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Match Previews


11 January 2017

Everything you need to know ahead of the Saturday home fixture

United return to Brunton Park looking to kick things off in 2017 with a good performance and a positive result against ‘local’ rivals Morecambe.

The Blues sit in third place in the table following an excellent first half of the season and the lads are looking for more of the same as they head towards the business end of the campaign.

Manager Keith Curle said: “It was fantastic to see over 6,000 Carlisle fans in the stadium for the last home game and we would love to see the same again. It makes a huge difference and the support we get home and away is massively appreciated by everyone at the club.

“We’re working hard to bring success to this club and now is the time for us all to pull together. We’ve put some good building blocks in place and we have a group of players who want to win games. I’m sure we’ll see a very positive reaction at the weekend.”

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 welcome Don Marks, of D Marks Carpets, and his guests as our main Match Sponsor.

We also have two Match Ball Sponsors joining us in Foxy’s Restaurant - they are Malcolm Duers Plumbing and Heating and JOD Media. We hope that all of our sponsors and guests have an enjoyable time with us.

In the Legends Lounge we have a group of former players joining us off the back of the event held at the Old Fire Station on Friday night. They will be participating in Q&A sessions in Foxy’s Restaurant and carrying out the half time Golden Gamble draw. The former stars who attended the event were John Halpin, Chris Lumsdon, Hugh McIlmoyle, Derek Mountfield, Paul Simpson, Steve Soley and Dean Walling.

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


Cumberland Building Society – A Stand Community Ticket Scheme

Welcome to Crown Newlaithes U11s, Bewcastle Primary School, Fairfield Primary School, St Margaret Mary’s Catholic School, Abbeytown Junior Football Club and Frizington Community Primary School who are all attending today’s match in the Cumberland Community Stand as part of our Community Ticket Scheme – we hope you all enjoy the match!


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 Dylan Campbell-Casson and Ava Donoghue.

Dylan tells us that Jason Kennedy is his favourite player and Ava is looking forward to meeting Jabo Ibehre.

As for school – both have Maths as their favourite subject. Now that’s impressive.

Have a great day both!

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 Ross Joyce.

Mr Joyce has taken charge of 26 games so far this season and has shown 112 yellow cards and 8 reds.

This is his second visit to Brunton Park this season and he was also the man in the middle for the 2-2 away draw at Doncaster at the end of September. Shaun Miller and Jabo Ibehre scored the goals for us on that night. His visit here for the Exeter game in November was an action packed affair. Charlie Wyke (2) and Shaun Miller scored the goals as we won 3-2, and Michael Raynes and Jabo Ibehre picked up bookings for the home side. Jamie Devitt was given his marching orders when he was shown a second yellow in time added on at the end of the game.

We wish Mr Joyce 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 15 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

This week we find out who Tom Miller would (and definitely wouldn’t) take on a trip to a secluded desert island and the stats pages are brought bang up to date with all of the facts and figures from the busy festive period.

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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