Virtual Hit The Bar Lite - 03/08/14

In six days time Carlisle United will kick-off the 14/15 season against Luton Town at Brunton Park. The first whistle of that opening day of the season will also mark the start of the Branch’s 40th Anniversary season, a season of celebrations hopefully both on and off the pitch. In truth the celebrations are already well underway with the #shanklyshirt continuing to sell well. The 40 Club will see its first draw made at August's Branch meeting, we’re already making plans for numerous trips to Brunton Park, there’s a new line of merchandise on its way, as well as a number of events throughout the season.

The #cufc6000 campaign couldn't really have asked for a better game in the form of Luton and I hope that the 6000-plus fans next weekend are treated to a good game and create a great atmosphere to help the team perform to their best. Our great geographical distance from other clubs in League Two is what we make of it, and this season we need to make sure it is an asset and that teams look at the long trip north knowing that they are in for a tough match.

I hope that you enjoy the first of your new look virtuals as well as a successful and enjoyable season following the blues, and I look forward to sharing a pint with you in a pub in some far-flung but perhaps not so exotic location at some point very soon.

Some date corrections

Well done to those observant few that passed the two little tests inserted into last week’s virtual. A number of you noticed that the date of the Derby County TV game is Monday 11th August, not Tuesday 12th as I advised last week. The error does, however, provide me with a great opportunity to remind you that a number of our central-London-based members will be meeting up to watch the game in the Doric Arch near Euston. You’ll also find a number in the Euston Tap ahead of the game, and remember, once again, that it is a week on Monday, not a week on Tuesday.

Fewer of you noticed that I also made an error for the Wycombe Wanderers away game. Well done to the couple of you that noticed I said that the game was on Saturday 19th August, whereas it is actually on Saturday 16th!

Prediction Competition

You’ll hopefully have received an email from me during the week officially launching this season’s Branch prediction competition. You’ve still got plenty of time left to get your entries sorted, but don’t forget that Chairman Simon Clarkson has offered to buy a pint for the member that sells the most entries to friends and colleagues. Simon sold entries to all of his mates at Sutton Cricket Club last year, and sends in this picture of Daniel Coughlan, who spent his winnings on a new cricket bat. My tally is already up to four entries sold and there’s no better time to start than now.

Don’t forget that you can enter either by downloading an entry form or by completing our online form.

Social Commentary Evenings

With a number of mid-week Tuesday evening games coming up in the next few months, Social Secretary Nigel Moss is looking to organise one or more social evenings. Usually held at the Black Horse near Aldgate, these events are a great evening out with Radio Cumbria commentary of the match as well as pool, darts, wood-fired pizza and real ale (although not necessarily in equal quantities). If you would be interested in an evening surrounding either the Shrewsbury away game (Tues 16 Sept) or the Burton home game (Tues 21 Oct) then please email Nigel on social@cusclb.com to register your interest.

And finally...

Well, this isn’t actually the end of your virtual any more, as your new look now contains a quick summary of Branch updates and a reminder of upcoming dates for your diary each week. In a further change, virtuals will no longer be published in full on our website ensuring you get even more value for money from your Branch membership. As always, if there’s anything you’d like to see in virtual, if you have any stories to contribute, or if you have any comments please do just drop me an email.


Jamie Grubb



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Virtual Hit The Bar - 27/07/14

Pre-season is now well underway and the kick-off of the 14/15 season is now less than a fortnight away. It seems like yesterday that we were sat on the train or in ours cars staring down the barrel of the gun as we made the journey to Wolves, but so much has changed in the short space of time since then with Graham Kavanagh showing the he certainly isn’t afraid of making the big decisions.

This is your last virtual HTB before we launch our new look e-communications next weekend. On that note, don't forget that I'm looking for feedback on what you'd like to see in your virtual. Please do email me through any comments you may have. Don't think that there's no reason to read this week's edition though, as there's plenty of need to know information ahead of the new season.

A welcome to the new committee

I told you last week a bit about some of the three committee members who stepped down at the recent AGM, and this week I wanted to introduce you to the three that were elected to replace them.

Ken Hullock - has stepped up to take on the highly important Match Day Organiser role. Poor Ken didn't even get two days into his retirement before the Chairman asked him if he would be interest in the role. A stalwart of the Branch for many a year Ken brings a wealth of experience of Carlisle away days to the role.

Nigel Moss - takes on the role of Social Secretary but will not be completely new to matters having served on the social team previously as Summer Trip Organiser. He has firm foundations to build on left by Mike Carruthers and as a true blue I know will have no problems in the new role.

Jamie Grubb - Introducing the new committee members seemed like such a good idea until it dawned on me that I would have to write something about myself. I'm not sure whether or not I should reveal that you've now got a Yorkshireman writing your virtuals. Too late now. Having only joined the Branch two years ago I took over the website last year and now here I am as Information Officer. What was I thinking?

Ken, Nigel and myself join Simon Clarkson, Richard Wood and Jonathan McLoughlin on the committee. For a summary of all of the Branch's committee members and officers as well as their contact details just click here.

Carlisle United vs. Derby County - Live on Sky Sports

A reminder that Carlisle's opening round Capital One Cup game against Derby County on Monday 11th August will be shown live on Sky Sports. We will be meeting up to watch the game in the Doric Arch, just outside Euston station, and some members will be meeting beforehand in the Euston Tap from around six. If you’re based in central London then why not join us, and if you're not then don't forget to tune in/set the Sky+!

Wycombe Wanderers vs. Carlisle United - Saturday 16th August

Our first away trip of the season will be the short journey up to Wycombe on Saturday 16th August. Match Day Organiser Ken Hullock reports that the designated GroupSave train will be the 11.36 out of Marylebone and that TDS will be in operation. If you would like to join the GroupSave or would like a match ticket then please email Ken on tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.

The pre-match meeting pub will be the Belle Vue, close to the railway station. With six ales and ciders on draught it looks like another cracker! For more information on the day click here to visit the travel page on the Branch website.

Car sharing to upcoming games

Mick Driver reports that he has space in his car for his trip to Brunton Park for the AFC Wimbledon game on Saturday 6th September. He will be leaving central Hertfordshire at around 7 a.m. and will be returning as far as Preston immediately following the game. He's even throwing in a free ticket for the East Stand! The following weekend Mick reports he also has space for the trip to Carlisle for the Bury game, once again leaving central Hertfordshire at 7 a.m., although only going one way. Finally, Mick also has space for the Accrington Stanley home game on Saturday 15th November, returning the following day. If you’d like to take up any of Mick's offers then please email him on michael.driver@openreach.co.uk.

Great British Beer Festival

If all of the upcoming football isn't enough then some members will be heading along to the Great British Beer Festival on the evening of Friday 15th August. The annual event is held at Olympia and for more details or to say you’ll be there please contact Mike Carruthers on carruthers29@btinternet.com.

Membership Renewals

Membership renewals ahead of the 14/15 season are now due and its now easier than ever to renew. Membership for the new season remains at £18 and you can renew online by clicking here. If you have any queries then you can contact Membership Secretary Peter Smithson on membership@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Don't forget...

  • The Branch will be sponsoring the Hartlepool game at the end of the season, email Simon Clarkson on chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org to reserve your place.
  • We will also be Associate Sponsors for the Accrington Stanley game in November, likewise please email Simon to reserve your place.
  • The first 40 Club draw will take place at the August Branch meeting. Reserve your place now - email Ian Jardine on 40club@carlislelondonbranch.org.
  • We still have stock of the very popular #shanklyshirt. They cost just £8, all profits go to Carlisle United and they look great in the sunshine! I've got mine, have you? If not, then click here to rectify this unfortunate situation.


And finally...

Dave Brown sends in this link to Friday's Radio Cumbria special highlights show from the 'Season in the Sun' Dinner at the Shepherds Inn recently. It really does make great listening if you didn't make it on the evening (and even if you did I'm sure!). Enjoy!


Jamie Grubb

Virtual Hit The Bar - 20/07/14

In a little under three weeks the new League Two season will get underway, and whilst yesterday's game at Barrow might not have been the performance we were after there have been some big changes at Brunton Park over the summer, and I think you'll agree with me plenty of positive changes. As Dave Brown reported in your last virtual, there have also been some big changes in the London Branch over the summer, with three new signings on the committee - more on that in a bit.

Unfortunately, the upshot of all of the above is that you're now stuck with me writing your virtual each week. Sorry about that. Not to worry though, this week's issue is packed with plenty of important information for the start of the season, not to mention perhaps the most important question you'll be asked this year!

Thank you to the departing committee

Firstly though, as mentioned three of last season's six committee members stepped down at our recent AGM, and I'd briefly like to say a few words about each of their contributions over the years.

Dave Brown leaves behind extremely big shoes for filling. I'm sure you’ll agree with me that Dave is one of the nicest people out there, never without a smile and a warm handshake for any Carlisle fan that happens to cross his path, I've never heard a bad word said about him. His contribution to the Branch over his time on the committee has been second to none. Don't worry though, we won't be letting Dave go far. He is simply irreplaceable. No pressure for the incoming Information Officer then!

If you look up the definition of "gentleman" in the dictionary I believe you'll simply find a picture of Mike Carruthers. His knowledge of Carlisle United is second to none, and over his time as Social Secretary he has taken the Branch's social offering to members to the next level.

Finally is outgoing Matchday Organiser Al Millington. Al's eye for a good pub is unrivaled, and thanks to him the Branch is now looked to as an essential source of away travel information not just by members but by all Carlisle fans. To top it all off he’' a decent bloke as well.

I'm sure you'll join me in saying a massive thank you to Dave, Mike and Al for all of their hard work over their time in the roles.

Welcome to new HTB Editor, Lee Rooney

Wait though, the changes don’t end there. As many of you will know, Geoff Graham stood down as editor of Hit The Bar at the end of last season after a stellar spell at the helm. Thank you Geoff, for all of your hard work. Replacing him is somebody who will be well known to many Carlisle fans. Lee Rooney has stepped up to the plate and brings a wealth of experience to the role. The next issue is due out at Wycombe in mid-August, and the deadline for submissions for that issue is Friday 1st August, a little under a fortnight away. You can email any submissions to Lee on editor@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Train travel to the Tranmere home game

Important news for the upcoming season now, and there are two spare sets of train tickets for the upcoming day trip to Brunton Park for the visit of Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 27th September. Thanks to a deal with Virgin Trains and the hard work of the Chairman, Simon Clarkson, these are a bargain at less than £30 return each, departing on the 7:30 from Euston and returning on the 17:52 from Carlisle. Email Simon on chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org ASAP to book your place.

40th Anniversary celebrations at Brunton Park

Just days away from the actual date of the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Branch, we will be Associate Sponsors for the afternoon at Brunton Park on Saturday 15th November for the visit of Accrington Stanley. The package for 15 fans is being subsidised by the Branch and for only £30 includes a meal in Foxy's and a match ticket. Train tickets will be booked when released next month, so to register your interest please email Simon Clarkson on chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org.

The 40 Club

On a related note, don't forget about the new '40 Club' that will be running this season. There's almost 20 members already and the first draw will take place at the next Branch meeting on 21st August. It costs just £5 a month or £60 annually to join, with a top prize each month of either £60 or match tickets and a meal for two in Foxy’s to a home game of your choice, and a second prize each month of £30. What's not to love? For more information or to join up simply email 40 Club co-ordinator Ian Jardine on 40club@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Carlisle United Fun Day

The Club held its annual Fun Day at Brunton Park last weekend and from what I've seen it looked like another success. It was great to see the pictures of the players getting involved and really connecting with the fans, not to mention the good turnout helped along by a lovely sunny Cumbrian afternoon! Also in attendance at the Fun Day was the Carlisle United Supporters’ Groups (CUSG), an umbrella organisation of all of the Carlisle fan groups. Their first project is to be a raffle to raise funds to help upgrade the floodlights at Brunton Park. There are set to be some great prizes and I'll be sure to let you know in due course where you can get your hands on those all important tickets.

What do you want to see in your virtual?

Okay, so perhaps it isn’t the most important question you'll be asked this week, but I had to say something to get you to read this far! We're currently developing a new design for our e-communications, and on Sunday 3rd August you'll be receiving your first 'new look' virtual. At the end of the day though, virtual HTB is your newsletter. As such, I want to know what you'd like to see in your virtual. What is it that you find particularly useful each week, what would you like to see more of, and what would you like to see less of? Please email me on information@carlislelondonbranch.org with any answers to the above questions. For the record, answers to any other questions you wish to provide will also be accepted, but may not help particularly with this project.

The last time we met...

There's some big name visitors to Brunton Park on Tuesday, so to close out this week's virtual I thought I'd leave you with some highlights of, yes a defeat, but one from which I remember taking a number of positives. What we'd all give for a few more goals like that from Matty Robson this coming season!


Jamie Grubb

Virtual Hit The Bar - 08/07/14

The first of our 40th anniversary events starts with an away day to Brunton Park on the 27th September.

Carlisle V Tranmere Saturday 27th September - Rail ticket deadline Friday 11th July 12 noon

If you fancy a day trip to watch the Tranmere game at Brunton Park on Saturday 27th September then get in touch with Simon Clarkson by Friday 11th July 12 noon to take advantage of an amazing return rail price from Euston around £30 (subject to availability and thanks to Virgin Rail). We leave at 7.30am and return on the 17.52 (getting into Euston about 21.40). Email chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Family Fun Day at Carlisle United Saturday 12th July 11am to 3pm

Last years family fun day delivered the most positive tweets I have ever seen about Carlisle. This year there will be team training on the pitch, an inflatable assault course, a chance to mix with players and staff, a fun fair, food, and lots of other stalls. A great day out for all the family. For further details see the flyer.

Carlisle United Supporters Groups

There has been a real need for the various Carlisle fan groups to get together behind the club and now we have the evidence. The CUSG is a loose umbrella group of the London Branch, the Carlisle United Supporters Away Travel Club, The United Trust, Cumbrians Elite, Square Pass and Cumbrians.net. The CUSG is looking at joint efforts to support the club and it starts with a raffle aimed at raising £20,000 to donate to the club that is being launched at the fun day on Saturday and will be drawn on Saturday 21st January 2015. There are already quite a lot of prizes ranging from seasons tickets and Foxy's hospitality to a laptop and a weekend away. Cash prizes and some of those "money cant buy" prizes that we saw last time donated by Hunter Davies and Lord Clark.

If you, or your company, can donate a prize please let Dave Brown know, david.brown@csqmarketing.co.uk. You want to buy a ticket or several books of tickets or want to sell lost to your family, mates and colleagues? Don't worry we will be giving you the means very shortly.

Welcome to the Committee Newbies (and thanks to the Oldies)

The branch AGM last Friday was great fun involving 2 world cup quarter finals, a BBQ, several pints and... the election of Jamie Grubb to the post of Information Officer, Ken Hullock (a previous chairman - is he a newbie or an oldie?) to the post of Match day Organiser and Nigel Moss to the post of Social Secretary and Summer Trip Organiser. The retiring committee members Al Millington, Mike Carruthers and Dave Brown (Yeah Me) were treated to a vote of thanks, a round of applause and were last seen running out of the door yelling "I'm free". I know that all members will wish Jamie, Ken and Nigel the best of luck and Al, Mike and Dave have offered support where needed. The newbies will be taking over in the next few weeks and fully in place by 1st August.

Another retirement - Go well Tashy

There cant be many members that haven't read the football mad forum or read the RC interviews very shortly after the interview itself. For the last 9 years that was down to the sterling efforts of Tim Graham alias Tashy. I am sure that I speak for all of us in giving a big thanks to Tashy and best wishes for the future.

Supporters Football

Chris Tembey reports: Now that the signings have started to be announced and excitement starts to build ahead of our Promotion Campaign it's time to look at potential fixtures:
Wycombe; August 16th - I believe Wycombe do still have a team knocking around. Unfortunately bad planning means I will be in Greece for this one. However if numbers call for it I will of course sort out a game for you lot stuck here - if their team does still exist and we have enough interest.
Cambridge; August 30th - very much active and very much "Game On". Given this is NOT the August Bank Holiday weekend and that the schools go back the following week I am hopeful for good numbers here. (I am only 30mins away so could always boost numbers if required.)
Shrewsbury; September 16th - gutted as never been before and they do have a very active supporters team......but this is a bleedin' Tuesday night.
Dagenham & Redbridge; November 22nd - still very active and we have played before of course.
Can I have an idea of interest for those two August games please and I'll be in touch again later in the month. Email football@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Mascots

The branch organise mascots for the away games for the games in the midlands and the south (even if you are above the line let us know and we will make sure that the club know). Jason Casey is starting to book the places for next season now. Being a mascot gives memories to a kid for life - he meets the players, has a kick around on the pitch, hears the team talk and then goes out with the team to the roar of the crowd. He gets a pic with the players and then runs back to his family bubbling with enthusiasm and love for Carlisle. To get your children at a match contact Jason Casey, mascots@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Brazil and the wold cup

Bloody hell - I took a break to watch the first half of the semi final and still cant believe what I have seen. I am happy - I've got Germany in the office sweep. I am happier though because I was dreading seeing the worst Brazil team I remember going on to win the world cup because the refs were rubbish and Brazil was happy to kick anyone off the pitch that could beat them - I suspect Rodriguez is still bruised from top to toe.

I hope that the FA is watching this - wondering why their manager didn't stay in Brazil to learn how to do things properly and trying to work out how they can copy the Germans in how to run football in their own country.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 01/07/14

Remember our AGM is this Friday Civil Service Club - details at the end of the message. Remember as well that you need to contact Al Millington Wed 2nd July if you want to take advantage of cheap trains to Mansfield Sept, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

4 signings to date and all look decent players. Now there are rumours about Troy Henville-West joining. Tonight we have heard from Kav that we have a fitness coach (that should help with injuries and lack of stamina). 3-4 more good signings and next season is looking something more to look forward to. Hear Kav on Radio Cumbria football forum>.

Carlisle V Luton Saturday 9th August - Get there if you can to kick off our season

John Magee (member) got fed up of negative comments and kicked off a campaign to get 6000 fans at our first game against high flyers and well funded Luton Town. #cufc6000 on twitter struck a lot of chords with 6 pages of comments on the Cumbrians.net forum and got the support of the club. This started with Andy Hall but soon Mark Gillespie offered to be the ambassador. Read his views here. If you can get there why not join other LB members in the Kings Head, Fisher Street pre match. I must say that the club are trying really hard to reach out to fans (forums, fun day, making players accessible etc) - it would be good to see the fans show them this is appreciated with a really bumper turn out.

On the telly Carlisle v Derby Monday 11th August

For those that have missed it, we are on Sky for the League Cup game against Derby County. £70k in the coffers.

40 Club - win prizes and support the club

As part of the 40th anniversary, we have launched the 40 club. Choose a number from 1 to 40, pay £5 per month and have a great chance to win prizes every month including match day hospitality for two in Foxy's including tickets or £60 cash alternative. Download your membership form, fill it in and email back to Peter Smithson membership@carlislelondonbranch.org 40 Club form here. Get the 40 Club rules here.

Sponsored Game - Last game of the season AND Awards Dinner

The branch will be sponsoring the last game of the season and taking several tables at the end of season dinner. This will be on the weekend of 2nd May 2015. If you want to get your name down now for both or either event contact Simon Clarkson, chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Exeter v Carlisle - Saturday 13th December - Hotel Offer

We have received an email offering special rates to stay of £79 double BB and £59.50 single BB at the very nice looking Buckerell Lodge Hotel 1 mile from the centre of Exeter. To book contact 01392 221111 quoting "supporters rate" Hotel details, or online here.

#Shanklyshirt and the Eden Valley Hospice

We offered to pay £1 a shirt to the Eden Valley Hospice for all those that bought shirts through the Evening News and Star offer. We topped this up and donated £100 last week to a cracking cause. They responded with this thank you letter.

If you want a Shankly shirt buy it at the Blues Store, the Fun Day, via email merchandise@carlislelondonbranch.org, on the branch website or via post, cheque made out to CUSCLB for £8 + £2 P&P (UK - contact for overseas) to CUSCLB, Park House, 191 Stafford Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9BT.

