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Everything you need to know ahead of this weekend

14 March 2018

It's the first of two back-to-back home games for the Blues on Saturday as we host Crawley Town right here at Brunton Park.

Looking ahead to the game, manager Keith Curle said: "Crawley are in a similar position to us in that they're looking up the table, having picked up some decent results through February.

"They'll provide us with another tough test, but it's one we're looking forward to. We go into the weekend with confidence and we're determined to keep our own undefeated run going.

"This is where we ask our fans to play their part. They've been fantastic with us all season and we're hoping to see them in good numbers, backing us all the way again.

"Brunton Park is a formidable place when our supporters are urging us on, and there is no doubt that they have helped us to get results and see games over the line during my time here.

"We all know the aim and I firmly believe that together we can get the job done."

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.


A big welcome to this weekend's Match Sponsor

With us on Saturday as our main Match Sponsor are J&J Electrical.

They will be with their guests in our new Sponsor's Lounge and we're looking forward to welcoming them on the day.

We hope they have a fantastic afternoon with us. 

We are also looking forward to welcoming the following groups as part of our Cumberland Community Ticket Scheme:
+ Carlisle City U9s and U10s
+ Harrington Scout Group
+ Lazonby C of E School
+ Springfield and Kirkpatrick Fleming
+ Allonby Primary School
+ Upperby Park FC U8s
+ 3rd Carlisle St Barnabas Cubs


Mad March ticket offer - make sure you buy in advance!

The second of our Mad March ticket offers comes is in operation for the next two home games.

Purchase your tickets for the Crawley game and for the Cambridge game [24 March] together, before this weekend's fixture, and you will save £10.

This offer is only available in person or by phone.

Remember, season ticket holders get a 20% discount off all purchases in the Blues Store through the month of March [third party items not included]. You definitely would be mad not take advantage of this fantastic offer! 

Click HERE for full Mad March ticket offer details, including our Blues Store offer for season ticket holders. 


Level Playing Field - Day of Action

This weekend sees our official Level Playing Field day of action.

For Saturday's game you will see a group of children who have a range of disabilities and who are massive United fans. They have set up a football team and have attended a number of activities with the club recently, and have had an enjoyable time in the process. They will form our guard of honour, complete with flag waving, as the players walk out of the tunnel ahead of kick off and have been given free tickets for the game as a thank you for their efforts.

We willalso have a group from Eden Mencap with us, who support children with learning difficulties and autism in the Borders region. They will be holding the Level Playing Fields banner in front of the pre-match line-up.

We are also delighted to welcome members of Young People First: Access All Areas. This is a charity funded by Children in Need. They help with confidence in young people who have all kinds of disabilities. They go into schools and also provide a safe environment for children outside of school, and we are looking forward to watching them taking part in a penalty shoot-out at half time.

Click HERE to read our official LPF announcement.


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.

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.




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


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 Crawley Town 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


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.


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

To shop at our online Blues Store, click HERE.


The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Harry and Jack Reay. 

Harry is most looking forward to meeting Nicky Adams and Jack is a huge fan of Reggie Lambe.

Both boys are predicting a United home win - let's hope they're right! 

Have a great afternoon with us lads.

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


The Man in the Middle 

Our match referee this weekend is Martin Coy.

We've seen Mr Coy twice already this season, with a mixed bag of results to report.

Way back in August he was the man in the middle for the visit of Cheltenham when Reggie Lambe and Tom Miller added to an early Harry Pell own goal to give the Blues a comfortable 3-0 victory. Mark Ellis was the only United name taken on the day.

He was back with us in November when a late Shaun Miller goal wasn't enough to prevent Fleetwood from taking a 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy win back to Highbury. Jamie Devitt and Tom Miller were the men to go in the book in that game.


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


The Match Programme

Issue 23 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 pits Mark Ellis against Jamal Campbell-Ryce and it's a nip and tuck affair as they swap stories and pick up points along the way.

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.



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.


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.


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 or email

Alternatively call 01228 526 237 and ask for Ewan Wood. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 - 2 Crawley

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

17 March 2018

United had to settle for a point from a game in which they appeared to be in control having taken a two goal lead thanks to some excellent football.

