Wow, a friendly against Barca was the second (I think) game played at our stadium a few weeks after that.
The added bonus of season 1974-75, Manchester United were in the second division.August 17 1974 Carlisle United played their first game in the English First Division defeating Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
August 20 1974 Carlisle United defeated Middlesbrough 2-0.
August 24 1974 Carlisle United played their first home game in the First Division defeating Tottenham 1-0.
After three rounds Carlisle United sat on top of the table.
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By the end of the season the Cumbrians were relegated and have never returned to the top flight (although we came close in 1983/84) but for a week we were the best club in all of England.