Carlisle United are asking fans to nominate local heroes - who will be celebrated at the opening game of the season. The Blues are planning a half-time parade of people who have gone above and beyond to help others during the last 18 months. The club are inviting people to nominate those who have shown true community spirit during the challenging Covid-19 lockdown periods.
Carlisle United will give fans the chance to grill Chris Beech, David Holdsworth and Nigel Clibbens ahead of the new season. The trio will answer questions at a fans' forum two days before the new campaign. The event is being held online rather than directly in front of fans in the Sunset Suite.
At 6ft 6in, Lukas Jensen is a big man with big ambitions – having not, it is fair to say, taken the conventional route to Carlisle United. Goalkeeper Jensen is a 22-year-old Dane on loan in Cumbria from Burnley, via spells with Bolton and in Iceland – and, as he recounted with a smile, a three-year period in his teens when he ditched football for something totally different.
Ex-Carlisle United star Clint Hill takes temporary charge of Bristol Rovers team after Joey Barton denies assault charge
Former Carlisle United star Clint Hill will take temporary charge of Bristol Rovers as manager Joey Barton takes time out after denying an assault charge. Ex-Blues defender Hill, who is assistant manager at the Memorial Stadium club, will lead the team in their friendly against Havant & Waterlooville on Tuesday.
Fans were back at Brunton Park to watch Carlisle United go down to a 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Championship side Blackpool. Some of the Blues faithful gave us their views on the game – and what it was like to return to the stadium after a wait of several months.
After a series of games against non-league sides, it was a Championship test for the Blues on Saturday. Chris Beech’s side went down 1-0 to Neil Critchley’s men as supporters returned to Brunton Park for the first time in 2021. So what did we learn from it?
Blackpool boss Neil Critchley was pleased with the workout his side got against Carlisle United - at both ends of the pitch. The Championship side won 1-0 at Brunton Park in the pre-season friendly. It saw United's opponents have the better of things for two thirds of the game before a glut of substitutions in the second half.
By Jon Colman Sports Reporter It had been a long time coming - but fans were finally back in Brunton Park yesterday. Some 1,863 of them, including 256 travelling Blackpool fans - watched the pre-season friendly. This isn't a long article. In fact it ends here.
By Jon Colman Sports Reporter Carlisle United took on Blackpool yesterday as fans returned to Brunton Park. The Championship visitors won 1-0 in front of 1,863 supporters. Photographer Barbara Abbott was there to capture all the action for us - the key moments, the key men, some familiar faces - and the highly welcome return of fans to United's ground for the first time this year.
Former Carlisle United frontman Jerry Yates has signed a bumper new Blackpool deal ahead of today's Brunton Park reunion. The in-demand striker, who returns to Carlisle for this afternoon's pre-season friendly, has signed a new three-year contract at Bloomfield Road. It follows a prolific 2020/21 season for the ex-United loanee, who returns to Cumbria today with fellow former Blue Richard Keogh.
Chris Beech claimed Manasse Mampala can bring "something different" to Carlisle United's attack after handing the trialist a permanent deal. The former Everton and QPR man is set to face Blackpool as a permanent Blues player this afternoon. It comes after Beech saw enough in a two-goal trial spell to add the 21-year-old to his front-line options for the 2021/22 season.
Carlisle United's fans are set to get on board with a national project that aims to portray and celebrate diversity at the football club. My Club, My Shirt, a project by Fans for Diversity, will see photographs of a variety of Carlisle United supporters - including LGBTQ+, disabled, and ethnic minority supporters - taken, collected and exhibited.
Gavin Skelton says Carlisle United are using pre-season to see how “adaptable” players can be in different positions. The Blues have mixed things up with certain players in their early friendlies. And Skelton says learning to be versatile can be a vital aim as United head towards the 2021/22 season.
Lewis Alessandra says Carlisle United need a range of different leadership qualities next season - and not "11 Roy Keanes". The experienced forward was picked to lead the side in Saturday's friendly at Workington Reds. He was the latest player to get the armband in pre-season so far.
They won 3-0 at Workington Reds thanks to goals from Clough, trialist Mampala and Charters, while another Blues XI saw off Hebburn Town 2-0 with both goals from Abrahams. Here's what some of the United faithful made of things. Thought we looked decent first half at Workington, clough and the trialist linked up well (@jrichardson1196)
By Jon Colman Sports Reporter Carlisle United took on Workington Reds yesterday at a sun-baked Borough Park. The Blues won the game 3-0 in front of 748 fans in west Cumbria. Photographer Barbara Abbott was there to capture all the action for us. As well as the game, the goals, the new signings and the trialists, supporters also took centre stage.
Callum Guy says he’s keen to be a mentor for Carlisle United’s up-and-coming young stars. The Blues have a host of home-grown players hoping to make their mark in 2021/22. And midfielder Guy, who has been appointed the Cumbrians’ new captain, says he will give the young prospects as much help as he can.
No player should ever have to be dragged towards captaincy. All the same, it is reassuring to hear that Callum Guy, Carlisle United’s new skipper, practically ran towards it. “It’s not something I was expecting. It’s something I really wanted,” says the midfielder, last season’s player of the year and now the team’s chief for 2021/22.
Penrith boss Dave Hewson said his players will learn a great deal from the experience of coming up against Carlisle United’s professionals. The Frenchfield Park club went down to an 8-0 defeat against United, who fielded two different XIs in each half. Penrith had pushed United close for spells in the first half and, after Tristan Abrahams' Blues opener, came close to equalising before the quality of Chris Beech’s side told.