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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Northampton Town

4 March 2016

A look ahead to the weekend home game

It’s the second home game in the space of five days for United as we welcome the division’s runaway leaders Northampton Town to Brunton Park on Saturday.

The Cobblers are unbeaten in 12 league outings and have a huge 19-point cushion between themselves and fourth place having recently come off the back of a fantastic ten-match winning run.

Manager Keith Curle said: “We’re coming up against a side full of confidence but we have a group of players who don’t fear anything. The fans are buying into that and belief is growing out there.

“The pleasing thing is that the players and the supporters are forging a relationship. They want the best for us and we want the best for them. Ultimately we want the best for ourselves and that’s because we want to put in performances we can all be proud of.

“Our fans have been phenomenal and we know they’ll be with us every step of the way as we look to round the season off on a high.”

Thank you to Geoff Thomlinson for a fantastic gesture - click HERE for a chance to win one of five sets of family tickets for this fixture.

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, or order for collection, by clicking HERE. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a land line. Mobile charges may vary. 

Our Cumberland Building Society ticket pod [Fisher Street Branch] is also open for the sale of home match day tickets on Wednesdays [10am to 3pm], Thursdays [10am to 5pm] and Fridays [10am to 5pm] in the week leading up to the game.

Turn the terraces blue and show your support for the lads - shop ‘til you drop at our online Blues Store with everything from replica first team kit to Blues items perfect for the home and for school. Click HERE to visit our online Blues Store. 


Olympic medallist to put Carlisle business leaders through their paces

Former world champion and Olympic silver medallist, Steve Cram CBE will inspire the Carlisle business community on Saturday as part of his role as ambassador for Clydesdale Bank.
Steve is addressing around 120 Business Club members before kick-off against Northampton. 

Guests will hear from Steve about his experience as a world class athlete, drawing parallels between business and sport and highlighting the importance of setting and achieving personal goals. 

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and lunch. The event has been organised jointly by the Carlisle United Business Club and Clydesdale Bank.

David Hannon, Head of Centre at Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Carlisle, said: “We’re all looking forward to having a distinguished sporting figure like Steve Cram speak to our local business community. Steve has great experience over many years, first as a top class athlete, then commentator and businessman, and hopefully he can pass some of his expertise on and inspire the guests.”

For more information about the Business Club and events contact the Commercial Department on or 01228 554 155.


The Supporters’ Car Park

Our supporters’ car park has been placed 'out of action' for this weekend following heavy overnight rain. 

Car park season ticket holders and disabled patrons can use their parking facilities, as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Our Match Sponsors

This weekend we welcome Park Gate as our main Match Sponsors. 

They will bring 40 plus guests and we hope they enjoy their day with us. This is one of many games Park Gate have sponsored over the years and we thank them for their continued support, both through Match Sponsorship and also Business Club membership. 

Our Match Ball Sponsors are Circle Café Bar. They have invited a number of guests and companies to share this sponsorship opportunity with them, including Borderfloor, Fire Cell Safety Training, A1 Lawn Ltd and Eclipse Electrical Solutions. 


The Mascots

Our mascots this weekend are Rhys Mandle and Ewan McGrath. Rhys tells us that Jabo Ibehre is his favourite player and Ewan is a big fan of keeper Mark Gillespie. 

It comes as no surprise at all to learn that both lads are happy to sit down and watch Lionel Messi. Possibly slightly more surprising is that they both list maths as their favourite subject at school!

Have a good day lads!

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


The Man in the Middle

Our match referee is Mr David Coote. David has taken charge of 21 games so far this season and has shown 81 yellow cards and four reds. 

He was last at Brunton Park in January 2014 for our League One victory over MK Dons. Lee Miller, Brad Potts (his first for the club) and David Amoo grabbed the goals in our 3-0 win on a night where absolutely no cards were needed.

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


The Match Programme

Issue 20 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets from 10am on Saturday morning.

This week we get to know Charlie Wyke just that little bit more. Who would he take with him on holiday ... and why ... and who would he definitely leave behind? More importantly, how does he describe himself in just three words (has to be seen to be believed).  

Your regular favourites are there along with a comprehensive stats section to help you to track our progress as we head into an important period. 

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 Brook Street School, Warwick Bridge School and Frizington Community Primary School as part of our Community Ticket Scheme. We’re looking forward to meeting them all as they take a look behind the scenes ahead of the big kick off.

We also welcome members of our latest NCS cohorts who are meeting MP John Stevenson and raising awareness of the National Citizen Service project around the ground. You will see the players wearing their NCS t-shirts for the warm up and there will be bucket collections and information leaflets available around the ground.


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!). 


 to book.HERESeason ticket holders are entitled to 25% off ALL travel on the Virgin Trains network, click 

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