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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Luton Town

Everything you need to know ahead of the weekend game

18 April 2018

The high-flying Hatters come to Brunton Park on Saturday with Carlisle United looking to keep the pressure on those above them with a return to winning ways.

Looking ahead to the game, manager Keith Curle said: "As I said earlier in the week, our players go into every game wanting to win it. That will be no different on Saturday.

"We know what we have to do and that we're facing another challenge. However, this is a group that does not shy away from a challenge.

"Luton are a very good side, who have a healthy goal scoring record, but we have made ourselves very difficult to beat. We're doing the hard work to make sure we stay tight and we know that if we add quality in the attacking third we can beat any team in this division.

"Our fans have been magnificent and we know this is another opportunity to give them a performance they can be proud of. I know my players are determined to go out there and do just that."

Keith Curle

Remember, you can purchase your tickets by telephone on 0844 371 1921* or buy online and print at home, or order for collection, by clicking HERE.  

*Calls to this number are charged at 7p per minute from landlines. Charges from mobiles may vary. A booking fee of £1 applies to all online transactions.

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A big welcome to this weekend's Match Sponsors

This Saturday we give a huge welcome to our Match Sponsor Eddie Stobart.

Long standing friends and supporters of the club, we are looking forward to welcoming them and their guests into our hospitality areas at the weekend.

We are also looking forward to seeing our Associate Sponsor CUOSC and Match Ball Sponsor DHL.

It's going to be a busy day with over 100 fans enjoying match day hospitality in a sold out Foxy’s Restaurant.

We would also like to welcome Lairthwaite House Keswick School, Victoria Junior School, Harraby Catholic Youth FC Under 7's, Richmond Hill Primary School, Cockermouth Juniors FC Under 10s, Salterbeck FC, Wreay CE School and Carlisle City Under 13's and 14's who are all attending the game as part of the Community Ticket Scheme! We hope you all enjoy the match!

Half time should be fun - it's a crossbar challenge as three of our home fans go up against three away fans. Keep an eye on social media for more details.

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We are proud to be hosting our official Prostate Cancer UK fixture this weekend.

Volunteers will be collecting money outside the ground ahead of the game and, with your generosity, will be raising money to beat a disease which kills one man every 45 minutes in the UK. 
 
Watch a video on YouTube here: 

Find out more about Prostate Cancer UK’s work in football by visiting their website: http://prostatecanceruk.org/football

 
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CUOSC Surgery
 
CUOSC will be holding their next Supporters’ Surgery on Saturday, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm in the Study Centre, located next to the Blues Store.
 
There will be Prostate Cancer UK information leaflets available as part of the surgery - please do pop in and pick up a copy of this very informative piece of literature.
 
Barry Carter from the CUSG Disabled Supporters Group will also be in attendance to answer any questions or queries our disabled fans may have.
 
Simon Clarkson, from CUSG, will also be there to talk about the ongoing refurbishment and proposed decoration plans for the Sunset Suite. Click HERE for more details on this project.

CUOSC

 

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Get to meet the players

Some of the first team squad will be out and about around the ground on match day.

Make sure you get your selfies and autographs:

12.45pm to 1pm - players arrive at main reception

2pm - Blues Store

2.30pm - Family Zone

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Join us for our Happy Hour and Big Match build-up

Our hospitality areas will all be in full-flow again on Saturday and we're looking forward to seeing you all there as we welcome Luton Town for what is an important game for both clubs.   

Our TV screens will be showing all of the sports coverage ahead of kick off, to help you to get in the mood for the big game. And live football will also be on our screens after full time, for those of you who want to stay with us when our game has concluded.

Our catering partners, abm Catering, are delighted to confirm another Happy Hour in the Sporting Inn and Sunset Suite between 12pm and 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

The Happy Hour includes a ‘50p per pint off’ offer on Fosters, John Smiths and Strongbow [£3 per pint during the Happy Hour] – please note, Guinness and Morretti will be sold at full price.

