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Inside Brunton Park with Jon Colman

My Carlisle United wish list for a season of success

Tony Caig photo Writing a list of demands to take to Carlisle United 12 months ago was the easiest of all journalistic tasks.

Last updated 7 August 2010
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Why Kevan Hurst could be the middle man Greg Abbott craves

Kevan Hurst photo Now his fourth free transfer of the summer is fresh out of the wrapper, Greg Abbott and his backroom staff can bend their minds to another unresolved issue: getting the best out of a player who cost Carlisle United serious dosh.

Last updated 3 July 2010
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Can Carlisle Utd rein supreme this term?

Are Carlisle United racing certainties for a successful season, or fit for the knacker’s yard?

Last updated 3 July 2010
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Retired? You don’t fool me, Ivor

Recent bulletins from the scandal sheets may have caused you to believe that the former FA chairman Lord Triesman was the most energetic pensioner in the land. Not so.

Last updated 29 May 2010
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Why Salford’s Danny Livesey is still a Cumbrian hero

Danny Livesey photo This was going to be a treatise on the need for more Carlisle United players to live closer to Brunton Park until Danny Livesey’s bandaged head flashed through the mind.

Last updated 29 May 2010
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Stats that highlight main priority for Carlisle Utd's Greg Abbott

Greg ABbott photo One way of writing a column is to throw some light on a matter which has not yet received the illumination it deserves.

Last updated 22 May 2010
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Why Carlisle's Scott Dobie deserves a decent parting shot

Scott Dobie photo Back in October last year Greg Abbott said his ideal team would consist of “11 Scott Dobies”. Seven months later, the Carlisle United manager feels he can get by without any.

Last updated 15 May 2010
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Leeds boss Bates' pre-emptive strike

Ken Bates, the Leeds United chairman, has issued a pre-emptive strike on potential troublemakers if they invade Elland Road’s pitch following today’s home clash with Bristol Rovers, which could see the Yorkshire club promoted.

Last updated 8 May 2010
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Keogh’s the pick of a better crop

Carlisle Utd photo Searching for a man fit to carry off the title of Carlisle United’s player of the year 12 months ago was a task so depressingly difficult it almost required a team of sniffer dogs and heat-seeking equipment.

Last updated 1 May 2010
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No need for Carlisle Utd's Abbott to play numbers game

Greg Abbott photo Greg says 4-3-3, ‘Kav’ says 4-4-1-1, Paddock Man says 4-5-1 and all we get is a whirligig of an argument which is about perception and doesn’t get near enough to the bone of the Carlisle United manager’s tactical preferences.

Last updated 24 April 2010
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The boy Dunn good

Stephen Dunn photo Wit and timing were not entirely absent from United’s dreary defeat to Oldham last Saturday.

Last updated 24 April 2010
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Time to salute Carlisle Utd skipper who just keeps it simple

Carlisle action photo The best way for Didier “water carrier” Deschamps to reply to Eric Cantona’s acid assessment of his attributes was to ask the strutting emperor of Old Trafford to compare World Cup winners’ medals.

Last updated 17 April 2010
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Abbott plea to fans deserved air-time

Tension on the terraces sounds like the name of a song The Smiths never got round to recording, rather than something for Carlisle United’s manager to start a small war against.

Last updated 17 April 2010
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Get along to Brunton Park international

International football at Brunton Park isn’t a phrase you hear too often, so next Friday’s schoolboy international between England and Scotland has to be worth 90 minutes of your time.

Last updated 17 April 2010
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Murphy’s law never far wrong

Kevin Gray was, as usual, a firm voice of common-sense when he said of Peter Murphy’s Wembley aberration last week: “It is easy to point the finger at individuals but people should remember it is a team of 11.”

Last updated 10 April 2010
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More fans at Johnstone's game than last season's UEFA Cup final

Often derided as the ‘Mickey Mouse cup’, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy’s standing will receive a huge boost when 70,000 fans flock to Wembley for tomorrow’s final.

Last updated 27 March 2010
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Carlisle Utd's Graham Kavanagh 'just wants to be loved'

Graham Kavanagh photo Here is a remarkable revelation for anyone who has ever been fixed by Graham Kavanagh’s frosty gaze: the Carlisle United player-coach has feelings.

Last updated 27 March 2010
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Jason Price tribute just the start?

Price wig photo Jason Price’s arrival at Carlisle has triggered a new wave of imaginative costume among United’s faithful.

Last updated 20 March 2010
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Why the Cult of Carlisle United's Keogh deserves to spread

Richard Keogh photo The rise of any cult figure should always come with a few checks and balances, so a word of thanks is necessary for Dennis Booth, who thinks nothing of delivering a few verbal jabs to Richard Keogh’s ribs after the defender makes one of his stampedes down Carlisle’s right flank.

Last updated 20 March 2010
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Why are we waiting for Football League answers?

Nearly a month has passed since I levelled a series of questions at the Football League following Ken Bates’ blunderbuss attack on the Cumbrians after the JPT northern final.

Last updated 20 March 2010
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