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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Exeter City

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's game

5 October 2017

United go into the weekend looking to build on two excellent away performances and with a determination to get a result as a thank you to their loyal fans.

Manager Keith Curle said: "We're hoping that this is where the supporters come along and get on board. We know the results will start to come at home because we're doing things properly and we haven't lost our belief.

"Exeter have had a fantastic start so this will be a completely different kind of test. They'll be full of confidence and they're in the type of run that we enjoyed at this stage last season - they're creating chances and scoring goals.

"In Reuben Reid and Jayden Stockley they have front men who are providing the threat level that Charlie Wyke gave us when we were enjoying our good results ahead of Christmas. They know balls will go into the box and they're making the runs accordingly.

"What we know is that these two teams bring the best out of each other. There always seems to be goals and goal mouth action and what I will say is that you won't see either manager relax for the 95 or 96 minutes of play, because you just can't tell what's going to happen.

"We go into it feeling confident and looking to replicate the away form we saw against Crewe and Crawley here on our own pitch. We know we can cause Exeter real problems with the players we have at our disposal and the dressing is desperate to give the home fans what they deserve."

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 our Big Match Sponsors

This weekend we welcome HLA Services as our Associate Sponsor. We have two Match Ball Sponsor groups with us - Malcolm and Yvonne Millar and House of Vodka. 

We hope everyone enjoys their day with us - and thank you for your fantastic support! 

We also welcome our Wembley EFL Kids Cup winners Newlaithes as special guests and pre-match guards of honour. The lads represented their school and the club ahead of the Sky Bet League Two play-off final in May and thoroughly deserved their fantastic victory.

Our Community Ticket Scheme guests in our Cumberland Community Stand are Inglewood Junior School, St Margaret Mary's School, Kirkbampton CE School, John James Orr Football Academy, Gretna Youth Academy, St Bede's School and the Castletown Dragons.

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Join us for our Happy Hour and Big Match build-up

We can confirm that all of our hospitality and catering areas will be open again this weekend.  

Our TV screens will be showing Barnet v Coventry City from 12.30pm, to help you to get in the mood for the big game, and we'll be showing the main sports event of the day after full time across our hospitality areas.

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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CUOSC Surgery

CUOSC will be holding their next Supporters’ Surgery on Saturday, between 1.15pm and 2.45pm 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 director Billy Atkinson said: "We'll be holding these surgery sessions in the Study Centre for every home game this month, so please do come along if you have any issues to discuss.

"It has been really useful to meet people and to talk face-to-face. Hopefully these sessions will continue to grow and develop, and we'd like to thank the club and the CST for the use of the Study Centre, which is the perfect location for these meetings."

CUOSC

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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!

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 Charlie Beattie, Alfie Lee Rotherham and Finley Jewers.

Both Charlie and Alfie are looking forward to meeting Nicky Adams and Exeter fan Finley tells us that Jordan Moore-Taylor is his favourite player.

Have a great day everyone!

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

Mascots

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The Man in the Middle 

Our match referee this weekend is Mr Eddie Ilderton.

Mr Ilderton is a regular at Brunton Park and has been in charge of ten games so far this season. He's shown 30 yellow cards and five reds along the way.

The last time we met was at Sincil Bank at the end of August. United lost that encounter with Lincoln, with Tom Parkes receiving his marching orders having been shown two yellow cards. Richie Bennett also went in the book on the day. Reggie Lambe was United's goal scorer.

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 7 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.

Programme

Our popular Head2Head feature sees Richie Bennett take on Shaun Miller - and some of their exploits have to be read to be believed!

Defender James Brown gets to pick what goes into Room 101 this week ... and the picture he gave us to accompany his 'something you didn't know about me' section is too cute to miss!

Priced at just £3 it’s becoming a must-have match day essential.

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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 0 - 1 Exeter City

A report from United's home game against the Grecians

7 October 2017

United welcomed Exeter City to Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon for their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Carlisle threw everything at Exeter, having conceded an early second half goal, but last ditch tackles, goal line clearances and unbelievable saves ultimately left them with nothing to show for their efforts.

United showed attacking intent early in the day when Etuhu used skill to get away from two in the visiting half. He fed it through to Miller but the forward's shot was blocked and ran behind for a corner. Adams took that one quickly and Grainger was a whisker away as he drilled a powerful shot just past the far post from a tight angle.