Please note - we have a function in our Sunset Suite after the game ... fans will be asked to relocate to the Sporting Inn at approximately 5.45pm where the FA Cup clash between Manchester United and Spurs will be on the big screen TV.

Sunset SuiteRemember, you can upgrade your match ticket to book a place in Foxy’s Restaurant - £25pp for a two-course meal or £30pp for a three-course meal.

We also have an extensive range of sponsorship opportunities available, from Match Day sponsorship to player and ball sponsorship packages. For more information please contact the Commercial Department on 01228 554 155 or email commercial@carlisleunited.co.uk

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New stock arriving in our Blues Store all the time!

Don't forget that we have replica adult football shirts available at knock-down prices as we head into the final three games of the campaign.

And, with new items arriving all the time, it's an excellent chance for you to pick up your Blues clothing and accessories with some cold spells still predicted in the coming weeks. 

From fashion ranges to small souvenirs and stocking fillers, we have everything your devoted Blues fan could want.

The popular home and away kits continue to sell well - some of our first team players will be popping into the Blues Store at around 2pm – be there for a selfie with your new shirt if you can make it!

Keep checking in-store and online - we have new fashion and souvenir ranges arriving all the time.

Shirts

Telephone sales: 01228 554 138 (during store working hours only).

To shop at our online Blues Store, click HERE.

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The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Alex Bell and Sonny Davidson. 

Both lads are most looking forward to walking out onto the pitch ahead of kick off and are also predicting a home victory. Let's hope they are right!

Alex tells us that his favourite player is Danny Grainger and Sonny is a huge fan of Nicky Adams.

Have a great afternoon with us lads.

To find out more about our Junior Blues membership and how to become a mascot, click HERE.

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The Man in the Middle 

Our match referee this weekend is Seb Stockbridge - a regular visitor to Brunton Park.

He was last with us just two months ago for our 2-0 home victory over Chesterfield. Kelvin Etuhu and John O'Sullivan scored the goals and Gary Liddle was the only United name taken on the day.

He was also the man in the middle for Checkatrade Trophy victory down at the Globe Arena back in August when Hallam Hope and Jason Kennedy bagged our goals. There were no Carlisle names taken on that occasion.

Referee

Our betting partner Sky Bet has some fantastic odds available on all match markets – click HERE for more details.

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The Match Programme

Issue 26 of this season’s 'The Blues' Match Day programme is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

This week we get to know a little bit more about keeper coach Dan Watson ... including a revelation that he was once a national champion ... but you'll need to buy the programme to find out what that little snippet is all about.

Get your copy to find out more!

It’s packed with fun, facts and features to keep you entertained during the half time break.

Priced at just £3 it’s becoming a must-have match day essential.

Programme

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Match Day Ticket Sales

Match Day Ticket Sales are as follows:

Main Stand [B, C, Pirelli Family Stand and EWM] – from the ticket office situated on the west side of the stadium.

Paddock – from the Paddock ticket office situated at the southern end of the Paddock.

Pioneer Foods Stand and Warwick Road End – from the Pioneer Foods Stand ticket office situated on the ground floor on the east side of the stadium.

Away fans – from the away ticket office situated at the northern end of the Pioneer Foods Stand.

Remember – during the working week our Pioneer Foods Stand ticket office, situated on the first floor of the Pioneer Foods stand, is open for ticket sales for ALL areas of the ground.

The ticket office on the west side of the stadium is open on MATCH DAYS ONLY.

The ticket office is open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays (and until kick off for midweek games) and from 10am to 5.15pm on weekend match days.

Fans

It is worth noting that entry can be gained on match days by showing your ticket confirmation email on your smart phone or equivalent device. Simply present the relevant section of your eTicket for scanning at point of entry.

For full ticket office opening times and ticket prices, click HERE.

