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7 October 2015

A look ahead to this weekend's Morecambe home game

United come home off the back of two excellent away victories – at Orient and Stevenage – and manager Keith Curle remains determined that his charges will turn Brunton Park into a fortress as the encouraging start to the season continues.

“We keep reminding people that we’re still very much a work in progress but, hand-in-hand with that, we also want people to embrace the fact that the team is playing some entertaining football at the moment,” Curle said.

“We want people to come along, get behind us and get on board with what we hope will be an exciting journey. Home results are obviously central to that, so we want to make this a difficult place for visiting teams come to. We’ve seen in recent seasons that the away team has enjoyed coming here. That simply has to change.”

Remember, you can save £3 on match day prices by purchasing your ticket before 5pm on Friday. Pop down in person, call the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 or buy online and print at home by clicking HERE.


The Big Match

A huge thank you goes to St Nicholas Arms, our Match Ball Sponsors for the Morecambe game. 

The St Nicholas Arms have taken nine match ball sponsorship packages so you’ll see them with us a lot this season. 

The next St Nicholas Arms match ball sponsorship package is for the Portsmouth home game on 21 November.

For more information on match sponsorship opportunities, call our commercial department on 01228 554 155.


The Mascots

Our mascots on Saturday are Annie Ellwood and Charlotte Graves. Annie’s favourite player is Bastien Hery and Charlotte tells us that her hero is that man Jabo Ibehre.

Charlotte is particularly excited about meeting the players and going out onto the pitch but, get this, Annie is most looking forward to meeting Dolly! We hope that experience doesn’t turn out to be too scary for her.

Have a good day girls!

To find out more about our Junior Blues membership and how to become a mascot, click HERE.


Our match referee is Mr Peter Bankes. Peter has taken charge of 11 games so far this season and has shown a total of 46 yellow cards. 

By far his most interesting encounter so far this term was on the opening day of the season when he was the man in the middle for the Birmingham v Reading Championship fixture. He brandished the yellow card on nine separate occasions, with five City players and four Royals going in the book.

The last time we saw him was, coincidentally, for our 1-1 home draw with Morecambe in March this year. Charlie Wyke and Jack Redshaw were the only bookings on the day, and Brad Potts and Padraig Amond scored the goals.

Our betting partner Sky Bet has some fantastic odds available on all match markets – click HERE for more details.


The Match Programme

Issue 7 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets from 10am on Saturday morning.

Packed with your usual favourites, we also have exciting news from club sponsors Global Heat Source and details of a brand new partnership with the University of Cumbria.

Catch up with the latest from the chairman, the first team manager and all of the departments around the club, and read what Newcastle loanee Alex Gilliead thinks about a possible extension to his loan deal when he returns from international duty in Germany next week.

Priced at just £2, it’s a definite match day must-have.


Welcome to our Cumberland Building Society Community Ticket Scheme Schools

In the Cumberland Building Society Community A Stand this weekend we welcome Lime House School, Fairfield School, Boltons CofE School and Kirkby Stephen School.

We hope you all have a great day.


CUFC Family Zone

The Carlisle United Family Zone is already a well established part of the match day routine with grown-ups and youngsters alike enjoying the wide ranging facilities on offer. 

The Family Zone, housed in the Pioneer Foods Stand, provides a fantastic area where families can relax and enjoy pre-match activities in a safe and secure environment. Activities include FIFA in the XBox Zone, Table Football and Pool in the Activity Zone, stickers and colouring in the Craft Zone and Mario Kart races in the Wii Zone. 

The Zone opens as soon as the turnstiles open at 1.30pm and closes just before full time, with fully qualified staff on hand to help throughout.

Family Zone ticket prices are £2 cheaper across the board – call 0844 371 1921 for more details! Adults and seniors MUST be accompanied by a child or junior to qualify for the discount.


The Brunton Park Playlist

The office staff have sorted a playlist of ‘banging’ tunes for this weekend. From the 80’s all the way through to present day, we think we’ve covered something for just about everyone.

Tune in on the terraces and in the stands and please give us your feedback by dropping an email to with your thoughts on our match day music selection.

And, standby, because we’ll be handing match day music playlist duties over to YOU, the fans, for future games. Watch out for more information on that on the official website and on our social media channels this coming week.


Academy Half-time Entertainment

Keep an eye on the Warwick Road End at half time as some of our Academy age groups take on some football related challenges.

Cheer the lads on as they show off their skills and please give them plenty of encouragement as they go head-to-head ... and all in the name of team honour!


Be Bound For Glory with our main sponsor – Virgin Trains

When you’re following Carlisle United away from home this season, book yourself a ticket on Virgin Trains and get to the heart of the action in the fastest and most comfortable way possible.
If you are booking travel for an afternoon or evening game please be sure to double check the return journey time is suitable (some of the last services may depart before the final whistle goes!). 


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