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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Port Vale

Everything you need to know about this weekend's game

14 December 2017

United are in League Two action against Port Vale here at Brunton Park this weekend.

Looking ahead to the weekend, manager Keith Curle said: "Obviously we were all disappointed when the game was called off on Tuesday night but that's part and parcel of football.

"You don't dwell on it. You immediately swicth your focus to what you can affect and, in our case, that means getting ready for the visit of Port Vale.

"Neil [Aspin] has gone in there and he'll be demanding high standards from his players. They won't be happy at all with where they are and they'll be looking to get the points they need to climb away from the bottom area of the division.

"We will have to be aware of that but we'll prepare properly and we'll look to impose our game on them as much as possible.

"It feels like a long time since we've been on our own patch so it's one we're looking forward to."

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 Big Match Sponsors

Our Match Sponsors on Saturday are Unwin Jones, WCJ and Venuescare.

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

We have two Match Ball Sponsors - InvestAcc and Caldew Plumbing. They will be entertaining their guests in Foxy’s Restaurant.

We look forward to welcoming all of our sponsors and their guests this weekend.

Sponsors

In addition on Saturday, pupils from William Howard School are carrying out a bucket collection. The money is being raised for students who are going on a football tour to Holland during Easter next year. Money will contribute towards those students who need subsidies (pupil premium), lunches at the venue, and a hoody to show how the pupils represented the school abroad. Any further funds raised will be taken off the overall price of the trip for each student to make this more affordable for parents/carers.

We're also looking forward to welcoming Dalston Black Reds as part of the Community Ticket Scheme in the Cumberland Community Stand - over 100 members of the group are coming along to join us - we hope you all enjoy the match!

And keep an eye out for some of our Academy lads as they take part in mini-games on the pitch during the half time break. 

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CUOSC - Collections for Carlisle Foodbank and CFM Mission Christmas 

Carlisle United Official Supporters' Club are appealing to fans to help make Christmas special for those less fortunate.

They are holding food and toy collections before the home game with Port Vale at Brunton Park on Saturday (December 16).

The food collection is on behalf of Carlisle Foodbank whose aim is to provide three days of emergency food for people in the area in crisis.

They are also helping with the Mission Christmas appeal, organised by CFM radio, and are hoping to collect toys or gifts for underprivileged, disadvantaged or disabled children.

The collection point for both the food and toys will be the CUOSC supporters’ surgery in the Study Centre, at Brunton Park (next to the club shop) between 1.30 and 2.30pm.

Click HERE for full details.

CUOSC

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12 Days of Christmas - Day 3

Richie Bennett is our chief activity announcer - you'll see his video appear on Saturday morning - but to give you a 'heads up' we can reveal that day 3 of our festive giveaway comes courtesy of our catering partners, abm. 

The first 100 people into the Sunset Suite on Saturday will receive a free mini pie! 

We're open from 12.15pm ... so get there early and make sure you don't miss out. 

12 Days of Christmas

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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 Leicester City v Crystal Palace from 12.30pm, to help you to get in the mood for the big game. Cardiff City take on Hull City in the 5.30pm fixture, 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 George Meredith and Harvey and Bradley Twigg.

George and Harvey both say that they are most looking forward to meeting Danny Grainger, and Bradley is a big fan of Luke Joyce.

Have a great day with us boys!

Mascots

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 Mr Michael Salisbury.

He has taken charge 19 games so far this season, showing 47 yellow cards and two reds.

Mr Salisbury was last with us for the visit of Stevenage earlier this season. Danny Grainger, Luke Joyce and Richie Bennett went in the book on what turned into a disappointing afternoon for the Blues.

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 14 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 64-page publication this season and it’s packed with fun, facts and features to keep you entertained during the half time break.

We've put first-year professionals Morgan Bacon and Cameron Salkeld up against each other in our popular head-to-head feature and Richie Bennett gets to choose who and what goes into Room 101 this time round.

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 - 2 Port Vale

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

16 December 2017

It was back to League Two action again for the Blues as they welcomed Port Vale to Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon.

And it was the Valiants who took the points as they also took full advantage of hesitant second half defending to score twice and secure the victory, despite a late fight back sparked by the arrival of captain Danny Grainger from the bench.

