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04 May 2020 11:29 #51 by Markovitch
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1) 1974 Everton h. First season following CUFC
2) 1981/2 Promotion back to the Championship Chester a
3) 83/84 Southampton in the League Cup 2 0 home win
4) 84/85 Wimbledon h 6 1 win in the Championship
5) 85/86 Oldham a Relegation back to D3
6) 86/87 Chesterfield h 3 0 Last game of the season, 1600 in attendance and somehow it was clear we were on a slippery slope
7) 89/90 Exeter 1 0 h We were top, they were second and we beat them at home in front of 8500 people. Then it went wrong
8) 94/95 Lincoln h Champions, probably the best season ever to watch even though we lost this one
9) May 2009 Millwall 2 0 Kavanagh scored to keep us in L1, we flew back specially for the game
10) Last year losing 2 0 at home to Curle’s Northampton. How low we had sunk under Pressley

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04 May 2020 11:31 - 04 May 2020 18:19 #52 by bluebry
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Your showing your age there Rich. LOL
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04 May 2020 14:58 - 04 May 2020 18:20 #53 by 1954Blue
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Thanks for that Bryan - as if I need reminding!
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05 May 2020 08:51 #54 by Burneside Blue
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Markovitch wrote: 10) Last year losing 2 0 at home to Curle’s Northampton. How low we had sunk under Pressley


This is honestly one of your top 10 Carlisle United games?
Either (a) you've only seen 10 Or (b) your a masochist.
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05 May 2020 09:37 #55 by markredfox73
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For me looking back the Shrewsbury do or die away game back in April 2003 was a really big occasion..A packed Gay Meadow, and the atmosphere was an incredibly tense occasion .The game itself was dramatic enough but we ended up with radge celebrating after Wake's treble sending the Shrews down. I nearly lost my voice that night..the away support was amazing.

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05 May 2020 10:07 #56 by Burneside Blue
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After the Shrewsbury game mark mentions 5 of us were in the car stuck in traffic listening to radio shropshire or some local station, we were listening to the post matchphone in as one disgruntled shrews fan after another called the show to commiserate and slag Kevin radcliffe off....
Long story short,we dared my old man to phone in and he got on the air... as "Dennis,a lifelong shrew " he spent his entire time on the air praising the professional job Carlisle had done and demanding a new contract for Kevin radcliffe stating "he just needs time"..
The bewildered host described him as "a voice in the wilderness " And asked him where he was calling from,as luck would have it we were outside a pub "the belle vue tavern" and he said he was there,the host advised him not to air those views loudly in there to which he replied,in for some reason,the same west country accent he'd used throughout, "I'll take em all on I boxed in my youth"
We laughed all the way home,and still mention it now... childish but funny as out.
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05 May 2020 11:14 #57 by Jumpforfun
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Not read all the replies so I'm sure most of these will have been covered elsewhere but most of mine are away games. Mainly due to the atmosphere, anticipation and camaraderie.

3-0 win v PNE on the plastic pitch, their lad got sent off right in front of us for what can only be described as attempted murder.

Wembley the first time

Various trips to Halifax & Rochdale that all blend into 1.

Rochdale away when we lost 5-0 but never stopped singing.

Liverpool away 1-1.

Hartlepool away 5-0 on boxing day

Darlington away 5-0 in the white elephant. Bridges goal.

Leeds at home 3-1.

Exeter at home play off first leg.

Aldershot home play off second leg.

Conference play off final @ Stoke.
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05 May 2020 12:38 #58 by Bumble
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markredfox73 wrote: For me looking back the Shrewsbury do or die away game back in April 2003 was a really big occasion..A packed Gay Meadow, and the atmosphere was an incredibly tense occasion .The game itself was dramatic enough but we ended up with radge celebrating after Wake's treble sending the Shrews down. I nearly lost my voice that night..the away support was amazing.

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The drama was huge that night. I think the police helicopter flying low in circles overhead before the match ramped up the atmosphere quite a bit.

