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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: United return to league action at Swindon

United head to the County Ground this weekend

16 November 2018

It's back to league action for the Blues this weekend as they travel to the County Ground to face Swindon Town.

Steven AlzateThe Robins have had a tough time on their home patch this season, and you have to look as far back as the middle of August for the last time they registered a league victory at the County Ground - a 3-2 success against Tranmere Rovers.

They've had four draws and two defeats since then, meaning they've taken just four points from the 18 on offer, which leaves them in the wrong half of the table and with much work to do.

Relief came results wise on Saturday when Steven Alzate bagged his third of the season with just 15 minutes left to play against National League North strugglers York City in their FA Cup first round meeting.

It did little to lighten the mood, though, as news later filtered out confirming that management duo Phil Brown and Neil McDonald had been relieved of their duties, leaving the Robins to search for their fifth managerial appointment in just three years.

Former-Oldham boss Richie Wellens was appointed on Tuesday morning, and he quickly set about the task of getting to know his new squad with the assistance of his new assistant Noel Hunt.

Back on the pitch and steady performer Michael Doughty has five goals and two assists to his name, so he'll need to be closely marshalled, and Elijah Adebayo is another who has found the back of the net this season with four strikes on his card. A mention in despatches goes to Steven Alzate with three goals and three assists.


Manager’s thoughts ...

John SheridanSpeaking ahead of the weekend game, manager John Sheridan said: "Obviously they parted ways with their manager earlier in the week but we have to ignore all of that.

"If anything it should focus us even more, because it won't change the fact that the players will be going out there to perform for themselves, their fans and for Richie Wellens, who will be looking for those who have the hunger to help him turn things round.

"They won't be happy as a club with where they are in the table and they'll see this week as a chance to draw a line and get going. We have to respect that but, as I keep saying, it's more about us than anything else.

"The last two results have got us up and running again and our away form has been good, as have the performances on the road. We know if we concentrate on the things we do well and work hard on the areas where we need to be better we'll give Swindon a good game."

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Did You Know?

+ Swindon won the 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup after defeating Napoli 3-0. They also went on to win the inaugural Anglo-Italian League Cup Winners’ Cup, beating Roma 5-3 over two legs.

+ The Robins have played at The County Ground for 121 years, having moved to the stadium in 1896.

County Ground

+ There have been five different Swindon Town crests since the clubs inception, with the current design coming into effect in 2007 after a public vote.

+ Shortly after moving to the County Ground the Robins changed their club colours to green and white but, following problems obtaining green dyes, they reverted to the traditional red in 1901.


Head to Head

The sides have met on 44 occasions previously, with almost half of those games ending in stalemate. Swindon shde it ever so slightly in league competition with 12 victories compared to United's nine.

  Carlisle wins Draws Swindon wins
League 9 19 12
FA Cup 1 1 2
Total 10 20 14

Last season saw the Robins pop our bubble on day one when Luke Norris and Paul Mullin scored either side of the break here at Brunton Park. A late fightback, sparked by a well-taken Luke Joyce goal, saw United try to get something out of the game but the visitors held on to take their opening game points home.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

It was a much closer affair at the County Ground in April when the sides slugged their way to a 0-0 draw. There were half chances, and the game could have gone either way, but the Blues dug deep to earn their draw in the end.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Man in the middle

Graham SalisburyOur referee for this game is Mr Graham Salisbury. He has taken charge of 14 games so far this season and has shown 51 yellow cards and three reds.

The last time we saw him was on the opening day of this season when we made the long trip south to face Exeter City. Nicky Law and Jonathan Forte put the Grecians two goals to the good with less than 30 minutes played, but Richie Bennett gave the Blues hope when he struck back just before the break.

United battled away, but a late sucker punch from Tristan Abrahams kept the points in Exeter. Jamie Devitt was the only name taken on the day.

A regular referee of our games over the years [including the Wembley final against Southampton in 2010] still one of his busiest evenings with us was for the Checkatrade Trophy group game at Fleetwood last season. A total of 10 cards were shown - including a red for Harvey Rodgers - with Danny Grainger, Mark Ellis, Jamie Devitt, Gary Liddle, Tom Miller and Hallam Hope going in the book for the Blues.

Referee – Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referee 1 – Garry Maskell
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul Lister
Fourth Official – Gregory Read


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Swindon 0 - 4 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

17 November 2018

It was back to league action at the County Ground on Saturday afternoon as the Blues faced Swindon Town with their new manager Richie Wellens taking charge of his first game.

Captain Danny Grainger was a late drop-out as he complained of a calf injury - the opposite leg to his recent troubles - during the Friday training session.

Manager John Sheridan opted to play three at the back in his absence, with Yates [left] and Sowerby [right] pushed wide in a five-man midfield.

The game took a while to get going but a nice pass from Taylor allowed McGlashan to sprint clear wide on the right with five minutes on the clock. His cross was met by Anderson but a firm downward header bounced wide of the post.

