Carlisle United Club Profile
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Carlisle United : Club Background
Carlisle United was formed in 1904 following the controversial merger of two local clubs, Carlisle Red Rose and Shaddongate United. The merged side initially competed in the Lancashire Combination League after agreeing to pay the travelling expenses of visiting teams after it was pointed out that Cumberland was as far from Lancashire as London is, well, almost. The club moved into a new, purpose built ground at Brunton Park in 1909 - still their home today - and transferred to the North-Eastern League a year later, where they remained until elected into the Football League in 1928, at the expense of Durham.
Slightly unusual Main Stand with seating up the top, a standing area known as The Paddock down below
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
Many seasons followed of what can only be described as complete mediocrity, with the club a permanent fixture in the basement of the Football League, until, in 1962, United were promoted to Division 3. They were relegated back down to the basement a year later, but the smell of success was in the club's nostrils. Alan Ashman was appointed as manager and Carlisle were again promoted back to Division 3 in the 63-64 season. The rise of the club under Ashman was now well underway and the Division 3 Championship was won the following season.
Ashman left the club in 1967 and some years of consolidation in the Second Division followed under new manager Bob Stokoe, including reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup in 1969. Alan Ashman returned as manager in 1972 after Stokoe moved to Sunderland, and two years later Carlisle enjoyed their one and only season in the top flight of English football, even heading the Division One table for a brief period in the early season. That was as good as it got for the Cumbrians however and by the end of the 74-75 season they were relegated back down to Division Two.
There followed a long and gradual decline for the club, apart from a brief revival under the returning Bob Stokoe in 1982 when United were promoted into the Second Division, where they remained for four more years before slipping back down the leagues again. The nadir seemed to have been reached in 1992 when the club finished bottom of Division Four and broke, only surviving the drop into the Conference because Aldershot went bust themselves and dropped out of the league. Carlisle's finances weren't in a much better state, and the club seriously considered going part-time to save money when what appeared to be a white knight rode into view to save the day.....
Traditional terraced stand for the home support behind the goal.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
Former Manchester United director, UFO spotter and famous self-publicist Michael Knighton took over at Carlisle and for a while Blues fans thought that they were in heaven. Money was invested in the club and performances on the field improved with the 3rd Division play-offs being reached in the 93-94 season and the title itself being won the year after, as well as the club reaching the Auto-Windscreens Shield Final at Wembley, where they lost 1-0 to Birmingham. Instead of 2nd Division consolidation the following season the club found itself relegated back to Division 3 after a desperately disappointing campaign; but their impression of a yo-yo continued apace when in the 96-97 season they not only won automatic promotion to Division 2, but also returned to Wembley for the Auto-Windscreens Shield final which this time they won, beating Colchester 4-3 on penalties.
It was around now that Carlisle fans realised that the man they initially thought was the club's saviour was, in fact, losing the plot. Chairman Knighton appointed a new 3-man coaching team to guide the club through the 2nd Division, including someone called Michael Knighton. Are you Terry Smith in disguise? Inevitably the club were relegated back down to Division Three at the end of the 97-98 season, escaping relegation to the Conference by the skin of their teeth at times, most famously in the final match of the 98-99 season when on-loan keeper Jimmy Glass saved the Cumbrians by scoring an injury-time goal in the final game of the season which kept Carlisle in the Football League at the expense of Scarborough.
The open terrace of the Petteril End is available if enough away supporters are expected.
You'll be shocked to hear it's rarely used.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
Off the field the club remained in turmoil with fans protesting about Knighton's continuing reign and organising boycotts and protests. Eventually, after several false starts, including a farcical episode when a feted supposed purchaser turned out to be a waiter in an Indian restaurant, and amidst talk of receivership, administration and even possible liquidation, a credible buyer for the club emerged and in 2002 John Courteney bought out Knighton. On the field United continued to struggle in the league but in 2003 under manager Roddy Collins once again reached the final of the LDV Vans Trophy (formerly the Auto-Windscreens Shield), losing to Bristol City.
