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02 September 2017 Venue Brunton Park Attendance

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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Mansfield Town

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

1 September 2017

United return to action at Brunton Park this weekend following back-to-back away games and they'll be looking to pick up where they left off from their performances against Sunderland and Cheltenham.

Manager Keith Curle said: "Mansfield have built up a decent squad and I have no doubt they'll give us a tough test. Steve [Evans] will be looking to get some momentum going as quickly as possible and we will have to guard against that.

"Our fans have seen some good home performances so far and we're looking for more of the same. We know we're a very difficult team to handle when we're on our game so we'll go out there to compete and to impose our style of play in the areas where we feel we can hurt the opposition.

"We're hoping as many fans as possible keep coming because the atmopshere has been extremely intimidating for visiting teams so far. We appreciate that and we want to keep producing the brand of football which will get bums off seats and have people looking forward to coming out to watch their players perform."

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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Club Legend Peter McConnell our special guest this weekend

Former-United captain Peter McConnell will be our guest of honour this weekend as he pops in to say hello to the club where he became a real hero through close to ten years of loyal service.

McConnell joined the Blues from Leeds United in the 60's and was the skipper when we achieved our first ever promotion under manager Ivor Powell in 1963.

Chairman Andrew Jenkins said: "Peter loved his time with Carlisle United and it's always nice to see him when he comes back to visit. He was at the heart of what was a very good side and a real driving force behind the success we achieved.

"He has a lot of fond memories and I'm sure he'll be as entertaining as ever when he speaks to the fans in our hospitality areas."

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All catering facilities open and join us for our Happy Hour

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

Our TV screens will be showing the League One meeting between Bradford City and Bristol Rovers from 12.30pm, to help you to get in the mood for the big game, and we'll be showing live sport after full time across our hospitality areas.

Our new catering partners, abm Catering, are also delighted to announce 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 and Foodbank Collection

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.

As part of their surgery CUOSC will be collecting food for the Carlisle Foodbank which has reported a higher than normal requirement for donations to help with those who use the service through the summer months. 

CUOSC director Billy Atkinson said: "Our last foodbank collection was a huge success and we want to continue to help if we can.

"Thank you to everybody who donated - please spread the word and let's try to help as many disadvantaged and vulnerable people as we can."  

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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 extremely 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!

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 Sam Davidson and Ashley Jade Pope.

Sam's favourite players are Nicky Adams and Richie Bennett. Ashley is a big Shaun Miller fan and is hoping he gets a goal for us today!

Have a great day both.

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 Darren Handley.

Mr Handley has been in charge of two games so far this season and has shown six yellow cards and one red. 

He was last at Brunton Park for our 2-1 victory over Yeovil Town last season. Shaun Brisley [a stunner] and Charlie Wyke scored our goals and Nicky Adams and Jason Kennedy went in the book.

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 4 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.

And we're delighted to say that we have already picked up a Programme of the Week award following our meeting with Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.

Programme

Our popular Head2Head featurpits Reggie Lambe against Hallam Hope - and it's a close one - and Luke Joyce tells us what he would consign to Room 101. 

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 Mansfield

Report from the Saturday afternoon Sky Bet League Two fixture

2 September 2017

United played host to Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon in their latest Sky Bet League Two fixture.

And it was a tight affair which ended all-square after Mansfield bagged a second half goal to cancel out an early impressive finish from hallam Hope.

A foul on Hope sparked an early Carlisle attack as Grainger's delivery was nodded out for a throw. Tom Miller launched it into the box but Logan was well placed to pluck a looped Ellis header from beneath the bar.

Mansfield played some good football of their own as they settled into the game but concentration from Miller and Grainger in wide defensive positions kept the home back line safe.

Striker Richie Bennett showed good strength when he took a ball on his thigh and worked room for a cross, which was clipped behind for a corner. The whistle blew for an infringement as Grainger drilled that into the area.

The Cumbrians were almost made to a pay a heavy price for a moment of hesitation when Angol robbed Liddle deep inside the United half. Kane Hemmings set off on a sprint but he didn't quite have enough to get onto the swirling through ball.

