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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: We take a look ahead to this weekend's game

A closer look at Saturday's opponents

24 January 2019

New boss Steven Pressley takes his team on their first away trip under his stewardship this weekend with a trip to Burslem to face Port Vale.

Tom PopeThe month of January has brought a win, a draw and a defeat in league action for the Valiants, and the four points gained have given them some welcome breathing space in the bottom half of the table.

You have to go back to the end of October to find their last home victory in League Two, a run of six games which has become frustrating for all concerned.

Tuesday night took them to Bristol Rovers for a Checkatrade Trophy quarter final fixture, and it was the home side who progressed as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over the ten-man Valiants, who had Tom Conlon sent off when he was booked twice in the space of four minutes just after the break.

Forest defender Adam Crookes and striker Danny Elliott have been added to bolster the ranks during this transfer window - much needed additions when news broke following the recent Colchester game that the prolific Tom Pope would be sidelined 'for a few weeks' with a hamstring injury.


Manager’s thoughts

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the game, United boss Steven Pressley said: "I want us going there with a positive mindset and with the belief that we can win the game.

"If we're serious about wanting to get promoted this season, these are the games where we have to do things properly.

"The players can be pleased with their efforts last weekend, they got back to winning ways, but that's just one game. It needs to continue and we need to be picking up points to keep us where we are.

"There's been a lot of talk about the manager's position down there recently but, from what I've seen, those players are giving 100% effort and application for him.

"They got an excellent result at Crawley by playing in a slightly different way, and we'll have to be ready to deal with the confidence they'll have taken from that win."

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Did You Know?

Robbie Williams+ The club were once called Burslem Port Vale, but dropped the ‘Burslem’ from their name in 1907.

+ Port Vale hold the record for the most seasons in the Football League without playing top-flight football - 106.

+ Perhaps Port Vale’s most famous supporter is singer Robbie Williams, who even owned shares in the club until 2012.


Head to Head

The sides have met a total of 36 times with the with the clubs deadlocked at 13 victories each.


Carlisle wins


Port Vale wins





League Cup








FA Cup








The last meeting between these teams was in August, when the Blues secured a 2-1 home victory. Goals either side of the break from Danny Grainger and Tom Parkes gave United a comfortable cushion, but Luke Hannant had hearts fluttering when he bagged a Valiant consolation with just two minutes left on the clock.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

We were last at Vale Park in March last season when second half goals from Ashley Nadesan and Hallam Hope handed the Blues a hard fought victory. Dior Angus had given the home side a first half lead, but Antony Kay was sent off for the hosts as tempers flared late in the game.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The Blues had made heavy weather of the game earlier in that season, just before Christmas, when they allowed Tyrone Barnett and Tom Pope to give the visitors an unexpected two-goal cushion. A late strike from Richie Bennett did little to prevent the way side from taking the spoils on the day.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Man in the middle:

BreakspearThe referee for this game is Mr Charles Breakspear. He's demonstrated already this season that he isn't prepared to suffer any nonsense, with 101 yellow cards and 10 red cards handed out in his 31 games.

The last time we met him was a year ago when we travelled to Stevenage for what turned out to be a closely fought affair. No goals were scored on the day and Richie Bennett had his name taken for a rash challenge late in the game.

He was also our man in the middle for the Colchester away game in October earlier that season. A Jamie Devitt goal just after half time was enough to seal the three points for the Blues. Danny Grainger and James Brown went in the book that afternoon.

Referee - Charles Breakspear
Assistant Referee 1 - Christopher Ward
Assistant Referee 2 - Richard Wigglesworth
Fourth Official - Wade Smith


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Port Vale 0 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

26 January 2019

New United boss Steven Pressley took charge of his first away game with the club when the Blues travelled to Burslem to face Port Vale on Saturday afternoon.

A knee injury ruled defender Gary Liddle out for a second game, but new arrival Arthur Gnahoua was in the match day line up to help to bolster the squad. 

The team was unchanged from last weekend's success over Cheltenham, with Jamie Devitt continuing in the 'false 9' position favoured by the new boss. Midfielder Jack Sowerby was in a Carlisle shirt for the last time, with his current loan spell ending at full time.

United were on the attack with just 30 seconds on the clock when Slater won possession deep inside his own half. McCarron set off on a 70-yard sprint and he had the awareness to roll the ball across the face of 18-yard box when he spotted players in support. Sowerby set himself for the shot and he was disappointed to see it hit a Vale defender as it headed for the target.

The home side responded with a good spell of possession but they struggled to find a way through as the Carlisle defence stood tall. Luke Hannant tried to take matters into his own hands with a shot from distance but Collin was happy to watch it drift wide.

