Carlisle United’s remarkable turnaround under Paul Simpson has been officially recognised with an award.

The Blues’ promotion triumph in May earned the club a special award in the 2023 Cumbria Sports Awards.

The judging panel said United’s success had generated a “real buzz” and generated “positivity” in the city and beyond.

The award, presented by Active Cumbria, came in recognition of their “remarkable” League Two play-off final victory over Stockport County at Wembley.

The panel said: Since Paul Simpson took over as manager 18 months ago, the club have progressed on and off the pitch, and the support the club are now receiving from the community of Carlisle and more widely across north Cumbria has grown significantly.

“There is once again a real buzz surrounding Carlisle United, and whilst there have been mixed results during the start of the season in League One, they are more than holding their own against on paper some much bigger clubs.

“The performances against Bolton and Burton particularly have shone.

“This Special Award recognises the impact that a high performing Carlisle United has on the whole north of the county, and the positivity that can generate in the city of Carlisle and the surrounding areas.”

Read about all the winners at the 2023 Cumbria Sports Awards HERE