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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley

Everything you need to know ahead of the Boxing Day game

24 December 2017

Accrington Stanley are our visitors on Boxing Day for what is always an eagerly anticipated encounter.

Looking ahead to the game, manager Keith Curle said: "This is always a game that both clubs look forward to.

"Accrington have had a good first half of the season and they'll be looking to carry that on. For our part, we know we need to match the home form to the away form, and we're determined to give our supporters here at Brunton Park plenty to cheer about.

"Our fans have been fantastic. They've shown patience and they've got behind us, and we share their frustrations at the fact we haven't turned enough of the draws or dominant performances we've had here into match winning results.

"We know in the dressing room that we need to change that. We want to give our fans the success they deserve, and we know they'll be with us every step of the way because there's a determination within the group to bring a winning mentality to our stadium."

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.

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Welcome to our Big Match Sponsors

Our Match Sponsors on Tuesday are a group of Player Sponsors who have come together for a slightly different kind of sponsorship experience.

We'll be joined by David Graham and Jak Little [sponsors of Colin West and Kelvin Etuhu], Alex MacAllister [sponsor of Clint Hill], Malcolm and Yvonne Millar [sponsors of Richie Bennett], Ian and Liz Hoyle [sponsors of Reggie Lambe], Matt Bond from Cito Cleaning [sponsor of Mike Jones] and Bruce and Kathryn Vander Taylor [sponsors of Nicky Adams and Luke Joyce].

Our Match Ball Sponsors on the day are Jack Murchison and Arkale Lodge.

We're looking forward to hosting everybody, with their guests, on Boxing Day.

Look out for a special 'United v Accie' crossbar challenge at half time! It should be a cracker.

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Get to meet the players

Some of the first team squad will be out and about around the ground on match day.

Make sure you get your selfies and autographs:

12.45pm to 1pm - players arrive at main reception

2pm - Blues Store

2.30pm - Family Zone

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Join us for our Happy Hour and Big Match build-up

Our hospitality areas will all be in full-flow again for Boxing Day and we're looking forward to seeing you all for what is always a good game.   

Our TV screens will be showing the Spurs v Southampton game from 12.30pm, to help you to get in the mood for the big game. And don't forget to take in Liverpool v Swansea City at 5.30pm fixture, for those of you who want to stay with us when our game has concluded.

Our catering partners, abm Catering, are delighted to confirm another Happy Hour in the Sporting Inn and Sunset Suite between 12pm and 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

The Happy Hour includes a ‘50p per pint off’ offer on Fosters, John Smiths and Strongbow [£3 per pint during the Happy Hour] – please note, Guinness and Morretti will be sold at full price.

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 commercial@carlisleunited.co.uk

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New stock arriving in our Blues Store all the time!

As we head rapidly towards the festive season we have excellent present and gift ideas arriving in our Blues Store almost every day.

From clothing to small souvenirs and stocking fillers, we have everything your devoted Blues fan could want.

The popular home and away kits continue to sell well - 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!

Also in-store is a fantastic new historical wall chart. Everything you need to know about the Blues is right there in front of your eyes and, at just £10, it's an absolute bargain.

Keep checking in-store and online - we have new fashion and souvenir ranges arriving all the time.

Shirts

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

To shop at our online Blues Store, click HERE.

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The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Daniel Lewis, Mikey Nolan and Peter Young.

Daniel is a big fan of Nicky Adams and Jack Bonham, Mikey likes Nicky Adams and Peter is most looking forward to meeting Mike Jones.

Have a great day with us boys! 

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 is Scott Duncan.

The last time we met Mr Duncan was for our 3-3 home draw with Wycombe in October.

Reggie Lambe (2) and Jamie Devitt got our goals, but we were denied the three points when Paris Cowan-Hall grabbed a late equaliser in time added on. 

Referee

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 15/16 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 72-page combined publication for the festive period and it’s packed with fun, facts and features to keep you entertained during the half time break.

We take a look at some of the best and worst of Christmas present ideas with the squad and we also get to know about their New Year's Resolutions.

And some of it is extremely eye-opening!

Priced at just £3 it’s becoming a must-have match day essential.

Programme

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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.

Fans

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.

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Be in it to win it with our 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 www.blueslotto.co.uk or email lottery@carlisleunited.co.uk

Alternatively call 01228 526 237 and ask for Ewan Wood. 

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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.

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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.

Challenge 25

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 £3.

Car Park

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

Stagecoach

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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