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Match Previews


18 November 2016

Match Previews


18 November 2016

All you need to know ahead of the weekend game

United come back to Brunton Park looking to bounce back from a disappointing result at Newport last weekend.

Having dominated most of the game there was nothing to show from the trip into South Wales, but there was an immediate focus on putting things right as the lads reflected on a record breaking run which has taken them into the automatic promotion places.

Manager Keith Curle said: “We’ve started the season really well and we didn’t like the feeling after the game last Saturday. This is a group that has set high standards and it was pleasing to see the attitude on the training ground earlier in the week.

“These lads are demanding more and more from each other every day and they will be a dangerous animal at the weekend. They want to start another run and they want to get back to being a really difficult team to beat. I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction when they cross the line on match day.”

Remember, you can purchase your tickets by telephone on 0844 371 1921* or buy online and print at home, or order for collection, by clicking HERE

*Calls to this number are charged at 7p per minute from landlines. Charges from mobiles may vary. A booking fee of £1 applies to all online transactions.


Thank you to our Big Match Sponsors

This weekend we welcome Thomas Graham as our main match sponsors. They join us in Foxy’s Restaurant with 80 guests ready to enjoy our match day hospitality – this includes staff, customers and suppliers. We hope they all enjoy their day.

We are also joined by associate sponsors DA Harrison and Atlas Concrete Limited. They will also be in Foxy’s Restaurant which should help us to make it a fantastic atmosphere.

We have an extensive range of sponsorship opportunities available, from Match Day sponsorship to Player and Ball sponsorship packages. For more information please contact the Commercial Department on 01228 554 155 or email


Business Club

Carlisle United’s Business Club members are in for a treat today as former-event rider Claire Lomas comes to Brunton Park as guest speaker at our latest pre-match event.

Claire, who suffered a life changing accident whilst competing in the Osberton Horse Trials in 2007, will talk about the challenges she has faced since the incident – from learning to walk again alongside her daughter Maisie to becoming the first person to finish the London Marathon using a robotic walking aid.

We’ll have pictures and comment from this Business Club event on the official website early next week.

To read a full interview with Claire, click HERE.


Cumberland Building Society – A Stand Community Ticket Scheme

Welcome to 3rd Carlisle St Barnabas Cubs, Broughton Moor Primary School, Warwick Bridge Primary School, Bampton Rovers, Newtown Community School, Kirkbampton CE School and Brough Primary school who are all joining us in the Cumberland Community Stand as part of our Community Ticket Scheme today – we hope you all have a great day!


It’s Happy Hour Again ...

We’ll be hosting a Happy Hour in the Sporting Inn and the Sunset Suite once again this Saturday between 1pm and 2pm.

Your favourite tipple is just £3 per pint for John Smiths, Fosters and Strongbow. Or you can pick up a Pie and a Pint at just £5.50.

It’s a great way to start the day – we’ll see you there ... and it’s your round!


The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Joe Johnstone and Craig Robson.

Joe is a big Mark Gillespie fan and Craig is most looking forward to meeting Luke Joyce.

And how’s this for a mascot fact – if you’re getting thee boys some ice cream make sure it’s Mint Choc Chip for Joe and Strawberry for Craig. You’ve been warned!

Have a great 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 this weekend is Mr Ross Joyce.

Mr Joyce has taken charge of 19 games so far this season and has shown 85 yellow cards and 5 reds.

This is his first visit to Brunton Park this season but he was the man in the middle for the 2-2 away draw at Doncaster at the end of September. That was a night which caused much confusion as official records showed a first half booking for Danny Grainger as he disputed the award of a penalty.

In actual fact, it was a wave of the hand from the referee and not the showing of a card. Shaun Miller and Jabo Ibehre scored the goals for us on the night.

We wish Mr Joyce and his team all the very best this weekend.

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


The Match Programme

Issue 10 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

This week we have a fascinating interview with Business Club guest speaker Claire Lomas who has overcome a serious injury to raise over half a million pounds for charity.

We also have interviews with Manager of the Month Keith Curle and Player of the Month Jason Kennedy as they look back on their awards.

Packed with stats, facts, history and features, and priced at just £2, it’s one not to be missed.


Match Day Ticket Sales

Match Day Ticket Sales are as follows:

Main Stand [B, C, Pirelli Family Stand and EWM] – from the ticket office situated on the west side of the stadium.

