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MATCH PREVIEW: United head to Cheltenham on Tuesday night

Long midweek journey to Whaddon Road

19 August 2019

Whaddon Road is next up for United as they make the Tuesday night camel trek into Gloucestershire for their latest League Two fixture.

The Cumbrians have won all four of the last meetings between the clubs - and the Robins have failed to register on the scoresheet in any of those fixtures.

This season started with disappointment for the Reds as they suffered an opening day away defeat at Leyton Orient, but they bounced back in style with a thumping 4-1 home win over Scunthorpe. That came courtesy of an amazing five-minute spell just after the break which saw them score three times to turn the game on its head.

A heavy defeat followed in the Carabao Cup last Tuesday night, when the Pirates of Bristol Rovers put them to the sword, and that left them looking to bounce back as they made the trip to the seaside to face Morecambe at the weekend.

Reports suggest that was a game of few chances and that the goalless end result was possibly the fairest outcome.

The last few weeks have seen eight new players come through the door - many of them on-loan from clubs in higher divisions - with a lot of work also done in the transfer window through the early weeks of June.

Notable arrivals include Jacob Greaves and Max Sheaf from Hull, Gavin Reilly from Bristol Rovers, Jake Doyle-Hayles from Villa, Dan Bowry from Charlton and Rohan Ince, formerly of Chelsea.


From the manager

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the game, Steven Pressley said: "They’re strong at home, they’re a good home team. It’s going to be a real test for us again, but we have to go there and try and win the game.

“There’s no doubt it will be a difficult one. We’ve prepared well, as you would expect. We gave the lads the day off on Sunday then we will travel and train at Birmingham on Monday afternoon.

“We will use the time before the game to analyse several things and get ready to go again. I’ll repeat, we have to get back to winning ways very quickly, and we will only do that by being better in both boxes than we were on Saturday.”



  Carlisle wins Draws Cheltenham wins
League 10 8 6
FA Cup 0 0 2
Total 10 8 8


Highlights from previous meetings

Carlisle United 2 - 0 Cheltenham Town, Saturday 19 January 2019

Cheltenham Town 0 - 1 Carlisle United, Saturday 18 August 2018


Match officials

Referee - Will Finnie
Assistant Referee 1 -
Andrew Williams
Assistant Referee 2 -
Darren Wilding
Fourth Official -
Paul Hobday

Mr Finnie stepped up to the ranks of the EFL officials this season with his first game being Swindon's 2-0 away win at Scunthorpe on the opening day. He showed two yellow cards in that fixture.

This is his first meeting with the Cumbrians - we wish him and his team all the very best on the day.


Is that a fact?

Until very recently it was thought that Cheltenham Town Football Club was founded in 1892. However, recent evidence points to the origins being five years earlier when Mr Albert Close White returned to his native Cheltenham from college in London to take up a teaching post.

While away on his studies Mr White discovered the game of association football and he is now credited with being the first person to introduce the sport to the town of Cheltenham. Trials were held at the East Glos Cricket Ground in 1887 and the club was born.

Taken fron the Cheltenham Town official website.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Cheltenham 2 - 0 United

Long midweek away trip for the Blues

20 August 2019

The Blues headed into Gloucestershire for the long Tuesday night away trip to face Cheltenham Town as the fixtures continue to come thick and fast.

Manager Steven Pressley stuck with the same starting line up for the third consecutive game as he looked for a repeat of the performance from Barnsley last Tuesday night.

A huge throw from Elliott caused early problems for the home side as it bounced up in front of Flinders. The keeper got there but he was under pressure from McKirdy and had to take care with his handling.

United came again when Iredale sent a lovely pass forward from the edge of his own box. McKirdy got his head down and set off at pace, and he angled his run to step inside his man. He went for a shot that had power, but it came off Raglan and spun harmlessly behind.

Alert work from Bridge saw him rob possession in midfleld moments later but he was chopped to the floor for his troubles as he tried to skirt past Tozer. He dusted himself down to take the 30-yard free kick but it thumped into the wall.

Carlisle dominated the early play and a clipped ball forward from Thomas found Scougall on a run. He tried to guide a header towards Loft but Flinders was off his line quickly to close it down.

The Robins showed as a dangerous force on 10 minutes when Broom cut in from the left. He tried to pick out Long with a measured cross but Collin was able to watch in relative calm as it bounced beyond his post.

It sparked a better spell for the hosts and Reilly did well with his back to goal as Long flighted a high ball towards the edge of the box. The forward took it down on his chest, spun into space and put his boot through the shot, but Collin dived early to complete a comfortable save.

Cheltenham grabbed the lead when they used a training ground corner routine to good effect as Debayo rolled it to the near post for Doyle-Hayes, then Long, to claim. He dropped a shoulder and looped a deft cross into the mix, and Gavin Reilly did the rest as he jumped high to head it home from close range.

The visitors tried to get their game going again and Thomas latched onto a half clearance from a corner as Loft and McKirdy battled to make things happen. The Carlisle winger went for a volley but he scuffed it and it was always heading wide.

The Robins were a whisker away from a second strike on 26 minutes when Raglan found himself with space to work in, when a free kick from the left flank came his way. His header dropped beyond Collin, but it came back off the post and the spin on the ball invited Reilly to have a go. He couldn't find his feet, and Varney was also off-balance, and that gave Knight-Percival and Elliott the chance they needed to get in the way. The whistle eventually blew, bringing an end to the goalmouth scramble, much to the relief of the away fans behind the nets. 

