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Carlisle Preview - An in-depth look at the Cumbrians

22 November 2021

Match Previews

Carlisle Preview - An in-depth look at the Cumbrians

22 November 2021

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Salford City on Saturday means Town will be looking for an immediate reaction to keep up with the playoff hunting pack, and it begins on Tuesday night away at Carlisle United.

The trip to Brunton Park will start a run of four consecutive games on their travels as Simon Weaver's side enter a congested period of fixtures which include Swindon Town, Tranmere Rovers in the Papa John's Trophy and Portsmouth in the FA Cup Second Round.
Our opponents

Carlisle United come into the contest winless from their last 11 league outings and are currently the lowest scorers in the division this season, notching up a dozen goals from their 17 games to date.

Their start to season has meant they currently sit 23rd Sky Bet League Two, just a point above bottom of the table Scunthorpe United.

Last season

The 2020/21 campaign saw Town face Carlisle for the first time and it was a successful head to head battle for the North Yorkshire side as they picked up four out of a possible six points against the Cumbrians.

The first meeting was at the EnviroVent Stadium in February 2021, where a penalty from Forest Green loanee Josh March secured all three points. Then in the return fixture just two months later, Jack Muldoon saw his 11th minute finish cancelled out by a Mark Beck own goal 15 minutes before the full-time whistle.

The man in charge

Following the sacking of Chris Beech last month, Keith Millen was announced as the new Carlisle manager.
The 55 year-old made over 500 professional appearances during his 20 year playing career at centre back, wearing the shirts of three different clubs; Brentford, Watford and Bristol City. Millen won promotion with Watford and Brentford and was also inducted into the Hall of Fame with the latter.

He stepped into management in 2005 as caretaker boss at Bristol City - two years after hanging up his boots - and it's a role he's filled quite often since, having returned to the club in the same position in 2010 before becoming caretaker manager three times for Crystal Palace between 2013-15 and then MK Dons in 2018.

Ones to watch
Kieth Millen has an array of Football Leagur experience in his squad which includes ex Bradford City winger Jordan Gibson, striker Tristian Abrahams - formerly of Newport County and Leyton Orient - and midfielder Zac Clough, who is the club's top scorer this season with three goals to his name.

Carlisle also welcome back club captain Callum Guy to the squad as he returns from suspension. 

Carlisle United were officially formed in 1904 and have featured mainly in Third Division during their 117 year existence. The 1973-74 season saw the Cumbrians promoted to the First Division for the first time but they'd only stay there for a year before relegation. 

Successive relegations in the 80s then saw Carlisle drop to the Fourth Division and it's where they stayed until winning the league as champions in 1995. The club then yoyoed in out of the third and fourth division until in 2004, their 76 year stay in the Football League came to end.

It was, however, a brief end as the club returned the following the season and then won the League Two title the year after. Carlisle would continue to be a League One club for the next eight seasons, winning the Football League Trophy in 2011 before relegation to League Two in the 2013/14 season.

Team news

The injury list is starting to pile up for Simon Weaver as Aaron Martin was recently added to the treatment table and will require surgery on a knee injury. He joins Rory McArdle and Will Smith who are still some weeks away from returning to action.


Tickets can be purchased from our Commercial Street Store on Monday and Tuesday from 10am until 3.30pm.

Any tickets ordered online can also be collected at the above time.

Tickets are also available to purchase or collect from Brunton Park from the away ticket turnstile, at £3 more than the below prices if purchasing.



As Town's clash with Carlisle falls on a midweek night, the fixture is available to stream live for the price of £10.

Away Travel

Information on travel provided by Harrogate Town Independent Supporters Group can be found via the below link…


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