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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Barnet

Everything you need to know ahead of the weekend game

14 September 2017

United face Barnet at home on Saturday afternoon as they look to put in a performance and get a result to get them climbing back up the League Two table.

Manager Keith Curle said: "This weekend is about attitude, application and hard work because things haven't gone our way in the last two games.

"The lads are disappointed because they've set themselves high standards. They are demanding more from each other and I fully expect a reaction and a determined performance on Saturday.

"I know our fans will do their bit. They showed on Tuesday night that they don't let anything stop them from supporting their club. What we ask is that they come along and encourage their team and get behind them from the first minute this weekend.

"The lads don't like losing games so they'll be looking to get on the front foot. A vocal crowd behind them will help to lift them just that little bit more and, as we've said before, that show of unity can make the difference."

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 CUOSC Sponsor Group as our Match Sponsor, CUOSC as our Associate Sponsor - and our Match Ball Sponsor is with us in memory of Doreen Carter and Vera Hodgson - lifelong Blues fans. 

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

We also welcome Boltons CE School, Fir Ends Primary School, Ireby CE School, Castle Carrock School, Pirelli FC U10 girls and U12 boys as part of our Community Ticket Scheme guests in our Cumberland Community Stand.

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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 the Premier League meeting between Crystal Palace and Southampton from 12.30pm, to help you to get in the mood for the big game, and we'll be showing the Spurs against Swansea fixture 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: "These surgery sessions are proving to be very useful with a lot of fans - not just members of CUOSC - popping in to talk about a wide range of subjects.

"We're looking forward to meeting people again this weekend and we would encourage anyone who has any kind of question they want answered to come along and say hello, and we'll do what we can to get their issue dealt with."  

CUOSC

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Pick up your brand new Umbro home and away replica kits!

Our Blues Store will be open from 10am on Saturday morning for the sale of this season's double-diamond Umbro home and away kits.

Both kits have been extremely well received with sales continuing at very high levels.

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 Cory Murray and Levi Grierson.

Cory's favourite player is Danny Grainger and Levi is most looking forward to meeting Shaun Miller on Saturday.

Have a great day both.

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

Barnet Mascots

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The Man in the Middle 

Our match referee this weekend is Mr Scott Oldham.

Mr Oldham has been the man in charge for four games so far this season and has shown ten yellows and one red.

This is his first visit to Brunton Park as our match referee.

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 5 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 Gary Liddle go up against Jason Kennedy with some tales of complete stupidity for us all to delight over.

Team captain Danny Grainger gets to pick what goes into Room 101 this week.

Priced at just £3 it’s one not to be missed.

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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 - 1 Barnet

Report from the Saturday afternoon Sky Bet League Two home game

16 September 2017

United played host to Barnet at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon as they looked to bounce back from two disappointing away results.

And they left it late to lift the frustrated home crowd as Shaun Miller bagged a stunner with four minutes left to play with an overhead kick from the edge of the box.

Early Barnet pressure earned them a free kick 30-yards out on the right hand angle but Mike Jones was on hand to head the delivery clear. The Blues broke in numbers but a ball over the top for Miller was cut out before he could get into the box.

United weren't as fortunate in the next attack when they were left exposed as they pushed men into the Barnet half. A high clearance received a toe poke from Akpa Akpro which took him past Mark Ellis. The big forward had a clear run on goal and he kept his cool as his initial shot came back off the post. It was a tight angle but he was able to guide it into the waiting net.

The Cumbrians tried to play their way back into the game and they found some good deliveries into the box as Grainger pulled wide. A well-worked corner routine had the Bees stretched as Grainger sat deep before clipping it to Parkes, but his glanced header was cleared at the back post. Lambe shouted for it and his effort from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection and spooned over the bar.

Carlisle kept the pressure on and Ellis was disappointed to see his header back across the face of goal evade everybody before being hooked away to safety. David Tutonda had home hearts fluttering at the other end when he used pace and power to get past Brown. His cut back was put behind by Jones as he covered the near post.

Another good corner delivery from Grainger had Joyce interested but solid defending sent the ball behind for another set piece. Brown was on the end of that one but his shot from distance angled well wide of the target.

Barnet chose their moments to break their shape and they created a half chance for Akpa Akpro when Coulthirst found room for a cross. The big forward got up well but he couldn't keep his header down. Campbell-Ryce was next to try his luck when he went for a curler from just outside the box. He struck it well but George stepped over to pull it out of the air.

It was a good spell for the Bees and Akpa Akpro was a whisker away from putting a grasscutter from Coulthirst away as it fizzed past George on the six-yard line. United responded in kind at the other end when Hope beat his man, but his pass was behind Joyce and Miller as they both made runs at the back post.

The hosts created a good opening just minutes before half time when Grainger found room on the left wing. He crunched a low ball at the near post and Miller peeled off his man to get the neatest of touches. Ross knew very little about it but he did well to make a block as it came at his near post.

United fashioned an even better opening in time added on for the half when Miller made it into a good crossing position. It fell nicely for Lambe but his first time volley bent away from upright. The final say of the first period went to Mark Ellis who wasn't too far away with a crisp shot from just over 30-yards out.

One-touch passing from Carlisle after the break left Etuhu with an option as Hope pulled into space, but he went for a shot which curled into the Warwick. Grainger then whipped a superb cross at the penalty spot from deep but there were just enough defenders on hand to mop things up.

Defensive hesitation in the Carlisle half brought a chance from nowhere for Coulthirst as he was gifted a pass. He shot through bodies and George reacted late to palm it past the post.

United looked more of a threat as Adams and Bennett were added to the fray but they were almost architects of their own downfall again when Ellis underhit a pass. Barnet swept into space and Akpa Akpro had explaining to do when he shot over from a tight angle when he had three others in support.

Carlisle started to pick deliveries into the box and they thought they'd done enough when Miller nodded a deep one from Adams to the unmarked Mark Ellis. He had the goal at his mercy but the ball got stuck under his feet and the moment was gone.

Late United pressure was made to pay when Shaun Miller held his man off on the edge of the box. He spun on his volley, having shown a wonderful moment of control to get a kick from George under his command, and he left Ross with no chance as his excellent connection found the roof of the net.

Barnet had to clear off the line as United camped forward, and Bennett was tackled as he burst through with the ball at his feet. The penalty appeals were waved away by the officials.

Joyce also had a thunderbolt saved, accompanied by a whistle from the referee for an infringement, and Ross saved spectacularly from Ellis as the defender thought he'd done the trick.

A late missed close range header from Grainger signalled the end of the action and a share of the spoils. 

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Goals

Carlisle United - S Miller (86)

Barnet - Akpa Akpro (8)

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Teams

Carlisle United - George, Brown, Ellis, Parkes, Grainger, Jones, Etuhu (Adams 62), Joyce, Lambe (Kennedy 72), S Miller, Hope (Bennett 57). Subs - Bonham, Liddle, Devitt, Nabi.

Barnet - Ross, Clough, Santos, Nelson, Campbell-Ryce (Bover 52), Coulthirst (Akinde 74), Taylor (Fonguck 65), Tutonda, Vilhete, Akpa Akpro. Subs - McKenzie-Lyle, Shomotun, Mason-Clarke, Smith.

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Referee - Scott Oldham

Attendance - 4,141 (171 away fans)

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