Jonathan and Linda share their honeymoon

Jonathan and Linda McLoughlin cut short their honeymoon in Italy to take the train via a night in Vienna to join the London Branch (and their parents and mates) on the summer trip in Budapest where we offered a toast to the happy couple at our branch meal. They thank us for their present "We both would like to say a huge big THANK YOU to all who contributed to the present and to everyone in the branch & the club for their support, kind words and kind wishes throughout the run up to our wedding. An amazing present, it speaks volumes about the calibre of people we have in the club and the genuinely dear people you are. We are very touched, thank you Jonathan and Linda xx"

REMINDERS
Mansfield v Carlisle Saturday September 20th - cheap train fares


Please email Al Millington, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org, by tomorrow 2nd July if you want to take advantage of cheap advance fares for our game there. Al promises an amazing pub in a cave.

AGM Friday 4th July at 7pm

A reminder that this Friday is the AGM is at the Civil Service Club. Many members will join us at 5pm for one world cup quarter final and stay late for the other at 9pm. Email Dave Brown to give an idea of numbers, information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Family Fun Day at Carlisle United Saturday 12th July 11am to 3pm

Last years family fun day delivered the most positive tweets I have ever seen about Carlisle. This year there will be team training on the pitch, an inflatable assault course, a chance to mix with players and staff, a fun fair, food, and lots of other stalls. For further details see the flyer.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 24/06/14

Surely its got to be 3 bites and out for Suarez? Maybe Greg Dyke sponsored him to take the spotlight away from the returning England team that kept me feeling that I was watching Carlisle - schoolboy defending and inability to score.

A couple of reasonable signings so far but a few more needed to give much hope for next season.

Mansfield v Carlisle Saturday September 20th - trains

Please email Al Millington travel@carlislelondonbranch.org by 1st July if you want to take advantage of cheap advance fares for our game there. Al promises an amazing pub in a cave.

Branch meeting Thursday 26th June 6.30pm

Join us for beers, food and a chance to influence our planning for next season by coming to the branch meeting at the Civil Service Club. Email Dave Brown information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

AGM Friday 4th July at 7pm

The AGM is at the Civil Service Club www.civilserviceclub.org.uk. Many members will join us at 5pm for one world cup quarter final and stay late for the other at 9pm. Email Dave Brown to give an idea of numbers information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Family Fun Day at Carlisle United Saturday 12th July 11am to 3pm

Last years family fun day delivered the most positive tweets I have ever seen about Carlisle. This year there will be team training on the pitch, an inflatable assault course, a chance to mix with players and staff, a fun fair, food, and lots of other stalls. For further details see the flyer here.

Labour Party Survey of Football Fans Views

The Football Supporters Federation sends us this link to a survey of fans views being done by the Labour Party (they point out that they have previously promoted a Lib Deb survey and all party survey). Complete the survey here.

Cult Zeros - Ziggy, Zoko or Kev on your chest

Jonathan McLoughlin suggests you visit Cult Zeros for tee shirts of Carlisle Legends (only after you have bought your Shankly shirt obviously).


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 08/06/14

Its been a while for vhtb because I have been sunning myself in Portugal. Take your #shanklyshirt pics while you are on your hols an tweet online. You can buy your shirt online or at the Blues store.

England will win the World Cup according to Jason Casey

England has been written off but Jugs reckons we will win: read why here.

England did win the World Cup (seniors)

Jamie Grubb informs us that the England Seniors team won the world cup in Thailand against Scotland on penalties this week. The team included Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth. A good omen? You can read more here.

Congratulations to Jonathan and Linda

Sensibly Jonathan McLoughlin organised the wedding in the close season otherwise Linda may not have turned up. I gather that the day was superb and enjoyed by all - congratulations from all of us. They are currently enjoying a lovely honeymoon in Italy before cutting it short to join the London Branch summer trip in Budapest.

Twin brother Michael, best man, thanked the London Branch for the video messages including from a merry Kav and sober Andrew Jenkins from the awards night as well as some members at the Wolves game.

Watch this and weep

Howard Atkinson sends this link to Newcastle Jets - the Aussie team where Michael Bridges is strutting his stuff. He says to watch his goals and weep that we didn't have him longer.

Carlisle United in Railway Magazine

Diesel Dickie get the tissues out.
Damian Samuels tells us April's edition includes the first of two parts about Football Excursions still known as Footexs. On Page 20 of the April edition there is a picture of a 'Royal Scot' Loco with a Headboard 'Sunny Rhyl Football Excursion'. The detail says It's not only cup finals that attract football supporters; potential giant killing feats in the earlier rounds do so too. On November 16 1957 Carlisle United hosted Welsh minnows Rhyl in the first round proper and Rhyl chartered a 15 coach special to take them there. The photo is of the engine taking water at Chester on the return leg. I note from the records Carlisle won 5-1 with goals from Broadis (2) Bond((2) and Ackerman(pen). Attendance 13,233. I do recall Dagenham having a Footex from Euston on Jan 5 1985 for their match (Round 3) with Carlisle which Carlisle won 1-0(Poskett). Attendance 4,509. How times change!

Wonder why our owners worry about the championship? Read this

The madness that is football in our country is illustrated by these articles in the Guardian as sent in by Howard Atkinson:
The Guardian did some research on Championship finances recently. Having read it you can appreciate why our current owners might be terrified of any remote prospect of getting there. The links are: One | Two | Three.

Meeting place at Gatwick

Everyone flying Norwegian to Budapest on Thursday, we are meeting in the Red Lion at Gatwick after security.

74-75 Anniversary Dinner Sunday 22nd June 7pm - 3 places left

£20 for a 2 course dinner, new footage of our 74-75 season and q&a with members of the 74/75 squad. What are you are waiting for - book with Dave Brown, information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

AGM 4th July and World Cup Football - Save the date

The AGM will be Friday 4th July at the Civil Service Club. There are world cup games before and after the AGM in the CSC bar - beers at £3.20-£3.50 and decent bar meals. Email for more details: information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

AGM Committee Nominations

This AGM Al Millington - Match day Organiser, Mike Carruthers - Social Secretary and Dave Brown - Information Officer are stepping down from the committee. All of them are willing to provide support to incoming replacements so if you want to put your name in the hat please do so by contacting Dave Brown - information@carlislelondonbranch.org. Please also get in touch if you want more details of the roles and if you would like to stand as a candidate for the posts of the incumbents Simon Clarkson - Chairman, Jonathan McLoughlin - Merchandising and Commercial and Richard Wood - Treasurer.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 22/05/14

I thought the summer would be quiet but there is so much going on and so many stories sent in that it seems you will be getting VHTBs pretty frequently.

Carlisle United Supporters' Groups (CUSG)

This may or may not be the agreed name of the supporters umbrella group BUT it is bloody good start. Mike Denovellis got fed up of fans moaning about the club and set up a forum that wasn't as destructive as the comments from some contributors on the mad forum. After fans starting moaning on his site he suggested setting up a Carlisle based Supporters Club. He got a modicum of support and asked for support from other fans groups. He arranged a meeting with the club and found that the other fans groups backed him up. He met with the club and the other supporters groups recently and found that they all backed him. A very positive force in the discussions at that meeting was Kate Rowley which I have seen from comments she has made since. An aim was agreed to run a raffle between all the supporters groups to raise £20,000 for the club towards the £50,000 that will be needed to improve the floodlights to the level needed (I know shine the light but it was always going to need serious upgrading). Its time that Carlisle supporters got together as one. Well done Mike - I hope that everyone in the branch will support your efforts to create a local supporters group that is as powerful as the one that used to be there in the 60s and 70s. www.thecumbrians.boards.net.

74-75 Anniversary Dinner Sunday 22nd June 7pm - 4 places left

BBC Radio Cumbria and Carlisle United Football Club are holding a 40th Anniversary Dinner to celebrate our Season in the Sun - our foray into the top flight - in 1974/75 at the Shepherds Inn on Sunday June 22nd. The special feature of the evening will be a one-off screening of archive, some unseen, BBC 'Match of the Day' footage of four Carlisle United games from the 1973/74 and 74/75 seasons, plus a question and answer session with members of the squad and club staff from the era, hosted by BBC 5 Live's Peter Slater. Cost is £20 and includes a 2 course dinner. The Branch has reserved a table of 10. To book your place/s contact Dave Brown, information@carlislelondonbranch.org. There are only 4 places left on the table and the event looks as if it will be sold out shortly so get your booking in quick to join Mike Carruthers, Malcolm Roger, Howard Atkinson, Ian Beattie, Paul Irving and Brian Eaton.

AGM 4th July and World Cup Football - Save the date

The AGM will be Friday 4th July at the Civil Service Club. There are world cup games before and after the AGM in the CSC bar - beers at £3.20-£3.50 and decent bar meals. Email for more details: information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

AGM Committee Nominations

This AGM Al Millington - Match day Organiser, Mike Carruthers - Social Secretary and Dave Brown - Information Officer are stepping down from the committee. All of them are willing to provide support to incoming replacements so if you want to put your name in the hat please do so by contacting Dave Brown - information@carlislelondonbranch.org. Please also get in touch if you want more details of the roles and if you would like to stand as a candidate for the posts of the incumbents Simon Clarkson - Chairman, Jonathan McLoughlin - Merchandising and Commercial and Richard Wood - Treasurer.

Thank you from Iain McLachlan and his bike ride

Many thanks to all for the help & support I had, not to mention the donations. I really was touched by support etc. I've now completed my cycle ride around West Wales for Cancer Research. My personal target was £500 & I have exceeded that with the donations via the Just Giving page. I've got about £300 from folk @ work etc. So I'm feeling a we bit satisfied but knowing that many helped in so many ways. The weather was on a Par with Benidorm. I've attached a few photos hope they are of use, the before and after. You may well be able to spot the photo from the finish line. Whilst I wouldn't advocate drinking & cycling (you may spill far too much) it was a grand drink and went down rather well. www.justgiving.com/Iain-MacLachlan.

Supporters Football Update

Chris Tembey reports: The Mitchell Cole Tournament produced a much improved showing this year from CUSCLB FC and I thank all players for their involvement. No goals scored - not for the want of trying! - but only 4 conceded resulted in three draws and two (0-2) defeats. The tournament marked the start of four careers I hope are long and prosperous; Tom Edmondson was fantastic in the heart of defence with Ralph Wood; Matthew Pinguey and Jamie Tyson a constant threat up front (where we so badly need injection) and 11 year old Ivan Newsome who not only made a promising cameo in our final game (against Cambridge) but very nearly set up the winner! The future looks bright once againWith huge thanks to Jamie Grubb, not only for his support on Saturday but for the write up and fantastic pics at this link; I need say nothing further.

What I would like to add is my thanks to Richard Wood for his support and for once again providing some much needed refreshments and also to Mick Driver for his support and "Manager Out" protests :-) As it stands the season may well end there although I have been invited to enter a team into the annual "Chaos Cup" organised by our friends at Leyton Orient. This is a 6-a-side tournament on 21st June at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre, Walthamstow. I can’t be sure to be available for this at the moment but will enter a team if interest is sufficient. There has also been mention of a charity tournament hosted by Gillingham on Saturday 12th July. I can find out more info on this if interest is sufficient. I do believe the Gills Cheerleaders will be in attendance if that helps. Otherwise League Two does promise a decent number of opportunities for supporters games (if nothing else!) so roll on June 18th! Please show any interest in the following and I'll keep you posted.
Saturday June 21st - 6-a-side - Douglas Eyre Sports Centre, Walthamstow.
Saturday July 12th - Gillingham Macmillan Cancer Support Charity Tournament
football@carlislelondonbranch.org

Prediction Competition Results

Far be it from me to say it was a fix, but it seems odd that the Chairman's Sutton Cricket Club mates won 1st and 2nd. Well done Peter Edwards and Daniel Coughlin. The 2nd place was shared by ... branch webmaster Jamie Grubb. Last season Ruth Holmes (now) husband and, worse, a Manchester Utd. fan won 1st prize. Now come on people get your entries in and improve your skills. To find out where you came click here. By the way the fact that Simon sold to all his cricket club mates suggests you all need to get your mates involved on next season.

Transfer site - for saddoes, stattos and funsters

Howard Atkinson suggests you look at this link.

Suarez Crying Song

Mike Carruthers suggests you watch this for a laugh.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar #shanklyshirt - 18/05/14

An email popped into my inbox yesterday from a chap called Charlie Butler. Attached was a picture of him wearing his Shankly shirt on the beach in Benidorm, perhaps not quite enough to make me jealous given our glorious weather over here recently, but it did make me sit back and reflect on how the shirt has done over the past month, and as such I wanted to give you a quick update.

Sales Update

You all know the story behind the shirts by now (and if not where have you been?!), so I’ll get straight on with things. The first two batches of shirts have now sold out, that’s over 300 shirts sold with all of the profit going to Carlisle United. In addition to Charlie, United fans in Norway, Germany, Cyprus, Australia, Oklahoma and California have got their Shankly shirts, and hundreds of people across the UK have got theirs too. If you’re one of those people then I can’t thank you enough. The reception we’ve had so far has been fantastic, but we wouldn’t have got here without the help of a good number of people, and as such I feel it only right to put on record the thanks from the Branch to all of them.

Some Thank You's

It seems logical to start at the very beginning, and thus that is what I shall do. Branch Social Secretary Mike Carruthers was the one who came up with the initial brilliant idea, and things went from there. Jane Jardine produced for us what I’m sure you’ll agree is an absolutely fantastic design, with Jason Casey and Ian Jardine also contributing a great deal during the planning phase. The physical shirts themselves have been produced by our friends over at Performance Clothing, and thanks must go to Serena and all of the team for producing an excellent quality product for us to some, at times, tight deadlines. Serena has also had to put up with our many emails - sorry Serena!

From the marketing side of things we've had fantastic support from all corners. Thanks must first go to Carlisle United themselves, and all of the players who helped out by modelling shirts for us. If you follow us on Twitter, and I know that over 650 do, you'll have noticed the likes of Paul Thirlwell, Brad Potts and Matty Robson wearing their Shankly shirts. Visitors to our website recently will have seen Graham Kavanagh and Davie Irons wearing their shirts, and thanks must go to both of them for their support, as well as to Dick Young and all at the Club.

In the press, the shirt has featured in both the Evening News & Star and the Cumberland News, and thanks must go to Charlie Burgess and Jon Colman for their support. In case you missed it, here's the link to Jon's article for the News & Star.

The shirt has also featured on Radio Cumbria, and thanks must go to Paul Newton and James Phillips for their support. When Simon Clarkson mentioned it on a recent Football Forum, Grant Holt even said that he wanted one! Not forgetting of course Andy Hall at Carlisle United who has published articles for us on the official site. Again, in case you missed it here is the link.

On the sales side of matters thanks must go to the United Trust, who have sold (out of!) shirts and taken orders from their presence in the Legends Bar, as well as devoting part of their stall at the Easter Egg-stravaganza to the shirts. A big thanks must also go to Jenny Anderson and all at the Blues Store who have agreed to stock the shirts and will be receiving their first supplies very soon.

My apologies if I've missed anybody out, I think that's about it for the thank yous. Oh yes, you! A massive thank you to everybody who has bought the shirt, tweeted about the shirt or generally just helped to spread the word. It goes without saying that without you, I'd be stuck with a big box of shirts in the corner of the room. As it is I have two empty boxes and a third on the way - thank you!

They've got theirs. Have you?

I've already told you about the hundreds of people who have got their Shankly shirts, including many in locations all over the world. I've already told you that Paul Thirlwell, Brad Potts, Matty Robson, Graham Kavanagh and Davie Irons have theirs. Courtney Meppen-Walter has his. Hunter Davies, Hughie McIlmoyle and Lee Sheriffe have theirs. The shirt's designer, Jane Jardine, has hers. Charlie Butler in Spain has his. I've got mine. As I've watched the orders coming in online, however, I've noticed that, whilst some are, the vast majority of names aren't those of Branch members. So the question is, have you got yours yet?

We have fresh stock of the Shankly shirts coming next week and there are now more ways than ever to get yours with the news that they will be stocked in the Blues Store. The shirts are great for summer and really do have to be seen to be fully appreciated. Remember that every penny of profit from the sales of these shirts goes to support your Club. So what's keeping you? The link you need is this one.


Thank you, and keep the faith.

Jamie Grubb

Virtual Hit The Bar - 11/05/14

It is with much sadness that I have to tell you that one of our oldest and most popular members, Ron Jones, passed away last Tuesday. His son Ian reported that he had faced his long battle with cancer with his usual fortitude and humour accompanied by a fag and a coffee. He really enjoyed the celebrity status that all the London branch guys and gals bestowed upon him. He would also say one of his proudest moments (apart from the birth of his youngest son) was presenting the Player of the Season to Brendan McGill at Doncaster a few years ago.

He will be greatly missed by all his many friends in the branch. RIP Ron.

74-75 Anniversary Dinner

BBC Radio Cumbria and Carlisle United Football Club are holding a 40th Anniversary Dinner to celebrate our Season in the Sun - our foray into the top flight - in 1974/75. The special feature of the evening will be a one-off screening of archive BBC 'Match of the Day' footage of four Carlisle United games from the 1973/74 and 74/75 seasons, plus a question and answer session with members of the squad and club staff from the era, hosted by BBC 5 Live's Peter Slater. Cost is £20 and includes a 2 course dinner. The Branch has reserved a table of 10. To book your place/s contact Dave Brown, information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Branch meeting 15th May

The next meeting is at the Civil Service Club on Thursday May 15th at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome for banter, beers, food and a chance to make your views felt. information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Premier B League

Greg Dykes efforts to screw up lower league football with his desire to create a B league was part of his FA commission to improve the England team. You can read the full report here.

Sir Jimmy Glass Day

Last Thursday was the 15th anniversary of the Jimmy Glass goal. Watch it here to get a smile.

Rory Delap Interview

Great interview by Andy Hall with Rory Delap. Click here.

#ShanklyShirt on tour for a good cause

Member Iain McLachlan writes: I'm doing a charity bike ride for Cancer Research around Wettest West Wales. I shall be proudly wearing a Shankly Tee Shirt. I'll need all the inspiration I can get. Cancer touches many folk & many families. This last good few months it has impacted on me and resulted in me not getting to anywhere near the number of Carlisle games I would have wished for. Life is a bit hectic but I was hopeful folk could let branch members know what I'm up to. I'm travelling down to Wales on the day of the next Branch meeting & setting off on a 150 mile circuit. I'm OK if folk don't feel able to promote it but it would be appreciated if you could. If folk could promote it the web link is below.

It's a great cause so support if you can. Click here.

Budapest - Europe's most stunning city

30 members and guests are heading to Budapest for the summer trip in June. Nigel Moss sends us this link: 29 Places That Prove Budapest Is The Most Stunning City In Europe .

Football Remembers

One of the most famous stories in football is that of the Xmas day football truce in the 1st World War. This year is the 100th anniversary and football is looking to mark the occasion.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 04/05/14

Anyone who has seen recent performances was not expecting a miracle at Wolves and, in the end, it showed the gulf between the two teams in terms of skills, fitness and tactics. Next season we will be visiting some old friends - Oxford, Cheltenham, Bury; some new venues - Fleetwood and possibly Gateshead and returning to some clubs that I had no desire to return to - Dagenham. There can't be any complaints about relegation - its been an awful season. We can only hope that the club is effective in the summer building up a structure that can compete more despite the lack of financial resources. Andrew Jenkins apologised for the season that supporters have suffered.

You can read an indepth interview (16,000 words!) with John Nixon by Jon Colman here.

Branch meeting 15th May

The next meeting is at the Civil Service Club on Thursday May 15th at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome for banter, beers, food and a chance to make your views felt. Email information@carlislelondonbranch.org

Supporters Football - Mitchell Cole Trophy Saturday 10th May 2014

Why not play for or support the branch footie team.
Arlesey Town FC, Armadillo Stadium. Hitchin Road, Arlesey, Bedfordshire' SG15 6RS
Likely to be a 10am start but this is to be confirmed, so please keep an eye out for updates or contact Chris Tembey, football@carlislelondonbranch.org
Arlesey is on the London Kings Cross to Peterborough FCC line and the station is a 2 mile walk from the stadium, lifts will be arranged.

