EXCITEMENT is building for Barrow AFC's Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa as the occasion is marked as 'great for the town'.

Despite the tickets to watch the match at Holker Street selling out in rapid fashion, many fans can still catch the game on Sky Sports tonight.

The Carabao Cup tie against the Premier League outfit will represent the first time that The Bluebirds have ever been live on Sky at home and it’s a fixture which has caught the imagination of the Barrow public.

Frazer Stewart, chair of the Bluebirds Trust, said: “It’s fantastic for the club and the town.

“It will be a great occasion and hopefully some people might get bitten by the Barrow bug from the match and be back for more.

“I can’t wait to see the whole of the stadium rocking!”

WELCOME: Fans watching Barrow AFC

WELCOME: Fans watching Barrow AFC

Caroline Barker will host the show from the Sky Sports studio, where she will be joined by former Barrow front man Glenn Murray, who scored nine goals in nine appearances for The Bluebirds in 2014.

Also on the panel in the studio will be former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie, who starred for the Midlands outfit over 250 times and also won an England cap whilst on the books at Villa Park.

Guy Havord will be the touchline reporter, keeping an eye on things pitch-side, and also carrying out interviews with the managers and players before and after the game.

Meanwhile, commentary will be provided by David Stowell who will be in the gantry to describe the action alongside former Wales international Danny Gabbidon.

Councillor Bill McEwan said: “It is absolutely fantastic to see they are going to be on Sky Sports, not just for the club with all the financial implications, but for the town as a whole as well.

“To see football at that level in your home town on that stage is fantastic.

“I did not manage to get a ticket myself which was a shame so I will be watching on TV shouting and screaming with a blue and white scarf on cheering on Barrow.

“It is just great for the town to see a full stand with sell out tickets because I remember years and years ago when they were last in the league and the crowds were filled right to the back of the stand.

CHUFFED: Cllr Bill McEwan

CHUFFED: Cllr Bill McEwan

“We want more things like this in Barrow to show what the town is all about.

“I am hoping for a nice clean game and for the win because the next round could mean another big name.

“I am chuffed for the club and I think they have done a fantastic job of getting where they are.”

Live coverage will start at 7.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.