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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley

1 September 2016

Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley

1 September 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of the weekend fixture

August was unbeaten for Carlisle United and they head into Saturday’s home meeting with Accrington Stanley in confident mood having played some of the best football we’ve seen for years - both at home and on their travels.

Manager Keith Curle said: “We need 6,000 fans at Brunton Park on Saturday. We’re creating a little wave – who knows what that wave can turn into? We’re building momentum and we have a group of players who want to win football matches, and win them well.

“Unity is everything in this business and we want our fans behind us to spur us on. We want Brunton Park to be rocking. We'll entertain them, we'll play football and show effort, commitment and desire. We'll try and play the game how I know the Carlisle fans want to see us play football.

“Our supporters have really bought in to the way we’re doing things this season. They’ve enjoyed it when we’ve dominated possession and they’ve raised the noise levels when we’ve needed an extra lift. That is very much appreciated by everyone. 

“Away from home support like that can help the players to find the extra tackle or that bit of added energy. At home it can create an imposing atmosphere and make our stadium a very difficult place to come. I like that.”

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

We welcome three Match Day sponsors this weekend.

Our Associate Sponsors are Bendles Solicitors, and we have two Match Ball Sponsors – Heineken and JJ Chapman Electrical Limited. 

We hope our sponsors and their guests all enjoy their day with us and we thank them for their continued support throughout this season, and in previous and future seasons.

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


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. 

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 against Accrington.

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.


Family Zone a huge success

EFL title sponsors Sky Bet helped us to restore our Family Zone to its former glory recently and it is proving to be extremely popular with our younger fans on a match day.

The Zone opens as soon as the turnstiles open at 1.30pm and closes just before full time, with fully qualified staff on hand to help throughout.

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.

But remember, 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.

Welcome to our Cumberland Building Society Community Ticket Scheme Groups

Welcome to Bayside FC and Youth in the Barn Football School who are attending today's game as part of our Community Ticket Scheme. 

Bayside FC are based in Dalgety Bay, Fife and are playing local team Crusaders as part of their visit.



Our catering outlets in the Pioneer Foods Stand (east side of the stadium) will be in full operation for the game and will be serving hot and cold food.

A catering van with hot food options will be situated externally in the main car park on the west side of the ground. Snacks and light refreshments are available inside the ground for our Paddock and Warwick Road End supporters.

Work on the catering huts within the Paddock and WRE areas has been approved – we hope to have these facilities up and running at the earliest opportunity.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.


Match Day Ticket Sales

Our ticket office staff are now back 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 from 10am to 5.15pm on weekend match days.

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. 


The Mascots

Our mascots today are Matthew Lee and Fibi Oates. 

Both Matthew and Fibi have told us that Jabo Ibehre is their favourite player. Matthew says his favourite United memory is watching us beat Plymouth and, for Fibi, it was last season’s trip to Anfield.

Have a great day guys!

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


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.


The Man in the Middle

Our match referee this weekend is Mr Carl Boyeson.

Mr Boyeson has taken charge of three games so far this season and has shown 10 yellow cards. He was last at Brunton Park on 27 April 2013 when we lost 0-2 to Colchester. Jordan Mustoe, Liam Noble and Paul Thirlwell went in the book that day.

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


The Match Programme

Issue 4 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets this weekend.

This week we get to know Joe McKee as he reveals strange room mate habits and how he intends to overcome his fears in the future.

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


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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