More danger came from the right wing when Woolfenden and McGlashan combined to work their way through. Woolfenden aimed for the back post but Liddle was there to guide it away.

United had set piece situations in their favour, but the Robins sent everyone back leaving no room to move at all. The Woolfenden and McGlashan pairing caused more problems when a Carlisle corner routine broke down, but the cross was hooked clear by Gerrard as Iandolo arrived late in the box.

A half chance for Iandolo went the way of the corner flag as he missed his kick when a header from Gerrard rolled his way, and United thought they'd found a way through at the other end when Slater overlapped to get into the box. His cut back was just too far away from Nadesan as he looked for an angle to shoot.

Swindon came again when Iandolo went past his man to deliver a cross towards a ruck of red shirts who had made their way into the area. Dunne threw his boot at it but he was off balance and it sailed over the bar. 

Free kick deliveries from Devitt had the home side stretched on the half hour and a quickly taken corner saw Hope lose his man before laying it off for a shot. It was a tight angle but Devitt caught it well, and he was disappointed to see it dip over the bar.

Carlisle should have done much better when Devitt stepped in to rob the ball off Adebayo on the edge of his own box. He quickly fed it to Yates, and he turned his man before sending Sowerby clean through. The midfielder opted to shoot early, with just Vigouroux to beat, and it was relatively easy for the keeper as it came at him at a catchable height.

The Blues started to look the more likely and they took the lead when Devitt floated a superb pass down the right wing. Sowerby took it under his control and his pull back was met by Ashley Nadesan, who registered his eighth goal of the season with a lovely clipped shot which found the back of the net via the base of the post.

Collin had a 40-yard stinger from Taylor to deal with just before half time, and Iandolo missed an absolute sitter in time added on when Taylor whipped a free kick from wide across the face of goal. Iandolo was completely unhindered but he failed to get any purchase on his volley and the moment was gone.

The Cumbrians doubled their lead within 50 seconds of the restart when Gary Liddle picked a wonderful 40-yard pass for Nadesan to challenge for. His nod down bounced up off the surface and Regan Slater scored his first goal for the club in emphatic style as he drilled a thumping volley into the top corner.

The afternoon became even more comfortable for the visitors on 54 minutes when Jamie Devitt placed the ball for a 19-yard free kick. Vigouroux was nothing more than a spectator and the ball angled over the wall and flew into his unguarded goal.

The Robins were rocked, and they were pushed further back on their heels when another lightning quick break took Hope from attack to defence. He had options left and right, but Slater called for it and his first touch brought him inside as he ran in front of two challenges. Vigouroux was once again left with no chance as the shot whipped past his dive.

It was over as a contest, with 25 minutes still left to play, but a spin from Twine and a low cross from Taylor suggested that Swindon wanted to add a consolation notch to the scoresheet. Iandolo tried to do just that with a shot from distance which angled an inch over the target.

Collin needed to save late from Alzate, when he went down to his left to tip the ball wide, and that confirmed that a clean sheet could be added to what had been the best display of the campaign so far.



Carlisle United - Nadesan (41), Slater (46, 65), Devitt (54)



Swindon Town - Vigouroux, Nelson, McGlashan, Dunne (Smith 30), Anderson, Alzate, Iandolo, Adebayo (Twine 69), Conroy (Knoyle 69), Taylor, Woolfenden. Subs - McCormick, McCourt, Lancashire, Richards.

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard (Miller 81), Gillesphey, Yates, Jones, Slater, Devitt (Campbell 75), Sowerby, Nadesan (McCarron 72), Hope. Subs - Gray, Glendon, Bennett.


Referee - Mr Graham Salisbury

Attendance - 6,722 (302 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Ticket information for the trip to Swindon

Ticket information for the trip to Swindon

5 November 2018

Swindon Town v Carlisle United, Saturday 17 November, kick off 3pm


Adult £23
Senior (over 65) £17
Student £17
Under 21 £10
Under 18 £6
Under  11 FOC
Carer FOC

Wheelchair users pay age relevant price with a free carer.

Tickets will be available on match day from 12.30pm with no price increase from the away ticket office which can take payment by cash or card.

A maximum of two U11 tickets can be purchased per adult/senior ticket. 

Click HERE to see Swindon Town's away fan guide. 

Dates of sale

Date Time
Mon 5 Nov 10am – 5pm
Tue 6 Nov 10am – 5pm 
Wed 7 Nov 10am – 5pm
Thu 8 Nov 10am – 5pm
Fri 9 Nov 10am –  pm
Sat 10 Nov Closed 
Sun 11 Nov Closed 
Mon 12 Nov 10am – 5pm
Tue 13 Nov 10am – 5pm
Wed 14 Nov 10am – 5pm
Thu 15 Nov 10am – 5pm


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 Tuesday 13 November 2018.
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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