All sorts of things will be tested in this new season which is about to break out of summer's slumber, each helping provide an answer to the biggest question of all: what sort of shape are Carlisle United really in?
They were in good company on Monday, Carlisle United. Also scheduled to appear in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court, Court Room One, Floor One of the Rolls Building before Mr Registrar Baister were Clayton Street Chip Shop, the Dog and Duck Public House, Eight Til Late Limited and PJ's Vehicle Hire.
It was not, in the history of farewells, much of a goodbye. The 11th paragraph of a club statement about a different player, and there it was: Junior Joachim, the player signed with fans' crowdfunding money, would not be returning.