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CLUB STATEMENT: Capital One Cup payment received

30 October 2015

United receive payment from Capital One Cup Anfield fixture

Carlisle United have received £264,000 as the club's share of last month's Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool. 

A crowd of 42,494 watched The Blues hold the Premier League giants to a 1-1 draw after extra time before losing a penalty shoot-out 3-2 at Anfield. 

United were backed by a sold-out away following of 5,664 supporters in the Anfield Road End, who saw Derek Asamoah equalise after Danny Ings had put The Reds ahead. 

Payment of the receipts from the third round tie played on Wednesday September 23 has now been made to Carlisle United by Liverpool FC. 

Suzanne Kidd, United's financial director, said: "We are extremely pleased that our game at Anfield has resulted in us receiving more than a quarter of a million pounds from matchday receipts.
 
"Credit must first of all go to Keith Curle and his backroom team and squad of players for winning at QPR in the previous round - after having beaten Chesterfield in the first round - to secure the tie at Anfield. 

"There was then a huge effort by the ticket office staff at Brunton Park to get all our tickets sold and distributed within a tight timetable between the draw being made and the game being played. There was also a convoy of 20 coaches to see off from Brunton Park carrying supporters to Merseyside.

"The night at Anfield itself was a special occasion for all the fans and for everyone at the club. We gained a tremendous amount of credit for the way we conducted ourselves before, during and after the game. There was lots of positivity for the club and the performance has provided a platform for us to build on in our League Two campaign."

The Liverpool bonus is to be held in the club's reserve funding to assist with cash flow later in the season and to contribute towards club or playing staff investment. On Monday, Carlisle were drawn away to League Two leaders Plymouth in the first round of the FA Cup next month. 

The Anfield receipts follow the sale of Brad Potts and Kyle Dempsey this summer after both players sought to play at a higher level. After receiving initial transfer fees, subsequent payments for these two deals are being staggered over this season and beyond, depending on appearances and the success of their respective new clubs. 

Suzanne added: "The news about the Anfield receipts comes ahead of the club's board meeting on November 6 to approve our set of accounts for the latest complete financial year. Although precise figures cannot be divulged until then, the club is set to record a significant six-figure loss for the previous financial year, which takes into account relegation and the cost of changing managers, although this becomes a profit with the Story loan write-off. The club's AGM is currently pencilled in for December 17."

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