United had moments when they looked like they were going to break through, most notably when Bridge was on the ball, but it was the Robins who knocked on the door again when Reilly spread a reverse pass to Long. He crossed low from the right on the sprint but Knight-Percival slid in to hook it clear before Varney could pounce.

The lively Varney had a goal ruled out for offside, when he was played through by Reilly, and there was drama at the other end when a scuffed Flinders clearance went straight to Bridge. He fed Thomas on the overlap, before calling for the ball again, and a short touch to Scougall was followed by a volley which Tozer did well to smother. It spun away to Thomas but his snapshot climbed high into the stands.

Cheltenham looked full of confidence and an inswinging 23-yard free kick from Clements flew across the face of the United goal unhindered just before the break.

But it was a short-lived reprieve for the Blues as they found themselves two behind when Varney somehow made a spinning high delivery from Clements his own with a touch from his chest. He seemed to have an age to set himself, as the visiting contingent waited for the whsitle to blow for a suspected handball, but the striker ignored the appeals before he picked his spot in the bottom corner with a neat and accurate finish.

Striker Olufela Olomola came on to replace Ryan Loft after the break but, with the rain streaming down from the heavens, it was Cheltenham who created the first opening as Debayo bent another testing corner low and to the edge of the box. Varney reacted first to get there to unleash his shot but Webster did well to make the block. 

Home celebrations were cut short on 49 minutes as Collin came out to claim a dipping cross from Clements. The stopper was knocked to the floor as the ball bobbled over the line and the referee spotted the infringement and put the whistle to his mouth.

Set pieces from Debayo were a constant threat, and Collin did well to punch clear from beneath his bar when another fierce inswinger came from out wide.

Carlisle responded with a decent spell of pressure and they won a corner when Jones tried to pick out Olomola when he'd pulled wide. A flick from Tozer took it behind, and the second delivery fell nicely for McKirdy to strike.

Flinders threw both hands in the air to make the parry, and Webster couldn't believe his bad luck when he reacted first to send the loose pieces towards the bottom corner. Olomola could do nothing as it hit his boot - a touch which stopped the ball from going over the line.

Carlisle tails were up and Olomola did well to find Thomas with a lovely pass which left the winger with just the keeper to beat. Flinders spread himself to make the block, and Thomas was shown a yellow card as the referee signalled that a hand had been used to guide the rebound into the net.

Thomas then put a 24-yard free kick right at Flinders, and the same player blazed an effort wide from just inside the area when he shook off the attentions of Debayo before sending his effort through a ruck of bodies.

Flinders had to parry with both fists when Thomas let fly following what had been an excellent piece of possession football. Elliott, Bridge and Scougall had all probed on the right flank, and the resulting shot had accuracy, which forced the save from the keeper.

More good football from the visitors brought another corner when a cross from Iredale was put behind by Raglan. Bridge sent it in, and the clearance eventually came back to Thomas. His low cross was met by Webster but his touch, as he looked to set himself for a shot, allowed Long to clear before the big defender could have a go.

Carlisle shoiwed more flashes of what they're about when Scougall bounced the ball off Bridge, then Thomas. Elliott screamed for it as he came in support and his low cross was begging for a touch. Raglan was once again there to punt it clear.

The away side were almost undone on the break when Broom was released by a pass on the turn from Varney. Collin stayed big to work the angles and a curling shot grazed the outside of the upright.

The Robins closed things down as they looked after their two-goal advantage, and the green shirts were left to ponder a poor first half, which had ultimately led to their downfall.



Cheltenham Town - Reilly (15), Varney (45)



Cheltenham Town - Tozer (7)

Carlisle United - Scougall (35), Iredale (43), Thomas (56)



Cheltenham Town - Flinders (gk), Long, Tozer (c), Raglan, Clements, Broom, Debayo (Hussey 71), Reilly (Lloyd 78), Doyle-Hayles, Greaves, Varney (Campbell 85). Subs - Lovett (gk), Bowry, C Thomas, Brennan.

Carlisle United - Collin (gk)(c), Elliott, Webster, Knight-Percival, Iredale, Scougall, Jones, Bridge (Sagaf 88), N Thomas, Loft (Olomola 46), McKirdy (Hope 71). Subs - Gray (gk), Mellish, Branthwaite, Sorensen.


Match Officials

Referee - Will Finnie
Assistant Referee 1 -
Andrew Williams
Assistant Referee 2 -
Darren Wilding
Fourth Official -
Paul Hobday


Attendance - 2,634 (207 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Cheltenham ticket information

Dates of sale and prices for the August away day

3 August 2019

United have a long Tuesday night trip in the middle of August as they head to Whaddon Road to face Cheltenham Town.

Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United, Tuesday 20 August, kick off 7.45pm 

Dates of sale:



Monday 5 August

10am – 5pm

Tuesday 6 August

10am – 5pm

Wednesday 7 August

10am – 5pm

Thursday 8 August

10am – 5pm

Friday 9 August

10am – 5pm

Saturday 10 August


Sunday 11 August


Monday 12 August

10am – 5pm

Tuesday 13 August

10am – 5pm

Wednesday 14 August

10am – 5pm

Thursday 15 August

10am – 5pm

Friday 16 August

10am – 5pm

Saturday 17 August

10am – 2.30pm

Saturday 17 August

4.45pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 18 August


Monday 19 August

10am – 5pm




Senior 65+








Ambulant disabled supporters pay the standard rate for the age bracket, with the carer free of charge.


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 0330 094 5930 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 purchased over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Thursday 15 August

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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