I know Gay Meadow was a bit of a dump. The steps on the away terrace was so shallow that you struggled to see over the bod in front but I always enjoyed going there. It was in a lovely town, the bloke with the coracle added to the character and over the years we've had some good matches to look back on there.
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05 May 2020 13:28 #59 by Hertsblue
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Bit of fun thinking back. The usuals, beating Newcastle under the lights with 2 v late goals in the 80s, beating Leeds (3-1?), Jimmy glass (nearly didn’t travel for that one), 95 auto windscreens, also Colchester but just for the shoot out at the end. A win at gillingham sometime in the 90s as it was the first away win id seen after years of trying. Went mental.

I have to add winning at Aldershot in the conference - Viera was on fire and we won 5-0 I think? We then got barricaded in the Crimea pub while the locals trashed the immediate vicinity. I’d also say that game when we won 3-1(?) at Fulham - possibly the best Ive ever seen us play. It could have been way more. And finally the 5-3 win at St Albans in the cup as I was living there at the time, working as a volunteer at St Albans (as I still do) and my lad was Carlisle mascot (a word for the team and management who involved him in everything and made his day fantastic). Not a bad cup tie either.

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05 May 2020 13:51 #60 by melbourneblues
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Most of mine have been mentioned, but here’s another few,
Chelsea away early 80’s, we had a good team then and Chelsea were a big name so it was a great result. I remember half time came and somebody asked a copper where he could get some food, he explained that you had to go through the home end to the kiosk, err don’t think I’ll bother.
Man City away the 3-1 win that made Match of the day through other games being snowed off, great day out for a 15 year old.
Chester away at Sealands road to win promotion early 80’s again, had to get permission to leave school early, and a great overhead kick from Pop Robson sealed our promotion and a load of our fans started partying in the fountain near the road out.
Canvey Island in the conference also gets in, but that’s mainly to do with the best weekend I’ve had following United, I could say that about Torquay away in the FA Cup but the shocking defeat did taint things for about 2 hours.
Derby away first game of the season 83/84, we absolutely battered them 4-1 with a Mally Poskett hatrick, was a lovely sunny day and we had a great following, just reminded James Phillips about this game last week :-)

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05 May 2020 14:51 #61 by nobbyblue
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Mally Poskett scored all four that day at the Baseball Ground. I was in the stand and remember the stewards telling everybody to sit down every time we scored!
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05 May 2020 16:48 #62 by United63
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What about year before first game of the season we won 3-0 at baseball ground on a red hot day think mally P scored 2 and maybe shoulder with the other.

The last game of the previous season finished with a 1-0 away win at Chester city to win promotion with thousands carlisle fans must off been 20 coaches there i was at both and also the chester game abandoned earlier on due to fog

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06 May 2020 11:35 #63 by lummy8
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15 yrs today the Aldershot 2nd Leg.

Trained in the morning,me,Arnie and Kev Henderson back to Murph’s for a kip,back to ground for the match.

Probably the most I’ve been charged up for a match,knew what we needed to do,had been awful in the first leg,didn’t like Aldershot lads or manager.

Grew up as a person and player that night I had to be overly aggressive but also play we’ll try technically.

I thought Holmes header was in to make it 3-0 as there was a player in my way and the roar told me he had scored!

Conceded last second,Dennis Booth gives us the “you have won it once,now go do it again”

Not sure what it was but I just never felt out of the pen shoot out,ever,god knows how we didn’t get beat.
I recognised their keeper went same way for first 3 pens and then after so I knew Livesey would score as I knew where he was going.

Great night,straight to Mood with the lads,back to Newcastle the next morning (Saturday) and on it again with few mates.

Knew we would beat Stevenage.

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06 May 2020 13:09 #64 by CUFC52
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lummy8 wrote: 15 yrs today the Aldershot 2nd Leg.

Trained in the morning,me,Arnie and Kev Henderson back to Murph’s for a kip,back to ground for the match.

Probably the most I’ve been charged up for a match,knew what we needed to do,had been awful in the first leg,didn’t like Aldershot lads or manager.

