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27 January 2018 Venue Brunton Park Attendance

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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Forest Green Rovers

Everything you need to know ahead of this weekend's game

24 January 2018

United host Forest Green Rovers this weekend and the home side will be looking to build on two consecutive league clean sheets on their return to Brunton Park.

Looking ahead to the weekend fixture, manager Keith Curle said: "The clean sheets show us that we're getting a level of solidity in our play. We now need to add quality and good decision making in the final third to what we're doing to make sure that we start picking up the results we all want to see.

"With 18 games left to go we know that we have to put a run of four or five victories together, sooner rather than later, and we know we have the ability within the dressing room to do that. If we can get a run like that going it puts us right back to where we want to be. That has to be our aim.

"Our fans were patient with us at the Crewe game, and we got the rewards because of it, and we ask for the same again. We aren't going to get everything our own way, because teams want points for their own reasons, but if we stick together and keep doing things right it should help everything else take care of itself."

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 Saturday's Associate Sponsors

We give a special welcome to our match day Associate Sponsor InvestAcc Pension Administration Ltd this weekend.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope you and your guests have a great day with us.

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Welcome to our Community Ticket Scheme Groups

Our Cumberland Community Stand will be a noisy one once again this weekend.

Welcome to Silloth MiniGulls, Crown Newlaithes Under 11's FC, St Cuthbert's Community Catholic School, Shankhill CE School, Fellview Primary School and Penrith AFC Juniors [over 100 players from all age groups] who are attending today’s game as part of the Community Ticket Scheme.

Have a great time everybody! 

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 Forest Green.

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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 Forest Green Rovers 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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Snap up a bargain in the Blues Store this weekend!

Make sure you pop into the Blues Store on your way into the ground on Saturday afternoon. 

From fashion ranges to small souvenirs, 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 James and Daniel Dane, and James Mallin. We also welcome Owen Moir who will be representing Forest Green Rovers. 

The Dane boys had Nicky Adams, Tom Miller and Danny Grainger as their favourite players, but James Mallin has told us that his favourite Carlisle player is his mum [she plays for the CUFC Ladies team].

Owen is most looking forward to meeting Forest striker Christian Doidge. 

Have a great afternoon with us everyone!

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 Eddie Ilderton.

Mr Ilderton has taken charge of 16 games so far this season and has shown 46 yellow cards and six reds.

One of those dismissals was an early shower for defender Tom Parkes when he was sent from the field during United's defeat at Sincil Bank earlier in the season. Richie Bennett also went in the book that day.

He was also our referee for the Exeter game in October. The Grecians nicked the contest with a second half goal and Danny Grainger and Clint Hill had their names taken that 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 19 of this season’s 'The Blues' Match Day programme is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

19 programmes completed already - the season is flying by!

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

And, this week, we find out more about man-of-the-moment Sam Cosgrove as he reveals some of his likes and dislikes.

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 - 0 Forest Green

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

27 January 2018

United were back at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon for their second meeting of the season with Forest Green Rovers.

A third consecutive league clean sheet helped United to a vital home victory as a solitary Jamie Devitt goal proved to be enough to see the hosts complete the double over their visitors.

United started well, and a foul on Brown earned United an early free kick, but Grainger's delivery was headed clear from deep inside a very packed box.

The two new boys showed they were up for it moments later when Stockton shielded a Brown pass with his back to goal. He fed it to Twardek but his cross was cut out at source.

Brown was a good outlet once again on eight minutes when he found space on the right. A curling cross was difficult to deal with and Lee Collins went for safety first as he stabbed it behind for a corner.

An excellent free kick from his own half from Jones needed a punch from Collins to prevent Hill from making use of it, and Reece Brown thundered a shot over at the other end as Rovers tried to impose some attacking authority.

United came again when Stockton flicked the ball through for Twardek to chase from a kick forward by Bonham. He beat his man and delivered from wide but the visiting defence had numbers back and were able to deal with it. Devitt picked up the loose pieces but his shot flew high and very wide.

The new-look forward pairing did well again when Stockton used strength to beat two defenders to a bouncing ball. He found Twardek, who used his first touch to centre it, for Devitt to shoot. It was a much better effort this time and it dipped just over the angle of post and bar.

On a day so affected by the weather quality deliveries were always going to play a part, and Carlisle opened the scoring when Grainger popped a beauty of a cross into the mix. Hill nodded it down, which caused a huge amount of defensive confusion, but Jamie Devitt kept his cool to smash his fifth of the season into the bottom corner.

Another fantastic set piece from Grainger deserved better as it whisked between the advancing blue shirts and the stranded keeper. All it needed was a touch, but there was just too much on it and the ball skipped away to safety.

Rovers were almost back on terms when Doidge headed a free kick into the ground on the edge of the Carlisle area. Hill had to stretch to meet it and he was relieved to see his toe poke hit the outside of the post, with keeper Jack Bonham unable to do anything about it.

Devitt was clearly in the mood and a quick corner routine opened things up for a shot as half time approached. It had plenty of power but it was always heading wide as he struck it with purpose from the angle of the area.

United enjoyed a good spell of pressure ahead of the break and an inswinging corner from Devitt had to be clawed away from beneath the bar by Collins. Joyce was onto the loose ball but a block stopped his shot from troubling the target.

Grainger then went close when Carlisle switched the play from right to left with four one-touch passes which the left the captain with a choice to make. Collins could only watch as a powerful drive dipped late and dropped just over the woodwork.

It was a scrappy start to the second half but Rovers were denied what looked a good penalty shout when Parkes miscontrolled and the ball spun free into his own area. Parkes chased the ball, Doidge went down, but the officials ignored the appeals and waved play on.

Parkes was in action at the other end when he climbed highest to meet a Grainger corner. Collins went for safety first as he tipped the header over the bar. Devitt was next to go close when he took charge of a free kick as Gunning was booked for hacking Brown to the floor. His low effort beat the wall but crashed into the side netting.

Carlisle should have doubled their lead on 69 minutes when the lively Twardek used three team mates to help him work a path down the right flank. He beat his man and found Luke Joyce completely unmarked, just ten yards out, but the midfielder hesitated for just a moment and the defender was able to make the block.

Rovers had a decent spell of their own on 75 minutes when two corners kept the hosts on their toes. Bonham punched one, and Parkes headed the other clear, with the nets never really looking troubled.

A swirling free kick from Wishart caused a moment of concern as it whipped across the Carlisle target, and Etuhu swiped one wide at the other end as the clock ticked down, but United saw the game out to take their hard-earned points.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Devitt (27)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Bonham (66), Joyce (89), Bacon (90)

Forest Green Rovers - Bennett (41), Gunning (59), L Collins (89), Campbell (90)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, J Brown (O'Sullivan 82), Liddle, Hill, Parkes, Grainger, Joyce, Jones, Devitt, Stockton (Cosgrove 76), Twardek (Etuhu 87). Subs - Bacon, Hope, R Bennett, Lambe.

Forest Green Rovers - B Collins, D Bennett (Stevens 90), L Collins, Grubb, Doidge, R Brown (Wishart 55), Gunning, Rawson, Reid (Campbell 76), Hollis, Osbourne. Subs - Pickering, Laird, Simpson, Whittle, Stevens.

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Referee - Tom Nield

Attendance - 4,176 (107 away fans)

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