Shankly Tee-shirt

We have now sold 300 tee shirts commemorating the 73-74 promotion. See Kav and Davie Irons wearing their's and order your own: www.carlislelondonbranch.org

Membership Standing Orders

Please look out for an email from secretary Peter Smithson regarding your standing order. The branch has changed its bank account and we will need you to let your bank know the new details. New bank details can be obtained from Peter secretary@carlislelondonbranch.org.

VHTBs

We will be dropping the frequency of VHTBs during the close season and sending them out only when there is some worthwhile news.

Have a great summer.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 28/04/14

Crawley v Carlisle Tuesday 29th April 19.45

Meeting place: The White Hart, High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1BQ. 01293 520033
Trains: Groupsave train travel is available for our trip to Crawley at a cost of £35.20 return per group of four. There are a variety of options with members likely to use the 17.23 from London Bridge and the 17.34 from Victoria. If you would like to travel with the group please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org before 12 noon on the 29th of April. Please note that there IS a tube strike in Central London tomorrow so you will need to allow time to cross London.

Wolves v Carlisle Saturday 3rd May 3pm

Tickets: There are still tickets left at Carlisle United and it could really matter.
Trains: As there are engineering works on the mainline, members have booked the 10.06 Chiltern rail out of Marylebone Station getting in to Birmingham Moor Street at 11.55. We will be returning from Moor Street on the 18.45. We will be getting the frequent 20 min train from New Street to Wolverhampton around 2pm.
Meeting Place: The Post Office Vaults, 84 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4BA, 0121 643 7354. We were unable to find a reasonable pub in Wolverhampton that were happy to accept a significant number of Carlisle fans.
For those going direct to Wolverhampton you are likely to find other members and fans in the Great Western, Sun Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 0DJ close to the station although we are not allowed to advertise in case too many fans go there.

Supporters Football - Mitchell Cole Trophy Saturday 10th May 2014

Why not play for or support the branch footie team
Entrance fee is £70 per team. There will also be a raffle and the bar (should be) open.
Arlesey Town FC, Armadillo Stadium. Hitchin Road, Arlesey, Bedfordshire' SG15 6RS
Likely to be a 10am start but this is to be confirmed, so please keep an eye out for updates or contact Chris Tembey football@carlislelondonbranch.org
Arlesey is on the London Kings Cross to Peterborough FCC line and the station is a 2 mile walk from the stadium, lifts will be arranged.

A call for supporters to get behind the club

Listen to Simon Clarkson's excellent interview on RC Football Forum. He comes on at 48 minutes and Grant Holt is so impressed he orders two Shankly shirts.

Shankly Tee-shirt

We have now sold over 170 tee shirts commemorating the 73-74 promotion. See Kav and Davie Irons wearing their's and order your own: www.carlislelondonbranch.org

United Trust Membership Renewals Now Due

With the end of the season approaching a reminder that the time has now come for members of the United Trust to renew their membership. This season has been an active one for the Trust, and plenty more is planned for next season, including the establishment of a new Youth Board which will contain a London Branch representative. Membership is just £5 for new or renewing members with the membership year for current members ending on 31st May. For more information email info@united-trust.org.uk

So that's where our Sunderland tickets went!

We had quite a few difficulties over the tickets for the Sunderland FA Cup 3rd round game - the worst being that 8 tickets had been removed from our allocation when our badly damaged package arrived. The mystery is solved!


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 23/04/14

Well it is now looking desperate especially with Gary Madine unable to play in any games other than Oldham due to licence restrictions. Winning against Oldham and Crawley would give us a chance but even then we would be likely to need something from Wolves.

Crawley v Carlisle Tuesday 29th April 19.45

Everyone who ordered tickets through the branch has had their TDS refunded. Anyone who ordered tickets through the branch will get a free ticket for this game IF THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE IT.
IF YOU CANT MAKE IT please tell Al as soon as possible so he can allocate your ticket to another - tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Please note that there may a tube strike in Central London that day.

Wolves v Carlisle Saturday 3rd May 3pm

The branch has placed an order with Carlisle for the following people: Al Millington, Simon Hindley, Nigel Moss, David Croxford, Iain Davidson (2), Malcolm Roger, Paul Irving, Mike Kilner (1A, 4 child), Dave Brown, Simon Clarkson, Jamie Grubb (U21), Richard Wood (2 65+, 1 U21), Gordon Gaddes (2 65+), Paul Robson, Martin Thomas, Ian Jardine, Chris Tembey (1A, 1child), Mick Driver (5), Jonathan McLoughlin (6A, 1child), Chris Holmes, Colin Hopkins (2), Tony Little (2), Thomas Witherow.

If your name is NOT on this list, the branch will not be getting you a ticket. There are 795 tickets available (which may increase to a maximum of 1000) and they have been on general sale since yesterday. If you want a ticket we would highly recommend that you order direct from the club today (online or telephone or in person).

Trains: As there are engineering works on the mainline, we will be travelling out of Marylebone Station on Chiltern. For details or to book your place contact Al Millington on travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Carlisle v Oldham Saturday 26th April 3pm

Mick Driver is travelling on the 7.30am from Euston and returning on the 17.52 if anyone wants to join him. Contact Mick on michael.driver@openreach.co.uk. Members usually go the Kings Head in Fisher Street pre match.

Carlisle's Greatest

Follow this link to see the results of a social media survey carried out by the Football league as to Carlisle's greatest manager, player etc.

Shankly Tee-shirt

We have now sold over 140 tee shirts commemorating the 73-74 promotion. See Kav and Davie Irons wearing their's and order your own here.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 14/04/14

WTF! Several weeks of shoring up the defence without looking too likely upfront. We get Gary Madine back to solve that and then regress to worse than the first 3 games this season in midfield and defence with players that look like they don't care (I know they do but it was hard to tell). Hopefully Kav will come back from Ireland fired up to beat Walsall and Peterborough - see you there?

Carlisle v Walsall Friday 18th April 3pm

Remember that London Branch members get into the Kings Head in Fisher Street behind the Town Hall pre match.

Peterborough V Carlisle Saturday 21st April 3pm - TICKET DEADLINE 12 NOON TUESDAY 15th APRIL

Meeting Place: Charters Bar, Town Bridge, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1EH. A great pub in an old Dutch barge moored on a lovely riverbank 5 minutes from the ground.
Tickets: Ticket deadline Tuesday 15th April 12 noon. Order from Al Millington, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org. Tickets increase by £3 on the day. Buy now for £23 adult, 60+ £13, Student £13, U16 £10.
Travel: There is groupsave available and discounts in advance from First Capital Connect from London so contact Al Millington on travel@carlislelondonbranch.org to book your trip or email him to say you may be coming so you can get a chance of a discount, but less discounts, on the day.

Crawley v Carlisle Tuesday 29th April 19.45

Everyone who ordered tickets through the branch has had their TDS refunded. Anyone who ordered tickets through the branch will get a free ticket for this game IF THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE IT.
IF YOU CANT MAKE IT please tell Al as soon as possible so he can allocate your ticket to another - tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Wolves v Carlisle Saturday 3rd May 3pm

This one could matter big time and will probably be a sell out. Get your ticket order into Al Millington ASAP - If you haven't heard back from Al in a few days after your order - contact him: if he has received your order he will email you back.

Save a date - the AGM 4th July

This year the AGM will be at the Civil Service Club.

Agenda
5pm 1st quarter final of the world cup
7pm AGM
9pm 2nd quarter final
Hopefully it will be England in 1 of them.

The CSC does fine food and bar food so you can choose your own food. The ales are good. Contact Dave Brown to ask for details or book your place: information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

The Evening News and Star and 73-74

We asked for help from the Evening News and Star and Jon Colman to promote our celebrations for the 73-74 season - they delivered brilliantly and thank you from all: click here.

Don't worry Radio Cumbria we are going to be asking for your help next.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 06/04/14

All roads lead to Preston this weekend with a possibility that we can avoid relegation by performing like we did against Swindon. See you there?

PNE V Carlisle Saturday 12th April

Meeting Place: Old Black Bull, 35-36 Friargate, PR1 2AT Preston, Lancashire. Unfortunately this has an over 18 policy but we were struggling to find another pub for away fans.
Tickets: Ticket deadline Monday 7th April 12 noon. Order from Al Millington, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org. Adult £20; 65+ £14; 16-18 £14; Student £14; U16 £8, U8 FOC. No pre-match discounts but on the day its cash only at an away ticket office with queues.
Travel: Some members are traveling on the 8.43 from Euston and returning on the 17.58
Stories: Visit the website for a couple of great stories about previous visits and such stuff as car parking.

Late Kick Off Monday 7th April

Late Kick Off North east is doing a special on Carlisle's promotion to the 1st division in 1974. We think the link is this.

Branch meeting this Thursday 10th April

The branch meeting has been brought forward one week to avoid the Easter weekend. Everyone welcome for banter, food, beer and the chance to influence the branch activities. Email information@carlislelondonbranch.org.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 31/03/14

A week later we have stemmed the goals against, gained two points and now we have Gary Madine - ??? machine. Certainly from Saturday's commentary Gary is giving us a lot more movement upfront, more chances and even got close to a goal. Maybe I was wrong in bringing out the map to see the locations for next seasons trips. Keep the faith and if you are in Carlisle this weekend remember to pop into the Kings Head if you want to meet other branch members.

PNE V Carlisle Saturday 12th April

Meeting Place: TBC
Tickets: Adult £20; 65+ £14; 16-18 £14; Student £14; U16 £8, U8 FOC. No pre-match discounts but on the day its cash only at an away ticket office.
Travel: Some members are traveling on the 8.43 from Euston and returning on the 17.58
Stories: Visit the website for a couple of great stories about previous visits and such stuff as car parking.

What's our chances?

Video man Will Gibson (who gives us the player pics in HTB) reports:
Separated by just 2 points, most teams have 3 homes and 3 aways to finish......
Bottom 6 – Tranmere, Carlisle, Notts Co, Crewe Alex, Stevenage and Shrewsbury
Top 6 – Wolves, Brentford, Orient, Preston, Rotherham and Peterborough
Shrewsbury have to play 3 of bottom and 2 of top
3 of the bottom 6 still have Crawley away
Carlisle have 3 of the top 6 aways left
Last day includes Crewe v Preston, Wolves v Carlisle and Stevenage v Brentford
So who goes and who stays?
Do you know?

Jonathan McLoughlin's Stag Night - save the date Friday 16th May

Jonathan invites London Branch members to enjoy his last days of freedom before he marries the delightful Linda (far too good for the likes of him). Friday 16th May is the date to remember and contact Jonathan to ask for the starting venue.

Iain Davidson's Grand Night Out - Tuesday 1st April

Any member in Central London is welcome to join Diesel Dickie for a few drinks to celebrate his birthday - Ship Inn, Talbot Court.

Prediction Competition

Makiko leads the way in the prediction competition. Check where you are here.

Vote for the Branch Champagne Moment

It used to be the Juniors Champagne Moment (and will be again when the little ones grow up seeing as how our little ones have all gone off to Uni and are student members). This means for a year or two you oldies can vote for the Champagne Moment of the Year.

This is a prestige award every year from the branch to the player responsible for the moment of magic that you will remember for ever. This year the shortlist is all incredible goals:
- Tom Lawrence for his fantastic mazy run against Tranmere.
- Matty Robson's magical equaliser against Sunderland
- Lee Miller's amazing overhead kick against Bradford
There are videos to help you choose.

Voting ends Thursday 10th April and you can vote here.

Do you hate foreign owners owning clubs and changing things

Mike Adams (non member) is starting a petition against owners changing the paraphernalia of clubs and asked for our support: "Afternoon, i have launched a petition to get the FA to legislate against chairmen and owners changing club strips, badges, and colours. Here is the link. Any signatures, coverage, heck talking about it down the pub is welcomed. We aim to grow the exposure over the next few months and then march on the FA headquarters to present the petition."

I understand where he is coming from but quite frankly the colour of the shirt or the name of the team seems to be the least important issue that Sky and Media ownership, never mind foreign ownership, has caused in English football. Quite frankly I wish the "Big" clubs would piss off and form their world league BRAND and leave the rest of us to have a sporting competition.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 24/03/14

What do I say? We were as bad on Saturday as we were for the first few games of the season. We played a bit of football at the start but collapsed completely AGAIN as soon as we lost a goal. Its hard to see how we get out of it unless Thirls, Chimbonda and Miller can make their experience bring up the rest of the squad. Still I am not giving up and I hope that you don't either.

Carlisle V Shrewsbury Tuesday 25th March 7.45

Social Night: We are meeting at the Black Horse, 40 Leman Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 8EU for pools, darts, re-runs of Carlisle games, commentary of the game, wood fired pizzas, real ales. Turn up from 5.30pm

Nearer home: Get to the match, it's £10 for adults or £1 for juniors - payable on the day. They need your support more than ever.

25% Discount on Virgin Trains

For years season ticket holders have asked for extra benefits to no avail. Thanks to Dick Young - Commercial Director of the club and new sponsors Virgin Trains we now have them. 25% discount for journeys on Virgin trains on production of your season ticket code. This is added to the sponsorship that Virgin already give in terms of first team shirts, travel and training kit and community projects. Read more here. Got to say its a great move Dick, the club and Virgin.

Join Lummy and his partner Olga in Penalty Competition

The owners may not have known about Lummy's offer to run a penalty competition when the rest of the town did at the recent fans forum but luckily Andy Hall and Dick Young did. Get down to the town centre on Sat 5th April and Sat 26th April and you can enter the Carlisle United Challenge sponsored by Virgin Trains. Win a prize and then head down to Brunton Park for the game. Click here for more info.

92 Clubs in 92 Hours

Marc Harris and 3 mates are visiting all 92 clubs in 92 hours to raise money and awareness for Helen & Douglas House. They start at Leicester City on the 8th April and finishing at Plymouth Argyle on the 12th April and most importantly arrive at Brunton Park at 3am in their journey - I hope that the Bovril is hot. Most clubs are giving an item for them to auction including our own. They are close to Ellie who has congenital toxoplasmosis who at just two weeks old nearly died in intensive care, her parents also learned that she was severely disabled. Helen & Douglas House care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and Ellie has been visiting them for 3 years. To Sponsor Marc, Ellie and the team: Text: DRIV92 £2/ £5/ £10 to 70070. E.g. DRIV92 £5. You can also follow the challenge and news on their April auction on Facebook and @Drive92in92.

Mitchel Cole Trophy/Supporters Team

I am happy to announce that Keith from the Stevenage "Badgers" Supporters team has managed to seal Arlesey Town FC for the tournament in May. Keith believes this was Mitchell's last club before his retirement. As a result the entrance fee has been reduced to the same amount as last year; £70 per team. There will also be a raffle and the bar should be open. Arlesey is on the London Kings Cross to Peterborough FCC line and the station is a 2 mile walk from the stadium, so we can arrange lifts as and if required nearer the time.

Reminders - Player of the Season

As you know the branch presents an award to our player of the year at the awards dinner. You can cast your vote NOW on the website between 18th March and 10th April. You will need to quote your membership number when you vote.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 16/03/14

Its getting tight - yesterday was two points lost despite a reasonable performance. Notts. County is another "must win" game so hopefully there will be lots of members and other supporters there to cheer on the boys.

Notts County V Carlisle Saturday 22nd March 3pm
Ticket Deadline 12 Noon Monday 17th March


Tickets: Adult £24, 60+ £15, 16-21 £15, Unemployed £15, U16 £6. No advance discounts and tickets are available on the day BUT concessions must buy from the main ticket office where there may be queues. If you want to order through the TDS, order from Al Millington by 12 noon Monday 17th March, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org. Remember Al will send a confirmation, so if you don't receive one within 2 days email him.
Meeting Place from 1pm: Vat & Fiddle, 12-14 Queen's Bridge Road, Nottingham, NG2 1NB, Tel: 0115 9850611
Meeting Place from 12 noon: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, 1 Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham, NG1 6AD, Tel: 0115 9473171 Reputed to be the oldest pub in England and worth a visit.
Travel: Some members are booked on the 10.15 train out of St Pancras, coming back on the 17.32.

Carlisle V Shrewsbury Tuesday 25th March 7.45

Social Night: We will be meeting at the Black Horse, 40 Leman Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 8EU for pools, darts, re-runs of Carlisle games, commentary of the Sheffield United game. Email social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

If you are going to the match, it's £10 for adults or £1 for juniors.

Awards Dinner Sunday May 4th

We have now booked a third table for the annual awards dinner on May 4th at the Shepherds Inn. If you ask anyone who has been to a Season Awards Dinner even in a bad season they will tell you its a fantastic night out when we present our Branch player of the season award. Makiko has been to so many with her camera that last year they asked her to attend as the photographer. Even the likes of the Croxy was impressed chatting to Les O'Neill and John Gorman (played in our 1st Division season). Members go every year because its a such a great event and a chance to get back to Carlisle so why wouldn't you. It costs around £40 which will be taken from TDS for a good 4 course meal and time with your heroes (or villains). Book with your, chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Player of the Season

As you know the branch presents an award to our player of the year at the awards dinner. You can cast your vote on the website between 18th March and 10th April. You will need to quote your membership number when you vote.

Champagne moment of the year

This is an annual award from our junior members for the best moment in the season whether it be a goal, save or a piece of individual skill. Please send in any nominations to Simon Clarkson by 19th March so that the vote can be cast at the Branch meeting the following evening.

Supporters Football-Mitchell Cole Trophy

Chris Tembey reports: Following a disappointing double booking of the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage have lost a few friends by announcing that they cannot now host the 2014 Mitchell Cole Tournament. So we all hope Stevenage get relegated. My contact is obviously massively disappointed and feeling very let down but is looking at some local alternative venues. These include Biggleswade Town (where Mitchell also played), Arlesey Town, Hitchin Town and Ware (last years venue). These, whilst not as good, are all really good venues and offer some additional benefits namely a Bar and a cheaper entry fee. I have 11 interested bodies at the moment, which is an excellent place to be. Hopefully the change of venue will not hinder these numbers - and we can pick up a few extra bodies in between now and May. I will of course keep you posted on further developments.

Great Links

It isn't just Carlisle fans who hate the greed and influence of the Premier League. Ian Macintosh is a well known football writer but also a Southend United fan: click here.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 09/03/14

Disappointing yesterday, but to be honest we played really well for 60 minutes. Once the Port Vale goal went in we started to fall apart but don't knock the guys they tried. We are in a relegation battle but if they play like that and grow some balls to cope with the bad bits, we will be fine. See you Wednesday.

Match Stuff
Sheffield Utd v Carlisle Wednesday 13th March 7.45


Meeting Place: The Devonshire Cat, Wellington Street, Sheffield, South Yorks, S1 4HG, 01142 796700. No travellers from London but there should be northern members there. (although they haven't told me).

Carlisle V Shrewsbury Tuesday 25th March 7.45

If you are going there, it's £10 for adults or £1 for juniors.
If you are aren't: Social Night: We will be meeting at the Zeppelin Shelter (now called the Black Horse) for pools, darts, re-runs of Carlisle games, commentary of the Sheffield United game. Email social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Great Links

There is a great thread on the new Carlisle fans website: click here.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 05/03/14

With all their expensive talents Brentford couldn't open up our makeshift defence on Saturday - an amazing performance and well done to the team. There were even a couple of chances for a surprise win. Pasquale Chimbonda was captain and is rapidly becoming a legend. I gather that it costs him money to play for us with travel, hotel expenses etc more than we pay him. That's "real football" as the Football League strapline says. The more players we have that are committed to playing for Carlisle the better.