The Blues started on the front foot as they kept the ball well in the Port Vale half with a combination of good movement and positive play. O'Sullivan and Joyce exchanged passes neatly and the former tried his luck with a shot from distance when he wriggled his way through two challenges. It had power but it went too high.

Carisle stayed in the driving seat as Bennett and Lambe caused problems with their forward runs, and they thought they'd found a way through when a header from Hill bounced over Anderson for Lambe to chase. He carried the ball on, and fed it to Bennett, but the striker dragged his shot wide as he made space on the edge of the box.

Right back Tom Miller was next to have a go when Lambe reacted quickly to pick up the loose pieces when his initial shot was blocked. He rolled it wide and into space but a skewed attempt sailed into the distance.

More good football, backed up by determination in the challenge, saw Hope and Bennett exchange passes with their backs to goal inside the box. It eventually came to Lambe but his first-time volley whipped just past the upright.

Almost every player got to touch the ball midway through the half when the hosts worked their way from defence to attack with patience and accuracy. O'Sullivan was eventually released on the left flank and he beat his man to put the ball into the box. It angled behind Bennett but it was just too far in front of Hope as he slid in to get a touch. He made the connection but it was easy for Boot to save.

Tricky stuff from Whitfield gave the Valiants their first meaningful attack ahead of the break when he somehow came through three tackles in quick succession with the ball at his feet. He opted to shoot early but Liddle was there to make block.

The visitors grew in confidence and Whitfield surged forward once more when a home move broke down deep inside the opposition half. He had Harness in support, and he unleashed a thumping drive as he burst into the box. Bonham was comfortable and he watched it all the way as it sailed over the bar.

Visiting tails were up as they finished the half on top and another good run from Harness left him with room to cross. It went behind for the corner, and a back post delivery from that caught United flat-footed. Pope nodded it down and Tonge was left with his head in his hands as his shot on the turn took a deflection and hit the bar.

Carlisle looked lively as they came out of the second half blocks firing on all cylinders and Vale had to deal with deliveries from O'Sullivan and Jones as the Blues pushed on. Hope had a shot blocked when he got on the end of a lovely pass from Bennett, and Joyce put a 17-yard header right at Boot when Parkes picked him out.

The Blues looked to be in the driving seat but they found themselves a goal down when Hill played the ball to Jones, under pressure. Substitute Tyrone Barnett made his first contribution of the day count as he stole the ball and slotted it past the stranded Jack Bonham.

Worrall sent one right at Bonham as Vale grew in stature, and Pope had to be closely monitored when he tried to make room when Pugh sent a pinpoint pass into his path.

United boss Keith Curle made a double change, throwing pace into the mix with the additions of Shaun Miller and Jamie Devitt, but it was the home goal under threat as Worrall and Pope tried their luck.

And the Valiants extended their lead when Carlisle were ripped apart when a cross from Reggie Lambe was cut out and sent forward. Two passes later Tom Pope was clean through on goal and he made no mistake as he lifted it over Bonham to send the away contingent wild.

The Blues were denied a goal when effervescent substitute Danny Grainger curled an excellent delivery for Bennett to head. It somehow stayed out as it crashed back off the woodwork and Shaun Miller was also denied when his close-range follow-up was palmed away by Boot.

Grainger forced another excellent save out of stopper Boot when he somehow dipped a 23-yard free kick over the wall. The keeper leaped up and tipped it over the bar.

But United got right back in it when Grainger sent the corner deep for Tom Miller to head. He put it on a plate for Richie Bennett and the big striker bulged the roof of the net with a thumping volley.

The impressive Ryan Boot was in action again when a bending shot from Lambe threatened to creep in. The keeper saw it late but he did enough to send it over the target.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Bennett (80)

Port Vale - Barnett (49), Pope (69)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, Liddle, Hill, Parkes (Grainger 75), T Miller, O'Sullivan (S Miller 59), Jones (Devitt 59), Joyce, Lambe, Hope, Bennett. Subs - Bacon, Cosgrove, Brown, Etuhu.

Port Vale - Boot, Anderson, Kay, Harness, Pugh, Pope, Worrall, Smith, Whitfield (Denton 70), Tonge (Barnett 46), Gunning. Subs - Lainton, Denton, Forrester, Reeves, Turner, Kelly.

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Referee - Michael Salisbury

Attendance - 4,090 (214 away fans)

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