In recent years, it certainly hasn't been boring at Brunton Park. They have been relegated to the Conference, bounced straight back into the Football League through the play-offs, and then immediately followed that with promotion to League One as Champions. There was another failure in the Football League Trophy Final as well, in 2006. Whilst that was going on they also changed owner again. A finish in the top half of the table in their first season back in League One was also an impressive return.
They have gone from strength to strength, although taking a strange route, with managers coming and going. Paul Simpson, who had been part of their successful leap from the Conference to League One, disappeared off to Preston North End. His replacement, Neil McDonald, appeared to have done well enough during the 2006-07 season and so there was shock ... no wait let's call that total astonishment..... when on August 13th 2007 he became the earliest sacking of the season, with the Carlisle board saying they'd lost confidence in their manager.
Somewhere in that boardroom madness though, Carlisle must have known what they were doing - perhaps. Greg Abbott became a
pseudo-caretaker for a couple of months, and then Carlisle made their big move, nobbling Cheltenham Town manager John Ward.
From that the Cumbrians built and progressed although failing at the last, just missing out on automatic promotion and then losing in the
play-offs. However they then lost patience again a few months into the 2008-09 season and sacked Ward, who they'd taken so much trouble, and
expense in the form of compensation, to secure hardly more than a year earlier. Abbott was made caretaker again, but this time went on to take
the position on a permanent basis. They finally finished in 20th.
During the 2009-10 season, Abbott continued Carlisle's slight improvement - gaining a 14th placed finish, but also reaching the Football
League Trophy final - eventually being defeated by Southampton. Then during the 2010-11 season they reached the same final - the sixth time
the Cumbrians have done so in a decade and a half. This time they put Brentford to the sword meaning that Abbott was able to claim silverware
for the first time. They also slightly improved their league position that season,
finishing 12th in 2010-11, and betting that a year later in 2011-12 with an 8th place finish. But then the wheels began to wobble - the 17th place in 2012-13, was followed by relegation a year later, with Abbott losing his job early on in that season. Graham Kavanagh took over for a year, but in being the man who took Carlisle down, he didn't last too long after that. They then appointed Keith Curle in September 2014 and so far that seems to be a good match for them - although he only managed 20th in that partial season, he gained them a solid 10th place during his first full season, and this year it would appear that Carlisle may well be going places.
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|Carlisle United : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Carlisle United
|16/08/2003||Home||DIV3||W||3-0||6347||Gall 4, 18, Jackson 79|
|12/08/2006||Home||CCL1||W||2-1||4709||Cohen 16, Welsh 42|
|10/02/2007||Away||CCL1||W||4-1||7112||Gray 49, Best 72, 90, Cohen 90|
|13/10/2007||Home||CCL1||W||2-1||4757||Owusu 54, Jones 65|
|17/10/2009||Home||CCL1||W||3-1||4333||Mason 13, 43, Murtagh 87|
|07/05/2011||Away||NPL1||W||2-0||6473||Obika 26, Bowditch 69|
|25/02/2012||Away||NPL1||L||2-3||4265||Obika 46, Blizzard 82|
|23/03/2013||Away||NPL1||D||3-3||3809||Dawson 25, Madden 51, Hayter 78|
|31/10/2015||Away||FL2||L||2-3||4095||Bird 5, Cornick 8|
|10/01/2016||Away||FAC3||D||2-2||3357||Zoko 71, Jeffers 90|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Carlisle United
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Carlisle United : Club Statistics
|01/04/2017||Yeovil Town||Away||EFL2||W||2-0||3145||O'Sullivan 16, Lambe 55|
|08/04/2017||Notts County||Home||EFL2||L||1-2||4361||Ibehre 57|
|14/04/2017||Hartlepool United||Away||EFL2||D||1-1||5011||Ibehre 7|
|17/04/2017||Stevenage Borough||Home||EFL2||D||1-1||4572||Ibehre 72|
|22/04/2017||Crawley Town||Away||EFL2||D||3-3||2003||Ibehre 29, Proctor 42, Lambe 59|
Highest League Attendance: 7333, vs Hartlepool United, 15/10/2016
Lowest League Attendance: 4052, vs Luton Town, 14/03/2017
Average League Attendance: 5100
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||4
||Games Without A Home Win: ||6
|Games Without An Away Win: ||2
||Games Without Defeat: ||3