Match Stuff
Port Vale v Carlisle Saturday 8th March 3pm


Meeting place: The Bulls Head, 14 St Johns Square, Burslem, Stoke On Trent, ST6 3AJ, 01782 834153
Tickets: Adult £22 Senior (62+) £17 Young Person (18-21) £17 Junior (12-17) £10 Child (Under 12) FOC

Sheffield Utd v Carlisle CHANGE OF DATE
The Sheffield United game has been changed to Wednesday 12th March


As Sheffield United were selected for a TV game for their FA Cup tie at late notice, our game has been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday. Simon Clarkson says: "Following feedback from members who had booked non refundable train tickets and hotels on the basis that this game was going to be played as scheduled on Tuesday 11th March I spoke to Director Norman Steel and Media Officer Andy Hall. I queried how the game had been moved to be advised that it was a prerogative that any club had when a FA cup game was moved due to TV scheduling. CUFC could have objected but would have in all likelihood have been unsuccessful. Match tickets can be returned and a refund provided but it seems that no consideration is given to travel costs already paid for prior to a fixture move. Another example of the TV companies having the power and the impact on fans being a minor consideration. In my opinion Sheff Utd who are destined to make a substantial profit from being on TV could have offered compensation. Following hot on the heels of the Crawley episode ( which again CUFC were unable to avoid ) it leaves a sour taste.". I can only add my support to those comments.
Meeting place: The Devonshire Cat, Wellington Street, Sheffield, South Yorks, S1 4HG, 01142 796700 Not sure how many branch members will be there but it is a great pub and worth visiting anyway.
Tickets: Adult £19.50, Student £15; U16 £9.50; 60+ £15, 16-21 £15

Carlisle V Shrewsbury Tuesday 25th March £10 adult or £1 for juniors

More info...

Some interesting links

Nowt to do with football but this is social media advertising at its very best and also enjoyable. Thanks to my sister Fiona Erixon. Click here.
A great blow by blow account of the fans forum by Andy Hall, click here. Bono - it made me laugh - thanks to Neil Jardine. Click here.

Reminder of the good times

Mick Driver reminds us that 6 years ago: United defeated Donny at BP 1-0 with a goal from Danny Graham. This moved the Cumbrians to within a point of Rovers who sat 3rd in the table at 17:00 recording their 11th of 14 consecutive league victories at home. The only 2 sub 6K league attendances that season at BP were both mid-week.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 23/02/14

Friday night was Fans Forum night at Brunton Park with the owners and Kav. It was a lively affair attended by 40-50 fans - listen to the first hour here. James Phillips tells us that they will try to put snippets from the 2nd hour on audioboo on twitter from Monday. One comment from member Harold Bowron was a big thank to Chairman Andrew Jenkins for the £600,000 loan that he made at the end of last season to keep the club afloat. I know that I must speak for all members when I add our thanks to that made on the night. Andrew has given phenomenal support to the club over many years and stepped in many times when there was a dire need. On a personal note it leaves me a little nervous what will happen in the years ahead. You can also see the latest news from the United Trust here.

Website

Webmaster Jamie Grubb and previous webmaster Paul Parke have been working hard to move the website over to another service provider so the website has not been updated as regularly as normal. Jamie tells me that there wll be a lot of updates over the next few weeks.

Match Updates

Carlisle v Brentford 1st March - remember that members get into the Kings Head in Fisher Street before the game.
Port Vale v Carlisle 8th March - Some members are travelling from London on the 11.00 from Euston via Stoke to local station Longport and getting taxis from Port vale to Stoke for the return at 18.12. The meeting place is The Bulls Head, 14 St Johns Square, Burslem, Stoke On Trent, ST6 3AJ, 01782 834153.
Car Share: Mike Driver emails: I am planning on driving to Port Vale 2 weeks today subject to 3 members being interested in travelling with me from either central Herts or en route to the Potteries via either A1 or M1. Departure time TBA, estimated direct driving time 3 hours, email michael.driver@openreach.co.uk.
Sheffield United v Carlisle Tuesday 11th March - The usual meeting place is The Devonshire Cat, Wellington Street, Sheffield, South Yorks, S1 4HG, 01142 796700, however there will be very few of the regular travellers able to get there so could Northern members please let me know if you intend to be at a different pub so that I can let other members know. There may be a fans get together in London to listen to the match together so watch this space. Email information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

United Player Free for 14 Days

United player gives you commentary for Carlisle games and highlights of the matches including extended highlights sponsored by the branch. 65% of the payments for the service go to the club. You can now try the service free of charge for 14 days.

Blues Lotto - win prizes and support the club

Member David Dagnall won this month. Lots of other members have won. Its a lot better than the national lottery and supports your club. Check it out here.

Best Players in League One

Ken Hullock has been asked by 442 magazine to submit Carlisle fans views of the ebst players in League 1. Send your suggestions to Ken asap - Ken.Hullock@brent.gov.uk.

Tooting and Mitcham v Hastings United 1st March

I told you recently about our visit to Tooting and Mitcham after our match against Crawley was postponed. Mike Driver was obviously impressed because he intends to watch them versus fellow member Dave Walter's team Hastings United on 1st March. If you fancy joining him email michael.driver@openreach.co.uk.

Tunstall WON!

All those people who watched Jimmy Glass in 1999 must understand the emotions that the fans of Tunstall United felt yesterday when they won their match FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 127 GAMES. Any chance of 3 wins in a row?


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 19/02/14

What a great night at Northampton. The second half performance was excellent and we were deserved winners for our first away victory coming from behind since 2012.

Branch Meeting - changed date

A reminder to everyone that the branch meeting has been put back until Thursday 27th February at 6.30pm so don't turn up tomorrow night!

Fans Forum Friday 21st February 6pm

There is a fans forum at Brunton Park on Friday 21st at 6pm. This will be on Radio Cumbria. Get down there if you can and if not, listen to Radio Cumbria.

Crawley Compensation

Crawley have offered to refund those that bought tickets from Carlisle AND also provide a free ticket for the re-arranged match. If you ordered tickets through the branch, your TDS has not been deducted with the original ticket and your free ticket will be available at the meeting place before the game. If you cant make the meeting place contact Al Millington, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org. If you bought your ticket directly from the Carlisle ticket office, return your ticket for a refund and you will receive a free ticket from the club.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 17/02/14

Our local members were right last Monday when they said there was no chance that the Crawley game would be on. Pity the Crawley directors hadn't listened to them and saved Carlisle and supporters a huge expense and time in a 670 mile round trip. Anyone who ordered tickets through the branch will not have their TDS deducted while we wait to see what "recompense" Crawley offer.

Coventry v Carlisle (at Northampton) Tuesday 18th February 7.45 p.m. Check the match is on before setting out on your journey

At the moment Coventry are saying that the game is definitely on however some members have pointed out that there is heavy rain forecast for tomorrow afternoon so keep checking.
Travel: There will be group save train travel to Northampton for our game against Coventry on the 18th February. Exact timings are yet to be finalised but we are looking at going our of Euston on the 17.46 train and returning on the 22.05. Cost should be between £27-30 each return depending on numbers. If you would like to travel on the train with other branch members please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Car Travel: Dave Brown is leaving Wallington in Surrey at 4pm and travelling via M25 west and M1. There are 4 spaces available for anyone that can get to Wallington or junctions on the M25/M1. Contact Dave on 07977 464060 or david.brown@csqmarketing.co.uk.
Meeting Place: Thomas A Beckett, 52 St James Road, Northampton, NN5 5HY.

What to do on a no footie Saturday

10 members travelled from Crawley to Tooting and Mitcham for their home game against Sittingbourne where they met an ex Carlisle player Jason Lillis (early 90s) and Al and Nige had fun in the clubs soft play area while most of us enjoyed the Caribbean Tea Hut with Patties, goat curry and similar. They even had a real ale pump in the bar. Mind you the footie wasn't great and it did end up 0-0. Meanwhile the Norwegian branch met up for one of their social get togethers at the Grand Hotel in Flekkefjiord. Watch out for the pcs from both events on the website.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 11/02/14

I am listening to the game against Bradford City. I desperately want to win this because of the abject performance we had there earlier in the season and the position we are now in. We also have to be aware that they haven't won for even longer that we haven't won. We are one nil up but now sounding under pressure. It never seems as if we look on top for longer than 45 minutes. This season we have had an awful start, a manager sacking, a resurgence under Kav with 3 wins in a row starting with an impressive performance at Stevenage, a dip, another dip, an FA Cup run culminating in a great day out at Sunderland, a couple of great performances like that against Peterborough, a transfer window that came and went, a good performance against Gillingham and lost again - with defensive problems the key reason. Meanwhile the owners are staying quiet - we even had a 3007 attendance and still not a word from the owners. Andy Hall does his best in fending and feeding the press, BUT to inspire fans you need leadership. The owners have to provide this - read Jon Colman's article.

Crawley v Carlisle Saturday Saturday 15th February 2014, kick-off 3.00 p.m. Watch the weather - Our Sussex members say this game won't go ahead.

Our members near the ground reckon this game won't go ahead - it will be postponed as the weather forecast is bad and there is already a lot of local flooding.
If the game goes ahead: contact Al Millington for Groupsave or details: travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting Place: The White Hart, High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1BQ. 01293 520033

Coventry v Carlisle (at Northampton) Tuesday 18th February 7.45 p.m.

Travel: There will be group save train travel to Northampton for our game against Coventry on the 18th February. Exact timings are yet to be finalised but we are looking at going our of Euston on the 17.46 train and returning on the 22.05. Cost should be between £27-30 each return depending on numbers. If you would like to travel on the train with other branch members please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Car Travel: It is likely there will be car travel from South London for this match - for those interested contact Al Millington on travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting Place: Thomas A Beckett, 52 St James Road, Northampton, NN5 5HY - CHECK this before you go on the travel website.

Supporters Football

I had a huge amount of words from football captain Chris Tembey. He is an actor what did you expect. Basically he said:
  • Game off for Crawley - due to lack of number and expected weather.
  • Monday April 21st v Peterborough. This is of course subject to how many folk head 'home' for Easter... looking like a fair few at the moment!
  • Saturday May 10th - Mitchell Cole Memorial Tournament 2014 @ Stevenage FC; The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage. I have 8 interested bodies at the moment, which is an excellent start. I can guarantee at least 2 ringers if required, so am sure this one will happen for us.


Season Awards Dinner 4th May

If you ask anyone who has been to a Season Awards Dinner even in a bad season they will tell you its a fantastic night out. Makiko has been to so many with her camera that last year they asked her to attend as the photographer. Even the likes of the Croxy was impressed chatting to Les O'Neill and John Gorman (played in our 1st Division season). Simon Clarkson and his son Sam go every year because its a such a great event and a chance to get back to Carlisle so why wouldn't you. It costs around £40 for a good 4 course meal and time with your heroes (or villains). The London Branch have tables organised. Book with your chairman, chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Twitter 600

Check the top of the page - we now have 600 twitter followers and guess what, almost all of them are genuine Carlisle fans. Its worth following cos it gives you info.

Respect Winter Olympics

Today Carlisle lad David King and his partner Stacey Kemp failed in the Olympics. They are not the best, they are only in the best 30 of the their profession in the world. TOTAL RESPECT.

Immense Support - Thank You

Last week, I asked you to send in your support if you wanted to continue having VHTB. You did in vast numbers. A typical comment was: "I read every one Dave. Thanks for your continued dedication and hard work. I don't get to many games these days but will look out for you when I do. Can't say I'm too optimistic about staying in L1 this year.". Thanks in droves. It easy to put a little effort in when you know it is appreciated. Hopefully the people in Cumbria will do that with the team.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 04/02/14

Please reply to this email. I have no idea whether you appreciate me taking up 2-3 hours every week sending it. I send this to around 200 people. Just press reply so I have a clue as to whether it matters to you whether I send it. If you don't reply I assume that I can stop sending it to you.

Crawley v Carlisle Saturday Saturday 15th February 2014, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Tickets: Adult - £19; 65+ - £15; Under 19 - £10 These are the advance tickets and should be ordered from Al Millington by 12 noon Monday 10th Feb, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Travel: Groupsave: Contact Al Millington for details: travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting Place: The White Hart, High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1BQ. 01293 520033

Coventry v Carlisle (at Northampton) Tuesday 18th February 7.45 p.m.

Tickets: There are no pre match discounts for this game so pay on the night.
Travel: There will be group save train travel to Northampton for our game against Coventry on the 18th February. Exact timings are yet to be finalised but we are looking at going our of Euston on the 17.46 train and returning on the 22.05. Cost should be between £27-30 each return depending on numbers. If you would like to travel on the train with other branch members please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting Place: Check the travel website.
Members Comments: Mick Driver reports: It is possible to "do" a return to Northampton(from Euston) if travelling at 16:50 or earlier for ££9.90 with railcard (£15 without) by downloading a "Great Escape" voucher from London Midland site.
Members Comments 2: Mick Driver is looking for a lift from Northampton to Hertfordshire after the game, michael.driver@openreach.co.uk.

Preston v Carlisle Saturday 12th April 2014, kick-off 3.00 p.m. Train Deadline Thursday 6th February 12 noon

Al Millington reports: Been looking at Preston train options this afternoon. Currently the trip can be done for £44 each going out on the 8.43 from Euston and back on the 17.58 from Preston. Were we able to bring some kids along with us the family railcards come into play and the cost could come to around £32 each return. I realise I'm a bit late on sending this info out so can folk please respond asap on this one. Let me know if you are up for the trip and whether you have any children to bring along. Contact Al if you want to go to Preston via train, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Wolves v Carlisle Saturday 3rd May 3rd - Cheap train tickets

Al Millington reports: Advanced train fares will be out for the 3rd of May in the next few days. Can you let me know by 12 noon on Monday the 10th of Feb if you are up for the trip. Return fares should be around the £20-£30 mark depending on numbers and the possible use of family railcards. Contact travel@carlislelondonbranch.org with interest.

Tom Lawrence on MUTV

Tom Lawrence is on MUTV.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 26/01/14

Bristol City Saturday 1st February - Ticket deadline Monday 27th Jan

Tickets: Tickets are discounted if ordered in advance. Adult £17, Senior (65) £13, Under 21 £11, Under 18 £7, Under 8 £4. Order by 12 noon Monday 27th, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Travel: Al Millington will be booking train tickets tomorrow for the 9.52 from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. This will on a group save basis. If you wish to join the group email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org by 12 noon Monday 27th January.
Meeting place: The Seven Stars, Thomas Lane, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6JG, Tel: 0117 9272845.

Supporters Team Update

Football captain Chris Tembey writes: Orient was crap, yes, but it was great to meet up with new squad members Tony, Georgia and Tom. Hopefully debut performances won't be too far off in the future. After the weather put paid to the Supporters match against Orient last Saturday it was all eyes on the next game. This could be Crawley, February 15th for a Valentine’s spectacular. Crawley Supporters are a new bunch, now in their second season but whether the weather will play a part remains to be seen of course. The other potential issue is the bus replacement from Three Bridges to Crawley. That said, it's not far in a Taxi and there may be some spare seats in cars on offer... If demand is sufficient I'll get in touch with Crawley and fire out some details soon. Possibly looking towards an 11am kick off given the above bus situation. Other potential fixtures are: (Easter) Monday April 21st v Peterborough. This is of course subject to how many folk head 'home' for Easter.. and finally... Saturday May 3rd v Wolves. Put out there now with plenty of notice, not sure if many people will go for it. Wolves have a team... but could we get one there to do battle? Email football@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Fans Forum

The club are planning to hold a fans forum on Friday 21st February at 6pm. This will be broadcast live on Radio Cumbria. If you have any questions that you would like to see the London Branch email to Radio Cumbria send to Simon Clarkson, chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org.

New Message Board

I have been hearing some good comments about the latest message board for Carlisle fans including the fact that Club Media officer Andy Hall posts on there. Click here.

Support Ged the Brunton Park Groundsman

Brunton Park groundsman Ged Briggs is running the London marathon is in aid of a great cause - the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and especially for one brave little boy Jak. Read Jak's story and make a donation here.

Jimmy Glass's Shirt

Jimmy's shirt from that fateful day is a proud exhibit in the National Football Museum's "Gamechangers - 125 Years of the Football League Exhibition" in their home in Manchester. I am told that the museum is well worth a visit.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 19/01/14

I am never sure what to say when we have performances like Orient or Colchester. Personally I remember when times were a lot worse but I also struggle to disagree with Lummy who wrote a column in the EN&S last week exhorting the club to make more effort connecting with fans. He even offered to work for them for nothing setting up penalty competitions in the town and similar to try to attract more people to Brunton Park. On Tuesday night Radio Cumbria's football forum was themed on what could bring fans back. Listen here. Dick Young, the clubs Commercial Director, is working really hard for no recompense to bring in support from the area's businesses but the silence from the club's owners is turning fans away. We supporters are not idiots. We know that our financial position is very difficult and that without Andrew Jenkin's support we would be in a worse position. We know we can't afford the players that we need to compete at the top of the division. BUT we need the owners to start being pro-active - ask to appear on RC every Tuesday night, write a column in the EN&S, get the manager and 1 or 2 of his players going out to 5-6 pubs and clubs every week to face the ire of the fans face to face. There were over 6000 Carlisle fans at Sunderland lets try to get some of them putting money into a better team.

Ordering Match Tickets

Unfortunately three emails ordering tickets for Sunderland went missing in the Internet ether. Three long standing members were unable to get tickets in the Carlisle end. We have been unable to work out why those emails went missing. If you order tickets through the London Branch you will get an email back confirming your order. If you haven't that means we have not received your order and should email or phone Al Millington Match Day Organiser to check: tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org or 07960 369904.

Well Done to the Club

Al had a nightmare re Walsall and Sunderland tickets. Apart from the problem above, we also had problems with the post in receiving the tickets. The club stepped in to duplicate the Walsall tickets for us to pick up and also arranged for replacement Sunderland tickets for the 8 tickets that had strangely disappeared from our damaged package.

Port Vale Saturday 8th March

We have a ticket available for a senior (60+ with Senior railcard) travelling with the branch. Please contact Al Millington, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org if you would like to take advantage of the very cheap price of £20.15.

Change of branch meeting dates

Normally the branch meeting is on the third Thursday of the month at the Civil Service Club in SW1. The February meeting has been changed to Thursday 27th February at 6.30pm and the April meeting will now be Thursday 10th April.

End of Season Awards Dinner Sunday 4th May 2014

Anyone that has been to an awards dinner will tell you that it is a cracking night even in a poor season. Last season the branch had 3 tables and every single person had a great night. We have just ordered two tables of 10 and Simon Clarkson is taking bookings now, chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org.

If you enjoy the London Branch, recruit your friends at a special offer rate

Before the Orient game there was a tweet from someone who said that they would like to go but didn't have anyone to go with. At Norwich v Crystal Palace, I met a Carlisle fan from Brampton who lived in Croydon and went to Palace games with his mates because he didn't know any Carlisle fans in London. At several recent games I have met a Cumbrian guy who used to play for Dover Athletic and wouldn't he be good for the branch supporters team? Carol, from Cheshire, finally joined the branch 20 years after first being asked. Since then she has been to sponsored games, awards dinners and loads of away games with the branch and says that she wishes she had joined 20 years earlier. If you know or meet, any exiles who would like to like to join get them to join - they deserve it. Join online! Its £18 per season for an adult or £10 for a student, but join now and it will include season 2014/15 as well.

Have you thought of standing for the committee?

We will be looking for several new committee members at the next AGM. We are looking for a chairman elect to take over from the existing chairman Simon Clarkson when he stands down in 2015 and who can shadow him next season. We are also looking for a Match Day organiser to take over from Al Millington to organise travel and tickets. We need a social secretary to take over from Mike Carruthers. There are also lots of other volunteer positions. You don't need to be in London - the branch is everywhere and so are our volunteers. Contact Dave Brown for further information, information@carlislelondonbranch.org. PS A really great round of applause for the brilliant work done by all of these people.

Raffle prizes wanted

Merchandising officer, Jonathan McLoughlin, is organising a raffle to be drawn at the final game of the season at Wolves to raise funds for the club. Any offers of raffle prizes would be very gratefully received, merchandise@carlislelondonbranch.org.

United Player

United player provides extended highlights of Carlisle games (sponsored by the London Branch), radio commentary of games, exclusive interviews, archives of previous season games and much more. 60% of the subscription fee goes directly to Carlisle United. It costs £37.99 per year. You can receive a discount of £12.50 by using the code 5205-125YEARS - why not join now?

Beautiful History of Carlisle United

Jonathan McLoughlin sends in this interesting website.