Remember, you can purchase your tickets by telephone on 0844 371 1921* or buy online and print at home, or order for collection, by clicking HERE.

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Be in it to win it with our Golden Gamble

Keep your eye out for our Golden Gamble sellers around the ground ahead of kick off.

Your tickets can be purchased for just £1 (or at 3 for £2) and give you the chance to win either £100, or the share of a cash pot, in our half time draws. 

And, while we’re on the subject, why not sign up to our exciting Blues Lotto? For just £1 you can purchase 10 lucky numbers for our weekly draw giving you the chance to win cash prizes from our fund of nearly £60,000.

Golden Gamble

There is now the opportunity to pay an additional £1 per week to upgrade to Premier Membership where there is another £17,000 cash, 3 new cars and many other prizes waiting to be won. 

For more details visit www.blueslotto.co.uk or email lottery@carlisleunited.co.uk

Alternatively call 01228 526 237 and ask for Ewan Wood. 

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The Blues Store in the East Stand

We are delighted to confirm that our Blues Store will be operating from the Club Bar adjacent to the Family Zone in the Pioneer Foods Stand once again this weekend.

A full range of stock will be available with the emphasis on smaller items, suitable for the younger visitors to our extremely popular Family Zone games and play area.

Keep your eye out for our mini-tuck shop selling a range of confectionary and drinks.

Replica kit sales continue to go well in our main Blues Store on Warwick Road and it would be great to see you in your favourite colour [blue or carbon] as you cheer on the lads from the stands and the terraces.

Blues Store

Blues Store opening times:

Monday - 10am to 5pm
Tuesday - 10am to 5pm (open until 7.45pm on a match day)
Wednesday - CLOSED 
Thursday - 10am to 5pm
Friday - 10am to 5pm
Saturday - 10am to 3pm (open until 5.30pm on match day) 
Sunday - CLOSED

Telephone sales: 01228 554 138 (during store working hours only).

Click HERE to shop at our online Blues Store.

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Challenge 25

We are operating the ‘Challenge 25’ policy at Brunton Park this season.

Please do not be offended if you are asked for ID when purchasing alcohol and if you appear to be under the age of 25 to our bar staff.

Challenge 25

Thank you for your cooperation.

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The Supporters’ Car Park

Our supporters’ car park is open with parking available at the stadium at just £3.

Car Park

Please be aware that the ground can be uneven in places, so take care when navigating and walking around the area.

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Local Match Day Travel with Stagecoach

Carlisle Footyrider – get to the match for half the cost!

Stagecoach Cumbria and Carlisle United are working together to make it easier for you to get to Brunton Park on match days.

The Carlisle Footyrider ticket will get you to every first-team home game for half the price of a normal dayrider ticket.

Stagecoach service 76 and 685 takes you straight to Brunton Park. Simply catch service 76 from The Crescent (Stand U) near the train station or service 685 from Carlisle Bus Station.

Stagecoach

What you'll need

To get a Carlisle Footyrider ticket you’ll need to show our driver one of the following:

+ A valid Carlisle United season ticket

+ A ticket for that day's match

Where you can travel?

You can get to Brunton Park from anywhere across Cumbria and North Lancashire.

Depending on where you’re travelling from, you can purchase a Footyrider ticket from within the:

+ Carlisle dayrider zone
+ Carlisle dayrider plus zone
+ Explorer zone

How much does it cost?

+ Carlisle dayrider - £1.50
+ Carlisle dayrider plus - £3.35
+ Explorer - £5.40

Click HERE to visit the Stagecoach website for full travel details.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 1 Luton

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

21 April 2018

United's run became one defeat in 12 games but it ultimately wasn't enough to keep their play-off dreams alive despite giving it everything they had in what was a very good game to watch.

The hosts kept the ball well from the kick off as they probed the left flank with Grainger, Campbell-Ryce and Jones right at the heart of it. It eventually led to an opening for Jones, from distance, but Shea stepped across to deal with his drilled effort.

