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CLUB: A fond farewell to a dear friend

United say goodbye to a close friend

25 February 2019

Carlisle United are deeply saddened to have received news that our close friend Arthur Brown passed away this weekend.

Arthur, known affectionately by everyone as ‘Little Arthur’, was a Brunton Park regular and a huge fan of the Blues.

He worked with us in many roles over the years, including as a car park attendant, lottery collector, caretaker in the Neil Centre and as match day club caretaker, often staying late into the night to make sure the building was safe and secure following every game.

Chairman Andrew Jenkins said: “This is a big loss to everybody because Arthur was a very welcome sight on match days.

“He worked with us until he was well into his 90’s and his bright and cheerful character gave us all a lift. He really will be missed because sometimes you just get used to seeing good people around the place, and he was definitely one of those.”

“I can honestly say that Arthur will be missed by us all,” John Nixon added. “He was so reliable and conscientious in everything he did, and that came from his love for the club.

“He used to look after the Neil Centre and he took his duties there, and later as caretaker on match days, very seriously indeed. If things were left switched on he made sure he let you know about it the next day, and he did it in such a way that you felt duty bound to get things right for him in future.

“He was one of those people who did so much, but he just got on with it in the background with the minimum of fuss. Over the last two seasons we have welcomed him into the boardroom for every game, and we also made sure he had a seat so that he could watch the match, in recognition of his service to the club.

“I know he felt very proud of that, and he would often make use of his all areas pass to make sure things were running smoothly, and as they should be. He really was a wonderful man.”

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

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