Grew up as a person and player that night I had to be overly aggressive but also play we’ll try technically.

I thought Holmes header was in to make it 3-0 as there was a player in my way and the roar told me he had scored!

Conceded last second,Dennis Booth gives us the “you have won it once,now go do it again”

Not sure what it was but I just never felt out of the pen shoot out,ever,god knows how we didn’t get beat.
I recognised their keeper went same way for first 3 pens and then after so I knew Livesey would score as I knew where he was going.

Great night,straight to Mood with the lads,back to Newcastle the next morning (Saturday) and on it again with few mates.

Knew we would beat Stevenage.


3 years today, since procter scored to send us into the playoffs...

So many if’s and why’s associated with that season:
- why didn’t Mark Ellis play?
- why did Wyke have a ridicolous buy out?
- why where we in a position we coudnt back a manager who at one point on Boxing Day had us top of L2?

What if Jabo didn’t get injured (form in the run in was ridicolous)
What if JK didn’t get injured ?


Sadly same story at the end though, another year without promotion

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06 May 2020 13:46 #65 by lummy8
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Having 4 questions as to why probably tells it’s own story doesn’t it as to why.

We had a real chance of automatic in December/jan was it?

Wyke only signed for us because of the clause in the contract,if we didn’t put it in there he was off elsewhere.

Frustrating season that one,beat chance but form/decisions/injuries/key player sold all happened.

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06 May 2020 14:33 #66 by Burneside Blue
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4 questions answered in 5 words... Coz we're Carlisle like eh.
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06 May 2020 14:50 #67 by newcarlislefan
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Been reading these with some real envy. Many of you have been fortunate to have seen some great players down the years.I think in particular I would have really liked to have seen Chris Balderstone play. Anyway, these are nothing on what’s been mentioned previously but these are special games to me.
Here goes on the little I’ve seen:
2016 – H - Yeovil 2-1. My first time at BP and saw a centre back, Shaun Brisley, volley in from 25 yards. I’d clearly underestimated the calibre of Division 4 football.
2017 – H – Exeter 3-3. In all honesty I thought Exeter should have won comfortably on the night but it was my first taste of a great atmosphere at BP. All too often flat and stale in my few years. Seldom said but John O’Sullivan was on fire. If only he was as good as he thought he was.
2017 – A – Coventry 0-2. My first away game and Coventry’s lowest home attendance since the early 1960s. Atmosphere like the moon.
2017 – A – Crewe 0-5. My daughter’s first away game and a cracking day out. Michael Raynes made Reggie Lambe look like Jarzinho. Great away support singing for Nicky Adams all game long.
2108 – A – Wycombe 4-3. An incredible game despite the result. My daughter was mascot so a memorable day for us. Somehow snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
2018 – A – Oldham 1-3. Another good away day. Looking like a side going nowhere Carlise turned into late 90s Man Utd for a few brief months. Quick, counter attacking football and goals aplenty. This was a sign of bright things to come for a while. Nadesan, Yates, Sowerby, Etuhu, Devitt and McCarron from the bench and things looked promising. Sowerby’s goal on the day – the turn, dummy and finish was poetry in motion.
2018 – A – Swindon 0-4. The good away days under Sheridan continued. A game going nowhere and suddenly we are 4-0 up, Slater this time stealing the show. Some superb counter attacking stuff..
2019 – H – Mansfield 3-2. Best I’ve seen Carlisle play. Should have been 5-0 against a side not beaten for months. The 3rd goal in particular was wonderful. The cushioned lay off from Devitt to Hope was just beautiful. Sadly it was the end of that particular mini era. All the fluency, verve, pace and style from the side almost seemed to evaporate overnight. Minimal investment from EWM - chicken feed for them - at this point to keep Yates and Nadesan and who knows? A real chance missed. It was a real pleasure to go to the games again for those few months. You looked forward to it.
2019 -H – Cambridge 0-0. The worst game of football I’ve ever seen.
2020 – A – Forest Green Rovers 1-4.. FGR had threatened to wear the leather off the ball first 20 minutes and send us all to sleep with Ray Wilkins inspired lateral passing. We scored, they fell to pieces and it could have been 8. Nathan Thomas scored a goal which seemed to defy physics and on a bitter, bitter cold night it was a nice reminder of just how good football can make you feel at times.

