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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Carlisle to face Tottenham in Capital One Cup

Carlisle United have landed a plum home tie against Premier League big boys Tottenham in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Greg Abbott photo
Greg Abbott

The Blues were handed the dream tie against Andre Villas Boas' team of international stars in tonight's draw on Sky Sports.

The Brunton Park clash will pit Greg Abbott's men against top-flight names like Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker and Scott Parker.

It is the big draw United were hoping for after their dramatic extra-time victory over Ipswich on Tuesday night.

Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League last season.

The tie is likely to draw a big crowd, providing a much needed boost to the Brunton Park coffers.

And it will be a repeat of the memorable League Cup clash of 1997, when United ran Spurs close in a 3-2 defeat at White Hart Lane before losing the second leg 2-0 at Brunton Park.

That is the last time the clubs met, with the Cumbrians and the North London club having met on only seven occasions.

The Blues' ball number six was plucked from the bowl by former Northampton manager Ian Sampson, with Sky pundit Don Goodman pulling Spurs' number 28 out next.

The tie will be played in the week starting September 24.

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