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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Hartlepool United

12 October 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of the weekend fixture

United will equal another club record if they remain unbeaten on Saturday and, with confidence levels high, there aren’t too many who will bet against that being the case.

Hartlepool United are our derby-day rivals and there’s little doubt it’s a game that both sets of supporters are looking forward to.

The manager has already asked for as many people as possible to come along to support the lads as they continue to focus on the job in hand.

He said: “People are obviously talking about the unbeaten record, and we are very proud to have achieved that, but the incentive for these players is the three points on offer for each game. Club records and milestones are a welcome bonus, but it is all about making sure that things are done properly every day as far as this group is concerned.

“The focus within the dressing room is fantastic because they know they have to take every opposition on its own merits. There are good habits in the group now and even when the football isn’t the prettiest on the eye we still get our jobs done.

“That’s because we believe we’re going to win games. Even when we were getting draws there was an inner belief that we weren’t too far away from turning them into three points. There’s a lot of confidence and that has been coupled with a determination that we think will help us to keep the run going.”

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 D Marks Carpets as our Main Match Sponsor.

Donald was proud to sponsor the Blackpool away game recently and is delighted to be with us at Brunton Park this weekend. We hope he has a fantastic day with his guests in our Sponsors Lounges.

We have two Match Ball Sponsors with us this weekend. Concept Architectural & Design Services and David Smart (life long Blues supporter who turned 50 this year) are with us, with their guests, and they will get to enjoy our full range of facilities and activities in our hospitality areas.

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


Our Official Kick It Out Fixture

This weekend’s match is our dedicated fixture to the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation.

Since 1993, Kick It Out has worked throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.

Throughout the 2016/17 season, Kick It Out is running an initiative – Call Full Time On Hate – which aims to utilise and engage the collective force of football to tackle discrimination and hate incidents at every level of the game. The initiative also seeks to highlight the positive messages of inclusion echoed by the football authorities, clubs, players, managers and supporters’ groups.

Carlisle United are fully behind #CallFullTimeOnHate and in addition to its support in the programme today, the club will be supporting the initiative on social media, as well as through Kick It Out resources such as posters and t-shirts inside Brunton Park.

Supporters can contact Kick It Out on 0800 169 9414 or by emailing

Download the free KickItOut app on iOS or Android and join us as we #CallFullTimeOnHate:


United Veterans v Thursby Veterans

A team made up of former-Blues heroes will play the Thursby Veterans in an open door game on the Brunton Park training pitch on Saturday.

Supporters are invited to come down to watch the game [kick off at 12pm] before joining the players for a drink and an informal Q&A session in the Sunset Suite [details below] ahead of the main feature of the day when United host local rivals Hartlepool at 3pm.

12pm - Carlisle United XI v Thursby Veterans - Brunton Park Training Pitch (FREEEntry - Sunset Suite open from 11.30am).   

Please note - our Supporters Car Park will be open early for this event - parking costs just £2.50 for the day.

11.30am to 2pm – Happy Hour in the Sunset Suite. £3 per pint for John Smiths, Fosters and Strongbow. Pie and a Pint just £5.50.
1.30pm – Q&A in the Sunset Suite with Paul Proudlock and George Oghani.
3pm - United v Hartlepool United

Click HERE for full details.


Big Match Big Car Draw

Keep your eye on the pitch at half time where our Promotions and Lottery Department will be holding their prize draw where one lucky Lottery members will be walking away (no, that’s driving away) with a brand new car!

For just £1 per week you can join the fun!

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, three 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.


Don’t forget to join us in our Family Zone

Remember, our Family Zone is your Family Zone. Our young fans really enjoy the facility and, with this in mind, we ask visitors old and young to take care of the equipment provided.

Please do enjoy the consoles, toys and equipment purchased for the Zone and make sure you leave things as you find them so that we can continue to populate the Zone on our home match days.

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.

Entry to the Family Zone is for Pioneer Foods Stand ticket holders only. Supporters with youngsters who want to go into the Family Zone can switch locations at a cost of 50p (seated area to seated area) or £3 (terraced area to seated area) per ticket.


The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Annie Ellwood, Harry Galloway and Joshua Musgrave.

Annie is a Nicky Adams fan, Harry likes Danny Grainger and Joshua likes Charlie Wyke – all three of them are looking forward to having a kick-a-bout on the pitch.

Have a great day everyone!

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 Darren Bond.

Mr Bond has taken charge of ten games so far this season and has shown 29 yellow cards and three reds.

His last trip to Brunton Park was for our ... stand by ... 1-0 victory over Hartlepool back in April. Hallam Hope scored the only goal of the game on 55 minutes and there were no United names taken on the day.

He was also with us for our home-away fixture at Deepdale shortly after Storm Desmond struck when we beat Notts County in an impressive 3-0 display. Danny Grainger and Jabo Ibehre (2) scored the goals and Charlie Wyke was the only name taken.

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


The Match Programme

Issue 8 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

This week it is a Kick It Out match special as we host the campaign’s official KIO fixture. Find advice on how to report unsavoury behaviour within the stadium and read full details of the brand new KIO reporting app.

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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