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08 September 2018 Venue Abbey Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: United are at the Abbey Stadium this weekend

A look ahead to the game against Cambridge United

6 September 2018

A stuttering start to their League Two campaign saw the Abbeymen fall to two home defeats in quick succession as they struggled to find the back of the net.

Gary DeeganA late equaliser from Gary Deegan gave Cambridge a much-needed lift as they claimed a point at Northampton to kick start their campaign midway through August, and they have since picked up victories against Port Vale and Stevenage to help them with their climb up the table.

The U’s finished in mid-table last time out, with a 64-point haul, and they’ll be looking to build on that having made some very attack minded summer signings.


It feels like déjà vu ...

The U’s have a trio of very familiar faces in their ranks with former Blues David Amoo, Jabo Ibehre and Reggie Lambe within their ranks.

27-year-old winger David Amoo spent two seasons with United prior to a move north of the border, before he headed to the Abbey two summers ago. He notched 13 goals in 79 appearances for the Cumbrians.

Reggie Lambe, also 27, is the most recent of the departures having moved on from Brunton Park at the end of last season. The popular Bermudan playmaker scored 14 Jabo Ibehregoals in his 90 games for United.

Speaking of popular, Jabo Ibehre, the man we dubbed the Islington Assassin, exploded onto the Cumbrian scene with 12 goals before Christmas during his first season with the club in 2015/16. He went on to make it 31 goals in 85 appearances as he won the hearts of United’s fans.


Manager’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the game, United boss John Sheridan said: “Every game in this league is tough, and Cambridge will be no different.

John Sheridan“I only worry about us and how we’re going to play. I went into the game against Mansfield last Saturday feeling confident, but we didn’t really turn up, so I’ll have to get a little bit more out of them on Saturday.

“We’ll go there feeling confident and we know that if we’re on our game we’ll give anyone a good test.”

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Comments from Joe Dunne following Tuesday night’s defeat to Southend ...

“I was disappointed to lose the game in the manner we did, but we’ll take what we can from it. There were some good moments – the goal and one or two other moments.

“I thought we defended well in the first half, which was quite pleasing, but it’s a Joe Dunnedisappointed changing room as we felt we had enough quality to win it.

“There were some positives, but it’s just disappointing to have lost another game. When you make changes you want that team to keep up and maintain what we did on Saturday.

“We’ll talk about it and go forward into the Carlisle game looking to build on what we did at Stevenage last week.” 


Did You Know?

+ The club were originally known as Abbey United, before changing their name to Cambridge United upon turning professional in 1949.

Abbey Stadium

+ In 1984/85 equalled the record for the most defeats in a season - 33 - which was then surpassed by Derby County in 2008.

+ Cambridge have experimented with shirts of full amber in the past, but have always reverted to the traditional black and amber designs.


Head to Head

The clubs have met a total of 28 times in all competitions and honours couldn’t be more even if they tried. Eight wins each and 12 draws … so will something give one way or the other this weekend?

  Carlisle wins Draws Cambridge wins
League 8 12 8
Total 8 12 8

Last season saw United edge in front courtesy of a neat finish from Reggie Lambe, when the sides met at the Abbey in August, but Medy Elito levelled from the spot just six minutes later. Carlisle kept going and Tom Parkes scored his first goal for the club, accompanied by a celebratory dab, to earn the visitors all three points.

Watch the highlights of that game here:

Cambridge came to Brunton Park in March to put things right but the deadlock in a tight game was broken by Richie Bennett when he scored from close range following a cut back from Mark Ellis just after the break. However, the celebrations had barely subsided when George Maris scored the point making equaliser just over 120 seconds later.

Watch the highlights of that game here:


Man in the middle:

Ollie YatesThe referee for this game is Mr Ollie Yates. Ollie has refereed four league fixtures so far this season, showing a total of 14 yellow cards.

Now in his third season as an EFL referee, we have had him as our main match official just once before, for a 3-1 home win over Crawley back in October 2016. Jabo Ibehre, Jason Kennedy and Luke Joyce [yes, THAT wonder strike] scored our goals, and Mark Ellis was the only Carlisle player to be booked on the day.

Referee – Ollie Yates
Assistant Referee 1 – Leigh Crowhurst
Assistant Referee 2 – Andrew Williams
Fourth Official – Adrian Waters


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Cambridge 1 - 2 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

8 September 2018

United were at the Abbey Stadium for their second away game in the space of a week on Saturday afternoon as they came up against Cambridge United.

It was United who took the points as they overcame a stuttering start to dominate the game and, in the end, it could and probably should have been an even more comfortable winning margin.

The hosts had their first corner of the day with just 60 seconds on the clock and the low Maris delivery somehow found its way through bodies to pick out Ibehre at the back stick. He saw it late and he could only guide his header wide of the target.

Things tightened up as both sides took a measured approach to trying to find a way through, but Cambridge came again when Carroll fed Brown into space on the left flank. A fizzed cross found Brown but Liddle got his head in the way to deflect the goal bound effort behind. The corner was met by a jump from Louis John but he couldn't keep it down and it rose high over the bar.

Good work on the right wing from Amoo saw him beat his man before clipping the ball deep. Brown controlled it on his chest but he rushed his volley and it flew harmlessly over the angle of post and bar.

A throw from Liddle was taken well by Devitt as he held his man off to create space on the edge of the area. He looked up to see Glendon on the move and the midfielder went for a first time shot which took a deflection as it made its way into Forde's waiting hands.

