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MATCH UPDATES: Hints and tips ahead of the weekend visit of Macclesfield

Getting ready for the visit of the Silkmen

2 November 2019

A big welcome to our match day sponsors

Our match sponsor this weekend is Thomas Graham. Long standing supporters of the club, they'll be up in Foxy's Restaurant as they back the Blues on Saturday. We hope they bring us luck as they get behind the lads for the big game. 

Thomas Graham
Our match ball sponsor for the game is Mike Temple. He's with us to celebrate his birthday and, again, we hope that he and his guests have a superb day with us. 

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Have a great day with us everyone!

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United and Royal British Legion launch Poppy Appeal

Thank you to the Royal British Legion, the Cumbria Army Cadet Force and the veterans of the King's Own Royal Border Regiment and the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment for helping us to make our 2019 Poppy Appeal launch another special one this year.

Young cadets will form our guard of honour ahead of kick off, with the veterans ready to take their place at the centre circle for a minute of respect (this will include the playing of the Last Post, by bugler Pete Rees, followed by silent reflection, which will cease on the referee's whistle).

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The veterans will be joined by a member of the Cadet Force as they lay poppy wreaths in the centre circle, and we hope you will give all of our military representatives a huge round of applause as they leave the pitch on the day.

Carlisle United raised over £13,000 for the RBL Poppy Appeal last year - please give generously once again when you see the collectors this coming weekend.

Thank you to John Ireland, a veteran of our local regiment, for helping us to pull this together once again this season.

Don't forget we have a 2019 CUFC Poppy Badge currently on sale. For more information, click HERE

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Our official 2019 Kick it Out fixture

You'll see the players wearing the familiar t-shirts ahead of kick off this weekend as we again raise awareness of the important Kick it Out campaign, particularly in light of recent events both nationally and internationally.

Work is continuing with the Premier League and the Football Association to improve processes and procedures in place to address discrimination in stadiums, with commitments made to review how clubs sanction and educate offenders, tackle under-representation across all levels of the game and improve training provisions for stewards to ensure they are best equipped to recognise and respond to issues as they arise.

However, there is no room for complacency and, on Show Racism the Red Card day, the EFL and its clubs are reinforcing the collective approach to be taken under the header ‘Not today or any day’, if anyone experiences, or is subject to, discriminatory behaviour.

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The EFL recommends the following methods:

+ Report it to a steward or police officer. Reporting incidents early helps clubs to take immediate action.

+ Confidentially report it via the Kick It Out App, available on iPhone and Android.

+ Report it to Kick it Out on social media (@KickItOut), phone (0800 169 9414) or email info@kickitout.org

+ Via the Kick It Out website form at https://www.kickitout.org/forms/online-reporting-form

In addition, clubs, players, managers and officials have also been reminded of a matchday protocol introduced to domestic football ahead of the 2019/20 season, alongside The Football Association and the Premier League, in an attempt to ensure the matchday environment provides a positive experience for all.

The protocol is designed to ensure that incidents of abuse are effectively addressed, perpetrators are identified and dealt with, while at the same time make sure that the match is not unduly interrupted with a step by step guide mapped out to support participants take the right course of action in such a scenario. 

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Pyrotechnics are a forbidden item!

As we head towards the traditional Guy Fawkes celebrations, the EFL and its member clubs are again alerting supporters to the dangers surrounding the use of pyrotechnics within football grounds.

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United host Macclesfield Town this weekend, with bonfires and fireworks displays organised around the city and county after the game, and in the following days as we lead up to 5 November.

Any instances of pyrotechnic use means innocent parties may be at risk of serious injury as a result.

Prior to Bonfire Night the club, along with the EFL, has re-launched its commitment to tackle the use of pyrotechnics, which includes smoke bombs, flares and fireworks within all football grounds.

This was initially launched in November 2017 with Carlisle United agreeing to - and signing up to - a new Club Charter on Pyrotechnics.