McCarron was a good outlet on the right flank and he combined with Miller to create another opening. His cross was a teaser but Kay got to it first to make the clearance.

The Blues were let off the hook on 13 minutes when a one-touch move released Ricky Miller as he ghosted in behind the back line. He had just Collin to beat but he lost his bearings and thundered a poor effort high over the bar.

The same player found himself in acres of space moments later when he controlled a long ball forward on his toe. He was at an angle but completely unmarked and he wheeled away in frustration as he drilled his volley straight at the Carlisle keeper.

Hope and Devitt combined to excellent effect midway through the half as the pair bounced the ball off each other, with the striker cutting a track inside from the left wing. The lay off from Devitt invited the shot but Brown got down sharply to parry it away.

Another angled run from Hope took him past his man as he made his way into the box, but his hurried shot lacked power and it bobbled harmlessly wide of the upright. 

The Cumbrians were on the break as Etuhu stepped out to nick the ball on the edge of his own box and Hope peeled away screaming for the pass. He took it down well on the outside of his boot but could only find Brown's midriff as he went for a shot whilst running at full tilt.

Controversy reigned on 32 minutes when Brown raced off his line, only to be beaten to the ball by Hope. The forward tumbled to the floor, but was shown a yellow card for simulation instead of being given the penalty everybody in the ground expected. 

Gerrard was needed to clear a low shot from Oyeleke off the line as Vale tried to capitalise on the Carlisle annoyance, but Vale had frustrations of their own to contend with when they were reduced to 10-men just before the break as Ricky Miller appeared to go high on Danny Grainger.

The referee took an age to make his decision but eventually produced the red card, having first walked the offending player into the centre circle before pulling it out of his pocket.

Sowerby skewed a shot wide in time added on for the half, but much of the talk during the break was about the decisions given - and those not given - during what had been an incident packed 45 minutes of football.

Arthur Gnahoua came on to make his debut at the start of the second period, and his impact was almost immediate as he beat his man before crossing into the area. It had to be hooked away as Hope launched himself at it.

Carlisle looked dangerous on the hour as they found a way through a packed defence with Hope and Devitt once more at the heart of it. Sowerby checked his run before showing for it, but he had another well struck effort blocked.

The Cumbrians kept trying to find a way to pick the lock, as they faced two banks of players determined to defend, and they got their reward with ten minutes left to play when Devitt looped a lovely pass over the top. Hope took it down, and his rifled cross was helped over the line by Connor Simpson and two defenders slid into the path of the ball.  

United saw the game out, to take their points against the stubborn 10-man Valiants, and they almost added to their tally late in the day when a deflected Parkes shot dipped towards the bottom corner. Brown got across acrobatically to tip it away.



Carlisle United - Simpson (79)



Carlisle United - Hope (32), Parkes (90)


Sent off

Port Vale - Miller (41 - dangerous tackle)



Port Vale - Brown, Gibbons (Elliott 84), Joyce (Worrall 46), Kay, Oyeleke, R Miller, Hannant, Rawlinson, Crookes, Smith, Clark (Harris 45). Subs - Hornby, Montano, Legge, Conlon.

Carlisle United - Collin, G Miller, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger, Sowerby (Jones 66), Slater, Etuhu, Devitt, McCarron (Gnahoua 46 (Simpson 73)), Hope. Subs - Gray, Kennedy, Glendon, Gillesphey.


Referee - Mr Charles Breakspear

Attendance - 3,881 (492 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Ticket and pricing information for Vale Park

Information for the Valiants away game

10 January 2019

United round off January with a trip to Vale Park.

Port Vale v Carlisle United, Saturday 26 January, kick off 3pm

Dates of sale:

Please note - adults can purchase tickets direct from the Port Vale ticket office on 01782 655 821 on Thursday 24 January and Friday 25 January.

Prices for adult tickets will be as below up to 5pm on Friday. Tickets purchased in this way can be collected from the away sales point on the day of the game.

Thursday 24 January 10am to 5pm
Friday 25 January 10am to 5pm 


Adult £20
Senior (62+) £15
Young Adult (18-21) £15
Junior (12-17) £8
Under 12  FOC
Carer FOC

Tickets will be available on the day of the game, at a price increase of £2. 

Tickets will be on sale from the away sales kiosk situated outside the away stand, from 1pm to 3pm. 

There is a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities, which is a mixed supporter’s area, and is situated at the opposite end of the ground to the away end. 

This is suitable for ambulant disabled who require accessible facilities and all wheelchair users. Tickets for this stand must be booked direct with Port Vale in advance by calling the ticket office on 01782 655 821.


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p.
The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Wednesday 23 January 2019.
Bus Travel
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987. Click HERE for more information on booking and departure times. 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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