REMINDER - Bristol City v Carlisle Saturday 1st February 3pm

Match ticket deadline Monday 27th January - tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Train ticket deadline Monday 27th January - travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting place - The Seven Stars, Thomas Lane, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6JG, Tel: 0117 9272845,


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 13/01/14

Match and Travel News

Remember to check the travel pages on the branch website for all away matches.

Notts County v Carlisle Saturday 22nd March 3pm -
Train ticket deadline Tuesday 14th January 12 noon


Currently train tickets to Nottingham for our game v County can be bought for around £25. Please contact Al Millington to order your train ticket by 12 noon Today Tuesday 14th January, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Bristol City v Carlisle Saturday 1st February 3pm

Match ticket deadline Monday 27th January - tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Train ticket deadline Monday 27th January - travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting place - The Seven Stars, Thomas Lane, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6JG, Tel: 0117 9272845.

Articles in the nationals about Carlisle

Graham Kavanagh in the Daily Mail.
Sunderland match report in the Telegraph.

Eusebio RIP

Follow the link to remind yourself what an amazing player he was.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 03/01/14

Match and Travel News

Remember to check the travel pages on the branch website for all away matches.

Sunderland v Carlisle Sunday January 5th 2pm

Ticket Distribution: Match tickets will be distributed in the Avenue Pub between 12.30 and 1.30pm before the match. If you cannot make it there please contact Al Millington on 07960 369904.
Meeting Place: The Avenue, Zetland Street, Roker, Sunderland, SR6 0EQ
Post Match: Post match some members are heading to the Town Wall pub which is 100 yards from Newcastle Central station for a couple of pints before catching the train home.

Leyton Orient v Carlisle Saturday 11th January 3pm

Tickets: Ticket prices purchased in advance are adult £23, 65+ £15, Student £15, Armed Forces £15, Unemployed £15, Under 18 £5, Please note that Under 18 prices rise substantially if bought on the day. Order your tickets from tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org. Ticket Deadline is 12 noon Monday 6th January.
Meeting Place: The Birkbeck Tavern, Langthorne Road, E11 4HL, Tel: 020-8539-2584
Supporters Football: Footie Captain Chris Tembey has organised a supporters game on the morning of the 11th of Jan against Leyton Orientear. The match will kick off at 10.30 on Hackney Marshes, if you would like to play for the branch side please drop Chris an email at football@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Coventry / Northampton

Group save available for about £27 each. Or slightly cheaper if booked now. Considering using the 17.46 out of Euston and the 22.05 back. Group save available for about £27 each. Or slightly cheaper if booked now. Considering using the 17.46 out of Euston and the 22.05 back. Get all the details on the Coventry travel page.

Port Vale

Train trip deadline 12 noon next Wednesday 8th January. Get all the details on the Port Vale travel page.

Notts County

Train Trip deadline 12 noon on Friday the 10th of Jan. Get all the details on the Notts County travel page.

Please contact Al Millington re any of the above trips at travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Chimbonda in the Telegraph

Peter Smithson sent in this link to an article on Chimbonda in the Daily Telegraph.

Virgin Trains

Spotted this pic including Carlisle on Virgin Trains twitter feed.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 23/12/13

A very merry Xmas to all London Branch members and Carlisle fans everywhere. Have a great Xmas day and hopefully that will be followed by an even better Boxing day with a win over Preston. Saturday's match wasn't the best but there have been plenty of positives in recent weeks - not least those goals by Tom Lawrence against Tranmere that were voted 1st a 2nd in Sky Goals leaving players like Del Piero, Seedorf and Neymar trailing a long way behind.

Match and Travel News

Remember to check the travel pages on the branch website for all away matches.

Walsall

A big thank you to the Club ticket office for helping us out with getting duplicate tickets for Walsall when the Royal Mail let us down with failing to deliver 1st class post after 5 days.

Sunderland v Carlisle Sunday January 5th 2pm

There have been problems with ticket orders and deliveries for Sunderland as well. We are trying to sort these out as best as we can and will send out an update shortly after Xmas.

Carlisle v Preston Boxing Day 1pm

The usual meeting place of the Kings Head is closed but you will find some members and other Carlisle fans in the Woodrow Wilson in Botchergate. Remember that it is a 1pm kick off.

Crewe v Carlisle New Years Day

Tickets: As there have been no requests for tickets through the branch so far and there is no advance discount, we will not be supplying tickets through the TDS. You can buy tickets on the day or in advance via the club website. Prices are: £21; 60+ £16.50; 12-16 £10; U11 £6.
Meeting Place: The Royal Hotel, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6AG, 01270 257 398. Many of the regular LB travelling members are not able to make this game but there will be Carlisle fans (possibly including members Mick Driver and Nick Dawson) in this away friendly pub.
Members intending to attend: Anyone that would like to be put in touch with other members attending this game, please contact Al Millington Matchday Organiser, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Leyton Orient v Carlisle Saturday 11th January 3pm

Tickets: Ticket details are not yet available but will be available to order through TDS. Deadline Monday 6th January.
Meeting Place: The Birkbeck Tavern, Langthorne Road, E11 4HL, Tel: 020-8539-2584.
Supporters Football: Footie Captain Chris Tembey has organised a supporters game on the morning of the 11th of Jan against Leyton Orientear. The match will kick off at 10.30 on Hackney Marshes, if you would like to play for the branch side please drop Chris an email at football@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Carlisle v Stevenage Saturday 15th March

Mick Driver reminds us that the cheaper tickets to Carlisle v Stevenage will be available soon and is happy to organise travel for anyone that is interested, michael.driver@openreach.co.uk.

The Rest
Prediction Competition


Iain Davidson is battling with his B team. Chris Holmes has dropped a bit. Check out the latest standings in the prediction competition.

Nobby McGeorge is after a car

Member and Club Premier Lotto Member Nobby McGeorge (Dad of Kev McGeorge) is one of the 10 winners that will be battling it out to win a brand new car on the 18th January. Nobby, we have our fingers crossed for you. LB members regularly win prizes like £1000, a chance to win a car, or in my case (Dave Brown) a pair of season tickets in the Premier Lotto. For £2 a week its a lot better than the National Lotto and it makes money for our club. Why not join: www.blueslotto.co.uk.

HTB Deadline - Contributions needed

The next Hit The Bar is due out before the Orient game on 11th January. The deadline before it goes to the printers is Monday 30th December. Send in your fan reports, your comments on our squad or performances, your Carlisle and Cumbrian memories (football or any other aspect), your pictures, anything that may be of interest to Carlisle fans, content@carlislelondonbranch.org.

That Lee Miller Miss

Will Gibbs has been taking video of Carlisle United for nearly 40 years with the permission of the club. The club has now given permission for us to reproduce his film and pictures and you will see lots of his pics in Hit The Bar and his video in the future. A big thank you to Will for his dedication and his generosity and the club for allowing us to publish them. His pics of that Lee Miller miss at Walsall here: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 15/12/13

Sunderland v Carlisle Match Ticket Deadline TOMORROW Monday 16th December 12 noon
This game has now been confirmed as Sunday 5th January 2pm ko


Please email your order for tickets to this game to Al Millington by 12 noon Monday 16th December, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org. Ticket prices are £10 for adults, £5 senior (65); £5 Under 16, £10 disabled + carer.
Some members have booked train tickets for East coast via Newcastle for the 8.45 from Kings Cross returning on the 17.28 from Newcastle at a cost around £72.
Mick Driver is organising car sharing for this fixture. He already has one car filled. If you would like to car share (either yours or to get a lift) contact Mick on michael.driver@openreach.co.uk.

Walsall v Carlisle Saturday 21st December 2013 - Ticket Deadline Tuesday 17th December 12 noon

Tickets: Adult £20, Senior (60) £14.50, Under 18 £14.50. You can buy tickets on the day but the price increases by £2. Order your tickets from Al by Tuesday 17th December 12 noon.
Meeting place: After several years service we have decided to retire the Saddlers Club as our meeting venue for Walsall. While it remains a fine institution it was felt the service and quality had slipped slightly in recent visits. With the wealth of excellent real ale pubs in the vicinity of Birmingham New Street station we have decided to break the journey there and visit the Post Office Vaults pub pre match. The Post Office Vaults, 84 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4BA, 0121 643 7354. For members going directly to Walsall - contact Al Millington to agree ticket handover tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org or 07960 369904.
Trains: Some members are travelling on the 10.23 out of Euston which arrives into Birmingham New St at 11.45. Coming back we're on the 17.56 from New Street.

Carlisle United YouTube channel

The club now has its own YouTube channel. This has some great videos including highlights and interviews. Of particular interest is a summary of the AGM by MD John Nixon. This is in 5 parts. Part 1 is here.

The Tranmere highlights is here.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 8/12/13

Sunderland v Carlisle FA Cup 3rd Round January 4th 2014

After yesterday's performance against a Brentford team that hadn't lost a game for 10 matches, we deserved a good draw. Sunderland is not only a good draw from the point of view of money and possible progression but is also uncanny in that we played them 40 years ago in our promotion season to the top tier and drew at Brunton Park before beating them at Roker Park. There are 1 or 2 members who are pointing out all the coincidences between that season and this - me - I am enjoying one or two better performances and will see what happens. Mind you we also played them 20 years ago in the 3rd round before getting beaten in the replay. This was a copy of the year before and in both games we outplayed them away. This time we will win.

Al Millington will be supplying ticket and travel details as soon as possible on carlislelondonbranch.org but a few pointers:
1. It is likely to be all ticket.
2. You can only order tickets through the branch if you have funds in your TDS to cover it and you have paid this years subs.
3. We will be booking train tickets from London asap to get the best prices and this will also come out the TDS so make sure that you have funds to cover this as well.
Please contact Al Millington, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org as soon as possible if you think you will need a) match tickets b) would like to travel with the branch from London.

Walsall v Carlisle Saturday 21st December 2013

After several years service we have decided to retire the Saddlers Club as our meeting venue for Walsall. While it remains a fine institution it was felt the service and quality had slipped slightly in recent visits. With the wealth of excellent real ale pubs in the vicinity of Birmingham New Street station we have decided to break the journey there and visit the Post Office Vaults pub pre match. The Post Office Vaults, 84 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4BA, 0121 643 7354
Trains - Some members are travelling on the 10.23 out of Euston which arrives into Birmingham New St at 11.45. Coming back we're on the 17.56 from New Street. Tickets for members going directly to Walsall - contact Al Millington to agree ticket handover, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org or 07960 369904.

Bad for England - Good for us to watch

Roy Hodgson is annoyed that they have brought kick off for our world cup game against Italy forward by 3 hours but it does mean a midnight kick off time for us.

Carlisle Ladies

The branch sponsored the Carlisle ladies match yesterday. You can see a picture of the presentation here.

Paul Scholes - Great Goal

He may only be playing for a local pub team but Paul Scholes still has phenomenal skill. Watch him lob the keeper in this video.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 1/12/13

Well I checked my folder for this weeks VHTB and for the first time ever there was nothing in it - no advance notices for travel or tickets for matches or invites to socials as most of the next two weeks are sorted out. I could put links to news items on our 3 signings on Thursday or reports on yesterdays 3-1 defeat at Swindon but I guess that you look at other sources earlier for this news. Hit the Bar, the London Branch pages in the match programme, the website and VHTB all depend on your contributions so please do send them in.

The Hit The Bar deadline is 29th December for the next issue that will come out just before the Orient game on 11th January and Editor Geoff Graham would love to have your contributions. There is a great picture sent in from a deckchair stripped Graham Feddon who is clearing mines in the Western Sahara. Why not send in your comments about Carlisle's performances on the pitch or off, a fans report from a game you have been to, a review of a book about football, a picture of your granny in a Carlisle shirt, an appeal for a charity that you are passionate about. Why not respond to Ian Jardine's request for memories of the 73-74 season when we got promoted to the top level of football for our only time. Anything that would be of interest to Carlisle fans. Send to content@carlislelondonbranch.org.

VHTB is intended to deliver news about match tickets and travel, social events, supporters matches etc. that need a response or where there have been changes. We also look to include individual requests or offers from members such as lifts to games, charity appeals, interesting offers we receive from 3rd parties e.g. to be a FIFA 14 video game Carlisle United adviser. As editor of VHTB I like to include quirky stuff or links to video or radio that wouldn't necessarily be picked up. This tends to be very popular and I would love people to send in the ones that appeal to them providing it is to do with Carlisle, Cumbria or football. Send it in to content@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Back of the Net is Carlisle's programme and Ian Jardine does a great job in hitting some very tight deadlines in filling the London Branches two pages with what I believe is the best two pages of the mag. The 73-74 stuff would be helpful to Ian and also think of sending in a Meet the Member detailing who you are, where you are from, the first match to you went to, best memories, worst memories, favourite player of all time, favourite player now and why, what you think of current team, what you think we should do etc. Send it to content@carlislelondonbranch.org.

The website, carlislelondonbranch.org, delivers information, history, news, travel, match information. It gives you the branch calendar. It allows you to renew your membership, join online, buy a pin badge. It has video interviews with John Nixon. You can see photographs from 5-6 years of matches and London Branch events. Visit it and if you think something should be added or changed tell webmaster Jamie Grubb who would love to know, webmaster@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Twitter - Our twitter account is @cusclbontour, Ken, Simon, Jamie and Al keep people up to date through twitter over what matters with Carlisle United and what the London Branch are up to. Follow them, re-tweet them and agree or disagree with them. For more personal views try following Ken's personal account, @cufcpunditry.

THIS WEEKS VHTB
Carlisle v Brentford Saturday 8th December 3pm


If you are going to our cup game next Saturday, you can always join other London Branch members in the Kings Head in Fisher Street before the game.

Summer Trip 2014

If you have a couple of days holiday available next year you could use it well by coming with the London Branch to Budapest for the weekend 13th to 16th June 2014. We supply a hotel (the Eurostar for £90 per night B&B), a meal with all the members and a walking tour or other joint tour. You book your flight (available from most airports for £75 return or so). Next year we have 25 booked already. Singles can choose to share or pay a supplement. Other than that nothing prescribed but most people end up joining other people for meals, bars, sight seeing etc. You might be alone with a Strand but not with the London Branch. Contact Mike Carruthers, summertrip@carlislelondonbranch.org.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 24/11/13

Swindon v Carlisle Saturday 30th November 2013 TICKET DEADLINE MONDAY 25TH NOV 12 NOON

You can buy tickets on the door but student discounts are only available in advance. Accompanied children can get in for £1. The ticket deadline is Monday 25th November 12 noon so contact Al Millington to order your tickets now, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting place: The GW Hotel, Station Road, SN1 1DH, Tel. 01793 694997.
Tickets: Adult - £25, 60+ - £19, Student - £19, 16-18 - £17, Under 16 - £12, Kids for a Quid - £1.
Travel: The designated group save train is the 11.30 out of Paddington which takes an hour to reach Swindon. Return fares should be in the region of £22-25 each depending on numbers. If you would like to travel as part of the group please email tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org by 12 noon on Friday the 29th of November.

Bristol City v Carlisle Saturday 1st Feb 2014 Advance Train Tickets

Advance train tickets are now available for Bristol at a cost around £27 in combination with group save. We will be leaving Paddington at 9.52am. Contact Al Millington to book by Friday 29th November 12 noon, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Social Night and Crewe Commentary Tuesday 26th November

Around 20 members are getting together for pool, darts and the Crewe Commentary next Tuesday at the Black Horse pub in 40 Leman Street, London, E1 8EU, +44 20 7488 1406. This used to be called the Zeppelin Shelter and is a few minutes walk from Aldgate East tube station. No need to book, just turn up on the night but if you want further details contact Mike Carruthers, social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Half price tickets Carlisle v Crewe

Mick Driver has 2 tickets available for half price for Tuesday's game against Crewe at Brunton Park. Contact Mick, michael.driver@openreach.co.uk.

Lift to Carlisle v Brentford

Dave Croxford has 1 place left in his car travelling to the Brentford FA Cup 2nd round game Saturday 7th December. Leaving early morning from Crawley and picking up from M25 and M40. Returning Monday morning. Contact Dave, david.croxford@equiniti.com.

73-74 season re-visited

If you only ever follow one link, make sure this is it. As part of the 40th celebration for Radio Cumbria, they have produced a fantastic programme looking back on our 73-74 season with loads of interviews and audio from their archives. Click here.

Summer Trip 2014

We will be shortly be booking the hotel for our summer trip to Budapest, weekend 13th to 16th June 2014. The hotel will cost around £45 per person per night for B&B and flights can be be booked for about £75. For details contact Mike Carruthers, summertrip@carlislelondonbranch.org.

United Trust Update

There have often been comments that the Trust are not open enough so make sure you read this update.

FIFA 14 Talent Scouts needed

Games author EA are looking for really knowledgeable Carlisle United fans who can provide expert feedback on the team and players in the video game of the FIFA series.
To register your interest, please visit: http://fifa-talentscout.ea.com/.
Convince us that you are the right person to help develop the Carlisle United data and we'll be in touch! We also have a twitter profile which is constantly updated with tweets when we need new reviewers for certain clubs.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 17/11/13

Rotherham v Carlisle Saturday 23rd November 2013 TICKET DEADLINE MONDAY 18TH 12 NOON

You can buy tickets on the door but there are £2 discounts if you buy in advance. The ticket deadline is Monday 18th November at 12 noon, so contact Al Millington to order your tickets now, tickets@carlislelondonbridge.org.
Meeting place: Bridge Inn, Greasborough Road, Rotherham, S60 1RB
Tickets: Adult - £20; 60+ - £11; Student - £11; 13-17 - £7; Under 13 - £5
Travel: Some members are booked on these trains to Rotherham. 9.03 KX - 10.50 Donny - 11.27 Rotherham; 17.37 Rotherham - 18.11 Donny - 20.29 KX
For more details check the travel pages on the website.

What does a Fox say?

Check out this youtube video send in by Jason Casey: click here.

Best 10 goals of this year

The FSF supply this link to Fifa's best 10 goals worldwide: click here.

Well you would, wouldn't you?

Harold Bowron and Mike Carruthers tell us of the Bite Card which gives you discounts at 20% discount at some eateries and bars at stations, airports etc. Its free of charge: click here.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 10/11/13

Well we were on top but couldn't find the net. I expect the BoD wanted a replay for monetary purposes :-). Lets not forget that Borehamwood played really well and that lob over Mark Gillespie was a bit special and so was he to save it. If we beat them, we have Brentford at home in the next round and on Wednesday we have the opportunity to get to the semi of the JPT by beating Fleetwood. To coin a good cliché, its all to play for.

Fleetwood v Carlisle Wednesday 13th November 2013

Meeting place Fleetwood: No official meeting place but John Cameron (on request from Mick Driver) suggests www.strawberrygardensfleetwood.co.uk.
If you are in decent distance of London why not join others to watch it on Sky at the Civil Service Club. For details email Mike Carruthers.

Bristol City - Cheaper train tickets Deadline Tuesday 12th November 12 noon

Advanced train fares to Bristol on the 1st of Feb should be out any day. A super saver return can be bought for £53.50 but we should be able to do it a fair bit cheaper, particularly if we can kidnap a few children for the day and use family railcards. Contact Al Millington by Tuesday 12th November 12 noon, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Free Match Tickets - Closing date Monday 11th November

Sky Bet are giving away free match tickets to competition winners. Edwin Martin of Skybet writes: "I head up the Football League sponsorship at Sky Bet and wanted to let you know that we are running a big ticket giveaway (closes Mon 11th) for tickets over the International break. We have over 2000 tickets covering the 24 x League 1 and League 2 games... and we're also giving away 20 signed shirts and footballs. Just wanted to let you know in case this was something that your users might be interested in." www.skybet.com/giveaway.

Budding writers under 18

The Kick it out campaign has a writing competition for young people. The competition has three age categories, 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18, with 31 January 2014 at 5pm the deadline for submission. For more information check out this link.

Prediction Competition Standings

See where you stand in the prediction competition as of 5th November here. The top places are changing every week - I, unfortunately, are hovering around the bottom.

Well you would, wouldn't you?