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||1
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||3
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||0
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||7
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||LLDLLD
|Away Results Sequence: ||LLLWDD
||Overall Results Sequence: ||LWLDDD
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Carlisle United : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 01228 526237
Fax : 01228 554141
Chairman : Andrew Jenkins
Club Secretary : Sarah McKnight
Media Officer : Andy Hall
Safety Officer : John Little
Manager : Keith Curle
Capacity : 16,982
Seated : c.10,000
Covered Terrace : c.3,500
Uncovered Terrace : c.3,500
Record Attendance : 27,500 v Birmingham, FA Cup 3rd Rd 5th Jan 1957; v Middlesbrough, FA Cup 5th Rd, 7th Feb 1970
Nickname : The Cumbrians, The Blues
Colours : shirt, blue and white; shorts, blue and white; socks, blue with white trim
Matchday Prices :
Away supporters will be housed in Section 3 of the East Stand, currently dubbed the Pioneer Food Service Stand. The
uncovered Petteril Terrace is only opened if they are expecting a lot of away supporters. So that will be shut then.
For the 2016-17 fixture prices are as follows:
Adults: £19.00; Aged 65 and Over: £16.00; Aged 18-22: £13.00; Aged 11-17: £10.00; Aged 7-10: £7.00; Aged 6 and Under: FREE.
N.B. Matchday prices increase by £3.00 for the Adult, Senior, Young Adult categories. Meanwhile Family Tickets go up by £3.00 per ticket bundle (and not per individual ticket).
If you purchase on the day of the match, then you can use their Main Ticket Office on the West side of the ground up until 1.30p.m. However, after that time there is a dedicated Away Ticket Office on the North-East corner of the ground, close to the away turnstiles, where you can buy tickets. This is also the point that you should head to if you have bought tickets at Huish Park but are collecting them on the day.
If you haven't been before you may be slightly confused as to why away fans are in Section 3, and not in sections 1 and 2 in the north corner.
This is because the East Stand is not in line with the pitch. The club built this stand as part of a plan to shift the whole stadium a short way north - and then never did.
Disabled Facilities :
The provision for disabled fans is at pitch level at the front of the Main (West) Stand. Admission for wheelchair users is £4.00, with
a carer admitted free. Tickets can be bought in advance, or on the day from the East Stand ticket office. Note that Carlisle are refreshingly
honest, and have stated in the past that they pitch the admission prices at the low rate because they regard their disabled facilities as
not the best, so bear that in mind - the view in particular leaves a lot to be desired.
Ambulant disabled pay the standard admission prices, but are able to admit an assistant free of charge.
Supporters with visual difficulties may wish to bring a portable radio as full match commentary is available from Radio Cumbria on 95.6 FM and 75.6 AM frequencies.
Allocated car parking spaces are available in the main club car park but you must pre-book. For this, or any other information, ring main reception on 01228 526237.
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Carlisle United : Directions To The Ground
Head towards Scotland!
Exit the M6 at Junction 43, take the first exit off the roundabout and follow signs for Carlisle City Centre on the A69. Keep going straight along Warwick Road (A69) for about a mile. After passing through the third set of traffic lights the club shop (Blues Store) and Hughie McIlmoyle statue on mark the main entrance to the ground on your right.
The East Stand, called the Cumberland Building Society Stand on our previous visits but now The Story Homes Stand.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
There's no parking available at the ground itself for the riff-raff. Drive on past the ground and for the next set of traffic lights get into the
right hand lane. Turn right at the lights then, after 100 yards, turn right into St Aidans Road. At the end of this road keep right,
through the narrows and over the hump, into the main club car park. Parking charges for the 2016-17 season is £2.50 for cars, £10.00 for minibuses and a £15.00 charge for coach parking. Note that resident only parking has been
introduced in many of the roads around the ground in recent years, so street parking in the vicinity of the stadium is not available.
