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17 February 2018 Venue Brunton Park Attendance

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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Chesterfield

Everything you need to know ahead of this weekend's home fixture

15 February 2018

United welcome Chesterfield to Brunton Park this weekend for their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Looking ahead to the weekend, manager Keith Curle said: "We haven't been getting the results our performances deserve recently but we're not going to hide away from that.

"We know that if we keep working hard that will change. At Meadow Lane on Tuesday night we had good dominance of the ball and we created some excellent chances by getting the ball wide and by stretching the opposition.

"We'll be looking to do that again on Saturday and, with improved decision making and confidence, we will cause Chesterfield problems.

"As with any game, we'll be taking nothing for granted. Our opponents this weekend are fighting for their lives and they will come here to close us down quickly and to get in our faces. They also have good attacking threats, but we know we will be the team with the momentum if we maintain the levels we've been at in recent weeks."

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

With us on Saturday are Unwin Jones and their guests as our main Match Sponsors. 

We hope they and their guests have a fantastic time with us.

Also joining us are Cito Cleaning and their guests as our Match Ball sponsors.

Thanks for your continued support to all of our sponsors, and we hope you enjoy this excellent experience. 

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Half Time Crossbar Challenge

Our half-time entertainment will be another of our popular crossbar challenges - keep an eye out on social media and it could be you taking part!

It'll be United against the Spireites come match day - so put your name forward when the shout goes out if you want to showcase your skills.

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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.  

Barry Carter from the CUSG Disabled Supporters Group will also be in attendance to answer any questions or queries our disabled fans may have.

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 this weekend and we're looking forward to seeing you all there as we welcome Chesterfield for what is another important game.   

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.

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 go full steam ahead towards spring 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 Benjamin and Callum Luke. 

Their favourite players and Danny Grainger and Nicky Adams and both lads are looking forward to a kickabout on the pitch.

Have a great afternoon with us!

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 Sebastian Stockbridge.

Mr Stockbridge has taken charge of 31 games so far this season, showing 101 yellow cards and six reds.

He was last charge of one of our games back in August when we travelled to Morecambe for a Checkatrade Trophy group match fixture. Hallam Hope and Jason Kennedy scored our goals and we had 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 21 of this season’s 'The Blues' Match Day programme is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

Our popular Head to Head competition sees new arrivals Kris Twardek and Louis Gray go up against each other to try to secure the bragging rights.

From unbelievable tree house contructions to exploding fish tanks - it's definitely one not to be missed.

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 2 - 0 Chesterfield

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

17 February 2018

United were back on home soil for the Saturday afternoon visit of Chesterfield.

And they got back to winning ways courtesy of goals from Etuhu and O'Sullivan and an overall disciplined and determined performance.

A long ball over the top from Hill to Nadesan had the United fans on their feet just after kick off as the nippy forward beat his man to bring Lambe into play. A heavy first touch from the wide man made it easy to clear for the alert Jack McCourt.

More good movement was sparked when Stockton battled to win possession on the half way line. Hope and Nadesan exchanged passes but a heavy cross from Parkes brought the moment to an end.

United were a whisker away with just four minutes on the clock when Hope overlapped to get into the box. His low cross whipped across the face of goal but it had too much on it and Nadesan couldn't quite stretch to apply the finishing touch. 

It was all about Carlisle and another fizzed delivery from Hope brought a flick from Stockton which took the ball past the back line. Nadesan got the volley but the flag was up for offside.

Chesterfield responded with a good move of their own when Barry whipped a low delivery to the front stick. Hill had to get in the way, and his touch sent the ball on the loop and onto the bar. Ellis reacted quickly to nod the loose pieces behind before O'Grady could pounce.

The hosts should have taken the lead when Hope dropped a shoulder and bent a beauty of a delivery into the mix. It was there for Stockton to head but he misjudged the flight and the ball flew away to safety behind the target.

But Carlisle got the goal they deserved on 19 minutes when Hope and Devitt stayed strong to work the ball to Nadesan. His touch invited a 22-yard shot from Etuhu and he made no mistake as he rattled it into the bottom corner.

The response from the visitors was almost immediate as Kay carried the ball forward from his own half. Etuhu pulled up with an injury as he shaped to make a challenge, and that left a clear path to the 18-yard box for the defender. The shot was crisp but Bonham was happy to watch it go past his upright.

Another pull back brought a stinger from substitute Mike Jones, who had replaced the hobbling Kelvin Etuhu, but the slightest of touches from Reed was enough to take it over the bar. Devitt took the corner and Stockton was a whisker away as his header on the run dipped onto the roof of the net.

Carlisle stayed on the front foot and Hope sent a low shot straight at Ramsdale when he took a pass from Stockton in his stride, after he'd made a ball over the top from Lambe his own. It was well struck but comfortable for the stopper.

Devitt did the same when he put his boot through a clip from Lambe from a tight angle, with Ramsdale well positioned to deal with the danger. 

The pace of the game slowed ahead of the break, as Liddle and Barry went into the book with things becoming tetchy, but United looked in control as they took their one-goal lead into half time.

United started the second half with a half chance when a huge clearance from Parkes was picked up by Stockton. It was running away from him and his toe-poke from a tight angle flew into the Warwick.

Hope had a shot blocked when he recovered an overhit cross from Nadesan, but the afternoon should have become comfortable for the Blues when Nadesan showed great awareness to steal possession in a dangerous area. He surged into the area and his pass to Stockton left the striker with the goal at his mercy. His first time effort beat Ramsdale but bobbled frustratingly wide of the mark.

It was hearts in the mouth time when Chesterfield broke on 70 minutes and they had men to spare as O'Grady looked for options. Kay called for it and he thought he'd done enough until his shot beat Bonham and the outside of the post.

Kay then had a penalty appeal turned down, and a goal chalked off for offside, within seconds of each other as the visitors found a new lease of life. His volley was thundered through a gaggle of bodies but the officials deemed that an offside player had taken a touch. 

Hope scuffed a shot at Ramsdale as Carlisle tried to reassert their authority, and Lambe forced the keeper into a parried save with the Blues looking to put the game out of sight.

And they did just that with eight minutes left to play when a Devitt corner was nodded down by Parkes. It was blocked, but it ran free for substitute John O'Sullivan and he kept his cool as he smashed the pieces into the bottom corner.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Etuhu (19), O'Sullivan (82)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Liddle (41)

Chesterfield - Barry (36), Kellett (63), Brown (89)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, Liddle, Hill, Ellis, Parkes, Lambe, Etuhu (Jones 22), Devitt, Hope, Stockton (O'Sullivan 80), Nadesan (Twardek 75). Subs - Gray, Campbell-Ryce, Bennett, Brown.

Chesterfield - Ramsdale, Dennis, O'Grady (Brown 79), Rowley (Kellett 62), Reed, McCourt (Binnom-Williams 67), Barry, Weir, Whitmore, Nelson, Kay. Subs - Parkin, McGuire, Ofoegbu.

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Referee - Sebastian Stockbridge

Attendance - 4,025 (237 away fans)

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