Paddock – from the Paddock ticket office situated at the southern end of the Paddock.

Pioneer Foods Stand and Warwick Road End – from the Pioneer Foods Stand ticket office situated on the ground floor on the east side of the stadium.

Away fans – from the away ticket office situated at the northern end of the Pioneer Foods Stand.

Remember – during the working week our Pioneer Foods Stand ticket office, situated on the first floor of the Pioneer Foods stand, is open for ticket sales for ALL areas of the ground.

The ticket office on the west side of the stadium is open on MATCH DAYS ONLY.

The ticket office is open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays (and until kick off for midweek games) and from 10am to 5.15pm on weekend match days.

It is worth noting that entry can be gained on match days by showing your ticket confirmation email on your smart phone or equivalent device. Simply present the relevant section of your eTicket for scanning at point of entry.

For full ticket office opening times and ticket prices, click HERE.

Please note - ticket collections (home and away fans) are from the Ticket Office window on the west side of the stadium.


Golden Gamble

Keep your eye out for our Golden Gamble sellers around the ground ahead of kick off.

Your tickets can be purchased for just £1 (or at 3 for £2) and give you the chance to win either £100, or the share of a cash pot, in our half time draws.

And, while we’re on the subject, why not sign up to our exciting Blues Lotto? For just £1 you can purchase 10 lucky numbers for our weekly draw giving you the chance to win cash prizes from our fund of nearly £60,000.

There is now the opportunity to pay an additional £1 per week to upgrade to Premier Membership where there is another £17,000 cash, 3 new cars and many other prizes waiting to be won.

For more details visit or email

Alternatively call 01228 526 237 and ask for Ewan Wood.



The catering outlets in the Paddock and Warwick Road End are now fully operational and will be serving the full range of hot and cold food for every game this season.

Fans can purchase burgers, hot dogs, pies and hot drinks inside the stadium, as well as from the catering van situated in the main car park, as normal.


The Blues Store in the East Stand Club Bar

We are delighted to confirm that our Blues Store will be operating from the Club Bar adjacent to the Family Zone in the Pioneer Foods Stand once again this weekend.

A full range of stock will be available with the emphasis on smaller items, suitable for the younger visitors to our extremely popular Family Zone games and play area. 

Keep an eye out for our East Stand Tuck Shop which sells a full range of soft drinks and confectionery.

Replica kit sales continue to go well in our main Blues Store on Warwick Road and it would be great to see you in your favourite colour [blue, red or white] as you cheer on the lads in the big game.

Blues Store opening times: 

Monday 10am-5pm
Tuesday 10am-5pm (open until 7.45pm on a match day)
Wednesday CLOSED 
Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-3pm (open until 5.30pm on match day)  

Telephone sales: 01228 554 138 (during store working hours only).

Click HERE to shop at our online Blues Store.


Challenge 25

We are operating the ‘Challenge 25’ policy at Brunton Park this season. 

Please do not be offended if you are asked for ID when purchasing alcohol and if you appear to be under the age of 25 to our bar staff.

Thank you for your cooperation.


The Supporters’ Car Park

Our supporters’ car park is open with parking available at the stadium at just £2.50.

Please be aware that the ground is still soft underfoot, so take care when navigating and walking around the area.


Local Match Day Travel with Stagecoach

Carlisle Footyrider – get to the match for half the cost!

Stagecoach Cumbria and Carlisle United are working together to make it easier for you to get to Brunton Park on match days.

The Carlisle Footyrider ticket will get you to every first-team home game for half the price of a normal dayrider ticket.  

Stagecoach service 76 and 685 takes you straight to Brunton Park. Simply catch service 76 from The Crescent (Stand U) near the train station or service 685 from Carlisle Bus Station.

What you'll need

To get a Carlisle Footyrider ticket you’ll need to show our driver one of the following:

+ A valid Carlisle United season ticket 
+ A ticket for that day's match

Where you can travel 

You can get to Brunton Park from anywhere across Cumbria and North Lancashire. Depending on where you’re travelling from, you can purchase a Footyrider ticket from within the:

+ Carlisle dayrider zone
+ Carlisle dayrider plus zone
+ Explorer zone

How much does it cost?

+ Carlisle dayrider - £1.50
+ Carlisle dayrider plus - £3.35
+ Explorer - £5.40

Click HERE to visit the Stagecoach website for full travel details.

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