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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Morecambe

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

23 November 2017

It's back to Brunton Park following a double-header of away games as United take on 'local' rivals Morecambe in our latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Looking ahead to the weekend, manager Keith Curle said: "This is one of those games everybody looks forward to. It's a big one for our fans because there is a bit of local rivalry there.

"As ever we play the game, and not the occasion, and we're looking to build on the upsurge we've seen in home results recently.

"We want the fans to come and enjoy their football and, if we prepare properly and do our jobs the way we know we can, it's games like this which could help us to reinforce the belief we all have in what we're doing.

"Morecambe will be stung by their result on Tuesday night and that's something we'll have to be wary of. Likewise, we were enjoying our unbeaten run prior to the trip to Luton, and we want this to be the start of another one. 

"It should be a good game, with two teams who like to get forward, and we're looking forward to being back in front of our own fans."

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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Supporters Car Park - limited spaces available

Due to the heavy rain over the last 24-hours we expect to be operating a severely limited on-site parking service this weekend. 

Please plan your journey to Brunton Park accordingly, and be aware that there are local parking and traffic enforcement measures in place on the streets and roads in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.

We'll have more updates on parking availability on the official website in the lead-up to the game.

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Welcome to our Big Match Sponsors

Our match sponsors for Saturday are the University of Cumbria and Solway DAF.

The University and their guests are joining us on Saturday to celebrate their tenth anniversary. As part of the match day celebrations, there is a special ticket offer open to all University students. If you are a current student, click HERE for more information.

Solway DAF are a long-standing, loyal sponsor of the club and have sponsored matches for many, many years. Peter and his guests always bring a great atmosphere to our Sponsor’s Lounge, and this game this game will be their second sponsorship of the season, having already sponsored our cup game against Sunderland in August.

We hope that they all have a great day with us.

Other sponsors joining us on Saturday are Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, and Heineken. We hope they all enjoy the hospitality in Foxy’s Restaurant.

Carlisle Samaritans will also be doing a bucket collection pre-match, so look out for collectors outside the ground and at turnstiles, and give what you can.

 

Sponsors

We're also looking forward to welcoming St Michael's CE Primary School, 1st Dearham Boys Brigade & Girls Association, Newtown Community School, Hallbankgate Village School, Dalston JBR 2000 U8's, Windscale AFC, Northbank 1970 Under 10's and Rosley CE School who are with us today as part of the Community Ticket Scheme in the Cumberland Community Stand - we hope you all enjoy the match!

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United back EFL Rainbow Laces Campaign

Carlisle United are proud to join Stonewall, TeamPride and leaders in sport to celebrate LGBT inclusion during Rainbow Laces Week: 24 November to 3 December 2017.

Find out how you can take part at www.stonewall.org.uk/rainbowlaces 

You will see Rainbow corner flags in place across all EFL fixtures this coming week - including here at Brunton Park - with fans encouraged to act if they witness or hear acts of discrimination of any kind.

Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia remain a problem at all levels of sport. Show your support for LGBT fans and players on and off the pitch, challenge anti-LGBT language and work with us to make sport everyone's game.

Rainbow Laces

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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 Barnsley v Leeds United from 12.30pm, to help you to get in the mood for the big game. Sheffield United take on Birmingham 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 Jamie, Tommy and Bobby Judge.

Jamie is a Nicky Adams fan, Tommy is a Danny Grainger fan and Bobby tells us that Reggie Lambe is his favourite player. 

Have a great day everybody!

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 Darren Handley.

Mr Handley has taken charge of 18 games so far this season and has shown 52 yellow cards and three red cards.

We last met him just over two months ago when he was the man in the middle for our home game against Mansfield Town. Hallam Hope scored our goal early in that game and Mark Ellis and Luke Joyce were the Carlisle 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 12 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 defender Tom parkes under the spotlight - and we're certain that you'll agree with some, if not all, of his Room 101 picks.

We take a look at the highlights from our extremely popular Head to Head series so far, with a reminder of some of the wild and wacky things our players have told us about over the past few months. 

