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Carlisle Preview - A Closer Look at Our Final Opponents of 2020

27 December 2020

Match Previews

Carlisle Preview - A Closer Look at Our Final Opponents of 2020

27 December 2020

After delivering the perfect Christmas gift of three points with the 2-1 victory away to Oldham Athletic on Boxing Day, Simon Weaver and his Town side get set to host Carlisle United.

And we will be hoping to translate our league-leading away form to the Envirovent Stadium and push on higher up the League Two table.

Recent Form

Carlisle come into the game on the back of a 3-3 draw at home to Bolton on Boxing Day, a game where they had raced into a 3-0 lead.

They currently sit in third place in the table having registered 11 wins so far this season and are just two points off leaders Newport County despite having dropped points in their past two games.

The Man in Charge

Chris Beech is the man at the helm at Brunton Park, having been appointed in November 2019 to replace Stephen Pressley. Previously, Beech had been assistant to Keith Hill at Rochdale.

In a playing career spanning over a decade he racked up over 250 appearances for Blackpool, Hartlepool, Huddersfield and Rochdale.

Ones to Watch

After an 18th placed finish last season Beech sought to overhaul the playing squad. The likes of youngsters George Tanner and Rhys Bennett have made immediate impacts, whilst loanee Josh Kayode has also impressed and Joe Riley and Gime Toure have logged key minutes for Beech.

United have banged in 30 goals so far this season, with John Mellish hitting seven and Lewis Alessandra five, whilst Callum Guy has seven assists to his name.


The clubs' golden era was the decade from the mid-1960's to mid-1970's where they had established themselves in the second tier of English football. A promotion to the old First Division was achieved for the 1974/75 season and they briefly topped the league after winning their opening three games.

However, the club would be relegated that season and they would slide into the old Fourth Division in 1985 after consecutive relegations.

They did escape relegation to the Conference on the final day of the 1998/98 season thanks to goalkeeper Jimmy Glass's famous late header, but the club did slip out of the league in 2005, although they secured an immediate return the following season.

Team News

The impressive performance at Boundary Park will once again give Simon Weaver a selection headache. Skipper Josh Falkingham returned to the bench at Oldham and will be hoping to force his way back into the starting line-up. Dan Jones, Jack Emmett and Will Smith remain on the sidelines.

How to Follow

Season Ticket Holders are able to attend the fixture, with e-tickets due to be distributed on Monday 28th December.

Our streaming service will continue to operate for the 2020/21 season and beyond, meaning you can continue to watch every one of our fixtures live for just £10 each.

Watch Live

Finally, don't forget to get your match day programme, which includes an interview with Brendan Kiernan.


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