It can still be found further away if you don't mind the walk.
Carlisle is served by West Coast Mainline out of London Euston. Citadel Station is in the middle of the city.
From the station, walk straight ahead cross Botchergate over the traffic lights and walk along the Crescent until you see the entrance
to Warwick Road on the right, next to Nandos. Brunton Park is about a fifteen minute walk from the entrance to Warwick Road. The ground
is on the left.
A number of fans took the option of flying from Bristol to Glasgow and then hiring a car for the journey south to Carlisle on one of our
previous visits. Newcastle Airport and then a train to Carlisle is also another possible option.
There's a bus route along Warwick Road from the city centre, the No.75 to Scotby. The No.76 can also be used to get to the ground though the route is more circuitous.
Away fans are stuck in a corner of the East Stand that isn't even in line with the pitch.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace
A selection of Carlisle taxi companies can be found here.
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|Carlisle United : Web Resources|
3 Games In Hand
Not updated for years, which is a shame as this was a decent site at one time.
Carlisle United Official
PTV site, registration required.
Footy.mad site, but regulary updated with news, views and opinion. Includes a busy message board called Cumbrian Crack. MAD sites are mostly dismal, but this one shows they don't have to be if some work is put in.
Online presence of the official CUFC Supporters Club.
Reeves Is Offside Again
Online presence of the fanzine, contains archived articles of generally good quality dating back to 1996. Went through a phase of struggle to keep going around 2004/2005, but then went back to being regular until the end of the 2009-10 season since when there have only been two issues. RECOMMENDED.
Vital Carlisle United
Vital franchise - except no one seems to be bothering.
|Web Message Boards|
Unofficial forum provided by the MAD franchise. Well used. Open to read but requires registration to post.
Vital Carlisle United Forum
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Carlisle United Mailing List
You can join the Carlisle United Mailing List by sending a blank e-mail to email@example.com and following the instructions in the reply. Unsubscribe by sending a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org - though at 47 subscribers and an average of less than one message per week will you even notice if you've been successful either way?
Cumbria News & Star
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Carlisle United : Food & Drink
Club Bar :
There are bar facilities on the concourse of the new East Stand, in a section of which away supporters are usually situated. These open from 1.30p.m. for standard Saturday afternoon games.
Carlisle will also admit away supporters to their Sunset Lounge on the West side of the ground from 12.30p.m. where they screen the lunchtime Sky/BT match. Note that as this is an old stand, access is via stairs, and unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to this bar.
Local Pubs :
|Carlisle Rugby Union Football Club: Not our usual sort of recommendation, but this outlet is right next to the football ground, and is much frequented by Association fans as well as egg chasers. The bar is open from 12.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. on Saturdays in the rugby season. Beers are Theakston Best and Yates plus a guest at the weekends. Renovated and extended after the floods. There's a patio area for smokers.|
Carlisle Rugby Union Football Club, Rugby Ground, Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1LW. Tel: 01228 521300. Map: Click Here.
|Club Britannia: This is described by Cumbrian police as the 'designated away pub' for supporters to use - although our experience of Carlisle is that there's not too many pubs in the area that you shouldn't use, apart from one or two that get over-crowded closer to the ground. This is situated south of the Lanes shopping centre and north of the railway station and used to be Carlisle Liberal Club, which was later renamed Club 35, until its current Club Britannia incarnation. Listed opening hours are 10.00a.m. until 2.00p.m. and no real ale is served. Despite the name and its former incarnation, the venue is open as a normal pub.|
Club Britannia, 35 Lowther Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8EJ. Tel: 01228-558510. Map: Click Here.
|Cumberland Inn: Popular town centre outlet of the traditional drinking and pub games variety. Very convenient for those arriving and/or leaving by train. Opening times are 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Beer was Black Sheep Best and Deuchars IPA, and there's usually a guest at the weekend. Friendly welcoming landlady on our last visit. No children under 16 though.|
Cumberland Inn, 22, Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1QS. Tel: 01228 536900. Map: Click Here.
