Tuktuk Day 27

05-09-2022 Carlisle United v TeamPhoto at Brunton Park. (Credit image: Mark Fuller.)

Well, this is EXCELLENT.

Not only on but also two (apologies to Dudley Moore and Peter Cook!) separate people saw my article about Carlisle United and offered to add meat to the bone. Fantastic.

Graeme Jolly from Alicante, Spain wrote, “I have been a Carlisle fan for 50 years (sad, I know.) *

My first match was the day before my 16th birthday, 24/9/74, Carlisle v Man City in Carlisle’s only season in the top division. (0-0), since then I’ve been to hundreds of matches, home and away. My son is also a huge fan and goes to many games every season. The most memorable match was in 1995 at Wembley for the Auto Windscreen Shield v Birmingham which we lost 0-1 to a golden goal in extra time in front of 76,000. Little did I know that Carlisle would go on to feature in 6 Football League Trophy Finals.
It’s always up or down with Carlisle, never a dull moment! With new owners at the helm,  hopefully, the future is bright, but it’s a struggle this season.

Living now in Montesinos, Alicante it’s difficult to get to matches, but I did get to the first two matches this season. ( Photos attached) Good luck in your quest!”

*No, I don’t think it is sad at all. I think it’s fantastic that you have stayed loyal to your club. Full disclosure – Gillingham supporter, 59 years, 11 months and three days!

Thanks for your memories and good wishes.

… and Simon Clarkson the supporter liaison officer at Carlisle also kindly sent me this overview.

Carlisle United was founded in 1904, and Brunton Park has been the home since 1909. The Club is located in Carlisle city centre, nine miles from the border with Scotland, making us the most northerly-based in the Football League. Carlisle is the only city in the county of Cumbria and can feel isolated – our closest geographical football rivals are over 50 miles away.

We are traditional and proud of our heritage. We are used to highs and lows and have enjoyed success and adversity. We are part owned by our Supporters’ Trust and they have representation as directors of the Club on its boards. Our fans are fiercely proud and loyal. They are strong-minded and vocal. Many come and go from our region, but they remain as Cumbrian’s and Carlisle fans – there are supporters branches all around the world including London (established in 1974) and even Norway.

The club’s traditional kit is blue with white and red detail, whilst the badge takes elements from the city’s coat of arms by including two Wyverns. They are nicknamed the “Blues”, due to their kit, as well as the “Cumbrians”. 

In 1949, the club became the first to appoint Bill Shankly as manager.

2024/25 marks a major anniversary in the Club’s history: the 50th anniversary of Carlisle United’s only season in the topflight of the English football league.

In the 1974–75 season, Carlisle won their first three fixtures (including 1-0 against Tottenham Hotspur before 18,426 spectators) to go top of the English football pyramid. 

Bill Shankly, an FA Cup and League Championship winning manager by that time, branded Carlisle’s climb to the top as “the greatest feat in the history of the game.

The 1994–95 Season was one of the Club’s most memorable, with the club attaining only their second Championship in the club’s history by taking the Third Division Championship with a record number of points for the Club, with Carlisle gaining some 91 points for the League Championship. David Reeves scored 25 league goals to help Carlisle achieve long-awaited success ending their eight-year ordeal in the league’s basement division. This Season also witnessed the Club’s first appearance at Wembley in the Auto Windscreens Shield Final against Birmingham City, with a record crowd, for this competition, of 76,663. A nail biting finish went into extra time and history was made again when the “Golden Goal” principle was used for the first time at Wembley to decide the winner, when Birmingham scored to gain a 1–0 victory. 

Carlisle were promoted out of the Conference at the first time of asking in 2004–05, winning the play-off final by defeating Stevenage Borough 1–0 at the Britannia Stadium. Carlisle’s excellent form under manager Paul Simpson continued into the following season as they returned to the Football League with a bang, clinching the League Two title.

In February 2022, Paul Simpson returned as manager with the club in 23rd place. “Simmo” led the blues to pull the club from the relegation zone and keep Carlisle in the Football League. In the 2022–23 season, Carlisle finished 5th, securing a play-off spot. In the play-off semi-final, Carlisle defeated Bradford City to win the tie 3–2 on aggregate. In the play-off final, the Cumbrians defeated Stockport County on penalties after a 1–1 draw to earn promotion back to League One after nine years in League Two. In November 2023, Castle Sports Group became the club’s owner and the club entered an exciting new era.

As always, I hope that you will consider a donation however small to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity continued their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer. Thanks.


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