The U's tried to hit the visitors on the break when a promising away move broke down with plenty of grape juice shirts committed forward. Azeez bent his run into the box but Gerrard was there to make a block when the shot came in.

An unbelievable save from Collin kept the score all-square when Azeez had the ball put on a plate dead central and just ten yards out. The big stopper stayed on his feet only to spread himself at the final moment when a low, crunching shot appeared to be going in.

His good work was undone just moments later when Ibehre raced through to latch on to a ball over the top. He had time to weigh up his options before rolling the ball back to meet a run from Jevani Brown. The forward said thank you very much as he rattled it into the unguarded bottom corner.

Another blocked shot from Brown, when he was found by Amoo, signalled the start of a better spell for Carlisle as they pushed out, and kept the ball in midfield, before sending Gillesphey on an overlap. Bennett was interested until Forde raced off his line to drop onto the loose pieces.

The away side looked to find a gap with their considered approach but another break, this time with Maris pulling the strings, almost caught them light again. He bent his run but Liddle did well to block the attempt.

Carlisle were back on terms just before the break from a move that started when Maris gave the ball away from a loose pass in midfield. Etuhu, Glendon and Devitt kept it well, but it was Yates who stretched the defence when he dropped a shoulder to cross to the back stick. Devitt recovered the long ball, and his looped cross was met by a graceful leap from Richie Bennett. His header left Forde rooted to the floor as it dropped neatly into the back of the net.

United went close on 47 minutes when Devitt got wide to send another testing cross into the mix. Bennett was up well but it was a difficult chance and his header fell wide.

Collin had to be on his toes at the other end when a shot from Azeez hit Gerrard before spinning into the area. Brown wanted it, but the keeper got there first to prevent the shot. Cambridge stayed forward and a long range volley from Carroll was deflected wide as he pulled the trigger on a clearance from Parkes.

Yates scuffed a half volley wide from an Ibehre half clearance from a Devitt corner, as United enjoyed a very good spell, and a 23-yard free kick was wasted by Gillesphey when he lost his bearings and sent it high into the sky.

A quickly taken free kick from Devitt from out wide put Glendon clean through as the away tempo increased. His cross looked perfect for Bennett until Deegan got in the way. The U's broke and Maris put his laces through a volley from the edge of the box which wasn't too far away.

A good set piece from Maris found Taft unmarked but he couldn't get his body round in time and his header rose high.

Carlisle immediately got forward and Devitt showed great awareness to slide a pass through to Nadesan in the box. He controlled neatky and spun on his heels to shoot, and he reacted immediately as the block gave him more space to work in. Forde had no chance as it flew beneath his dive to give the visitors the lead for the first time on the day.

The U's were stung and they went in search of a reply with crosses from Halliday and Carroll. Gerrard showed great poise to deal with everything that came his way.

United should have had the points wrapped up with six minutes left to play when Yates robbed the ball off Halliday inside the Cambridge half. He had Campbell in support and the pass invited a first time shot. The visiting contingent were ready to celebrate until his thumping shot shaved the outside of the post.

Yates had another effort blocked late in the day, and Devitt put one just over as the away side continued to look potent in the attack.

And they saw the game out well as they frustrated the hosts to claim their deserved away points.



Cambridge United - Brown (23)

Carlisle United - Bennett (42), Nadesan (69)


Carlisle United - Campbell (90)



Cambridge United - Forde, Halliday, Carroll, Taft, Deegan (Lewis 85), Amoo, Azeez (Corr 70),  Ibehre, Maris, Brown, John. Subs - Mitov, Taylor, O'Neil, Osadebe, Davies, Lewis.

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillesphey, Yates, Glendon (Sowerby 90), Etuhu, Devitt, Nadesan (Campbell 77), Bennett. Subs - O'Reilly, Miller, Slater, Adewusi, McCarron.


Referee - Mr Ollie Yates

Attendance - 4,234 (248 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Ticket information for the Cambridge game

Details for the September away game

30 August 2018

United travel to face Cambridge United early in September in what is becoming a regular early season fixture for the Blues.

*** Update on Friday 7 September from Cambridge United ***

Due to ‘unforeseen difficulties’ Cambridge United will be moving our supporters into the South Habbin terracing for tomorrow’s game. Refunds will be issued for the difference in price on the turnstiles. ‘Vulnerable’ fans will be accommodated in seats. 

Match day ticket prices tomorrow are now as follows:

Adult - £18
64+/student/18-23 - £14
U18 - £10
U12 - £7

Please contact Cambridge
 on 01223 566 500 for any further information. 

Dates of sale:

Date Time
Tuesday 28 Aug 10am to 5pm 
Wednesday 29 Aug 10am to 5pm
Thursday 30 Aug 10am to 5pm
Friday 31 Aug 10am to 5pm
Saturday 1 Sep Closed 
Sunday 2 Sep Closed 
Monday 3 Sep  10am to 5pm
Tuesday 4 Sep 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 5 Sep 10am to 5pm
Thursday 6 Sep 10am to 5pm


Adult £20
Senior 64+ £15
Student Valid NUS £15
Armed Forces  £15
Young Adult 18-23  £15
U18 £10
U12 £5
U5 FoC

Please note - all ticket prices increase by £2 on the day of the game. 

Ambulant disabled supporters pay relevant concession price - carer goes free of charge.

Wheelchair supporters pay £15 - carer goes free of charge.

Contact Cambridge United directly to purchase on 01223 566 500.


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 28 August 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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