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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Coventry City

Everything you need to know ahead of the weekend fixture

29 December 2017

Coventry City are the last visitors of 2017 to Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Looking ahead to the weekend, manager Keith Curle said: "We saw when we went down to the Ricoh earlier in the season that Coventry are a good side with quality in attacking areas.

"We know we can cause them problems as well, so I expect this to be a very good encounter. We want to send our fans into the New Year on a high, and there is no better way to do that than with a good performance and result on Saturday.

"We're determined to work hard and to continue to improve as we go into 2018. We know that if we can continue this run we will very quickly eat up the ground into the top reaches of the division. 

"We have nothing to fear from any team in this division and, if we get it right, we know we can beat any team on our day."

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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Welcome to our Associate Match Sponsor

Our Associate Match Sponsor on Saturday is Gordons Construction.

They join us in our Sponsor’s Lounge, with their guests, and we hope they all have an enjoyable day.

Our half-time entertainment will be another of our popular crossbar challenges - keep an eye out on social media because it could be you ... and you'll be doing battle against some of the visiting fans from Coventry.

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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 this weekend and we're looking forward to seeing you all there as we get back to League Two action!  

Our TV screens will be showing all of the sports coverage on the day, to help you to get in the mood for the big game. And live football from abroad will be on 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.

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!

As we head rapidly towards the festive season we have excellent present and gift ideas arriving in our Blues Store almost every day.

From clothing 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!

Also in-store is a fantastic new historical wall chart. Everything you need to know about the Blues is right there in front of your eyes and, at just £10, it's an absolute bargain.

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 Jake Patterson and Erin Carter. 

Both Jake and Erin are massive Danny Grainger fans, so he'll need to make sure he's ready to be mobbed on the day.

Have a great day with us both!

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 Scott Oldham.

Mr Oldham was last with us for the 1-1 home draw with Barnet in September. Shaun Miller scored our equaliser late in the day and there were no names taken on the day.

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 15/16 of this season’s The Blues Match Day programme is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

It’s a 72-page double-header for the festive period [covering the Accrington and Coventry games].

If you missed it on Boxing Day, make sure you pick up your copy this weekend.

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 0 - 1 Coventry

Report from the final game of 2017

30 December 2017

United's final fixture of 2017 was for the visit of Coventry City to Brunton Park on a wet and wintry Saturday afternoon.

The Blues were unchanged for their fourth consecutive fixture having built up a good head of steam through the festive period.

Strong work from Brown put him into a crossing position early in the piece but his cut back went behind the blue shirts and Beavon was able to hook it clear.

A whipped long-range free kick from Grainger skipped off the surface and had to be watched by Burge, as Carlisle looked to get forward, and Hope did well to get in front of his man to nod a high ball from Liddle into the box. The Sky Blues stayed tight and shepherded it away.

Coventry almost found a way through when Doyle released Beavon in midfield. He rolled the ball across to McNulty, but Hill and Liddle did well to close the striker down and make the block. The visitors stayed forward and a cross from Stokes had to be dealt with by a headed clearance from Brown. Shipley was on to it in a flash but his shot bent well wide.

Carlisle responded with a nice overlap from Grainger as he took over from Parkes. The cross was cleared and the follow up shot from Devitt was well blocked by Kelly-Evans. United came again with a thunderbolt from Parkes when he stayed deep from a Jones corner. He struck it well but the keeper took it firmly under his grasp.

Captain Danny Grainger slashed a difficult volley over from a wide angle as the hosts sent balls into the danger area, but they thought they'd found a way through when Hill picked out Brown on the right wing with a raking pass. The right back sent it onwards for Hope, and there were huge appeals for a penalty when the striker unleashed a shot which appeared to be stopped by outstretched hands. The referee ignored the shouts and waved play on.

Midfielder Mike Jones miscued a shot when Devitt brought him into play, and Shipley did the same when a half chance came his way at the other end. Keeper Jack Bonham was the first to have to make a save in anger when McNulty dropped a shoulder and opened a gap. The shot was fierce but strong hands matched it.

Reggie Lambe wasn't too far away when he turned inside, beat the tackle and went for the top corner as United turned up the first half heat. The volley had purpose but it flew just past the angle of post and bar.

Grainger then did the hard work when he chased his man down and won possession as he stopped the ball from going for a corner. He tried to put it on a plate for Bennett but his cross ran across the face of goal and bobbled behind to safety.

The Cumbrians almost nicked the lead on the stroke of half time when a Grainger corner hit a Coventry man and dribbled just past the post. The second delivery was just as good, but Bennett was denied when his shot on the spin was blocked on the line.

Coventry were gifted a goal just five minutes into the second half when a lobbed ball forward was allowed to bounce by Hill. McNulty couldn't believe his luck as he had the time and space he needed to pick his spot.

The Sky Blues almost doubled their lead on the break when Bayliss charged through on the overlap. He went for a toe poke on the run and was disappointed to see it rattle off the post and bounce away to safety.

Bayliss was denied again when Bonham went full length to make the save from another of his surging runs, but Carlisle gave themselves a boost when Jones felled Kelly-Evans inside the box. McNulty stepped up to take the spot kick but Bonham went the right way and made the save.

A 25-yard free kick from Devitt was blocked at source late in the game, but Carlisle still had defending to do as the tricky Davies won a corner. Liddle cleared that delivery, but Grainger was disappointed to send a late free kick into the Warwick as Coventry held on to their lead for a claim of all three points.

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Goals

Coventry City - McNulty (50)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Grainger (67), Devitt (84)

Coventry City - Davies (80), Biramou (84)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Parkes (O'Sullivan 61), Grainger, Lambe (Etuhu 76), Jones, Devitt, Hope (S Miller 71), Bennett. Subs - Bacon, T Miller, Cosgrove, Ellis.

Coventry City - Burge, Grimmer, Stokes, Willis (Hyam 18), Doyle, McNulty, Davies, Beavon (Nazon 46 (Brown 56)), Kelly-Evans, Shipley, Bayliss. Subs - O'Brien, Haynes, Stevenson, Ponticelli.

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Referee - Scott Oldham

Attendance - 5,807 (847 away fans)

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