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06 May 2020 18:26 #68 by Sammy Taylor
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A few memories from the 60s.

CUFC 7 v 1 HARTLEPOOL 1963
Tuesday night match ....in the Warwick..Hughie Mc scored 4 headers..What a magnificent player he was. !

CUFC 3 v 0 MANSFIELD APRIL 1965
A Tuesday night with 18,000 packed into BP...Last game of the season . Win and we go up as champions to league 2 (Championship) lose or draw and we finish third and Mansfield go up instead.....Best atmosphere at BP i`ve ever witnessed.

CUFC 4 v 1 NORWICH AUGUST 1965
First ever game League 2, Balderstones first game for us and scored the first goal...He was pure class and controlled the whole game.

NEWCASTLE 0 v 1 CUFC FA CUP JAN 1968
56,000 at ST James singing Mighty Quin to Wyn Davis , he never got a touch .....Tommy Murray scored but the always remembered for the penalty save by Allan Ross from Ollie Burton.

In more modern times our 1.0 win against Sheff Wed at Hillsbourgh in 2010 was one of the best away performances i`ve seen seen from the Blues. ....How times have changed!
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08 May 2020 20:45 #69 by franksidebottom
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1) Birmingham Wembley 94/95 0-1 - no explanation needed

2) Leeds (h) 07/08 3-1 - full house and wiped the floor with the arseholes second half.

3) Preston (a) 93/94 3-0 - had to win to stay in play-off race, was a very lively day!

4) Stockport (h) 89/90 3-1 - top of the league for the first time in my supporting lifetime

5) Leeds (a) 07/08 2-1 - great performance in first leg of play-off semis

6) Sunderland (a) 94/95 1-1 - great day out, great away support, late equaliser.

7) Bury (h) 94/95 3-0 - battered a promotion rival at Christmas in front of a full house.

8) Doncaster (a) 06/07 2-1 - best awayday I’ve had following Carlisle, 2 great goals in a good win aswell.

9) Stockport (a) 96/97 0-0 - just remember away fans everywhere and back to Wembley

10) Hartlepool (a) 96/97 2-1 - one of the best performances I’ve seen from Carlisle and a last minute winner away from home.

Couldn’t put Rochdale semi-final, Jimmy Glass game or Confrence Play-Off Final in as was too nervous to enjoy any of them and from memory they were all poor games anyway.

Notable mentions to Chester away 1-0 Scott Dobie game, Guisley 4-1, Knowsley 4-1 and Hartlepool 3-2 at home under Curle which all just missed out.

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10 May 2020 20:44 #70 by flumeblue
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I couldn’t pick my all-time 10 most memorable good & awful matches, there has been so many.
Therefore, I have confined my selection to the 1960’s, my first decade watching the blues and the following are my memories (I hope there are no inaccuracies). As far as I can remember, virtually every one of the following matches attracted crowds of at least 10,000 and often many thousands more.

1962/63 - FA Cup Rnd 3: Home v Gravesend & Northfleet 0-1 – whilst we were bottom of Division 3 we fans were very confident as we were playing (with respect – who?). The winners would play Sunderland at home in the next round however a woeful performance on a frozen pitch left the large crowd totally deflated. The next day the Board took decisive action and sacked the manager and soon after appointed the part-time Penrith Manager, Alan Ashman. Little did we know this was the start of the good times.

1963/64 FA cup Rnd 2 Home v Gateshead. CUFC we were scoring goals for fun in Division 4. For example, we had already beaten Hartlepool 6-0 away and 7-1 at home. In this passionate derby game at 3-1 down we looked to be on the way out of the cup but thanks to our attacking prowess and a Hughie Mac hat-trick we stormed into the Third Round.