It was a frustrating day, as Crawley bit back in the second half, with the share of the spoils leaving Carlisle four points shy of the play-off places.

United pressed well from the kick off and they stole possession from a loose pass from McNerney as they left their opponents with no room to breathe. A high delivery from Liddle followed but the whistle blew as Bennett raced in to challenge Morris.

Crawley replied with a quickly taken free kick which saw Ahearne-Grant use his pace to get down the left flank. He won a corner when his cross bounced off Liddle, but that was too deep and the hosts were able to clear.

The Blues created another half chance when Jones swung a high cross into the mix. Nadesan tried to flick it for Hope to strike but there was just too much on it and it bobbled harmlessly behind.

A cross from Parkes from the left flank brought a header from Nadesan but it was difficult to add power and it was comfortable for Morris to claim.

An acrobatic fall to the floor from Evina earned his side a free kick at the other end, but that was wasted and it gave the home side the chance to break. Devitt strode out of defence and his pass invited Lambe to go through on goal. A heavy first touch allowed Crawley to recover and the moment was gone.

Carlisle appeared to be clean through again when Bennett flicked on a good pass from Parkes, and Hope beat his man with ease to get to the byline. He had options, but he was off balance and his pass went behind the advancing blue shirts.

United pushed and probed and Bennett showed good control to take a ball over the top in his stride. He spun, and fed it to Hope, but his initial drop of the shoulder and snapshot was blocked. He picked up the loose pieces and beat his man again, but his drive took a touch off the defender and the save was easy for Morris to complete.

Crawley had their moments, and a shot from the edge of the area from Payne had to be charged down by Hill as the away side enjoyed a decent spell. Evina and Boldewijn had crosses from wide on the left which had to be cleared, but it was the home side who deservedly took the lead with a wonderful finish from Richie Bennett.

A crossfield pass from Devitt left the unmarked forward with time to weigh up his options, as he took it on his chest on the angle of the box, and he left Morris with no chance as he swept an unstoppable goal of the season contender into the bottom corner.

Incisive football from Hope put him clean through in time added on for the half when he exchanged passes with Lambe and Devitt in an advanced position. A clipped pass from Lambe left the wide man with a difficult header, but he couldn't quite squeeze it past the diving Morris. 

It took just 55 seconds of the second half for Carlisle to double their advantage when a cross from Nadesan caused all kinds of problems. Morris couldn't keep it in his hands, and he could only parry as Bennett tried to stab it in. The rebound came back to Bennett, and he kept a calm head to tee it up for a cross from Devitt. Hallam Hope was eventually able to celebrate goal number 12 of the campaign when the assistant referee signalled that his header had dropped over the line.

The Red Devils tried to get a foothold in the game and a good spell following the goal was complemented by a decent finish from Ahearne-Grant as he twisted and turned on the edge of the area. He found the slightest of gaps and buried a low shot past Bonham's dive.

United missed a great chance to open the gap once again when Bennett beat the offside trap to take the ball into the area. He squared it for Nadesan but it had just too much on it and Morris was able to spread himself and block when the shot came in.

The Crawley equaliser was a gift for the Red Devils as Ahearne-Grant let fly with a speculative effort from 25-yards. Bonham misjudged it and it squirmed out of his grasp and over the line.

Jones was a whisker away with a curling thunderbolt as Carlisle tried to reassert themselves, and an Ellis header from a Lambe corner sailed over the bar when the clock ticked into time added on.



Carlisle United - Bennett (37), Hope (46)

Crawley Town - Ahearne-Grant (56 & 82)



Carlisle United - Hill (45), Parkes (46), Hope (60)

Crawley Town - Boldewijn (59)



Carlisle United - Bonham, Liddle, Ellis, Hill, Parkes, Lambe, Devitt (Joyce 64), Jones, Hope, Bennett (O'Sullivan 70), Nadesan (Twardek 77). Subs - Gray, Grainger, Brown, Stockton.

Crawley Town - Morris, Young, Payne (Tajbakhsh 70), McNerney, Connolly, Boldewijn, Smith, Ahearne-Grant, Evina, Bulman, Randall (Camara 54). Subs - Mersin, Cox, Djalo, Lelan, Sanoh.


Referee - Martin Coy

Attendance - 4,097 (75 away fans)

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