The keeper is out of the goal, you have the ball - what do you do? Click here.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 3/11/13

Next Saturday's FA Cup game at Borehamwood is all ticket so make sure that you get your ticket order in to Al Millington by 12 noon on Monday. Also be aware that it is a 2pm kick off. Make sure that you have topped up your TDS and renewed your membership or we won't be able to order tickets on your behalf. To check your TDS visit the branch website and click on the travel and tickets link and then the Ticket Deposit Scheme. Enter your membership number to get your TDS balance. Interestingly our match will be shown live but only in Russia!

Borehamwood v Carlisle Saturday 9th November KO 2pm - Ticket Deadline 12 Noon Monday 4th November

Tickets: This match is ALL TICKET. Order your tickets by 12 noon Monday 4th Nov from Al Millington, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Ticket prices: Adult £14, Senior (65+) £8, Under 16 £8, Under 11 £4
Meeting Place: The Hart & Spool, 148 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 1EQ (Wetherspoons).
Travel: The group save train will be the 11.10 out of St Pancras which gets into Elstree & Borehamwood at 11.33. Return fares will be in the region of £6.50 - £7 each depending on numbers. Please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org if you would like to join the group save.
Some members are heading to the Borehamwood Cafe for Cumberland brunch at around 11.35. Depending on numbers we may book a few tables, if you would like to join us for pre match scran please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
For full match and travel details for the game click here.

Fleetwood v Carlisle Wednesday 13th November on TV at the Civil Service Club

Why not watch our JPT game against Fleetwood on TV with other members at the Civil Service Club. We have reserved the TV lounge for the game. For details contact Mike Carruthers, social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

No namby pamby football in Lithuania

Remember when games were played whatever the weather. Watch this clip of a water sodden game in Lithuania.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 27/10/13

Funny old result yesterday after such a good display against MK Dons midweek. People tell me that Bristol City must be the best team they have seen in a relegation zone but a disappointing result none the less. We can only hope that the effect on the fans returning isn't too great.

IMPORTANT MATCH INFORMATION

There are a lot of games coming up during November, the Gillingham game has massive discounts for advance purchase and it is likely that our FA Cup game against Borehamwood will be all ticket. We are not able to order tickets for people who have not renewed so renew now if you haven't already done so. We are also not able to order tickets if you have insufficient funds in your TDS. Check now by going to the branch website, selecting tickets and travel and then ticket deposit scheme and entering your membership number. It will display your TDS balance.

You can renew online by visiting the branch website and clicking the renew link. You will need to login by entering cusclb and then your membership number. Password is your surname.

Any queries contact Peter Smithson, secretary@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Gillingham v Carlisle Saturday 2nd November TICKET DEADLINE Monday 28th Oct 12 noon

There is a massive £5 discount for buying tickets in advance. Ticket prices in advance are:
Adult - £15
Senior (65+) - £14
Under 18 - £10
Under 12 - £5
W/Chair + Carer - £15
The ticket deadline is Monday 28th October 12 noon.
Travellers will be meeting for group save at Victoria Station (time to follow).
Meeting pub is The Will Adams, 73 Saxton St, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5EG, 01634 575902.

Supporters Football Gillingham Saturday 2nd November Kick Off 11am

Venue: Sittingbourne Community College, Swanstree Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NL.
For details contact Chris Tembey, football@carlislelondonbranch.org, or 07977 095132.

Borehamwood v Carlisle Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th November

It is likely that our FA Cup first round tie will be all ticket. Details will follow later this week.

Carlisle United Player

Thank you to all those who responded to my request for information about their use of United Player. This has been passed on to Andy Hall.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 20/10/13

Well the unbeaten run had to come to an end sometime although it is galling that on this occasion it was a penalty that should never have been. Time to start another run on Tuesday at MK Dons. Remember the meeting place is the The Red Dot Bar at the Double Tree Hotel at the Stadium. If you are travelling from London email Mike Carruthers, social@carlislelondonbranch.org, to ask which train some members will be travelling on.

Carlisle v Bristol City Saturday 26th October

I gather there are quite a few members going to this game. If you fancy meeting up with other members visit the Kings Head in Fisher Street behind the town hall.

Gillingham v Carlisle Saturday 2nd November

There is a massive £5 discount for buying tickets in advance. The ticket deadline is Monday 28th October 12 noon Please note that Al is on holiday so you wont receive an acknowledgement until he gets back. Travellers will be meeting for group save at Victoria Station (time to follow) and the meeting pub is The Will Adams, 73 Saxton St, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5EG, 01634 575902.

Summer Trip 2014

Next year's summer trip will be to the beautiful and historic city of Budapest on the weekend Thurs/Fri 12th/13th to Sun/Mon 15th/16th June 2014. Contact Mike Carruthers to book, get more details or register your interest: summertrip@carlislelondonbranch.org. There are flights available from airports throughout the UK but Jamie Grubb points out that Norwegian Airlines are currently offering return flights from Gatwick for around £65.

Fleetwood v Carlisle Wednesday 13th Nov Sky TV Night

As this JPT game is on Sky TV, we have reserved the TV room at the Civil Service Club to watch en masse. For further details contact Mike Carruthers, social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Crewe V Carlisle Social Night Tuesday 26th November

We will be meeting for pool, darts and commentary of the Crewe game at the Black Horse pub (previously called the Zeppelin Shelter). For further details contact Mike Carruthers, social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Xmas Social Wednesday 4th December

17 members have booked for the comedy night and buffet at the Civil Service Club. The event costs £15 and there are a few places left available to the first members to contact Mike Carruthers, social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Players needed for branch team

Chris Tembey is looking for players for the branch supporters team as many of the younger players have returned to Uni. Whatever your age or skill level if you can play, get in touch with Chris, football@carlislelondonbranch.org. The next match is against Gillingham.

Branch Pin Badges

Badges will be available at a cost of £2 at the Gillingham game from Jonathan McLoughlin. The Branch chairman has threatened to fine supporters £2 for not wearing one so buy yours now (take it up with the chairman).

Carlisle United Player Subscribers - we need your help
In the last issue I asked any United Subscribers to report back their experience and didn't receive a single response. Please do email me - it is important.


Andy Hall has asked for our members to provide feedback on United Player with the aim of reporting problems to help bring an improvement to the service. Please send an email to Dave Brown, information@carlislelondonbranch.org, with your comments on a) ease of logging in b) quality of the commentary services - detailing any times that it hasn't worked properly c) whether the stats, text commentary, live table facility on "live match" works properly d) quality of highlights and interviews - please try and report on low res and high quality video e) any other comments regarding the service. In your email please state the browser you use (and version number if possible) and the broadband service you use.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 13/10/13

A relaxing break this weekend due to the postponed Wolves game and a decent performance from England. Remember that all members are welcome to the branch meeting this Thursday 17th October at the Civil Service Club 5 minutes from Embankment tube for a bit of grub, ales and banter with fellow fans. Meeting starts 6.30pm.

MK Dons Change of Meeting Place

The Red Dot Bar. The sports bar for the Double Tree Hotel at Stadium MK. This isn't our usual sort of meeting pub but given that it's a night match with limited time for a pre match pint the Red Dot gives members the opportunity for a quick scoop without missing kick off. Remember you can keep up to date with all the latest travel and match news by visiting the travel pages on our website.

Carlisle United Player Subscribers - we need your help

Andy Hall has asked for our members to provide feedback on United Player with the aim of reporting problems to help bring an improvement to the service. Please send an email to Dave Brown, information@carlislelondonbranch.org, with your comments on a) ease of logging in b) quality of the commentary services - detailing any times that it hasn't worked properly c) whether the stats, text commentary, live table facility on "live match" works properly d) quality of highlights and interviews - please try and report on low res and high quality video e) any other comments regarding the service. In your email please state the browser you use (and version number if possible) and the broadband service you use.

Get a fright at Brunton Park

Not the frights that we experienced at the start of the season but an opportunity to claim a voucher for a free ticket for a future game from the ticket office by wearing fancy dress for our game against Bristol City on Saturday 26th October. Click here for details.

Nigel Moss needs a motto

I need some help. I have decided to venture in to the brewing business. I am starting small and have bought a home brew kit. However I am doing it properly and am bottling it and designing my own labels. I have called the brewery 'Mossby Brewing Co'. I am currently designing a Coat of Arms for my new brewery which will appear on my bottles, and I need a Cumbrian saying or phase to use as my 'Motto' Ideally beer or drink orientated but not essential. between 3 and 7 word I think, and I want it in Cumbrian dialect. Come on you intelligent and witty gents send me some ideas! My first brew can be sampled on the train to Walsall. Email Nigel with your suggestions: nigemoss@yahoo.co.uk.

Links

1. RC Football Forum with ex ref Mark Halsey as a guest, click here.
2. John Nixon interview "It was the right decision", click here.

Oldham v Carlisle Saturday 19th October

There will be no branch travel or match tickets for this game. Tickets can be bought on the day at no extra cost. Some members may be meeting in the Ashton Arms, 28-30 Clegg Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 1PL, 0161 6309709


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 6/10/13

Well we didn't make it 4 in a row. Despite a poor 2nd half showing, we had an incredible final 5 minutes where Carlisle looked fantastic and then switched off convinced that we had won to allow Shrewsbury an equaliser. A battling performance and a good point. Onwards and upwards with Kav saying he wants to take us to Wembley starting with a win against Morecambe on Tuesday...

Oldham v Carlisle Saturday 19th October

There will be no branch travel or match tickets for this game. Tickets can be bought on the day at no extra cost. Some members may be meeting in the Ashton Arms, 28-30 Clegg Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 1PL, 0161 6309709

MK Dons v Carlisle Tuesday 22nd October 7.45pm

Meeting Place: Enigma Tavern, 2 Princess Way, Bletchley, MK2 2EN. Tel: 01908 645523. (Due to being an evening there is no time to go the excellent Red Lion so we are stuck with the bland functional Enigma).
Travel: We will be meeting at Euston for trains to Bletchley. Contact Al Millington at travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Tickets: The deadline for ordering tickets is Monday 14th October 12 noon. There are no pre match discounts but it is worth ordering advance as there are often long queues at the ground.

Congratulations to Carol Bracegirdle

All members renewing before August 31st and including a donation of at least £1 were entered into a free draw. Carol Bracegirdle won the prize of two tickets for a home game of her choice. Congratulations to carol and thanksto the club for donating the tickets. Thanks also to Norman Steele for organising the tickets.

Twickets for face value tickets

The FSF provided us with details of "twickets". This is a ticket tout with a heart - they put sellers of hard to get tickets in touch with potential buyers providing the price asked for is face value or less. They make no charge for the service. Contact www.twckts.com or on twitter #twickets.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 29/9/13

We finally get that elusive three wins a row after nearly 6 years of waiting. An incredible start for Kav and certainly the bookies think the hunt for a manager is over with Kav now quoted at 1/14. Who is heading to Shrewsbury to see if we can achieve 4 wins in a row?

Walsall v Carlisle Saturday 21st December Advanced Train Tickets

Order by Deadline Wednesday 2nd October 5pm - Al thinks we will be able to buy returns for around £16, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Shrewsbury v Carlisle Saturday 5th October

Meeting Place: The Prince of Wales Hotel, 30 Bynner Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 7NZ, 01743 343001.
Travel: Some members are booked on the following trains: 9.23 Euston - 10.45 Birmingham New St - 12.15 Shrewsbury; 18.47 Shrewsbury - 19.36 Wolverhampton - 21.56 Euston.
Fares can be bought through the qjump website.
Tickets: The deadline has passed for ordering tickets through the branch but can be bought from the club or on the day at Shrewsbury.

Supporters' Trust Update

Please find an update from Frank Beattie about recent activities at the Supporters trust. There is some great info re the new business club, the relations between the club and the trust and more. This should have appeared in HTB but I somehow managed to lose it so apologies to Frank. Click here.

Summer Trip Vote

A reminder to all to send their vote to Mike Carruthers for which destination they want for 2014. The choices are Madrid, Budapest or Split. Please only send in a vote if you are seriously considering attending, email summertrip@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Does the club do enough to attract young fans?

I have heard various comments from various people including the MB about the lack of effort the club make in comparison to other clubs in trying to attract young people. In fact they: they distribute over 300 free tickets to schoolchildren every match and each child gets a goody bag which includes incentives to bring Dad to the next match; under 7s are free, there are cheap tickets for other juniors including a new category of 18-21; tickets have been given to students at Cumbria Uni and other student establishments; there are special discounted family packages; there are free shirts for 7 year olds; they hold a xmas party for Brunton Blues; they organised an excellent fun day which was attended by 100s of people in the summer. I sometimes think that the facts get lost in a desire to moan about the club.

Carlisle in the Daily Mail

Read Kevin Kilbane thinks Kav was born to manage in the Daily Mail, click here.

Feeder Clubs

The FSF report more plans from Premier clubs to make life ever easier and richer for themselves while destroying the Football League set up by formally setting up feeder clubs in lower divisions that will not be allowed to be promoted. Just flying kites at the moment but be sure they will try it if we fans don't fight it. Click here.

REMINDERS

COMEDY NIGHT WITH SPECIAL XMAS BUFFET - CIVIL SERVICE CLUB, WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER £15 PER PERSON. To book email social@carlislelondonbranch.org.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 22/9/13

What a difference a week makes! Yesterdays win at Stevenage was well deserved and possibly the best Carlisle performance that I have seen for since 2012. It was also good to see such a positive substitution with Dave Symington coming on when you could reasonably have expected a defensive midfielder. Does this mean that Kav should get the job? It can't have harmed his prospects although I would like to see a little more time yet before the club commits. Meanwhile though I would love to have the atmosphere in the Carlisle end being repeated at Brunton Park next week. Meanwhile read the Stevenage Comet report of the match sent in by Mick Driver by clicking here.

Season Ticket Holders Competition

Mick Driver reminds us that there is a free competition for season ticket holders with the prize being a hospitality package for 4 at the Notts County game. Read more by clicking here.

COMEDY NIGHT WITH SPECIAL XMAS BUFFET - CIVIL SERVICE CLUB, WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER £15 PER PERSON

A line up back by demand featuring our favourite three acts, MC Miles Crawford presents Jeff Innocent & Bob Mills plus support. This is a night not to be missed!
The Civil Service Club are hosting the above event on Wednesday 4th December. So far we have reservations from - Simon Clarkson, Dave Brown, Dave Croxford, Peter Smithson, Ken Hullock, Mike Carruthers, Jamie Grubb, Al Millington, Paul Irving, Jon McLoughlin, Matt Tasker and Jim Lawman. If you would like to attend we will book extra places, subject to availability. Please email social@carlislelondonbranch.org stating how many tickets you would like. Responses by Monday 30th September please.

Summer Trip 2014

Next years summer trip will be the weekend of 13th to 16th June. The destination will be announced at the October branch meeting but will be Madrid, Split or Budapest. Register your interest now with Mike Carruthers summertrip@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Anyone going to Carlisle home games

Anyone going to the Notts County game or any home game for that matter should know that the Kings Head in Fisher Street just behind the town hall is the branch meeting place pre-game. If anyone wants to meet up with other members or possibly arrange travel together email Al Millington and he will put you in touch with each other, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Save the date - Tuesday 24th November

Members will be meeting at the Black Horse in Central London to listen to the Crewe game and also playing pool and darts. For further details contact Mike Carruthers, social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Epetition the Premier League to deliver money to grass roots football

E-petition started by David Crausby MP for Bolton North East calling for the FA and Premier League to ensure 7.5% of money received from broadcasting rights is ploughed back into grass roots football. Click here.

Support your fellow members fundraising

We are a community minded (and fit) lot in the London Branch. Michael Mcloughlin is cycling the 102km from the Solway to the Tyne Bridge to raise funds to replace the central heating system at Egremont Church. For more details contact Michael.

Carlisle in the Guardian

Dave Russell-Graham was surprised to read this report in the Guardian's editorial before the Sheffield United game about Greg leaving.

Members Logins and TDS Balances

To get into the members area of the website - the login is cusclb and your membership number with the password being your surname. If you want to check your TDS balance just enter your membership number in the TDS area. Remember this season we will be using the TDS for advance purchase train tickets as well as match tickets so keep an eye on your balance.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 15/9/13

Kav certainly improved his job chances with yesterday's win over Sheffield United and we have now moved out of the relegation places albeit with a game more played or as Mick Driver put it "only 8 points off the play offs". Is this the start of a good run or a false dawn - time will tell. One thing is certain the crowd were behind the team yesterday and it made a difference so lets continue that support next week at Stevenage.

Stevenage v Carlisle Saturday 21st September 15.00 Ticket deadline Monday

Ticket deadline Monday 16th September at 12 noon. Contact tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org. There are advance discounts. Please make sure you have sufficient funds in your TDS account.
Ticket prices in advance: Adult £20; Senior (60+) £17; Youth (16-21) £12; Junior (7-15) £10; Infant (Under 7) £7; Student (Valid NUS) £17; Unemployed (Proof Required) £17; Ambulant Disabled (mid-high rate of care) £17; Carer FOC.
Meeting Place: Our Mutual Friend, Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 8EH
Travel: Groupsave available from London for half price travel: contact travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Full details for all games on the branch website.

Stevenage Supporters Match

10am at The Valley School, Valley Way, Stevenage,SG2 9AB. Chris Tembey is looking for players as the younger ones are heading back to Uni.before the match. To play, officiate or spectate contact Chris Tembey football@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Advanced train tickets

Where groupsave isnt available, it is much cheaper to buy tickets in advance. Currrently there are cheaper fares available for Shrewsbury Oct 5th, Oldham Oct 19th and Rotherham Nov 23rd. See website for trains already booked by some members. Tickets can be bought from the qjump website.

Morecambe v Carlisle JPT Tuesday October 8th

Mick Driver reminds us that Carlisle get money from our attendance at away cup games (we don't for league games) and suggests going to the 2nd round JPT at Morecambe. He recommends their hospitality packages, commercial@morecambefc.com.

Branch meeting Thursday 19th September 6.30pm

All welcome to the branch meeting at the Civil Service Club near Embankment tube.

London Branch FSF Affiliate of the month

We have been awarded the Affiliate of the month from the Football Supporters Federation. There are over 100,000 members of the FSF and our details will be tweeted, on facebook, on the website and in the newsletter that goes out to all members.

Greg and the new manager links

Some interesting and funny pieces have been written over the last week about our managerial changes.
Jon Colman live webforum: click here.
JC - excellent write up on Greg's time at Carlisle: click here.
Article on managerial prospect David Unsworth: click here.
Parody of the interview process: click here.
Part of the club directors press conference: click here.
The full press conference can be seen on United Player.

Other News

Gary Madine looks like he is heading to prison (what a waste of a talent and costly to Carlisle).
How much does your football cost? Calculator.
Ken Hullock is now tweeting his opinions on @cufcpunditry.
Take part in the FSF away football fan survey, click here.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 8/9/13

Prediction Competition 2013-14 Final Chance

Last chance to enter the prediction competition. 50% of the entry fees go to the winners, 50% go to sponsoring Carlisle United. Enter online here. Alternatively download the entry form here and email to Peter Smithson before midnight Monday 9th September.

Stevenage v Carlisle Saturday 21st September 15.00

Ticket deadline 16th September at 12 noon. Contact tickets@travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting Place: Our Mutual Friend, Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 8EH.
Travel: Groupsave available from London for half price travel, contact travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Supporters Match: to play, officiate or spectate contact Chris Tembey.

Shrewsbury v Carlisle Saturday 6th October - cheap train tickets still available

Some members are booked on the following trains: 9.23 Euston - 10.45 Birmingham New St - 12.15 Shrewsbury; 18.47 Shrewsbury - 19.36 Wolverhampton - 21.56 Euston. A return fare can still be bought on the above trains for £25.50 through the qjump website.

Rotherham v Carlisle Saturday 23rd November - cheap tickets still available

Some members are booked on the below trains to Rotherham. 9.03 KX - 10.50 Donny - 11.27 Rotherham; 17.37 Rotherham - 18.11 Donny - 20.29 KX; discounted advanced fares are still available and the best prices can be found on the East Coast site. If you would like to join the group travel please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Over 500 Twitter followers of the London Branch

Why not join them? @cusclbontour.

Agents Fees

Mike Carruthers reports: Interesting article in todays Independent. Only 4 League One clubs paid less in agents fees than us last year. Bournemouths £688k against our £16k is astounding. Link to article below and also the link to the football league stats.
Independent article.
Football League statistics.

