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'It isn’t just about football. If the boy isn’t happy, there’s no point'

James Trafford photo The best story of Cumbria’s sporting week may not even have been told at Loftus Road, or on a Chinese running track. It might have been written on a farm in Greysouthen, far from the floodlights of London or Beijing.

Last updated 29 August 2015
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No man’s an island - Jabo Ibehre will need some help

Jabo Ibehre photo After several days to chew on the defensive problems that have blighted Carlisle United’s opening weeks, it’s time to examine the other end.

Last updated 22 August 2015
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A long overdue case for Carlisle United’s defence

Zoko photo Keith Curle was adamant and unrepentant. “There will be rotation,” said the Carlisle United manager. (9 comments)

Last updated 15 August 2015
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An open letter to Carlisle United’s mystery billionaire

Carlisle Utd badge Dear Sir, Please forgive the impertinence of a newspaper hack disturbing your day. It is just that 81 days have now passed and, to borrow an old-fashioned terrace song, it’s all gone quiet over here. (16 comments)

Last updated 8 August 2015
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Hard to replace Kyle Dempsey but Carlisle Utd must try

Kyle Dempsey photo Kyle Dempsey stood in front of his new Huddersfield Town team-mates this week and sang a few bars of Kenny Rogers. (3 comments)

Last updated 18 July 2015
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A chance for the trust to return

Carlisle Utd fans photo For too long the word “Trust” – capital T – at Carlisle United felt like a misnomer.

Last updated 11 July 2015
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Sorry, Carlisle United - but Knighton was right

Michael Knighton photo Sometimes even a dangerous doctor will prescribe the right medicine. Every so often, it is more about the message than the messenger. (5 comments)

Last updated 4 July 2015
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Stan Bowles the player was greater than the myth

Stan Bowles photo When a footballer like Stan Bowles drifts into conversation, the word “maverick” is not far behind and the myths cling on like barnacles. For instance: Bowles was an off-the-cuff genius to whom it all came effortlessly. (5 comments)

Last updated 27 June 2015
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Act now or prepare for fans’ backlash

Carlisle Utd photo Rejoice! Fixtures day is nearly upon us. The identity of Carlisle United’s first opponents for 2015/16 will finally be known at 9am on Wednesday. (24 comments)

Last updated 13 June 2015
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Halpin’s work puts Carlisle Utd right at the heart of Cumbria

John Halpin photo The door creaks open to find John Halpin holding a mop and standing over a bucket. Once the floor is cleaned Carlisle United’s community sports trust officer completes the fixing of a lock.

Last updated 9 May 2015
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How many costume changes do Carlisle United need?

Stevenage photo Another summer, another shake-up. “I want to be able to bring in people that I think are made of the right things,” said Keith Curle as this gloomy season thankfully neared its end. (7 comments)

Last updated 2 May 2015
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'Greatest thing to happen in Carlisle since the Romans'

Carlisle Utd photo It takes some effort to find a downside to what Carlisle United achieved 50 years ago on Monday, but it is there, in the small print of arguably the most resounding night Brunton Park has known. (1 comment)

Last updated 18 April 2015
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Why United trust’s awkward squad need to get real

Carlisle Utd badge As ever in football it comes down to numbers. In Carlisle United’s case here are some big ones: 2,200, 3,737 and 10,000. (4 comments)

Last updated 28 March 2015
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Who will colour in the gaps in Blue Yonder?

Brunton Park photo 2 In the minds of the Carlisle public, Project Blue Yonder is either a prolonged exercise in wishful thinking or a scheme being buried in secrecy for all sorts of dodgy reasons. (7 comments)

Last updated 21 March 2015
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Could Carlisle Utd really soar like the Swans?

Andrew Lapping photo With a good deal of talk lately about a restructured Carlisle United following the “Swansea City model”, it is not difficult to find the moment that sums up exactly how far the Blues need to go. (3 comments)

Last updated 14 March 2015
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Carlisle Utd should fight this Paint Pot plan

Peter Murphy photo Those who deride the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, those who see little wrong with the idea of polluting the lower-leagues’ cup competition with Premier League ‘B’ teams, never talk about the final. (10 comments)

Last updated 7 March 2015
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Should Carlisle Utd still be in this mess?

sm dannygrainerr Hindsight can be a cheap substitute for reason, but it’s also interesting to wonder how differently certain stories could have gone, with a tweak here or an alternative person there. (7 comments)

Last updated 28 February 2015
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Valentine’s date is the cue for Curle to deliver

Keith Curle photo It was, at first listen, refreshing to hear Keith Curle reject the poor-us narrative at a time when every atom in his body was probably urging him otherwise. (2 comments)

Last updated 14 February 2015
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Ich bin ein Carlisle Utd fan

German fans photo We hear a lot about the supporters Carlisle United have lost over the years, but less about the fans they gain. Meet the newest addition to the ranks of long-distance Carlisle devotees - in Germany. (10 comments)

Last updated 7 February 2015
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Decisions over way forward for Carlisle Utd should not be rushed

CUFC review photo If the surreal barometer at Carlisle United had not broken before this week, it surely snapped on Sunday night, right at the moment when Michael Knighton – or someone on his behalf – typed a message on Twitter accusing the club’s current owners of too much ego.

Last updated 31 January 2015
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