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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Forest Green Rovers

Everything you need to know ahead of this weekend's game

24 January 2018

Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Forest Green Rovers

Everything you need to know ahead of this weekend's game

24 January 2018

United host Forest Green Rovers this weekend and the home side will be looking to build on two consecutive league clean sheets on their return to Brunton Park.

Looking ahead to the weekend fixture, manager Keith Curle said: "The clean sheets show us that we're getting a level of solidity in our play. We now need to add quality and good decision making in the final third to what we're doing to make sure that we start picking up the results we all want to see.

"With 18 games left to go we know that we have to put a run of four or five victories together, sooner rather than later, and we know we have the ability within the dressing room to do that. If we can get a run like that going it puts us right back to where we want to be. That has to be our aim.

"Our fans were patient with us at the Crewe game, and we got the rewards because of it, and we ask for the same again. We aren't going to get everything our own way, because teams want points for their own reasons, but if we stick together and keep doing things right it should help everything else take care of itself."

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.


Welcome to Saturday's Associate Sponsors

We give a special welcome to our match day Associate Sponsor InvestAcc Pension Administration Ltd this weekend.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope you and your guests have a great day with us.


Welcome to our Community Ticket Scheme Groups

Our Cumberland Community Stand will be a noisy one once again this weekend.

Welcome to Silloth MiniGulls, Crown Newlaithes Under 11's FC, St Cuthbert's Community Catholic School, Shankhill CE School, Fellview Primary School and Penrith AFC Juniors [over 100 players from all age groups] who are attending today’s game as part of the Community Ticket Scheme.

Have a great time everybody! 

Our half-time entertainment will be another of our popular crossbar challenges - keep an eye out on social media, because it could be you ... and you'll be doing battle against some of the visiting fans from Forest Green.


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


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

Our hospitality areas will all be in full-flow again this weekend and we're looking forward to seeing you all there as we welcome Forest Green Rovers for what is another important game.   

Our TV screens will be showing all of the sports coverage ahead of kick off, to help you to get in the mood for the big game. And live football will also be on our screens after full time, 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


Snap up a bargain in the Blues Store this weekend!

Make sure you pop into the Blues Store on your way into the ground on Saturday afternoon. 

From fashion ranges to small souvenirs, 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!

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


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 James and Daniel Dane, and James Mallin. We also welcome Owen Moir who will be representing Forest Green Rovers. 

The Dane boys had Nicky Adams, Tom Miller and Danny Grainger as their favourite players, but James Mallin has told us that his favourite Carlisle player is his mum [she plays for the CUFC Ladies team].

Owen is most looking forward to meeting Forest striker Christian Doidge. 

Have a great afternoon with us everyone!

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 Eddie Ilderton.

Mr Ilderton has taken charge of 16 games so far this season and has shown 46 yellow cards and six reds.

One of those dismissals was an early shower for defender Tom Parkes when he was sent from the field during United's defeat at Sincil Bank earlier in the season. Richie Bennett also went in the book that day.

He was also our referee for the Exeter game in October. The Grecians nicked the contest with a second half goal and Danny Grainger and Clint Hill had their names taken that day.


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


The Match Programme

Issue 19 of this season’s 'The Blues' Match Day programme is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

19 programmes completed already - the season is flying by!

It’s packed with fun, facts and features to keep you entertained during the half time break.

And, this week, we find out more about man-of-the-moment Sam Cosgrove as he reveals some of his likes and dislikes.

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



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.


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 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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