|Gosling Bridge Inn: Large modernish place which had a major refurbishment in 2006 on the A7 (No. 63 bus route), about a mile and a half north from the centre of Carlisle. Right next to a Premier Inn if you're looking to stay over. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11.00 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Serves Pedigree, Theakston's Best and a guest as the real ales, Carlsberg, Fosters, Kronenbourg, Stella, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness and Strongbow Cider as the other stuff. Food served from noon to 10.00 p.m. and children are welcome up to 9.00 p.m. Plenty of parking, disabled provision, patio area, plasma screen TV.|
Gosling Bridge Inn, Kingstown Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 0AT. Tel: 01228 515294. Map: Click Here.
|Howard Arms: Town centre pub by the Lanes shopping area and not far from the railway station. Open from 11.00 a.m. -11.00 p.m. and does lunchtime meals. Real ales are Theakston Best and a guest. Has large-screen TV and shows the major sports events.|
Howard Arms, 107, Lowther Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8ED. Tel: 01228 532926. Map: Click Here.
|King's Head: Bang in the centre of the city near the cathedral and castle, this pub was reopened in 2002. The principle outlet in Carlisle for Yates beers. An upstairs dining area serves food from 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m.; the pub itself is open from 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Children were only allowed in the dining area. On our previous visit we found the landlord to be, not to put too fine a point on it, a rude anti-social misery who made it abundantly clear he didn't want the custom of this particular group of Yeovil fans. Could have changed hands by now.........? A new all-weather covered yard facility with large screen TV has been created for smokers.|
King's Head, Fisher Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8RF. Tel: 01228 540100. Map: Click Here.
|The Beehive: Closest pub right opposite the ground on the A69. Serves Theakston's. Allows away supporters.|
The Beehive, Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1LH. Map: Click Here.
|The Griffin: Converted from the old Midland Bank, and right in the centre of Carlisle, close to the railway station. Usually has two or three real ales, like Caledonian Deuchars IPA, a Jennings and a guest. The gassy stuff is Carling, Fosters, Fosters Super Chilled, Kronenbourg, Stella, John Smiths Smooth, Young's Scotch, Guinness, Guinness Extra Cold, Strongbow Cider. Opening is Sunday to Thursday 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m., Friday 10.00 a.m. - midnight, Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 12.30 a.m.; with food served from 10.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. Sunday. It's an over 18 only pub, with two pool tables and Sky Sports & Premiership Plus on a multitude of screens and TVs. Wheelchair access and disabled adapted toilet facilities. Street tables in the summer.
The Griffin, Court Square, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1QX. Tel: 01228 598941. Map: Click Here.
|The White House: The next pub on the mainroad after The Beehive, as one gets further from the ground towards the town centre, and about half way between the railway station and Brunton Park. We hear it won't allow away fans in colours.|
The White House, Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1DN. Tel: 01228 532546. Map: Click Here.
Woodrow Wilson: Close by the Cumberland Inn and the railway station this is a J D Wetherspoon. Has a couple of local beers as well as the usual Wetherspoon range. Children allowed. Opening 9.00 a.m. - midnight on Sunday - Thursday, 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m. Friday - Saturday.
The Woodrow Wilson - the U.S. president visited Carlisle once
© Hugh Gleave
Since our last trip to Carlisle a second Wetherspoon has opened, The William Rufus, a Lloyds No.1 bar, further along the same road at 10-16 Botchergate. Opens slightly later, to 2.00 a.m. Thursday - Saturday.
Woodrow Wilson, 48, Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1QS. Tel: 01228 819942. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Slim at best - unless you're fluent in Gaelic? Perhaps you are.
Do tell Carlisle fans that we had that Jimmy Glass at our club once.....
No need to mention that he was on trial for a week and then released for being pants.
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Carlisle United : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide
to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
Look, if you're going up all that way then you might as well make a mini-break of it. Carlisle is the only city in Cumbria and boasts a cathedral and castle as well as a thriving town centre, and Hadrians Wall is nearby too. The city's history is impressively bloody and worth investigating. The covered market is also well worth a visit. Nobody would call Carlisle pretty, but there's plenty of grimmer places oop North.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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