As football rivalries go, it's about as big as you get for Cumbria. Certainly not as famous as United versus City or Tottenham versus Arsenal... but no less passionate. Carlisle United and Preston North End have never been the best of friends over the years. Tonight the pair face each other at Brunton Park in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Keen to stop the rivalry from developing into anything more serious, Cumbria Police have promised a 'high visibility' presence in Carlisle tonight and will target known trouble makers. Police dogs, motorcyclists and officers with headcams will be outside the ground and on the streets to 'deter violence' and respond to any incidents that occur.
Police have said that known trouble makers will be targeted and removed through intelligence they've gathered:
– Superintendent Sean Robinson, Cumbria Police
Cumbria Constabulary is committed to ensuring Brunton Park is a safe place for all fans to enjoy the game. The policing operation will target troublemakers who are intent on spoiling the enjoyment of genuine supporters. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in any form and all incidents will be dealt with swiftly and robustly. We will pursue football banning orders for any relevant offences.
On the pitch Carlisle will hope their good form in the League Cup continues in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The Blues beat Championship side Ipswich 2 - 1 in extra time last week. Preston enjoyed a 4 - 1 win against highly fancied Swindon in the league at the weekend. Police are hoping that the main action tonight is on the pitch.