1963/64 FA Cup Rnd 5 Away v Preston North End 0-1 – although we lost the match, I was so proud to be a Carlisle United supporter. We took over 10,000 supporters and were vey unlucky against a team who were at the top end of Division 2 (Sammy Taylor’s shot hit both posts and rebounded back into play). Preston NE went on to narrowly loose the final at Wembley, whilst the Blues were beaten for the 4th Division title on a miniscule goal average (they’d have won it on goal difference, or 3 points for a win) and Workington Reds were a point behind in third. Ps weird fact: The two Christmas games v Workington Reds each attracted crowds well in excess of 15,000 with the game at Borough Park ending 2-2. If that match had ended 0-0 Carlisle United would have been Champions! That season CUFC scored a phenomenal 126 goals with Hughie Mac being the Football League’s top goal-scorer.

1964/65 Division 3 Home v Mansfield 3-0 – been mentioned earlier. The final game of the season & we overpowered the Stags in the first half and then cruised to victory - and we were the Champions in style. As we left, we talked about next seasons forthcoming encounters, entertaining teams of the stature of Manchester City.
1965/66 Division 2 Home v Norwich City 4-1 – been mentioned earlier. CUFC were at this level for the first time in their history and would stay here for many years with players of the caliber of new signing Balderstone who orchestrated this comprehensive victory.

1966/67 FA Cup Rnd 3 Away v Blackburn Rovers 2-1 – another huge away following. The interesting memory of this game was apart, from a magnificent performance, was that both teams’ vociferous supporters congregated on the terraces behind the opposition’s goalkeeper. And then the fans changed ends at half time, which led to a few minor scuffles – a sign of times to come!

1966/67 Division 2 Home v Bolton Wanderers 6-1 – last game of the season and there was, shall we say, a little supporter friction prior to the match. But a tremendous performance meant that Carlisle United supporters were left alone, at the end, to celebrate. We ended the season 3rd top which, in years to come, would have been enough to get us promoted to the First Division.

1967/68 FA Cup Away v Newcastle United 1-0 –This must be top of my list – Most supporters were crammed into St James’ Park well over an hour before the start. For CUFC to defeat our, until then, superior neighbours was incredible. (The magpies were invincible this season, and many others, on their home ground) Carlisle United supporters jubilantly left to celebrate that night many staying on in Newcastle. All I kept repeating when I arrived home at midnight was “Ross saved a penalty”.

1967/68 Division 2 Away v Preston North End 2-0 – another huge away following witnessed an emphatic win over a team I always took great satisfaction in beating. As we had already beaten them 4-1 at home it was an especially enjoyable double and showed how far Carlisle United had risen in so few years.

1969/70 League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg Away v West Brom 1-4 (2-4 on aggregate). It was a challenging journey to the Semi-Finals as, on route, we never played a team below the Second Division. Two notable games were 1-0 win over an excellent full-strength Chelsea team who ended the season as 3rd in Division 1 and 2-0 win over Huddersfield who were Division 2 Champions. Man City and Man Utd were drawn to play each other in the other Semi-Final whilst we would play Alan Ashman’s West Brom. Bob Stokoe knew how to set a team up and we had an excellent defensive record only conceding one goal to reach this stage This was maintained when we won the Home first leg 1-0. With the score at 0-0 at half time in the second leg Carlisle fans talked excitedly about going to Wembley. By memory, early in the second half Hatton struck the post. Soon after Ross was penalised for taking more than 4 steps and an indirect kick was awarded in our Penalty area. Hope chipped the free kick up to Jeff Astle who headed home. It was soon all over. I left the game vowing never to go to Wembley unless Carlisle United were playing there, which I honestly thought would never happen. It was a very quiet journey home
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12 May 2020 19:47 #71 by CD Blue
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A couple of games a attended that may be worth mentioning

4-1 v Crystal Palace approx Sept 1983 (this was the first game i attended at Brunton Park, Mally Poskett scored all 4)

2-0 v Man City the following season (the late Billy McNeil was city manager)

2-0 V Millwall last day of season approx 10 years ago (needed the
win to stay up and another result to go our way)

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