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Match Previews


28 October 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of the weekend

The much talked about club record has been broken, but there’s a determination within the group not to rest on any laurels as Crawley come to town this weekend.

As has been seen recently, the squad are as willing to roll their sleeves up as they are to play their football as they go in pursuit of positive results.

Manager Keith Curle said: “I think it goes without saying that we all have to enjoy what’s happening at the moment. You go into any season looking for momentum and we’ve definitely got that.

“Let’s remember though, that doesn’t just happen. It comes from having the right attitude, approach and preparation and that starts with the first training session of every week. If for one minute these players look like taking their foot off the gas, I’m on at them.

“The really pleasing this is that I’m not having to do too much of that. They’re looking after themselves and they’re demanding more and more from each other. There’s a hunger for success and I like that.

“What we want now is for everyone to stay with us. As I’ve said before, we want the people who came out in numbers for our last home game to come back and see us again.

“We really are building something here and if we all work at it together it will feel extra special. Believe me, there’s more to come from this group, and I don’t think any Carlisle fan will want to miss it.”

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 Ben Greenslade and his guests from House of Vodka as our main Match Sponsors. They are building strong bonds with the club and we’re delighted that they’ll bewith us.

We also have Opera Bingo as our Associate Sponsors. They sponsored the same fixture last season - so fingers crossed for the same result.

Our Match Ball sponsors are CUOSC. They have a quiz night coming up in November – click HERE for more details of how to sign up and take part.

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


Join us for match day hospitality in Foxy's Restaurant

Make it a really special day out by taking one of our Hospitality packages in our highly popular Foxy's Restaurant.

Prices start from just £25pp (from £45pp including match ticket) and can be tailored to suit your needs.

The packages include:

+ Pre-match meal
+ Optional ground tour
+ Programme and team sheet
+ Match day competitions
+ Man of the match presentation

Legends Lounge - £40pp

+ Pre-match buffet style meal
+ Complimentary drink on arrival
+ Match ticket
+ Programme and team sheet

For more information please contact the Commercial Department on 01228 554 155 or email


KORBR Veterans help United to launch Poppy Appeal 2017

Carlisle United Football Club are proud to be supporters of this season’s Poppy Appeal and we are delighted to welcome veterans from the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment who will be delivering the match ball and acting as a Guard of Honour for the game.

The former-soldiers, most of which are Cumbrians, are proud members of their Regimental Association and have many years of service between them. As well as enjoying the game, they are helping us to officially launch this season’s Poppy Appeal on behalf of the club.

This year, The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too.

For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember them, the Legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of Veterans and Service personnel that need support.

Rethink Remembrance this Poppy Appeal.


It’s a great time to be a Junior Blue

Fantastic news for our Junior Blue and Olga’s Army members this weekend – show us your membership card and you gain entry to the game for just £1!

And, as if that isn’t enough, when you get your ticket you’ll be given a voucher which entitles you to 15% off any purchase in our Blues Store.

We'll be getting our young Junior Blue and Olga’s Army supporters involved in a whole host of activities this season – from exclusive training sessions and parties to signing events – so register with us today to make sure you don't miss out!

Click HERE for more information on our Junior Blues and Olga’s Army.


Spooky Fun in our Family Zone this weekend

It’s that time of year again – don’t be too scared as you join us in the Family Zone for some spooky Halloween fun.

We’ll have creepy games, frightening activities and all kinds of scary goings on, so please do dress up in your spine chilling costumes if you want to really make a ghastly day of it.

Don’t forget, 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.


It’s Happy Hour Again ...

We’ll be hosting a Happy Hour in the Sporting Inn and the Sunset Suite on 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!


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 Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Sam Cowx and Owen Swift.

Sam has Nicky Adams as his favourite player and Owen is a big supporter of Jabo Ibehre. The lads can be found watching Pokemon or Match of the Day and are both looking forward to being out on the pitch on Saturday.

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 Ollie Yates.

Mr Yates has taken charge of eleven games so far this season and has shown 33 yellow cards and four reds.

This is his first visit to Brunton Park and the first time he has been the match referee for a United game, in this his first season on the Football League roster.

We wish Mr Yates 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 9 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

This week we launch our Poppy Appeal (see above) and we have a look back at an excellent week which saw us break records and pick up two amazing awards at the CN Group Business Awards Gala Dinner.

And, with the spooky weekend in mind, make sure you take a look at our ghastly squad list on page 46 - you'll never be the same again once you do!

Don't miss our spooky competition - find and count the halloween related images hidden on selected pages and you could win a ball signed by the squad. More details to follow on this competition later in the week.

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



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.


Match Day Ticket Sales

Our ticket office staff are situated in the main building on the west side of the stadium and are ready to deal with all of your ticket sales and queries throughout the week. 

Head to the main ticket office windows, adjacent to the main entrance, during working hours.

Please note – the Pioneer Stand ticket office and Paddock ticket office are both open on match days. Tickets for these areas of the stadium can be purchased from these satellite ticket offices as normal in the lead up to the game.

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 Main Ticket Office window on the west side of the stadium. 


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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