Life's a Pitch Tickets

Life's A Pitch is a fast-paced topical show that goes behind the headlines to uncover the real stories that are shaping the world of football and sport. With top name celebrity and sporting guests every show! So far this series we've been joined by QI's Alan Davies, QPR's Harry Rednapp, comic Miles Jupp, ex-Man Utd and Newcastle striker Andrew Cole plus many, many more!
To get free tickets for these shows which are recorded at the BBC studios in the Olympic Park Stratford, click here.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 1/9/13

The feared drubbing from Brentford didn't happen and it was great to see the smiles on the faces of players and coaching staff as they walked off the pitch to a standing ovation by 400+ fans at a venue that doesnt have many recent happy memories. Overall it was a good performance and the lack of ambition in trying to win the game when Brentford went down to 10 men could be forgiven as the desperate need for our first clean sheet since March prevailed. Does that mean the problems are over? No way - a key element in our draw yesterday was yet another new loanee - the Carlisle player with the longest name ever Troy Archibald-Henville who was MOTM for me (you have to keep asking why these deals weren't done in the summer and what happens when he has to go back). Our team didnt look fit enough - Brad Potts had a great game and yet started making sloppy passes in the last 10 minutes as tiredness kicked in. Following on from Colchester it was another good performance and if we go on to beat Port Vale it might start to build the momentum we need. It was good to see John Nixon joining us a for a few minutes in the Griffin after the game and I hope that he and the rest of the board will mix with fans to give them the chance to criticise and complain and give the answers that may or may not get them on side.

Meanwhile well done to Chris Tembey and his supporters team - a 2-2 draw for our first game and 14 players in the squad. It augurs well for this season. The next match is at Stevenage on the 21st September so contact Chris to play, watch or officiate.

Prediction Competition 2013-14

If you haven't completed your prediction competition form enter now. 50% of the entry fees go to the winners, 50% go to sponsoring Carlisle United. Enter online here. Alternatively download the entry form here. Get all your mates to enter - there is nothing I like more than getting a Premier League fan to donate money to Carlisle.

Stevenage v Carlisle Saturday 21st September 15.00

Ticket deadline 16th September at 12 noon. Contact tickets@travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting Place: Our Mutual Friend, Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 8EH.
Travel: Groupsave available from London for half price travel, contact travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Football League 125th Anniversary Video

A great celebration video of the 125 years of the Football League including our own Sir Jimmy. Click here.

What do you think?

We asked in the last issue for comments on our current situaton and there were quite a few comments. These will appear in the next issue of Hit There Bar due just before the Stevenage game on the 21st. Get your comments included now by emailing information@carlislelondonbranch.org before Friday 13th September. They can be about manager, team, tactics, board, pretty much anything that you think about our football club, email information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Hit The Bar! Needs You

Hit the Bar is your fanzine and relies on contributions from people just like you. The deadline for the next issue is Friday 13th September. Geoff Graham needs your views on our club, your pictures of you and your family in Carlisle strip on holiday or in unusual locations, your jokes, your cartoons, your fans reports of games or your diary of ther season to date, your favourite blue and why, your tales of "your other club" or a "when I went to eg Liverpool v Manchester United" - anything that would be of interest to Carlisle United fans anywhere. Most people I know that see themselves in print for the first time, end up wanting 4-5 copies of the mag because they are proud of their contribution. Get yours in. Email editor@carlislelondonbranch.org.

1/3 of FL owners want to leave

I reported last week that 1/3 football league club owners wanted to leave. This came from BDO LLP the accountants. I asked for the question that elicited that response and they answered "Are the current equity owners of the club considering a full or partial exit within the next 12 – 18 months?" You can find the full report by clicking here.

Who are the richest Cumbrians?

We will be revealing who the richest Cumbrians are in HTB so you will know who to target to get them to dob in their money to improve your football team.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 25/8/13

As a committee member I appreciate our relationship with the club and its owners; however as the information officer for the London Branch supporters I must report the views of our members. On Friday every fan I spoke to was delighted to be winning for 67 minutes and also by the final result. We were all delighted that the rot had stopped and that senior players coming back plus the dramatic inclusion of Butterfield had made us more combative. However there was no confidence for the season. No confidence that the young players would be developed in a positive way in the current desperate situation. There was no confidence that we would be anything other than a rollover for Brentford next week. If Greg is to take our team forward it would seem that the majority of branch members will want to see a hugely improved team performance for 6-8 weeks. If not lots seem to be talking of new young managers from Kinder to Edmondson and Irons. Whats your view? Send it in, information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Supporters Matches Chris Tembey

Brentford 1st August - Many thanks to all for responding so far. This has been the best measure of response for a while, which I really appreciate - it does help me out a lot. There are still some bodies I have yet to hear from, so please do confirm availability with me (good or bad) ASAP. Brentford have a squad together, ready and waiting. We have 9 so far, with two more possibles and a couple of potential ringers ready to step in, so I think we can safely say this will be going ahead. 10.15am KO - PLEASE NOTE THIS SLIGHTLY EARLIER KICK OFF TIME.
Where: Richmond College, Sports Hall, Chertsey Road (A316), Twickenham,TW2 7SJ (Twickenham overground station is the nearest train stop, click here for further options.)
Blue Kit - the full kit which I will bring along Although the address above suggests otherwise this is outdoors on (hard) grass, as there has not been a decent period of rain Astro's are recommended. Cost is likely to be around £100, so £50 per team. Contact football@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Brentford v Carlisle Saturday 31st August 15.00, Deadline 26th June at 12 noon

Meeting Pub: Brewery Tap, 47 Catherine Wheel Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 4BD. Tel. 020 8568 9290
Match Tickets: The TDS will be in operation for our visit to Brentford and prices are as follows: Seated Adult - £21.00, Senior (60+) - £15.00, Student - £13.00, Junior (Under 18) - £5.00, Standing, Adult - £20.00, Senior (60+) - £14.00, Student - £12.00, Junior (Under 18) - £5.00. This is not an all ticket fixture but prices will increase by £2 per ticket if bought on the day with the exception of junior tickets. Student tickets are only available in advance. Order your tickets from Al Millington by Tuesday 26th August 12noon.
Travel: There is no organised travel for this game but tubes, buses and trains are frequent. Vist Transport for London for your best route: www.tfl.gov.uk.
Support Sir Jimmy Glass: James Langley and Jason Casey tell us that Sir Jimmy will be playing for a Crystal Palace X1 against Croydon for charity on Sunday 1st September at Croydon Sports Arena, South Norwood SE25 4QL. Other players include Neil Shipperly, Hayden Mullins, Steve Kember and Clinton Morrison. There will also be live music, BBQ, food stalls and other entertainment. More info by clicking here.

Needed - Recollections of 73-74 Season - Mike Carruthers

Mike Carruthers is looking for people to contact him that have a recollection of the following games or events surrounding them:
Bolton H Won 1-0; WBA A Drew 1-1; Crystal Palace A Won 1-0; Middlesboro H Drew 1-1; Fulham H Won 3-0
We aren't necessarily looking for match reports, although if you do recall any details that would be great but equally experiences around a game, such as who you travelled to a game with, particular events surrounding the day, amusing stories etc. We would look to use your contributions either in Hit the Bar or the London Branch pages in the match programme. Please send these to content@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Various Links

Howard Atkinson sends in this link saying Greg has to go: click here.
John McGee sends in this article about booing and its effect: click here.
Paul Irving sends in a link about sacking managers and whether it works: click here.
Aspiring journalist and Barnet Fan gives his view on Carlisle: click here.

Prediction Competition 2013-14

This is a great competition that tests your football skills over every division - we already know that Nahki Wells performs at league 1 soit is now easier. Enter online here. Alternatively download the entry form here. By the way the prediction competition delivers 50% of the entry fees to Carlisle United - the rest go to the winners so it is a win-win. Get all your mates to enter - there is nothing I like more than getting a Premier League fan to donate money to Carlisle.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 18/8/13

What do I say after yesterday's debacle? However two things I am certain about a) it is more bearable being with my friends from the branch b) the young players need our positive support now more than ever.

Ashes Cricket Tickets available

Nigel Moss has 3 spare tickets for the next test for Sunday 25th August at the Oval. If interested contact Nigel, nigemoss@yahoo.co.uk or 07814 664758.

Supporters Matches - Please respond now

Brentford Saturday 31st August - Please contact Football captain Chris Tembey if you are able to play or would like to watch the team. Email football@carlislelondonbranch.org, Chris will supply the details of the fixture.
Following match: Stevenage Saturday September 21st.

Match and Travel Updates
Colchester - Friday 23rd August 19.45


Travel from Liverpool Street: Some members are taking an early train 15.00 to catch the cricket on TV in the Bricklayers while others will be travelling on the 17.32 or 17.50. Contact Al Millington to take advantage of groupsave, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting Pub: Meet at Colchester in Bricklayers Arms, 27 Bergholt Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5AA, 01206 852008.
Match Tickets: Match tickets have already been ordered so if you want to take advantage of pre-match discounts please go on the Colchester website as Carlisle are not selling tickets for this game.

Brentford v Carlisle Saturday 31st August 15.00

Meeting Pub: Brewery Tap, 47 Catherine Wheel Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 4BD. Tel. 020 8568 9290
Match Tickets: The TDS will be in operation for our visit to Brentford and prices are as follows: Seated Adult - £21.00, Senior (60+) - £15.00, Student - £13.00, Junior (Under 18) - £5.00, Standing, Adult - £20.00, Senior (60+) - £14.00, Student - £12.00, Junior (Under 18) - £5.00. This is not an all ticket fixture but prices will increase by £2 per ticket if bought on the day with the exception of junior tickets. Student tickets are only available in advance. Order your tickets from Al Millington by Tuesday 26th August 12noon.
Travel: There is no organised travel for this game but tubes, buses and trains are frequent. Vist Transport for London for your best route: www.tfl.gov.uk.
Support Sir Jimmy Glass: James Langley and Jason Casey tell us that Sir Jimmy will be playing for a Crystal Palace X1 against Croydon for charity on Sunday 1st September at Croydon Sports Arena, South Norwood SE25 4QL. Other players include Neil Shipperly, Hayden Mullins, Steve Kember and Clinton Morrison. There will also be live music, BBQ, food stalls and other entertainment. More info by clicking here.

Coventry Away Re-arranged

Due to clashes with their new hosts Northampton, the away match against Coventry will now be held at Sixfields on Thursday January 23rd at 19.45

National Non League Day Saturday September 7th

Why not support non league Hastings United chaired by branch member Dave Walters at Faversham in Kent. Contact Simon Clarkson to confirm that you are going or for more information, chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Nigel Moss says thank you

Nigel Moss writes "As you all know a few weeks ago I married the wonderful Anna Kasby. Everything was perfect and we had the most wonderful day. The following week we held a very successful London party. It started off at 3pm when I was joined by 8 fellow members at the Oak and Pastor to listen to the Blues opening game, the least said about this the better.....The party then continued into the early hours and was a fantastic success. Thanks to all who attended, my mother-in-law thought you were wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed your company and would like to thank you for all the drinks you bought her. I also want to extend a massive thank you to all members who kindly contributed to our very generous wedding gift. It was very kind of you all and will be put to good use! I want to finish by quoting my wife Anna. When I had sobered up on Sunday I was telling her about our trip to Bradford and how it was Simon's birthday and the shirt he was given. Anna then said "you guys certainly look after each other its so nice." I think that sums it up pretty well. Long live CUSCLB!!! Regards Nigel and Anna Moss." Nigel attached a picture, click here to view.

"Third of Football League owners want to sell"

Its a constant refrain of a few on the MB that the current owners should sell to some outside rich geezer who is desperately wanting to buy Carlisle United and that the existing owners are the only thing that is stopping this happening as they are wanting to feather their own nests with the amazing cash they are taking away from the club. With £500k of losses last year and Andrew Jenkins stepping in several times to help the cash flow I don't suspect there are too many readers of VHTB that think this is the case but in case you do try reading this article on the Football Supporters Federation website, click here.

Prediction Competition 2013-14

This is a great competition that tests your football skills over every division - we already know that Nahki Wells performs at league 1 soit is now easier. Enter online here. Alternatively download the entry form here. By the way the prediction competition delivers 50% of the entry fees to Carlisle United - the rest go to the winners so it is a win-win. Get all your mates to enter - there is nothing I like more than getting a Premier League fan to donate money to Carlisle.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 11/8/13

I have no idea how to start this VHTB after watching our game at Bradford yesterday. I am trying to look at any positives and it is hard to find any. We have probably the best crop of young players that I can remember at Carlisle but it is hard to see how they can be developed into complete players when we are in melt down. Sean O'Hanlon's return can't come quick enough and Lee Miller will give us more experience but it seems unlikely that this, on its own, will give us what we need to turnround the situation. Listen to what Greg had to say after the game: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01cv5zs. What should happen now - send your views to information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

When considering your views you may want to check out what an outsider thinks on a socceram blog: click here.

England V Scotland - Spare ticket for sale

Craig Milne has a spare £40 ticket for England v Scotland at Wembley this Wednesday 14th August available for face value. Contact Craig to buy it on 07734 809083 or cwmilne@hotmail.com. You will be very welcome to join Craig and his party who are travelling from Basingstoke.

Match and Travel Updates

Okay I know that this may seem a little irrelevant today but we are still fans of our club and we will be there to cheer them on even in adversity so remember to check match and travel details here.
Colchester - Friday 23rd August - Groupsave travel from Liverpool Street 17.32 and return 22.03. Meet in Hamilton Hall from 16.30 . Meet at Colchester in Bricklayers Arms. Match tickets have already been ordered so if you want to take advantage of pre-match discounts please go on the Colchester website as carlisle are not selling tickets for this game.
Shrewsbury - Saturday 5th October - Weekend trip has been cancelled. There will be quite a few members going to the game and some have already booked their advanced ticket fare on the 9.23 from Euston returning on the 18.25.
Carlisle v Bristol City - Saturday 26th October Day Trip - This trip has been cancelled due to the excessive prices for the train tickets (blame school half terms or Virgin). We will be organising a day trip to Carlisle later in the season.

Mascots - Give your kids a day to remember

Ask any child who has been a mascot or their parents and they will tell you that it is a memory for life. At most games they get a tour of the ground, kick around on the pitch, attend the team talk in the dressing room and walk out onto the pitch with their heros plus photos with the team. In most cases it costs no more than the tickets for the game and making sure your child is in a kit. To give your child a memory for life contact Jason Casey, mascots@carlislelondonbranch.org

One Game we won- Boroughbridge 2 - Carlisle 3

Jamie Grubb reports: Many thanks to all those who came along to the friendly match at Boroughbridge on Tuesday evening. It was great to see so many London Branch members there and it meant a lot to me that you all made the effort to come to the game. The match ended in a Carlisle victory (something of a rarity of late!), but they had to fight back from two nil down to record the three two win. Along with seeing such prospects as Kyle Dempsey and Connor Thomson, the evening gave us a chance to meet the new youth manager Davie Irons, in who's hands I feel sure the future of our youth setup is safe. You can read a match report from the evening and an interview with the Boroughbridge gaffer, and view match action galleries and match highlights by clicking here. There's also links to the match report and Davie Irons' interview that are on the Carlisle website. There was a souvenir programme produced for the evening, which can now be bought on eBay by clicking here.

LB Chairman Simon Clarkson sent this message to Jamie: On behalf of all LB members who attended last night can I just repeat what a brilliant evening we had. I know how hard you and others at Boroughbridge had worked to get the event organised. Amongst the praise were some very kind words from the youth team manager Davie Irons who was impressed with the hospitality. as sponsors we were well looked after and made to feel very welcome. You did yourself and both clubs proud.

New Away Shirt

Mike Carruthers sent in a pic of the new away shirt. Maybe we will have more luck when we wear it. Click here to view.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 2/8/13

Tomorrows the day we test our mettle. Orient at Brunton Park and something to repay after the beatings they gave us last season.No O'Hanlon but Mike Edwards needing to prove himself after a poor season and having some good games during the pre-season. New comers David Amoo and Lewis Guy give us options upfront alongside our young guys. Lee Miller will be leading the attack and how many of us predicted that? If you are there you can join other London Branch members in the Kings Head pre-match www.kingsheadcarlisle.co.uk. If you are in the London Area come and join us at the Oak and Pastor to listen to the commentary and celebrate Nigel Moss's wedding, www.oakandpastor.com.

Membership renewal day was last Thursday 1st August so please get your renewals in. To get into the members area the login is "cusclbNNN" where the Ns are your membership number. The password is your surname.

Bradford 10th August 2013 - Deadline for match tickets 12 noon 5th August

Visit the Bradford City travel page. The TDS is in operation for this fixture and match ticket prices are as follows: Adult - £20.00; 65+ - £14.00; Under 16 - £12.00; Students - £14.00. This is not an all ticket game but we advise getting them in advance in order to avoid queues on the day. The deadline for ordering match tickets through the TDS is 12 noon on Monday the 5th of August. To order match tickets please email tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org with your requirements. Thus far I have orders for match tickets from: Simon Clarkson, Alan Millington, David Croxford, Mike Carruthers, Simon Hindley, Dave Brown, Geoff Graham, Mike Kilner, Nigel Moss, Robert Brookes, Makiko Kato Brookes, Jonathan McLoughlin and Steven Simpson.

Preview of the Season

Try reading John McGee's season predictions, click here. Look for others in the next issue of HTB that will be out next week. Let me know where you think we will at the end of the season by replying to this email. Even better enter our prediction competition, click here. Easy to do; a chance to win over £100 and 50% of the takings going to the club. For ideas you can read the predictions in Sporting LIfe including our own Simon Clarkson, click here.

Congratulations to John Nixon

Carlisle MD John Nixon has just been appointed FL representative on the FA Board, FA Council and Professional Game Board. He is already a member of the Football League Board and Chairman of the Football League Trust. Congratulations to John and for us - its good to have one of ours at the top table. Come on John get them to make the Prem League give 10% of the TV money to the Football League clubs and 10% to grassroots. Far better than giving it to Suarez and the rest.

Simon Clarkson on RC

Listen to the London Branch chairman on RC, click here. Simon is at the end but the whole programme is worth listening to with lots about Carlisle including Greg and John Nixon.

Lewis Guy on RC

Tuesday nights RC football programme is well worth a listen. Grant Holt seems to be a permanent fixture and this week they had Lewis Guy on. Guess what he sounds great and a real addition to Carlisle. Click here.

Goodbye to James Alexander Gordon

The iconic reader of the football results has retired. He never did read out Forfar Five East Fife Four but he got close on a few occasions. Ian Kellit points out that an impression by Roger Bolton (Carlisle boy) has been repeated a lot on Radio 4 this week with the score Carlisle United 8 Manchester United 1. Enjoy your retirement James.

Rod Squad - Fly on the wall with Carlisle

The youtube link to the 1951 cup match against Arsenal last week introduced Mike Carruthers to the series of programmes made by EireTV called the Rod Squad - a fly on the wall documentary about Roddy Collins and Carlisle United. Well worth watching if you havent seen it before, click here.

Celtic Nation

Paul Irving worries about Celtic Nation managed by Mick Wadsworth - the former Gildford Park - taking over Cumbria's football by Glasgow Celtic moving into England based on a Guardian article, click here. Personally I reckon it is a case of 2+2 making 27 but then I am the guy that thought the London riots were a joke until I saw the flames from my office so what do I know.

Reminders
Colchester 23rd August 2013 Deadline for Match Tickets 5pm Thursday 1st August

Visit the Colchester United travel page. The designated groupsave train is the 17.32 from Liverpool Street which, arrives in Colchester at 18.32. Coming back we will catch the 22.03 which gets back to London at 22.55. Groupsave 4 for 2 fares are available on this route and cost should be around £15-16 pounds each return depending on numbers. The pre train meeting place is the Hamilton Hall pub at Liverpool Street station. Members will be congregating there from around 4.30 onwards.

Day Trip to Brunton Park 26th October (Bristol City) - Register interest now

Visit the Brunton Park travel page. London Branch are planning on running a day trip from London to Carlisle for the Bristol City home game on the 26th of October. Advance rail fares are yet to be released but we hope to be able to do the trip for under £40 return. If you are interested in going on the trip please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org for further details.