For more information on the consequences of bringing pyrotechnics to our games, home or away, click HERE

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Keep an eye on the pitch at half time as Carlisle City under-8s go up against Pirelli FC under-8s with both teams looking to score goals on the Brunton Park pitch. Remember to pick a team and cheer the boys on!

We're also looking forward to welcoming Cummersdale, Inglewood Junior, Pennine Way Primary and Castle Carrock schools as part of our extremely popular Cumberland Community Ticket Scheme. Have a great day with us gang! 

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Away Fan Guide 

Macclesfield supporters – click HERE for your downloadable Away Fan Guide ahead of your visit to Brunton Park.

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Our Supporter Liaison Officer is Geoff Weston - he is available to answer any queries either before you make your trip or on arrival on match day. 

If you have any questions or concerns at all you can contact him on 07891 779 015 or via email at slo@carlisleunited.co.uk or on Twitter at @CUFCSLO.

Click HERE to view our SLO match day itinerary.

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The Supporters’ Car Park

The car park is open as normal this weekend. 

Parking costs £3 for cars, £10 for mini-buses and £15 for coaches.

Season ticket, press, scouts and disabled parking is situated at the north end of the Pioneer Stand. Disabled parking is for Blue Badge holders only.

Remember – access has changed due to new counter-terrorism advice. Both of our Warwick Road car entry points are now closed 30 minutes prior to kick off, with access then diverted to the Stonyeholme Golf Course entrance.

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For full details, click HERE.

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Warwick Road traffic nightmares continue

The stretch of road being worked on goes from the entrance to Brunton Park all the way up to the eastern side of Botcherby Bridge. 

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This is causing very long delays in all directions as you approach the stadium.

Delays can be anything from 5 to 45 minutes, depending on volume of traffic, so please have this in mind when you plan your journey for Saturday.

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Match Tickets

Remember, you can purchase your match tickets by telephone on 0330 094 5930 or buy online and print at home, or order for collection, by clicking HERE.  

Save £3 on match day prices [for games with no promotional offers] by purchasing your ticket before 5pm on Friday.

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Popping into the Blues Store this week ... did you know we also sell home match tickets from the Blues Store?

Speak to our friendly staff in the Store and they'll help you to get your ticket for this weekend's game.

The ticket pod at the Cumberland on Fisher Street in Carlisle will be open from 10am to 4pm on Thursday and Friday this week. Again, pop in and get your tickets for any of our home games before continuing to shop in town.

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Don't miss out on our special Jimmy Glass 90+5 brew!

The club and CUSC London Branch have teamed up to stock a special, limited edition brew called '90+5' to commemorate one of the most famous moments in the history of the game.

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It is proving to be very popular, so make sure you get yours this weekend – while stocks last!

The 500ml bottles will be available for £4 from the Sunset Suite, Sporting Inn and Foxy's restaurant. It is also on sale from Bar 301 at the station and from The Local on English Street.

10% of sales will be donated to MNDA to carry on the wonderful fund-raising effort which was inspired by the family of club legend and favourite Tony Hopper. 

The profits will go back to the London Branch which is committed to reinvesting in Carlisle United, following its long established tradition which continues to see it support many club initiatives and projects.

For more details click HERE.

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Join us in the Sunset Suite on match day for our Double Happy Hour offer (from 12pm to 2pm and from 4.45pm to 5.45pm)! 

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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 sporting action will also be on our screens after full time, for those of you who want to stay with us when our game has concluded.

Join us for our Happy Hour, as we now offer ...

... all draught alcoholic drinks at just £2.90 per pint ...

... in the Sunset Suite – with the promotion running between 12pm and 2pm on the day.

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Don’t miss out – support the club and not the pub on a match day!

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*** AND THAT'S NOT ALL!!! ***

Each round of drinks purchased in the Sunset Suite on Saturday will come with a raffle ticket.

The InvestAcc man-of-the-match will then pick a winner after the game, and they will receive 24 bottles of Heineken.

