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Inside Brunton Park with Jon Colman

The dangers of Nation building

Frank Lynch photo Well, that all ended sweetly. “It is impossible for me to take care of this thing,” said Frank Lynch, erstwhile owner of Carlisle United’s neighbours Celtic Nation, making his club sound like an unwanted pet or an unruly house plant.

Last updated 28 July 2014
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Why this is now Kavanagh FC

Graham Kavanagh photo The departure of Davie Irons came as a surprise, but not for the obvious reason. It is said that the timing was curious. Perhaps so. But what time is ‘usual’ for hirings and firings in football? (2 comments)

Last updated 19 July 2014
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Michael Knighton told me how to answer the phone

Sarah McKnight photo There will be some who feel that, instead of a commemorative plaque, Sarah McKnight should have received a medal for surviving the last 20 years at Carlisle United. (1 comment)

Last updated 28 June 2014
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No blame culture? Maybe we need one

There are two versions of the game Consequences. One involves writing down the start of a story, then covering the words up and passing the folded paper along to the next person, who adds the next bit, and so on. (12 comments)

Last updated 17 May 2014
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Carlisle United saviour must have staying power

Carlisle Utd owners photo Some believe it was all the Trust’s fault, others will throw another dart at the Carlisle United board. Both lines of attack may be fair. But maybe there’s another target we should be aiming for. (7 comments)

Last updated 12 May 2014
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Carlisle Utd must be up to it, not just up for it

Carlisle Utd photo Carlisle United need another Kevin Gray, all right, but not for his huddles, or team-talks, or leadership, or “fight”. They need Kevin Gray the very good defender first. The rest is detail. (8 comments)

Last updated 26 April 2014
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Is 3-5-2 Carlisle's magic number?

David Symington photo A lot can happen in six years. To many football clubs, that means a good five or six managers. Heck, it’s even long enough for Carlisle United to get through a couple.

Last updated 12 April 2014
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Carlisle Utd have too often been a striker light

Gary Madine photo David Reeves, Karl Hawley, and that’s it. Twenty-five years of watching Carlisle United and these eyes have only fallen on two 20-goal-a-season men. (6 comments)

Last updated 6 April 2014
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Whatever happened to the striking double act that never was?

Miller and Guy photo It is assumed that Carlisle United have tried just about everything to improve their goals-for column in this relegation battle. Not quite. Even now there are certain experiments that have barely left the laboratory.

Last updated 22 March 2014
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This is no time for Carlisle Utd to wave a white flag

As usual, there is good news and bad. That decent alternative motto for Carlisle United applies again today as the Blues size up a four-game run against their direct relegation rivals.

Last updated 17 March 2014
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Manager sets out his vision and plans for Carlisle United

Graham Kavanagh photo "My philosophy is to produce an honest, hard-working, organised outfit that can play dynamic passing football and whose players combine effectively." (8 comments)

Last updated 8 March 2014
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The best players can always adapt

James Chester photo Every time Carlisle United make a new signing, and there will probably be another along very soon, the same line is heard.

Last updated 16 February 2014
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What’s the big idea? Time we were told

Carlisle Utd photo Darwen Rangers are a junior football club in Lancashire. In 2011 they drew up a five-year plan to expand and develop. It is described in detail on their website and easily found on Google. (4 comments)

Last updated 8 February 2014
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Why are Carlisle United not making more Lolley?

Mark Gillespie photo Britain doesn’t make anything anymore, the saying goes. The same could be said about Carlisle United and footballers. (3 comments)

Last updated 18 January 2014
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Carlisle Utd must be up for more than the cup

Matty Johnson photo There has been talk of “kicking on”, of making Carlisle United’s performance at Sunderland the start of a surge, but not always can the world be so sunny and perfect. (1 comment)

Last updated 11 January 2014
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Why Carlisle Utd’s cup cracker must be just the start of it

Greg Abbott photo That Greg Abbott, he knew how to lead a team out of darkness. Back in 2008 he gave things an immediate shake and came up with 18 points from his first 13 league games. (2 comments)

Last updated 30 December 2013
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Why the stop-gaps will have to stop

Derek Mountfield photo At his mercurial best for Carlisle United, a familiar line was often heard on Francois Zoko. If the Ivorian forward doesn’t know what is coming next, it was said, how can the opposition have the slightest hope?

Last updated 7 December 2013
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These numbers only add up to one thing

Lee Miller photo It started with Lee Miller, who was first out of the tunnel when Carlisle United faced Leyton Orient on August 3. Where it will end, who can say? (1 comment)

Last updated 30 November 2013
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Why these underdog tears don’t quite wash

Lee Miller photo The form book goes out of the window in FA Cup ties. It should now be joined by the idea that one team in a contest has to behave like upstanding citizens while the other lot can do as they please. (1 comment)

Last updated 23 November 2013
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No need for us to rush to judgement on Meppen-Walter

sm meppen It can never be resolved, this debate over the rightness or wrongness of Courtney Meppen-Walter’s presence at Carlisle United. (5 comments)

Last updated 16 November 2013
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