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Match Previews


25 January 2017

Match Previews


25 January 2017

Everything you need to know ahead of the weekend home game

United bring the first month of the New Year to a close with a home game against a much-improved Barnet side who now sit on the brink of the play-off places.

Two hard-earned draws have kept the Cumbrians in the automatic promotion spots in League Two but the Blues are looking for a return to winning ways at the weekend.

Manager Keith Curle said: “I know it’s a message we’ve repeated but our last good run started with a couple of draws. We’ve created enough chances in all of the games this month to have come away with more points and that gives us something to build on.

“The pleasing thing is that we know we have the full backing of the fans. They’ve stuck with us, even when things haven’t always been going our way, and I can’t stress enough how important that is.

“We’ve had some excellent numbers home and away recently and it would be fantastic to see everyone there and cheering us on again on Saturday. We make Brunton Park a very hard place for teams to come when we’re all pulling in the same direction and, with 19 games left to play, we’re all looking for a big effort in every area, on and off the pitch, to see this over the line.”

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 would like to welcome both Unwin Jones and Cito Cleaning as our main Match Sponsors.

We also have two Associate Sponsors joining us in Foxy’s Restaurant - they are Investacc and CUOSC.

We hope that all of our sponsors and guests have an enjoyable time 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


New song – Cumbrians! – available to purchase in our Blues Store

United fans can pick up their copy of the brand new song – Cumbrians! – this week as it hits the Blues Store ahead of the Barnet home game on Saturday morning.

The song, written by North West based musician and composer Steve Brown, has been backed by the Carlisle United Supporters’ Groups and is the brainchild of lifelong Blues fan Peter Scholes.

Speaking this week, Peter said: “We are both thrilled to finally get the song onto a CD and ready for the Blues Store. It has been a labour of love for the club we love.

“It would be amazing to hear it played around the ground and even sang by the fans in the Warwick. We really hope the fans warm to the tune.”

The CD will be available from the Blues store on Saturday morning, priced at £3. All profits go to some very good causes – click HERE for more details.


CUOSC holding Study Centre Surgery

CUOSC will be holding a surgery in the Study Centre at Brunton Park to give supporters a chance to ask any questions they may have.

The Study Centre is next to the Blues Store just off Warwick Road at Brunton Park.  CUOSC Board Members will be in attendance from 1.15pm to 2.45pm to meet with fans and talk about anything they would like to discuss concerning Carlisle United and CUOSC.

Disabled Fan Representative Barry Carter will also be at the surgery to discuss any issues, plus the formation of the Disabled Fans Group.


Cumberland Building Society – A Stand Community Ticket Scheme

Welcome to Northbank U8s, Upperby Park U8s, Salterbeck FC, Keswick U14s, Dalston U12s and Crusaders Reds U9s who are all with us as part of the Community Ticket Scheme in the Cumberland Community Stand, we hope you all enjoy today’s game!


It’s Happy Hour Again ...

We’ll be hosting a Happy Hour in the Sporting Inn and the Sunset Suite once again this Saturday between 1pm and 2pm.

Your favourite tipple is just £3 per pint for John Smiths, Fosters and Strongbow. Or you can pick up a Pie and a Pint at just £5.50.

It’s a great way to start the day – we’ll see you there ... and it’s your round!


The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Millie Johnstone, Logan Johnstone and Jamie Gill.

Millie and Logan both have Nicky Adams as their favourite player, but for Jamie it’s Charlie Wyke. 

We hope you all enjoy meeting all of the players on Saturday.

Have a great day!

Our match mascots are chosen at random from our Junior Blue membership - to find out more about our Junior Blues membership, click HERE.


The Man in the Middle

Our match referee this weekend is Mr Michael Salisbury.

Mr Salisbury has taken charge of 20 games so far this season and has shown 64 yellow cards and 7 reds.

He was last with us in August last year for our 1-1 draw with Cheltenham. Jason Kennedy scored our late equaliser in the game and Danny Grainger was the only United name to be taken on the night.

We wish Mr Salisbury and his team all the very best this weekend.

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


The Match Programme

Issue 16 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

This week we get up close and personal with new boy Gary Liddle as we find out what makes him tick, and who it is in the dressing room who winds him up.

Packed with stats, facts, history and features, and priced at just £2, 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

*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.

Please note - ticket collections (home and away fans) are from the Ticket Office window on the west side of the stadium.


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.

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 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.


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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