first time since 1964, Carlisle United will play Barrow in a competitive league game.

United will be looking for their second win of the season.

Whereas the Bluebirds are yet to register a win in their first season back in the Football League.

In his first full season in charge at Brunton Park, Chris Beech’s new look Carlisle haven’t started the season off as well as they would have liked.

A lack of preseason has meant that the new signings haven’t been able to gel. In total the Blues made more than 10 singings to give Beech a team that he can call his own.

David Dunn has seen his side register two points on the season scoring three goals. The Bluebirds have been massively helped by ex-Carlisle midfielder, Mike Jones.

The player to watch in this week’s match up, is Barrow midfielder, Mike Jones.

He made 158 appearances for Carlisle scoring three absolute beauties along the way, and became a real favourite with the fans thanks to his hard-work ethic.

During his time at Brunton Park, Jones was steady and reliable and left in the summer, joining the Bluebirds on a two-year deal.

There may not be fans in the ground on Saturday but there will be cardboard cut-outs of fans. United charged fans £25 for the privilege of having their face at the game. Although it is not confirmed how many “fans” will be in attendance at Brunton Park.

It will certainly make the ground a little bit more unusual after 1000 fans were in attendance for the last home game at Brunton Park when the Blues beat Southend 2-0.