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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Grimsby Town

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's big game

28 February 2018

It's back to Brunton Park this weekend for the visit of Grimsby Town.

Looking ahead to the game, manager Keith Curle said: "This is another opportunity for us to put in a performance and to keep the momentum going.

"A lot of hard work has been done to get ourselves onto the run we've enjoyed recently, and there's a determination within the group to make sure we don't allow it to slip.

"Grimsby are another club who come to us needing the points for their own reasons and, make no mistake about it, they have some good players in their ranks.

"They'll come to make life difficult for us, but we'll be ready for that. The preparation for the game will be thorough and we'll make sure we understand the threats they can pose, but we'll also be concentrating on what we can do to make it an uncomfortable afternoon for them.

"If we play to the levels we can play to we know we cause them problems, and we're confident that we'll be keeping our run going if we continue to do the simple things well and do our jobs in all areas of the pitch."

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 as our main Match Sponsor are Pioneer Foodservice.

They will have over 50 guests in our new Sponsor's Lounge and we're looking forward to welcoming them on the day.

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

Also joining us as Match Ball Sponsors are Hendersons Insurance Brokers, CUOSC and Concept Architectural and Design Services.

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

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

The first of our Mad March ticket offers comes into play this weekend with entry at just £10 for everybody over the age of 18 ... but you MUST purchase your ticket in advance to take advantage of this offer!

Prices revert to normal match day prices on the day of the game.

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

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Wates Community Day

We'll be welcoming club partners Wates Construction Ltd on Saturday as we continue to celebrate our ground-breaking new community partnership with them.

Children from schools from the west of the county, who work closely with both Wates and the club's Community Sports Trust, will form a guard of honour before kick off and will also have a nominated guest as our mascot for the day.

Selected pupils will also take part in a half-time crossbar challenge and 100 tickets have been given out by Wates to children from the schools as part of our Community Ticket Scheme.

Keep an eye on the official website on Thursday for more details of this fantastic working partnership.

We would also like to welcome Caldew Lea School, Hensingham Primary School, St Bees Junior Football Club, Northbank Under 7's, Senhouse Street Stars U10 FC, Northbank Under 12s and Broughton Moor Primary School who are attending the game as part of our Community Ticket Scheme in the Cumberland Community Stand – enjoy the match everyone!

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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.

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.

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 Grimsby 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 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 Oscar Frankham and Oliver Mawson. 

Oscar's favourite player is Nicky Adams and Oliver is most looking forward to meeting Danny Grainger.

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 Scott Oldham.

Mr Oldham has been with us twice already this season. He first came to Brunton Park for our 1-1 draw with Barnet in September when Shaun Miller scored THAT goal. No names were taken on the day.

We next saw him for December's visit of Coventry City when a solitary Mark McNulty goal was enough to separate the teams. Danny Grainger and Jamie Devitt received yellow cards 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 22 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 puts Ashley Nadesan up against Cole Stockton - and the pair gave us a decent and entertaining encounter.

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 Grimsby

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

3 March 2018

It was back to Brunton Park following two long away trips for the Blues on Saturday afternoon.

And a mammoth two-day pitch and stadium snow clearing effort from the club and the fans got the game on despite some terrible weather which had put the encounter in doubt earlier in the week. 

Hallam Hope was chopped to the floor as United mounted their first attack and that gave Parkes the chance to send the ball into the mix. It went low, but two ricochets gave Bennett the opening to volley. He struck it well but Clarke shepherded it clear as it bounced off bodies.

It was a short-lived reprieve for the visitors as Nadesan beat the offside trap as he latched on to a lovely through ball from Jones. The striker pressed on and his pull back to Bennett brought a crisp drive which McKeown could only parry. Hope was on hand to sweep the loose pieces into the net as he calmly bagged his eleventh goal of the season.

Grimsby looked to respond and excellent footwork from Matt took him through two challenges inside the Carlisle box. The ball got stuck under his feet and Parkes and Bonham combined to smother the move.

A measured through ball from Devitt was almost inch perfect for Nadesan as Carlisle worked on the break, but Clarke slid in just in the nick of time before the striker could push on.

The action switched to midfield for a ten-minute spell but a corner for the visitors caused problems as Rose arrived late. He jumped high but it skimmed off his head and angled harmlessly behind.

Accuracy in the pass from Parkes sparked another United attack when he found Bennett on the run into the left channel. The forward went for a first time volley but an outsretched boot blocked his shot at source.

Town won a corner when they switched the ball from left to right quickly, just after the half hour, but it was too deep and Collins sent his header well wide.

Carlisle looked to reassert their authority and Devitt was unlucky as Hope and Bennett combined to carve a way through. The wide man stayed deep to unleash a 28-yard rocket which had McKeown well beaten. He was relieved to see it crash back to safety off the underside of his bar.

An even better chance came the way of the hosts when Devitt found Hill with a flighted corner. The centre back picked out Bennett with a cushioned header, but the best the unmarked forward could do was guide it straight into the stopper's hands.

Devitt tried to out-think the Grimsby keeper with another free kick just before the break from a wide right position. The cross was expected, but McKeown stepped across to deal with the near post shot when it came.

A scuffed shot from Summerfield punctuated what was a stuttering start to the second period but he was left with his head in his hands as his long-range effort spun off into the sky. 

A route one free kick almost did the trick for the Mariners just past the hour when a touch from Matt sat nicely for Cardwell to volley. He did everything right but Bonham produced a wonderful point-blank save to preserve his clean sheet.

Grimsby pushed forward again as substitute Charles Vernam cut in from the left. He went for glory but it was straight at Bonham. Summerfield then overhit another effort, in what was a good spell for the away side, and the target remained untroubled.

The home side regained control of matters when Devitt sparked a good attack with a crossfield pass which had to be put behind. He took the resulting corner and Mark Ellis headed his first goal of the campaign into an empty net with McKeown out of the equation as he tumbled to the floor when he raced off his line.

Strong defending from Liddle prevented what appeared to be a certain goal for Grimsby when Vernam wound his way into the box. His cut back had two strikers interested but the defender combined with Bonham to take the shooting opportunity away.

United were awarded a penalty with five minutes left play when substitute John O'Sullivan was upended inside the box. The wide man had earned the moment, having started the move when he robbed possession on the half way line, but McKeown kept the deficit to just two goals with a decent full stretch save from Hallam Hope's spot kick.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Hope (3), Ellis (72)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Hill (62)

Grimsby Town - Dixon (41), Berrett (45)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, Liddle, Ellis, Hill, Parkes, Devitt (Campbell-Ryce 80), Joyce, Jones, Hope, Bennett (O'Sullivan 73), Nadesan (Twardek 68). Subs - Gray, Grainger, Lambe, Stockton.

Grimsby Town - McKeown, Dixon (Hall-Johnson 44), Clarke, Collins, Berrett (Hooper 81), Rose, Mills, Cardwell (Vernam 67), Summerfield, Jaiyesimi, Matt. Subs - Killip, Osborne, Suliman, Dembele.

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Referee - Scott Oldham

Attendance - 4,151 (143 away fans)

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