Exeter responded with a meaningful attack of their own when Jones lost out to a tackle just outside his own box. It eventually came to Stockley and he hooked the bouncing ball over his own shoulder and past the stranded Jack Bonham. It popped onto the base of the post and Etuhu slashed it clear.

It was end-to-end stuff and a spin from Miller gave him room to move in midfield. His pass hit James and sat up nicely for Hope, but a recovering slide took it behind for another corner. Grainger tried his luck again but his shot was always heading wide.

Bonham was at his stunning best between the United sticks when he readjusted to tip a blistering effort from Holmes over the bar, with the Exeter man setting himself to celebrate. Troy Brown had a goal ruled out for a push on Liddle as he bulldozed his way onto the end of the ball, and Pym was off his line at the other end to grab a cross from Joyce as the game continued at a hectic pace.

James Brown then had appeals for a penalty turned down as he raced into the box and put Woodman under pressure. The referee watched the tumble but waved play on.

Next to try his luck was Lee Holmes when he was granted unexpected space on the edge of the Carlisle box, but Bonham was well-placed to grab the punt out of the air. A wonderful cross from Miller had the Grecians stretched as Carlisle gave as good as they got but Hope couldn't quite get there as he arrived late in the box.

The Cumbrians were denied a free kick from what looked like a clear handball from Woodman as both the referee and his assistant appeared to completely miss the incident, and the game became bitty before the break as stoppages prevented the hosts from turning up the heat.

Another instinctive cross from Grainger had Etuhu on the move until Reid guided it away with a volley, and James Brown swung one in moments later which Boateng had to head clear. United then kept the ball well with Brown and Hope exchanging passes and the latter found a lovely pass for Etuhu to try his luck. He took a touch and smashed a thunderbolt wide when he could possibly have gone for it first time.

Boateng headed over from close range when he found half a yard of space at a late corner, and Grainger had his 23-yard free kick blocked with what was the last chance of the half.

A fantastic 60-yard run from James Brown took him to the edge of the visiting box from the second half kick off and he had the presence of mind to pick out Adams with a slide rule pass. Sweeney had to block as a shot came in.

But Carlisle were undone when a deep corner was kept alive at the back post. Pierce Sweeney used his strength to get through the bodies and he put enough on his header to get it over the line.

Jones dragged a shot wide from 25-yards following another good passage of play, with Carlisle well and truly on the front foot, and Pym handled well as crosses came into his area from left and right.

United switched to three at the back and that left them light as the Grecians found a way down their right flank. Reid steamed into the area and a crisp header went wide as he got onto it at close range.

Pym produced a late reaction save from a whipped drive from Joyce, and Shaun Miller thought he'd done everything right as he guided a Lambe cross back across the face of goal. It was going in until an Exeter boot cleared it off the line.

Carlisle were asking all of the questions and a cross from Devitt found Hope in space. His guided header beat Pym but it also bounced just the wrong side of the post.

The blue shirts camped forward and Liddle was next to have a go as a half cleared corner fell at his feet. He went for a volley but couldn't keep it down. Pym produced a magnificent one-handed save as the pressure stayed on when Kennedy volleyed at the top corner. The stopper somehow got to it and pushed the ball onto the bar, and he then had help from his defenders to complete the clearance.

Gary Liddle received a round of applause in time added on when he raced back to clear off the line from a Stockley shot, and Hill was an inch away at the other end when he headed the last chance of the afternoon just past the target with Pym well beaten.

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Goals

Exeter City - Sweeney (48)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Hill (19), Grainger (67)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown (Devitt 58), Liddle, Hill, Grainger, Etuhu (Lambe 66), Jones (Kennedy 75), Joyce, Adams, S Miller, Hope. Subs - George, T Miller, Nabi, Cosgrove.

Exeter City - Pym, Sweeney, Woodman, James, Holmes, Stockley, Croll (Moxey 37), Taylor, Reid (Tillson 71), Brown, Boateng (McAlinden 90). Subs - Hamon, Archibald-Henville, Jay, Edwards.

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Referee - Eddie Ilderton

Attendance - 4,677 (233 away fans)

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