Brunton Park’s Sunset Suite received a welcome makeover this week as part of a project led by Carlisle United Supporters’ Groups (CUSG) which saw fans donate memorabilia, including shirts, programmes and photographs, which now take pride of place on the walls of the popular match day bar.
At an unveiling event held in the Sunset Suite on Thursday morning former players joined with fans for the first viewing of the memorabilia which captures iconic chapters of the club's history, ranging from the early years through to promotions, cup finals and the Jimmy Glass goal.
United legends Hughie McIlmoyle, Billy Rafferty and Les O'Neill mingled with supporters to reminisce as the items, on display for the first time, brought back many fond memories.
Speaking about the improvement the framed memorabilia makes to the Sunset Suite, CUSG chairman Simon Clarkson said: “Everyone has been positive about the difference these frames make.
“Now it feels more like a football ground bar. This, however, is just the beginning. If anyone has anything suitable to donate, we will keep going and adding these framed and mounted items to other areas of the ground.”
And on the team effort involved in making the project work, he said: “From fans and the club providing items, to local businesses completing the framing and hanging, this has been a great team effort.
“CUSG is all about working together and we hope that fans get a lot of pleasure from the display."
United’s chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: “This is a really good addition to the club.
“We are delighted to showcase these displays and they are a real credit to Simon, the fans who donated, CUSG and the club as everyone worked together to make this happen.
“I’m sure it will prove to be a popular talking point, and we’re looking forward to seeing it grow and grow as more items are added.”
If you have items you would like to donate please contact CUSG on firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter using the tag @CarlisleUnitedSG.