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Inside Brunton Park with Jon Colman

Blues are striking the right note

As Lee Miller prepares to pull his boots back on for action, a thought for two previous Carlisle United forwards.

Last updated 1 October 2011
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Centring in on mystery of Kevan Hurst goal

The top memory to emerge from the mist of November 28, 2009 was and always will be Vincent Pericard's gymnastic 'scorpion' goal which gets no less extraordinary every time it's viewed.

Last updated 1 October 2011
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Can Carlisle United get rid of the smell of fear?

Mick Rathbone photo For a little perspective at the end of a grim week I sought out Mick ‘Baz’ Rathbone, a man whose modest managerial history leads him now to say: “By the time we got to eight defeats in a row I wanted to get to nine, just so I could have the record.”

Last updated 24 September 2011
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Another Steve who can fill the Twitter void

Steve Pattison’s withdrawal from social media commitments this week was regrettable, but the director’s accompanying claim that he had been “taken out of context” didn’t go far enough.

Last updated 24 September 2011
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More style at Brunton Park can beat the blues

John Gorman photo John Gorman is a thoroughly decent ex-Carlisle United man with such a lovely line in faint praise that he probably doesn’t even know he is delivering it.

Last updated 10 September 2011
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We’ll forgive Dolly - just this once

Neil Dalton photo If only the Carlisle United players who passed through Neil Dalton's treatment room had a similar availability record as the physio himself.

Last updated 10 September 2011
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Deleted tweets and the race storm that wasn’t

ibpfeeney A dignified high point in the long campaign to exorcise racism from football came on June 24 in Russia’s Metallurg Stadium, in the moments after a banana landed at the feet of Roberto Carlos.

Last updated 27 August 2011
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What mates are for!

TOM Taiwo's breakneck sprint to finish off Peter Murphy's shot against Bournemouth on the goalline last Saturday drew a questioning frown from the defender and a big, goofy grin from the midfielder.

Last updated 27 August 2011
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A tribute to basic humanity

CARLISLE United’s connecting thread to the tragedy of April 15, 1989 is that Liverpool began their fateful FA Cup run with a 3-0 victory at Brunton Park before the hell of Hillsborough unfolded three months later.

Last updated 27 August 2011
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Why a Carlisle Utd goal machine isn't the only answer

Ian Stevens photo There may come a point over the next few days when Greg Abbott hears one question too many about his striker hunt and charges out of Brunton Park, his hand over his mouth, muffling a scream.

Last updated 20 August 2011
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Abbott gets into a flap over flip boy Tavernier

Carlisle United signed not just a promising right-back but a potential Olympic gymnast when they landed Newcastle's James Tavernier. Or did they?

Last updated 20 August 2011
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Don’t write Danny Livesey off

One of the more bracing sights of the season so far was of Danny Livesey, once a League One team of the year member, engaged in solitary running drills at Rochdale while 16 of his team-mates were preparing for Tuesday's game.

Last updated 20 August 2011
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Francois Zoko is Carlisle Utd's creator not striker

Francois Zoko photo It only takes a second to score a goal, so the old phrase goes, in which case Francois Zoko is due.

Last updated 13 August 2011
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James Berrett’s a hero without the hype

James Berrett photo Park players and junior midfield hopefuls should listen up, for here is James Berrett to unlock the secrets of successful long-distance shooting.

Last updated 6 August 2011
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Carlisle Utd star man Frank Simek did go to Specsavers

Frank Simek photo Frank Simek, United’s yeoman right-back, begins this season with a year’s supply of free contact lenses.

Last updated 6 August 2011
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Why it’s unfair to bracket Stephen O'Halloran with McDaid

Stephen O England’s newest football agent today carries two burdens: the decidedly mixed reputation of his profession and an unwanted status as a measuring tool for Carlisle United left-backs with an injury past.

Last updated 2 July 2011
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If they have the skills, age doesn't matter

Commentators still droning on about the age of Chelsea’s new manager are guilty of a juvenile assumption that “youth” should always bend the knee to “experience” in the technical areas.

Last updated 2 July 2011
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Blues, Seagulls and the experience myth

bridcutt Talented, but raw. Not nearly enough first-team appearances between them. Average age 25, and only just. Could do with a couple more stubbled veterans to pull them through, don’t you think?

Last updated 25 June 2011
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One that will stay in my memory

KEIREN Westwood’s leap into the Premier League this week activated the mind’s film reel. Back into the memory came those eye-rubbing acts Sunderland’s new goalkeeper performed during his soaring years with the Blues.

Last updated 25 June 2011
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Honesty the best policy?

THIS column came under assault – politely, I should add – from certain members of the United high command when it suggested in February that undisclosed transfer fees were an enemy of transparency.

Last updated 25 June 2011
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