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Inside Brunton Park with Jon Colman

Warren Aspinall’s warning must be heeded

It’s notable that Warren Aspinall chose to end it all on a train track, because with its junctions, red lights and rattling speed the railway has enough metaphors to fill an entire sporting life.

Last updated 6 March 2010
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Keogh: I am at the back of the penalty queue

Air traffic control systems went into meltdown this week when Richard Keogh announced that he has not yet retired from taking penalties.

Last updated 6 March 2010
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A fine principle but now it is time for Tom Taiwo

Tom Taiwo photo There is an incorrect theory alive among Carlisle United supporters that Greg Abbott has not offered a clear explanation for Tom Taiwo’s omission from the first team. Not true.

Last updated 27 February 2010
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Let’s get things in persepective

Whilst a small pocket of journalists stood by the tunnel at Swindon’s County Ground following Carlisle’s 2-0 defeat last Saturday, I witnessed a small episode that put the Blues’ troubles into the sharpest perspective.

Last updated 27 February 2010
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Terry up to his tricks?

Imagine my intrigue when an e-mail bounced in this week claiming that Adrian Bevington, the Football Association’s director of communications, had contacted me via the social networking site Twitter.

Last updated 27 February 2010
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Mum’s the word for Richard Keogh fans

Keogh photo When this engrossing season is through and supporters sift back through for their highlights of 2009/10, chances are that United’s FA Cup jaunt to Everton will feature prominently.

Last updated 21 February 2010
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Could silence over loanee Adam Clayton be golden for Carlisle Utd?

Carlisle United’s matchday sponsors are having a pretty rough time of it.

Last updated 20 February 2010
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Graham Kavanagh contract – no denial yet

While Graham Kavanagh, 36, was being “rested” from the Carlisle United squad for last Saturday’s 5-0 whacking of MK Dons, the 40-year-old coach Alex Rae was kicking off his slippers and trotting off the subs bench to restore some order to Paul Ince’s annihilated team.

Last updated 20 February 2010
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When the ‘big’ clubs can’t hold back the tide

The speed at which those supporters surged from the stand, some of them endangering innocent people in their path, made the rash of complaints inevitable.

Last updated 13 February 2010
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Edmondson is blazing a trail for the heroes of 1995

Darren Edmondson photo A reliable indicator of the ageing process is when you realise your boyhood heroes are no longer charging around the turf but are instead jabbing at tactics boards and stalking technical areas.

Last updated 13 February 2010
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Deadline-day teen Ben Marshall deserves more mature assessment

There are many reasons for wanting to put a brick through the transfer window, high among them the way it turns Sky Sports News into a Technicolour mess of undignified shrieking to camera.

Last updated 6 February 2010
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No need to worry about the booing Paul

Paul Thirlwell photo Paul Thirlwell is advised not to worry too deeply about the burst of booing that broke out at Brunton Park last week when he was anointed man of the match in the 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient.

Last updated 6 February 2010
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Pump up the volume at Brunton Park

Brunton Park risks being rebranded as Carlisle’s second public library if its current low levels of singing, chanting and general raucousness continue to dwindle.

Last updated 6 February 2010
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A new test for born-again Carlisle Utd keeper Adam Collin

Adam Collin photo Adam Collin has plainly read every word in the manual for rebuilding a promising career from scratch. Now he is ready to move across the self-help shelf and reach for Volume Two: Coping With Expectation.

Last updated 30 January 2010
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Anon: Whoever you are, shame on you!

af off goal1 It is a big man who will liken a decent professional footballer to a sufferer of a potentially fatal disease from behind the anonymous cloak of an internet username.

Last updated 30 January 2010
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Take heed Benitez

Rafael Benitez’s job is safe. Says who? George Gillett, one of Liverpool’s maligned American owners.

Last updated 23 January 2010
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Take your chances and win or don’t take them and lose

Carlisle United action photo A WEEKLY habit of mine is to study with exasperation the creative attempts by managers to divert the blame for an unwelcome result.

Last updated 23 January 2010
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Why Joe Garner might not be the comeback king

Joe Garner photo Going back is the new moving on. Sol Campbell’s response to his dislocation from football was to fall back into Arsenal’s comforting arms this week, four years after stalking out of Highbury in a high state of torment.

Last updated 16 January 2010
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Peter Murphy: It is all down to power

A conversation with Peter Murphy this week brought the chance to reflect on his solitary goal this season: the headed effort at Chesterfield in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy which eventually settled in the net after bouncing off various Spireite bodies.

Last updated 16 January 2010
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Good luck in life, James

Tucked among the weekly footnotes at Brunton Park was the departure from United’s youth set-up of the 18-year-old striker, James Reid.

Last updated 16 January 2010
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