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Friday, 27 March 2015

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Inside Brunton Park with Jon Colman

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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Ex-Carlisle Utd favourite rises to the charity challenge

Nick Wright photo At first glance, it appears that WG Grace has descended from the great pavilion in the sky to wage war with Muttiah Muralitharan at high altitude.

Last updated 6 March 2010
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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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