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

REPORT: United 1 - 1 Morecambe

Match report from the Morecambe game at Brunton Park

25 November 2017

United were back at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon to take on local rivals Morecambe in their latest League Two fixture.

And the sides had to settle for a share of the spoils as they battled their way through a very tight affair with unforced errors very much top of the agenda.

Morecambe made the first half chance of the day with just 30 seconds on the clock when a long ball forward fell nicely for Campbell. His cross found Ellison but there was no power on the header and Bonham gathered it in.

United responded with a foray down the left flank which saw Jones pull wide. He dropped a shoulder and beat his man but Old made the clearance before Bennett could pounce. Aaron Wildig then had a punt at the other end in an all-action opening to the encounter, but he couldn’t keep his volley down and it sailed over the bar.

Jones was effective again when he clipped another beauty of a cross into the area. It had to be put behind to safety and Ellison did well to block as Hill got a touch on the low delivery which was angled at the near post.

A long ball forward from Ellison found Wildig on the run when he cut between Liddle and Bonham to take control of the ball. His first touch appeared to set up the shot, but the United stopper recovered well to make a very good block.

The Cumbrians responded with an incisive attack which left Lambe with room to work in 25-yards out. His powerful shot was parried by Roche and the celebrations for a fantastic finish from Bennett were cut short when an offside flag was raised.

Shrimps striker Adam Campbell almost took everybody by surprise when he floated a 35-yard free kick at the top corner. It dipped late and Bonham had to scramble quickly to make sure his clean sheet was preserved.

A Bennett header from a Grainger cross provided an easy save for Roche, as the game stayed in midfield for long periods, and McGurk was disappointed when he sliced another effort from distance into the stands.

The Shrimps went close when a one-touch move left McGurk with time on his hands inside the box. He toe-poked his shot and it blazed into the side netting. The visitors came again when Lavelle curled a pass across the face of goal, but Hill got just enough on it before Ellison could make it count.

Carlisle rounded the half off on the front-foot and Brown bent a lovely cross for Bennett to attack. He couldn’t quite get there, but Jones moved quickly to send it back into the box. Lambe struck it cleanly on the volley but he couldn’t keep it down.

Bonham had to save a low shot from McGurk immediately after the restart and his kick brought a foray forward from the hosts as Hope suddenly had room to work in. He went for a thundering drive and Roche did well to palm it away.

United stayed forward and Kelvin Etuhu bagged his first goal for the club in style when he took a shot from out of absolutely nowhere which caught Roche on the hop. The keeper saw it late and he could do nothing as it smashed into the back of his net.

Morecambe thought they'd done enough to pull level when Campbell fizzed a low delivery straight at McGurk. The touch was a poor one and he was left with explaining to do. Campbell then had a go himself when he found room, 30-yards out, but his shot angled the wrong side of the post.

A catalogue of errors put Morecambe right back in it when United failed to clear their lines on three occasions. The ball was pumped back into the area and defender Steven Old stood his ground and guided it into the waiting net.

Carlisle looked to pick themselves up and O'Sullivan found Brown on the overlap as they picked their way down the right flank. The cross was a good one, but it was put behind as Old came under pressure from Miller.

But it was Morecambe who were given a real chance late in the day when Bonham raced off his line and was judged to have taken a player down inside the area. Campbell stepped up and fluffed his lines as he rattled the crossbar with a thumping spot kick.

Hope had a shot from distance as the clock ticked down but it was honours even as the final whistle went.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Etuhu (51)

Morecambe - Old (73)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Lambe (76)

Morecambe - Old (7)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Grainger, Lambe (Devitt 78), Joyce, Etuhu, Jones (O'Sullivan 64), Hope, Bennett (S Miller 64). Subs - George, T Miller, Parkes, Cosgrove.

Morecambe - Roche, Brough, Kenyon, Old, Fleming, Campbell, Ellison (Oliver 90), Wildig (Lang 88), Lavelle, Lund McGurk (Thompson 70). Subs - Nizic, Conlan, Muller, Rose.

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Referee - Darren Handley

Attendance - 5,010 (356 away fans)

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