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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Crewe Alexandra

23 March 2017

Everything you need to know ahead of the weekend home game

“What we also know is that the fans will be there to back us, as they have been all season. Our aim is to give them the results and performances their level of support deserves.”

“We have good players, we know that and we’ve seen it, and our job now is to get the best out of each other and to demand the best from each other in everything we do.

Manager Keith Curle said: “We’ve had some good sessions with the players already this week and there’s a determination within the group to put things right. There’s also a determination to make sure that doesn’t become just words.

United play host to the Railwaymen on Saturday with the Cumbrians determined to get back to winning ways and keep the pressure on in the upper reaches of the division.
Click HERE to watch highlights of the 1-1 away draw at Gresty Road on Boxing Day.

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

And our Match Ball Sponsor is Swinton Insurance who have this season taken a corporate package with us. We hope all our sponsors and their guests enjoy their day with us.

Our Associate Sponsor is Virgin Trains, who continue to support the club in numerous ways. We look forward to seeing them with us again this weekend.

They sponsor a match every season and join us this year in our new Sponsor’s lounge for the first time.

This weekend we welcome loyal sponsors of the club - Park Gate & Co Ltd - as our main Match Day Sponsors.
Remember, 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 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, Disabled Fan Group and Carlisle 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.

As part of their Surgery, and supported by Carlisle United FC, they will be collecting food for the Carlisle Foodbank.

CUOSC’s Vice Chair Mike Denovellis said: “We saw the suggestion from a supporter on one of our social media platforms, and thought it would be an excellent way of helping to support the local community.

“A few other Supporters’ Trusts do the same, with fantastic results, and we hope that our Surgery will provide the perfect opportunity for supporters to contribute, should they wish to do so. If everybody brought along one item, it would help tremendously.”

The Carlisle United Disabled Group chairman Barry Carter will also be at the Study Centre to take names of those interested in being part of the new group.

Registration for the Disabled Group will take just a few seconds, so please do pop in, speak to Barry and leave your contact details.

Click HERE for full details.

If you have any queries, or require further information please don’t hesitate to contact CUOSC by email at, or via telephone on 07999 737 390.


Down’s Syndrome Awareness Campaign

Our Guard of Honour this week is provided by the Cumbria Down’s Syndrome Support Group as they look to raise awareness through the My Voice, My Community week of action.

The Cumbria Down’s Syndrome Support Group is a parent led group which supports over 60 families throughout Cumbria. They help to provide training, education, awareness and social opportunities for families who have family members with Down’s Syndrome.

This week is Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week and we are thrilled to have the group as our guests of honour. 

If anybody would like further information or support please do not hesitate to contact CDSSG on –


The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Demi Haughan and Leo Murphy.

Demi’s favourite player is Danny Grainger and Leo is a big fan of Jabo Ibehre. They are both predicting a comfortable win for United – let’s hope they are right!

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

In a change to our scheduled match official - Mr Nigel Miller will now take charge of this weekend's game.

Mr Miller has been in charge of 33 games and has shown 71 yellow cards and 7 reds. This is his first visit to Brunton Park as the man in the middle this season, but he was our match referee for the 2-2 away draw at Grimsby. Defender Michael Raynes and midfielder Mike Jones went in the book that night.

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


The Match Programme

Issue 22 of The Blues is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

With updates on our Cumberland Building Society Community Ticket Scheme and packed with 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.


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!


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 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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