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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Cheltenham Town

Everything you need to know ahead of the Saturday fixture

17 August 2017

Cheltenham Town are next up at Brunton Park and we have everything you need to know about the game in our Big Match Preview.

The Blues have enjoyed an encouraging start to the season with two good away victories under their belts from an opening week of very enjoyable football.

And they return to home action this weekend determined to build on the points gained from Cambridge last Saturday.

Manager Keith Curle said: “The opening week of the season left us feeling pleased with where we are, but we know there is still work for us to do.

"The lads have played their football and have also shown that they can go toe-to-toe when it's needed, because they have the desire and determination to get positive results.

"This game will be another tough one but we'll prepare properly and make sure the players have all the information they need.

"The feedback we're getting from our supporters is that they're enjoying and buying in to what we're doing, and we've seen that from the numbers we've had both home and away.

"Hopefully as many of them as possible will be there again on Saturday because the noise they make and the support they give us really does make a difference."

Keith Curle

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.


World Cup winning manager Paul Simpson visits the Blues

Former-Carlisle manager and current England U20 Head Coach Paul Simpson will be our special guest for an exclusive event in Foxy's Restaurant ahead of Saturday's game. 

The cup winning gaffer will give an overview of his story and the success he had with the young Lions this summer, and then take part in a question and answer session hosted by BBC Radio Cumbria's Mike Zeller.

Guests will be asked to arrive from 11.30am, for a 12pm start, with food served from approximately 1.15pm. 

Places at the event are £45 per person and will include a two-course meal and match ticket. Season ticket holders can attend for the knock-down price of just £25.

Paul Simpson

To book your place(s) please email or call 01228 554 155.

Maximum table size is 14 people and bookings of under four people will be placed on a shared table with other guests, if required.

Join us for what is certain to be a fascinating insight into scooping the honours in a major competition. 


All catering facilities open and 1,000 FREE pies up for grabs!

Our new-look Sunset Suite is open again this weekend and we are delighted to confirm that the response to the refurbishment work carried out during the summer has been fantastic. 

Our new official catering partners, abm, will also have ALL of the club's catering outlets around the ground open - many of which have undergone significant improvement works - with the first 1,000 fans to use the facilities set to receive a free award-winning Wright's pie with their purchase.

Commercial assistant Katie Mitchell said: “The final bits of remedial work on the external huts has been completed and we are really happy with our new-look facilities.

"All of our catering and bar areas will be open and, in conjunction with abm, we are expecting to provide a better level of customer service as we go forward from here.”

Sunset SuiteRemember, you can upgrade your match ticket to book a place in Foxy’s Restaurant - £25pp for a two-course meal or £30pp for a three-course meal.

We also 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


CUOSC Surgery and Foodbank Collection

CUOSC will be holding their next Supporters’ Surgery on Saturday, between 1.15pm and 2.45pm in the Study Centre, located next to the Blues Store.  

Barry Carter from the CUSG Disbaled Supporters Group will also be in attendance to answer any questions or queries our disabled fans may have.

As part of their surgery CUOSC will be collecting food for the Carlisle Foodbank which has reported a higher than normal requirement for donations to help with those who use the service through the summer months. 

Click HERE for more details.  


Pick up your brand new Umbro home and away replica kits!

Our Blues Store will be open from 10am on Saturday morning for the sale of this season's double-diamond Umbro home and away kits.

Both kits have been extremely well received with sales at extremely high levels through the first week of the new campaign. 

Some of our first team players will be popping into the Blues Store at around 2pm – be there for a selfie with your new shirt if you can make it!


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

To shop at our online Blues Store, click HERE.


The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Jak Little and Matthew Smith.

Jak's favourite player is Nicky Adams and Matthew is a huge fan of Reggie Lambe.

Enjoy meeting the players 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 Martin Coy.

Mr Coy has been in charge of one game so far this season and has kept his cards firmly in his pocket. 


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


The Match Programme

Issue 2 of this season’s The Blues match day programme is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

It’s a 64-page publication this season and it’s packed with fun, facts and features to keep you entertained during the half time break.


Our popular Head2Head feature puts Mike Jones up against Jamie Devitt - and there are some interesting answers along the way!

Nicky Adams chooses what gets dumped into Room 101 this week.

Priced at just £3 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.

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.


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.

Golden Gamble

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 Blues Store in the East Stand

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 your eye out for our mini-tuck shop selling a range of confectionary and drinks.

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 or carbon] as you cheer on the lads from the stands and the terraces.

Blues Store

Blues Store opening times:

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


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.

Challenge 25

Thank you for your cooperation.


The Supporters’ Car Park

Our supporters’ car park is open with parking available at the stadium at just £3.

Car Park

Please be aware that the ground can be uneven in places, 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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