Carlisle United fans have been in a rush for tickets today for the Blues' two short festive away trips.

Supporters have been snapping up tickets for the games at Fleetwood Town and Wigan Athletic.

The fixtures, on Boxing Day and December 29 respectively, are two of United's four shortest trips on the League One calendar.

Both will see bumper travelling support behind Paul Simpson's side.

United announced this afternoon that they had already sold 939 tickets for the Fleetwood game, with just 170 more tickets - 111 terracing and 59 seating - left.

News and Star: United go to Fleetwood on Boxing DayUnited go to Fleetwood on Boxing Day (Image: PA)

It will be the Blues' first league game against Fleetwood at the Fylde Coast club's Highbury Stadium. Tickets were on sale to season ticket holders only today.

It also promises to be a key contest in the relegation battle, with Fleetwood and Carlisle currently fourth and third bottom in the table respectively and separated by one point.

A strong travelling support is also expected for the game at Wigan, which will be United's first ever league game at the Latics' DW Stadium.

United have a 4,000 allocation for the festive fixture and there is no priority system in place for this particular game.

News and Star: United will have a big travelling support at Wigan on December 29United will have a big travelling support at Wigan on December 29 (Image: PA)

Before the festive double-header, Carlisle head to Blackpool this Saturday for their second shortest trip on the league calendar.

United's allocation of 1,997 quickly sold out as fans prepare to flock to Bloomfield Road to support Simpson's side as they return to action.

Carlisle have been backed by impressive numbers on the road all season, with the latest impressive show of support coming when 556 fans made the long trip to Reading for last Tuesday's 5-1 defeat.

Shorter trips have also seen strong backing - such as October's game at Bolton Wanderers when a brilliant following of 4,407 witnessed a terrific 3-1 win for the Cumbrians.