Please note, if the winner isn’t in the Sunset Suite when the draw is made, another ticket will be picked out.

*** AND THERE'S MORE!!! ***

Win or lose we'll be hosting a Winner's Happy Hour [should the result go against us, we'll still be running the offer] in the Sunset Suite after full time - between 4.45pm and 5.45pm - hopefully we'll be helping you to celebrate another three points!

Prices will be the same as our main match day Double Happy Hour offer above. 

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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 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 0330 094 5930 or email commercial@carlisleunited.co.uk

Please note - Guiness and Moretti will be sold at full price throughout the duration of this offer, and Theakstons IPA is charged at £4.10.

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Kids' Meal Deal

We have a match day meal deal offer, perfect for our younger fans, which comes in its own special activity box ... with a pencil so you can complete the games and answer the questions on the outside of the packaging.

For just £3.50 you will get:

Meal Deal

+ Your activity box (plus pencil)
+ Sausage roll
+ Packet of Hula Hoops
+ Fruit Shoot drink

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The Family Zone

Carlisle United’s Family Zone is in full swing again this season with hundreds of children and youngsters making use of what is a fantastic facility in The Pioneer [East] Stand.

The Family Zone opens at 1.30pm on a Saturday match day, and at 6.30pm for an evening fixture, and provides a fun place to meet new friends and play games ahead of the big match action.

The Zone is open through to half time and, with staff in place to keep an eye on things, gives a safe and secure environment where children of all ages can relax.

Click HERE for more information.

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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:

2.15pm - Some of the players will be meeting our Community Ticket Scheme children in the Community Stand. It's a great chance for our young fans to see their heroes.

2.30pm - Family Zone - play games and get up close and personal with some of the lads.

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The Mascots

We are looking forward to welcoming four mascots this weekend.

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Zac Foster is 9 and is celebrating his birthday on Saturday (he turns 10 on 13 November). He lives in Chester so does not get to many home games but enjoys going to CUFC away games with his Dad and Grandad. His favourite Carlisle player is Mike Jones.

Evie Dando loves football and has followed Carlisle United from an early age. Her favourite player is Hallam Hope. Evie plays for Wylam Rockettes and recently scored a double hat-trick!

Elliott Dent is 9 and will be 10 on 12 November - the mascot day is part of his birthday present. Elliott attends North Lakes School in Penrith and his favourite subject is Literacy (and playtime!) Elliott’s favourite Carlisle United players are Hallam Hope and Adam Collin.

Zach Davidson is 8 and his favourite Carlisle player is Harry McKirdy. He loves maths at school and enjoys fishing, football, cubs and swimming when he’s not at school!

Have a great day with us gang!

Don't forget, our Olga's Army and Junior Blues are treated to exclusive events, meet the player sessions and behind the scenes visits as part of their membership.

Don't miss out - join us right now!

To find out more about our Junior Blues membership click HERE.

For more on Olga's Army, click HERE.

For more on how to become a mascot, click HERE

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the blues

Issue 10 of this season’s 48-page 'the blues' match programme is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

For more information on what you'll find in our match programme, click HERE.

With stats, facts, interviews and comment from the heart of the club, it's not be missed. 

Get your copy to find out more!

Priced at just £3 it’s a must have addition to your match day experience.

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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. 

You can also purchase match tickets for home games from our Blues Store on Warwick Road during normal working hours.

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.

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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.

Don’t forget, you can purchase your tickets by telephone on 0330 094 5930 or buy online and print at home, or order for collection, by clicking HERE.

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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.

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. 

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For more details visit www.blueslotto.co.uk or email lottery@carlisleunited.co.uk

Alternatively call 0330 094 5930 and ask for Ewan Wood. 

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The Blues Store

New replica home kits are selling fast - visit the Blues Store to get yours!

We also have a wide range of ERREA training kit and leisure wear available.

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.

And don't forget - you can get your match tickets from the Blues Store as you make those other essential purchases!!

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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.


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