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MATCH UPDATES: Colchester head north at the weekend

United back in action at Brunton Park

4 March 2020

A big welcome to our match day sponsors

Our match sponsor for the game is Pioneer Foodservice. Sponsors of the stadium's main stand, it's fantastic to have them with us once again this weekend.

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Our match ball sponsor is a group who are with us in memory of Adrian Scott. We hope they have a good day with us and it'll be good to welcome the group into our hospitality areas.  

Have a great afternoon with us everyone!

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Official Level Playing Field match fixture

The Level Playing Field project seeks to promote a positive and inclusive experience for disabled sports fans.

They believe that attending and engaging with live sporting events has a positive impact on wellbeing.

They work at every level to ensure that disabled fans can freely access and enjoy live sport.

This weekend the players will warm up in Level Playing Field t-shirts and we will have a dedicated Level Playing Field guard of honour - the Cumbria Down's Syndrome Support group - ahead of the game.

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To find out more about Level Playing Fields, click HERE.

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The roadworks continue

The major roadworks on Warwick Road, adjacent to Botcherby Bridge, have been discontinued, but there are still areas approaching the ground which have bollards and cones in place. 

Please be aware of this as you plan your journey on Saturday.

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Cumberland Community Ticket Scheme

This week we welcome Warwick Wanderers under-9 Reds, Keswick FC under-12s and Carlisle City under-10s who join us as part of our Cumberland Community Ticket Scheme. Have a great day with us everybody!

Playing on the pitch at half time will be Border City JFC under-10 Girls and Pirelli FC under-10 Girls who are helping us to celebrate National Women's Day this weekend. We're expecting a good game so make sure you pick a side and cheer them on!

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Say NO to aggressive or abusive behaviour

Carlisle United Football Club is delighted that we have been awarded the EFL Code of Practice in recognition of the club’s success in providing an environment that is inclusive for all employees, supporters and volunteers alike.

The EFL’s Code of Practice represents a nationwide commitment by football clubs to improve equality and inclusion across all areas of the game. In the four years since its introduction, 63 EFL clubs, including United, have passed the nationally recognised assessment.

The EFL Code of Practice was devised as part of the game’s commitment to the English Football Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan. It helps clubs to position themselves at the heart of each community by embedding the fundamental principles of inclusion and equality throughout the whole of the business, setting accountability at the highest level.

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United’s chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: “Our aim is to be a successful football club that is a strong part of the community, open for everyone, and a club we can all take pride in. Key to that is working together to provide the best possible environment for all of our fans, staff and volunteers.

“We continue to ensure everyone has the opportunity to attend live football and fully enjoy the match day experiences which then create memories to last a lifetime. The Code of Practice helps us to do that.

“The staff put in an enormous amount of effort every day to achieve the high standards required and they deserve huge credit.”

You can call or text the club on a match day and report anything you feel is untoward by text or voicemail - 07837 097 977.

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Report it if you see it!

Remember, aggressive or abusive behaviour at football matches should NOT be tolerated. If you witness any behaviour of this type before, during or after a game – be it racist, homophobic, discriminatory or abusive in any way – please report it to the nearest steward or club official at the earliest opportunity.

Everyone attending or taking part in a football match has the right to feel safe, valued and included and we encourage supporters to continue to play their part in this.

If you witness racist behaviour at a match, or around a stadium, please report it to the police or a steward.  

You can report discrimination to Kick It Out via their app, via email on report@kickitout.org, via their online reporting form here - https://www.kickitout.org/forms/online-reporting-form or via freephone on 0800 169 9414.

Keep up to date with the organisation’s work at the following:

Twitter: @kickitout 
Facebook: @kickitoutofficial  
Instagram: @kickitout             
Website: www.kickitout.org

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You can make a complaint in writing to the club on media@carlisleunited.co.uk at any time. Your anonymity will be protected. 

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Not Today Or Any Day

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 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 via the links or methods shown above.

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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Away Fan Guide 

Colchester 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 supporters' car park is closed due to the recent extremely bad weather. 

As of right now - Wednesday afternoon - the flood gates have been shut, so it is disabled parking only - disabled parking is for Blue Badge holders only.

Fans, press and scouts are asked to find alternative parking. We will update you should the flood gates be reopened ahead of the weekend.

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 bollards in place. 

The bollards are also in place after full time until all pedestrian footfall has eased.

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For full details, click HERE.

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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 Monday 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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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.

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.

Happy Hour

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 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.

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*** 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:

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+ 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:

2pm - Head to the Blues Store where two players will be on-hand to sign autographs and ruin your selfies.

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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Kian Conchie tells us that his favourite player is Harry McKirdy and he would love to walk out onto the pitch with him at the weekend! His life out of school revolves around playing football for his local team and playing on the XBox. His favourite subjects at school are history and English.

Jensen Prescott turned 7 on Wednesday. His favourite player is Nathan Thomas. He loves playing football and he plays for his local team Abbeytown at the moment, but one day he hopes to play for Carlisle United!

Jack Rudd also likes Nathan Thomas and he loves anything to do with football. His favourite subject at school is PE and his hobbies are football, hockey and rugby.

Joey Scott 4 and his favourite player is Harry McKirdy. At school he likes PE and in his spare time he likes playing football and going on his bike.

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 21 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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