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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Wycombe Wanderers

21 September 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of the weekend game

Eight league games unbeaten equals the start to the title winning campaign of 1994/95, when United went on to dominate Division Three, and Keith Curle’s class of 2016 are determined to keep their run going for as long as possible. 

The manager started his third year in charge at the club on Monday morning but he insists that there is still more to come despite significant improvement being achieved since that first game (away at Mansfield Town in 2014).

“I know I keep saying this but I look back to where we were when I first got the job and I think we can now be pleased that we have the foundations and building blocks in place which can help to take us forward,” he said. “The fans have bought into the fact they know their team is going to be competitive in every game they play, and they’re giving us their support because of that.

“The pleasing thing for me is we have a culture at this club where we win together, and we lose together. We don’t look to apportion blame or for who is at fault – it’s about looking at the positives and the negatives so we can improve as a unit.

“I have to say, it feels like a club where people are enjoying their football at the moment. Yes, we want to turn draws into wins, but we’re creating chances and we’re playing the football which tells us that will happen.

“Wycombe come to us off the back of a very good result but we will go into it to deal with the threats we know they will bring so that we can impose our style of play on them. It’s the same message every week because we want to our supporters to expect good things from us. It’s a challenge the players enjoy – to go out there and produce a performance every single week.”


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.

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Thank you to our Big Match Sponsor

We welcome Story Contracting as our main match sponsor this weekend.
 
They will be joining us, with their guests, and will be treated to a private bar, food served before the game and a Man-of-the-Match presentation afterwards. We hope everyone enjoys their day with us.


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 commercial@carlisleunited.co.uk.

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Welcome to our Business Club members

Our Business Club will be holding a match day meeting in Foxy’s Restaurant on Saturday morning and we welcome them all for what we think will be an interesting day.

GB Olympian and local lad Tom Farrell will be speaking about his experiences as an athlete, and within the international competitive environment, and manager Keith Curle will be talking all things football ahead of the big kick off.


For more information on our Business Club please contact the Commercial Department on 01228 554 155 or email commercial@carlisleunited.co.uk.

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Catering

We are delighted to announce that the catering outlets in the Paddock and Warwick Road End will be in full operation for the game and they will be serving the full range of hot and cold food.

The refurbishment of the kiosks was completed this week and fans can look forward to burgers, hot dogs, pies and hot drinks inside the stadium, as well as a catering van situated in the main car park, as normal.

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Sporting Inn - Arsenal v Chelsea, 5.30pm kick off

We’ll be showing the evening Premier League game between two of the London giants in the Sporting Inn on Saturday – kick off at 5.30pm.

Please note – the Sunset Suite will close shortly after full time for a private booking. Fans are asked to make their way along to the Sporting Inn to watch the second biggest game of the day.

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The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Oliver Anderson and Harry Littlefair.

Oliver is a Reggie Lambe fan and Harry is looking forward to meeting Danny Grainger.

Both lads have predicted a 2-0 Carlisle victory – fingers crossed!!

Have a great day guys!


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

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The Man in the Middle

Our match referee this weekend is Mr Seb Stockbridge.

Mr Stockbridge has taken charge of nine games so far this season and has shown 39 yellow cards and two reds.

He was with us twice last season – his first was for the interesting encounter back in August 2015 when we beat Chesterfield 3-1 in the League Cup. Jabo Ibehre (2) and Kevin Osei scored our goals with Steven Rigg, Michael Raynes and Gary Dicker going in the book. Spireites scorer Emmanuel Dieseruvwe had his celebrations cut short on the night when he was shown a red card.

His other visit was for our ‘home away’ game at Ewood Park against Plymouth, where the visitors won 2-0. Mark Ellis and Troy Archibald-Henville went in the book for the Cumbrians that afternoon.


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

Issue 6 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets today.

This week we have welcome news about our Community Ticket Scheme partners Cumberland Building Society as they extend their partnership with us for that very popular scheme.

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

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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)  
Sunday CLOSED

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

Click HERE to shop at our online Blues Store.

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Don’t forget to join us in our Family Zone

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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