Tributes have been paid to history-making former Carlisle United player Hugh Fletcher.

He has passed away aged 89.

Fletcher played for the Blues from 1956-62 and, in that time, produced a goalscoring feat which has still never been beaten.

He scored in six consecutive games - a record-equalling run which only four other players have also achieved in United's history.

Ex-Celtic man Fletcher made 136 appearances for the Cumbrians, scoring 20 goals in that time.

Although primarily a full-back, he later played as a forward.

Others to have scored six goals in successive Blues appearances are Jimmy McConnell, Hugh McIlmoyle, Ian Stevens and Danny Grainger.

United have paid tribute today to a man born in Lochgilphead in April 1933.

Chairman Andrew Jenkins told the club website: “He was one of a group of Scottish players who joined the club at that time and he was extremely professional and methodical in the way he went about things.

“He was a very good full-back, but we went through a spell under Andy Beattie where we struggled to score goals, so Andy pushed Hugh forward as a striker.

“Hugh went on an amazing run [12 goals in 12 games between November 1958 and the middle of February 1959] and that was him handed the number nine shirt.

“Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.”

Fletcher died on January 25.