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PREVIEW: The Stags are next up

Tuesday night away game for the Blues

6 December 2021

United return to league action on Tuesday night when they head to the One Call stadium.


The Stags made a move in the free agent market in October when they captured midfielder John-Joe O'Toole on a short-term deal until January.

The 33-year-old had been out of contract since leaving Burton Albion at the end of last season.

Having racked up over 450 career appearances he joined at a time when an upturn in results was needed.

"John-Joe is a player we know well from our time at Burton," Nigel Clough told the club's official site."He is competitive, aggressive at times, and good in the air, which is something we also need.

"With us currently being low on playing personnel through injuries, it's ideal for both us and him to join us and see how it goes."


November was a good month for Tuesday night's opponents with a bit of a giant-killing setting things off when they dumped Sunderland out of the FA Cup courtesy of a fifth minute goal from Rhys Oates at the Stadium of Light.

They put the Newcastle United U21 team to the sword four days later with a 6-3 Papa John's Trophy home win, and the upward trend continued when they overcame Stevenage by 2-1 on their own patch.

Scunthorpe were next to be dealt with - that was a 3-1 home success - but a hiccup was on the way when Sutton United proved to be stubborn hosts. They scored twice to send the Stags home with nothing.

The response was swift, with a 2-1 away win at Crawley bringing a busy month to a close.

Saturday took them to Doncaster for FA Cup round two action and a brace from George Lapslie was complemented by a decent finish from Will Forrester as the Stags pulled off a cup 'shock' to secure their place in the next stage of the competition.

who watch

26-year-old forward Rhys Oates is our one to watch on Tuesday night.

Three of the four goals he's bagged this season have come in his last five outings, so he's found a vein of confidence that will stand both him and his team in good stead.

He's had a total of 25 shots in league games, with a 40% conversion rate, and he knows how to put himself about both inside and outside the area.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Mansfield wins
League 29 18 31
Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 2 1 0
Total 31 19 32

Carlisle were at Field Mill in March 2021 and it was Ozzy Zanzala who gave the Blues a lead on 66 minutes. Any thoughts of a win were wiped away when Stephen McLaughlin equalised with 10 minutes left to play.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

These two sides came together pre-Christmas in 2020 with the Stags heading north to Brunton Park. A neat pass from Jack Armer was complemented by a stunning finish from Omari Patrick, and that goal proved to be the difference between the sides on the day.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

A visit to Mansfield was on the cards just ahead of the Covid lockdown in February 2020. It turned into an exciting encounter as Nicky Maynard put the home side two goals to the good. Elliot Watt and Josh Kayode struck back late in the day to earn the Blues a hard-earned draw.

These teams met at the start of the 2019/20 season when the Stags came north to Brunton Park. It was a game where United struggled to get going and they were undone early in the game by a deep cross to the back post. Danny Rose arrived late to smash it into the net. The advantage was doubled on the stroke of half time, and that's how it stayed as the visitors went away with a 2-0 victory.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Carlisle United 3 - 2 Mansfield Town - Saturday 5 January 2019

Mansfield Town 1 - 0 Carlisle United - Saturday 1 September 2018


Referee - Neil Hair
Assistant Referee - Paul Graham
Assistant Referee - Wayne Grunnill
Fourth Official - Steven Rushton
Observer - John Jones

Neil HairOur referee for this game is Mr Neil Hair.

Neil has taken charge of 15 games so far this season and has shown 44 yellow cards and three reds. 

This is only the second time he has taken charge of a fixture involving Carlisle United.

We first met him back in October 2018 when we drew 2-2 at Sincil Bank. Ashley Handesan twice put the away side ahead but Michael O'Connor and Bruno Andrade bagged for the Imps, with all four goals coming in the first half. No names were taken on the night. 


Tickets will be available to purchase on match day.

There will be a £2 increase per age category for match day tickets; cash only sales, as there are no card facilities at the away end.

Please note, young adults must show ID and are advised to bring it with them on the day of the game.

Dates of sale:



Sunday 5 December


Monday 6 December

10am - 4pm




Senior 65+


Young Adult 18-21


Junior 7-17


Under 7




The admission price for disabled supporters with a carer is based upon their relevant age category. 


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0330 094 5930 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 

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