Carlisle were the width of the crossbar away from taking the lead on 14 minutes when Tom Miller whisked another long throw into the mix. Mark Ellis met it on the full with a crisp header and Logan was relieved to see it smash back off the woodwork.

It was a short-lived reprieve for the Stags as Luke Joyce found a perfect through ball for Hope to latch on to. The striker's first touch took him clean through a sliding challenge from Rhys Bennett and he didn't disappoint as he gobbled up the yards, drew the keeper and picked his spot in the bottom corner.

United were close again when Adams fizzed a fierce corner into the six-yard box. The slightest of touches from Benning was just enough to stop Ellis from heading it into an open goal.

Keeper Jack Bonham had to take care as a long range effort from Anderson flew right at him, but it was the hosts who continued to look the more likely as they played some excellent football. One such passage of neat play ended with a cross from Adams which was just a millimetre too high for Ellis to do anything with.

Set pieces were proving to be a good method of causing problems for the opposition for United and a deep one from Grainger was hooked back into the penalty area by Richie Bennett. Hope got there but his header dropped onto the roof of the net.

A free kick at the other end had the Blues momentarily at sixes and sevens and Bonham showed strong hands to beat a thunderbolt from Mellis over the bar as he put his boot through a 17-yard half clearance.

Stags striker Lee Angol was fortunate not to see a red card when he lashed out at Ellis, as the pair picked themselves up from the floor following a meaty challenge, and Mansfield almost took advantage of a temporary loss of concentration in the aftermath of the arguments. Bonham showed more excellent keeping skills as he became the last line of defence with a superb one-handed save from Hemmings.

An acrobatic overhead kick from Joyce wasn't too far away as he showed first for a Miller throw, well into time added on for the half, and it was Carlisle who left the pitch the happier when the half way whistle blew.

Keeper Jack Bonham achieved hero status shortly after the restart when Tom Miller was judged to have pulled Anderson to the floor inside the box. The keeper guessed the right way as Hemmings put power behind his penalty kick and completed a stunning save as he got both hands to the drive.

Carlisle had an appeal of their own moments after the save but it was turned away as Bennett fell to the floor under pressure from Benning. And disaster struck for United just before the hour when Bonham raced off his line to punch a deep cross out of the area. Stags substitute Calum Butcher Marked his arrival with a measured lob from the clearance which left the stranded Cumbrian stopper with no chance.

The visitors edged on top after their equaliser and Butcher was close to a second when he was the man to get on the end of another punch from Bonham. He chose to rifle it on this occasion and it rose just too high over the bar.

Carlisle had to settle themselves and good work from Hope saw him hold the ball up as he waited for support. He spun and played it through but Jones had his shot blocked as he looked to finish it off.

Bonham saved at full length from Hemmings as Mansfield went on a quick break, and Joyce was denied by the width of the post as he volleyed from deep through a ruck of bodies. Logan was beaten and relieved to see it bounce back to safety.

The same post came into play moments later when Shaun Miller pulled the trigger from 30-yards out. Logan could only watch as it rattled into the frame and was hooked away by Mirfin.

A deflected shot from Kennedy was tipped over by Logan as it threatened to drop under the bar, and that was that as the clock ticked down to a share of the spoils from an enjoyable game.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Hope (15)

Mansfield Town - Butcher (59)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Joyce (25), Ellis (42)

Mansfield Town - Mellis (27), Angol (42), Butcher (82), Mirfin (86)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, T Miller, Grainger, Joyce, Liddle, Jones, Hope (Cosgrove 90), Adams, Bennett (S Miller 80), Ellis, Lambe (Kennedy 70). Subs - George, Devitt, Nabi, Brown.

Mansfield Town - Logan, Bennett, Benning, Pearce, Mellis (Butcher 55), Angol (Rose 68), Anderson, Atkinson (Potter 55), Mirfin, Hemmings, Byrom. Subs - Olejnik, MacDonald, Spencer, White.

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Referee - Darren Handley

Attendance - 4,677 (280 away fans)

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