United used the same avenue of approach to good effect when Campbell-Ryce and Grainger combined to put Devitt into acres of space. Shea had more to do as he was forced to parry a curling dipper.

Luton started to settle and Olly Lee should have done better as he arrived late on the edge of the box. His attempt at cushioned control on his chest went wrong and the ball bobbled harmlessly behind.

United were awarded a penalty on 12 minutes when Nadesan dinked the ball through legs inside the area for Bennett to chase. Shea raced off his line and went for the block, and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot as the big striker tumbled to the floor. Captain Danny Grainger placed it and he made no mistake as he sent the stopper the wrong way.

The home side came again when Joyce went past his man and crossed low. The ball ran unhindered across the face of goal and was eventually put behind for a corner as Campbell-Ryce worked hard to keep the pressure on. Devitt sent his set piece to the back stick and Hill was disappointed to see his header fly straight at Shea.

Another good corner routine brought another measured header from Hill as he pulled off his man to make room for a nod down. Bennett was onto it, but his touch came off a shoulder and it was easy for Shea to grab.

Luton enjoyed a better spell just before the half hour but Stacey had a shot blocked, as did Olly Lee, and the blue ranks closed tight to protect their goal.

Hearts were in mouths as Olly Lee skipped past the back line but Bonham spread himself to take the sting out of the goal bound cross. Ellis completed the clearance before the ball could trouble the target.

A 30-yard free kick from Devitt dipped a moment too late as he tried to find the roof of the net, and Carlisle survived an almighty scramble at the other end when Sheehan dropped an excellent free kick delivery into the mix. Loud shouts for handball were waved away, a header from Hylton was blocked, and Grainger showed great bravery to lunge in to prevent Rea from sending a rasper through the ruck of bodies.

The visitors were first to show after the break when Ruddock found himself unmarked on the edge of the box. He took time to get the ball where he wanted it before sweeping a left footed volley just past the post.

A wicked Grainger free kick on the hour needed just a touch from any of the five advancing home shirts as it angled towards Shea, but the keeper was able to pull it into his midriff as players threw themselves down in an attempt to finish it off.

An even better chance followed when Campbell-Ryce twisted his way expertly past his marker. It seemed to be perfect for Bennett but he took his eye off the ball and it ricocheted away to safety off his shoulder.

Carlisle were made to pay for the miss almost immediately as a lightning quick break brought a shot from Hylton which Bonham could only parry. Olly Lee kept his cool and calmly slotted the loose pieces into the back of the net.

United pushed men forward but they were almost caught on the break when Ruddock somehow bundled his way through three challenges to leave himself with just Bonham to beat. The stopper made the save and the defence was able to recover.

The hosts had a great chance of their own with eight minutes left to play when Bennett wrapped the ball to Devitt just 16-yards from the target. His first touch was perfect and Shea was rooted to the spot and mightily relieved to see the ball whisk past his post as the winger pulled the trigger.

Ruddock missed a late chance to clinch all three points when he nodded a Lee cross into the grass, and then headed the rebound onto the top of the bar.

Twardek glanced a late, late header from a Grainger corner over the bar, and that was that as the final whistle blew.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Grainger (13 pen)

Luton Town - O Lee (63)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Ellis (44), Grainger (76), Jones (90)

Luton Town - Potts (44)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown (Miller 72), Ellis, Hill, Grainger, Devitt, Joyce, Jones, Campbell-Ryce (O'Sullivan 63), Bennett, Nadesan (Twardek 72). Subs - Gray, Parkes, Lambe, Stockton.

Luton Town - Shea, Potts, McCormack (Mullins 90), Stacey, O Lee, Hylton, Rea, Ruddock-Mpanzu, Collins, E Lee (Downes 90), Sheehan. Subs - Stech, Justin, Cornick, Jervis, Gambin.

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Referee - Seb Stockbridge

Attendance - 5,523 (1,404 away fans)

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