Volunteering for Carlisle United Monday 5th August

If you are local to Carlisle or staying over on the Monday, why not volunteer to help Carlisle United. Some members will be taking part in the Carlisle United volunteer scheme to do maintenance tasks on Brunton Park. For details or to say you are coming contact coordinator Harold Bowron, handkbowron@aol.com or 07806 485377. Alternatively turn up at the club reception at 10am Monday 5th August.

Boroughbridge (near Wetherby W.Yorks) v Carlisle XI Tuesday 6th August 18.15

A few members (Simon Clarkson, Sam Clarkson, Dave Croxford, Bob Brookes, Makiko Kato Brookes) are attending the match that webmaster Jamie Grubb has organised. See our next crop of young players. A similar match against Fulham youth a couple of years ago enabled us to see Brad Potts, Mark Beck and Dave Symington before they hit the first team. For more details contact Jamie, webmaster@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Prediction Competition 2013-14

This is a great competition that tests your football skills over every division - will Nahki Wells perform at League One? Enter online by clicking here. Alternatively download the entry form here: click here. By the way the prediction competition delivers 50% of the entry fees to Carlisle United - the rest go to the winners so it is a win-win. Get all your mates to enter - there is nothing I like more than getting a Premier League fan to donate money to Carlisle.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 26/7/13

The season starts next week and the squad is starting to look a little more settled. David Amoo, Lewis Guy and our Manchester United loanee Reece James all look good additions (and who is Brough playing for us at Kilmarnock that has just passed to Beck to score?) although I still think we look weak at centre back/right back cover and in the holding midfield position. What do you think? Send in your predictions for this season and what you think of our squad to HTB editor Geoff Graham by next Thursday. Also send Geoff any holiday pics in colours, editor@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Carlisle v Arsenal 1951

Will Gibson sends in this link to our FA Cup replay against the mighty Arsenal in 1951 when our manager was Bill Shankly. I love the huntsman with the hounds wandering down the side of the pitch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAm20pv6fXk&list=PLwlsCxxjY2A_PRkHNc6L157C649J4Bq2d

Burnley and Bolton Highlights

Carlisle United now have an official youtube channel, www.youtube.com/user/OfficialCUFC. The Burnley highlights have an 18 certificate because of the defending in the first 20 minutes but show your kids the rest because we are looking pretty good.

United Trust AGM and Open meeting 28th July 11am

Everyone is welcome to the open meeting for the United Trust following the AGM at the The Sunset Suite, Brunton Park this Sunday.

Football League attendances falling

Excellent reading for anyone who recognises or doesn't recognise that we can't expect dads to deliver sons to their club any more.
Click here...

Match Tickets and Travel from Al Millington
Bradford 10th August 2013 - Deadline for match tickets 12 noon 5th August

Visit the Bradford City travel page. The TDS is in operation for this fixture and match ticket prices are as follows: Adult - £20.00; 65+ - £14.00; Under 16 - £12.00; Students - £14.00. This is not an all ticket game but we advise getting them in advance in order to avoid queues on the day. The deadline for ordering match tickets through the TDS is 12 noon on Monday the 5th of August. To order match tickets please email tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org with your requirements. Thus far I have orders for match tickets from: Simon Clarkson, Alan Millington, David Croxford, Mike Carruthers, Simon Hindley, Dave Brown, Geoff Graham, Mike Kilner, Nigel Moss, Robert Brookes, Makiko Kato Brookes, Jonathan McLoughlin and Steven Simpson.

Colchester 23rd August 2013 Deadline for Match Tickets 5pm Thursday 1st August

Visit the Colchester United travel page. Match ticket details have been announced for Colchester and it is easily the most complicated system of pricing we have ever seen. London Branch are massively in favour of advance purchase discount on match tickets but 16 different options on an adult ticket alone is ridiculous! From what we can gather in order to get the best deals we need to order by Friday the 2nd of August although it isn't entirely clear. For full details of the pricing structure please see the email sent by Carlisle United's ticket office. If you would like to order tickets to Colchester out of your TDS (we recommend you do given the pricing structure) please email tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org no later than 5pm on Thursday the 1st of August with your requirements. Thus far I have orders for match tickets from: Dave Brown, Al Millington and Tony Deane.

The designated groupsave train is the 17.32 from Liverpool Street which, arrives in Colchester at 18.32. Coming back we will catch the 22.03 which gets back to London at 22.55. Groupsave 4 for 2 fares are available on this route and cost should be around £15-16 pounds each return depending on numbers. The pre train meeting place is the Hamilton Hall pub at Liverpool Street station. Members will be congregating there from around 4.30 onwards.

Shrewsbury 5th October - Day Trip - Deadline for train tickets Monday 29th July 12 noon

Visit the Shrewsbury Town travel page. Some members are planning on going out on the 9.23 train from Euston and back on the 18.25 or 18.47 from Shrewsbury. If you would like to order a train ticket from your TDS account please mail travel@carlislelondonbranch.org before 12 noon on Monday the 29th of July. A return fare should be in the region of £22-30 depending on fares available. Branch members Al Millington, Dave Brown, Simon Clarkson, Andrew Dobinson and Ken Hullock are confirmed for the Shrewsbury day trip thus far.

Shrewsbury Weekend Trip Friday/Saturday 4th/5th October to Sunday 6th October - Deadline Sunday 28th July 7pm

Social Secretary Mike Carruthers is organising a weekend trip to this beautiful, historic market town. The hotel will be the centrally located 16th century coaching inn, the Lion Hotel that combines historic architecture with modern facilities including a spa, www.thelionhotelshrewsbury.com. Some members will be arriving Friday, others Saturday. The cost is £90 per room per night B&B. Please contact Mike Carruthers by Sunday 28th July to register your interest, social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Day Trip to Brunton Park 26th October (Bristol City) - Register interest now

Visit the Brunton Park travel page. London Branch are planning on running a day trip from London to Carlisle for the Bristol City home game on the 26th of October. Advance rail fares are yet to be released but we hope to be able to do the trip for under £40 return. If you are interested in going on the trip please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org for further details.

Reminders
Carlisle V Leyton Orient Saturday 3rd August

If you are going to our first home game of the season, you can meet other members in the Kings Head from 1pm, www.kingsheadcarlisle.co.uk.

Volunteering for Carlisle United Monday 5th August

If you are local to Carlisle or staying over on the Monday, why not volunteer to help Carlisle United. Some members will be taking part in the Carlisle United volunteer scheme to do maintenance tasks on Brunton Park. For details or to say you are coming contact coordinator Harold Bowron, handkbowron@aol.com or 07806 485377. Alternatively turn up at the club reception at 10am Monday 5th August.

Boroughbridge (near Wetherby W.Yorks) v Carlisle XI Tuesday 6th August 18.15

A few members (Simon Clarkson, Sam Clarkson, Dave Croxford, Bob Brookes, Makiko Kato Brookes) are attending the match that webmaster Jamie Grubb has organised. See our next crop of young players. A similar match against Fulham youth a couple of years ago enabled us to see Brad Potts, Mark Beck and Dave Symington before they hit the first team. For more details contact Jamie, webmaster@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Mascots wanted

Being a mascot for the day is a memory for life. Generally there is a tour of the ground, a kick around with the players, sitting in the dressing room with the players while the team talk is going on and then walking on the pitch with the team and getting the cheers from the crowd. Its a great grounding to get your local kids into supporting a team from miles up north. The branch organise the mascots for the southern based games (usually midlands and below). If you want your child/children to have a memory for life and grow up to support your team - get your name down early with Mike Carruthers social secretary, mascots@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Prediction Competition 2013-14

This is a great competition that tests your football skills over every division - will Nahki Wells perform at league 1? Enter online by clicking here. Alternatively download the entry form here: click here. By the way the prediction competition delivers 50% of the entry fees to Carlisle United - the rest go to the winners so it is a win-win. Get all your mates to enter - there is nothing I like more than getting a Premier League fan to donate money to Carlisle.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 21/7/13

It can be a great experience to travel to away games with other members. For those who live in the south east, it can mean some major discounts on train travel while for others there are often members near you who would be delighted to travel together by train or by sharing car journeys. Even when these options aren't possible there is always the meeting pub - which has introduced me to some great establishments over the years. Make sure you visit the travel pages on the website to get up to date details of away games. If you would like to travel from London with the branch, make sure that you are known to Al Millington - Match day organiser by emailing him with your contact details: travel@carlislelondonbranch.org. If you want to know which other members are local to you visit the members map on the website. It is in the members area and to login you use "cusclbxxx" where xxx is your membership number e.g. 045 and the password is "Surname" where you use your own surname.

Shrewsbury Day Trip Saturday 5th October

The journey from London can be done for £22 with £11 singles available on the 9.23 out of Euston (arrives Shrewsbury @ 12.15 via Brum New St) and the 18.25 back from Shrewsbury (back in Euston @ 21.18 via Crewe). This is the standard adult advanced ticket and could be even cheaper with the use of family rail cards if we had any kids joining us. To travel with the branch please let Al Millington know by Monday 29th July 12 noon.

Shrewsbury Weekend Trip Friday/Saturday 4th/5th October to Sunday 6th October

Social Secretary Mike Carruthers is considering organising a weekend trip to this beautiful, historic market town. The hotel will be the centrally located 16th century coaching inn, the Lion Hotel that combines historic architecture with modern facilities including a spa: www.thelionhotelshrewsbury.com. Some members will be arriving Friday, others Saturday. The cost is £90 per room per night B&B. Please contact Mike Carruthers by Sunday 28th July to register your interest, social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Oldham Saturday 19th October

Advanced discounted train tickets will be available this week. Please register your interest with Al Millington this week. You will have to book with Al by Monday 29th July 12 noon to take advantage of the best discounts, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Carlisle Away Day Saturday 26th October v Bristol City

The annual Carlisle away day from London has now become a branch tradition. This year Al is planning the trip for the 26th October for our game against Bristol City. Leaving Euston around 8.30 and returning on the 17.52 the cost is likely to be less than £40 for the train. Please let Al know a) if you are interested b) If you want to book subject to it being less than £40, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Carlisle V Leyton Orient Saturday 3rd August

If you are going to our first home game of the season, you can meet other members in the Kings Head from 1pm, www.kingsheadcarlisle.co.uk.

Volunteering for Carlisle United Monday 5th August

If you are local to Carlisle or staying over on the Monday, why not volunteer to help Carlisle United. Some members will be taking part in the Carlisle United volunteer scheme to do maintenance tasks on Brunton Park. For details or to say you are coming contact coordinator Harold Bowron, handkbowron@aol.com or 07806 485377. Alternatively turn up at the club reception at 10am Monday 5th August.

Boroughbridge (near Wetherby W.Yorks) v Carlisle XI, Tuesday 6th August 18.15

A few members (Simon Clarkson, Sam Clarkson, Dave Croxford, Bob Brookes, Makiko Kato Brookes) are attending the match that webmaster Jamie Grubb has organised. See our next crop of young players. A similar match against Fulham youth a couple of years ago enabled us to see Brad Potts, Mark Beck and Dave Symington before they hit the first team. For more details contact Jamie, webmaster@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Mascots wanted

Being a mascot for the day is a memory for life. Generally there is a tour of the ground, a kick around with the players, sitting in the dressing room with the players while the team talk is going on and then walking on the pitch with the team and getting the cheers from the crowd. Its a great grounding to get your local kids into supporting a team from miles up north. The branch organise the mascots for the southern based games (usually midlands and below). If you want your child/children to have a memory for life and grow up to support your team - get your name down early with Mike Carruthers social secretary, social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Car Sharing

Mick Driver is keen to organise a car sharing scheme for people travelling from Hertfordhsire and en route to Carlisle home and away games. For more details contact Mick on michael.driver@openreach.co.uk.

Save The Date - National Non League Day Saturday September 7th

Members are intending to travel to Faversham in Kent to support Hastings United (chaired by member Dave Walters) in their away game against Faversham for national non league day. Simon Clarkson will provide details neaer the time.

Save The Date - Summer Trip 2014

Next years summer trip will be the weekend of Friday 13th June to Monday 16th June. We should have the opportunity to see one or two matches together from the world cup in Brazil while we are there.

Prediction Competition 2013-14

This is a great competition that tests your football skills over every division - will Nahki Wells perform at league 1? Enter online by clicking here. Alternatively download the entry form here: click here. By the way the prediction competition delivers 50% of the entry fees to Carlisle United - the rest go to the winners so it is a win-win. Get all your mates to enter - there is nothing I like more than getting a Premier League fan to donate money to Carlisle.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 14/7/13

The Chairman said I should use this VHTB just to get you to renew your membership but I said you were going to do that anyway so that I would tell you what was going on. To satisfy Simon and allow us to get on - download the membership form and renew: click here. Download the details here: click here.

Prediction Competition 2013-14

This is a great competition that tests your football skills over every division - will Nahki Wells perform at league 1? Enter online by clicking here. Alternatively download the entry form here: click here. By the way the prediction competition delivers 50% of the entry fees to Carlisle United - the rest go to the winners so it is a win-win. Get all your mates to enter - there is nothing I like more than getting a Premier League fan to donate money to Carlisle.

New Home Kit

The new home kit has been well received. See it here: www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/stobartnineteenseasons11july13-906960.aspx.

Branch Meeting this Thursday

Why not join us at the Civil Service Club on Thursday 18th July for the next branch meeting? Banter with fellow Carlisle fans over a few pints, a bit of scran and a chance to influence the branch activities. For details or to confirm you are coming email Dave Brown, information@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Boroughbridge AFC vs. Carlisle United XI, Tuesday 6th August 18.15

Jamie Grubb reports: As many of you will have read in the last VHTB, a representative squad from Carlisle United will be playing a pre-season friendly against my local Club, Boroughbridge AFC, in early August. The game is going to be massive for the Club, not to mention being something that I never even dreamed I would see! Boroughbridge is located in North Yorkshire alongside the A1(M) and close to York and Harrogate (nearest rail station is Cattal). I know that anybody who wanted to come along and offer some support would be made very welcome, and would join the small rank of London Branch representatives who are already looking forward to the evening. If you do fancy a trip to see Carlisle’s youngsters and some proper grassroots football, or can't make it but would like to pre-order a match programme, do please drop me an email on webmaster@carlislelondonbranch.org and I'll be more than happy to answer any questions or point you in the direction of a decent B&B and/or pub (of which we have plenty!). You can find more information on Boroughbridge AFC on the official website - www.boroughbridgeafc.com.

Are you 15 to 17 or do you know any 15-17 year olds?

Late notice I am afraid but a great opportunity for 15-17 year olds. Carlisle United Community are operating a National Citizen Scheme which involves 1 week residential in the lakes abseiling, kayaking etc; 1 week residential in student halls learning new skills and then 2 weeks planning a local community scheme. It starts 22nd July so get in touch NOW with Sarah Ellery - Scheme Coordnator, ticketoffice@carlisleunited.co.uk.

Car sharing from Hertfordshire

Mick Driver is keen to set up a car sharing scheme from Herts and points on route to travel to Carlisle home and away games. Contact Mick for more details: michael.driver@openreach.co.uk.

Charity Appeals

Our members are very community minded and carry out a lot of activities for charities. We have news of two more this week:

Paul Parke - 3 peaks challenge for Endeavour
Paul - until recently our webmaster - has climbed (we hope) Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon this weekend to raise funds for Endeavour - a charity for disadvantaged and disaffected young people. To make a contribution visit https://www.justgiving.com/PaulParke.

Gordon Gaddes - Langa Township Pre-school Trust
Gordon Gaddess reports that his Carlisle matches have been limited this year primarily due to the Trust that he and wife run to help children in Langa Township in South Africa. For more information and if you would like to contribute please visit: http://www.ltpt.org.uk.

Coventry to share with Northampton

Martin Thomas reports: Breaking news today (JUly 4th) that Coventry City are to play their home games at Sixfields , Northampton, for the next three years. This looks to be creating chaos, as Coventry and Northampton play most home games on the same week-end, including our visit in January. Whether Northampton as the host Club or Coventry s the senior side will keep the Saturday option remains to be seen. Meantime, feelings in the West Midlands are that this could mark the end of Coventry City Football Club. They lost fans moving away from Highfield Road with many unwilling to travel that little bit further out of the City. it appears that many more will refuse to follow them to Northampton; not only unprepared to make the extra effort which costs more time and money but also unable to understand that a team bearing the name of the City can represent it by playing in a different Town and County.

Website stories and other tales

1. A great Matt Jansen goal on the Crytal Palace unofficial site: http://www.fiveyearplanfanzine.co.uk/1257-top-50/top-50-goals/4416-fyp-top-50-goals-countdown-no-34-matt-jansen-v-aston-villa-14-4-1998.html
2. Branch summer trip on the club website: www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/londonbranchtrip8july13-901896.aspx
3. Congratulations to Ruth Holmes on her recent engagement to Padman Vadaman (who won our prediction competition last season).
4. Interview with John McGovern on Sky website: http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/12040/8805717/Free-Agent
5. Damian Samuels reports that former player Simon Grand has just signed as captain for AFC Telford.
6. Vote for your favourite players and managers - see club website: www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/fl125vote9july13-900382.aspx


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 27/6/13

What a day for a Carlisle fan - Lee Miller signs up for another year with a year option and we finally get Gateshead whizz Josh Gillies. Check out the club site for details. I am looking forward to August already.

Today's VHTB is full of everything that is right about "Real Football" from Boroughbridge v Carlisle to the funday at Carlisle United BUT it starts with another appalling example of greedy football - Doncaster Belles - you decide what is right and please pass this newsletter on to anyone you want. I don't suppose I am the only person in England who was delighted to see the much better run and fairer Bundesliga have both of the finalists of the European Champions League.

Sorry that today's newsletter is so long but I thought that the summer would be quiet and two weekly would be enough. It seems not.

Doncaster Belles

"Our appeal has been heard. The FA has asked us to make no comment until the decision has been made. Thanks for your continued support." says the notice on the Doncaster Belles website. The FA do not like their machinations to be viewed in public but the London Branch prefer their members to know what is going on. Doncaster Belles have been the most successful ladies team in this country for years. They also have the best stadium. The FA originally banned "girls" from playing football despite the fact that 35000 people watched a game in Liverpool in the 30s. They have finally got around to the view that women like to play football and one of their first actions is to create a new "Premier League" - they decided after the first match of this season that Manchester City would be a better team to have than Doncaster Belles. Can you think why? You can read more about this in the July Hit The Bar but if you think that money ruling sport is wrong! Sign the petition NOW: http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/doncasterbelles

Member Mark Donnely who provided this information would love to see members and friends at the match against Chelsea on August 4th at Staines Town where Chelsea send their women out to.

Bradford v Carlisle Saturday August 10th

No group save so get your train tickets early from East Coast - 11 members are already booked on 9.03 from Kings Cross to Bradford and returning on the 18.31. Be careful use Bradford Yorks as the station.

AGM 4th July 2013 8.00pm

The AGM is at the Dean Swift - www.thedeanswift.com. It is on Butlers Wharf near London Bridge Station - has loads of good ales and a reasonable menu. 20 members are attending a private discounted architectural tour of the Barbican beforehand but you have already missed that despite loads of emails. However, we could probably fit in one or two if you are desperate for the tour. Otherwise anyone and guests can turn up for the AGM at the Dean Swift.

Volunteers needed at Brunton Park

I thought that 20+ people would have turned up for the volunteer days but have been really disappointed that there have only been half a dozen apart from the day that the Cumbrian Probation Services supplied their clients (who did a brilliant job).

The ones that have turned up so far have been really positive about their experience: "well today i had the joy of scraping old paint off the steps of the new stand along with 4 older guys who i had never seen b4 little did i realise that the gent that had brought me a cuppa at our little lunch break was none other than Mr Norman Frederick Steel one of the directors of the club, he was there with the other multitude of volunteers who had come along to help try to get bits of the ground looking smart for the start of the season, norman was there getting stuck in with the rest of us, i used to think that the directors were above mixing with the likes of me, how wrong i am. so come on all you so called fans get yer jacksies down to BP and give a hand getting the club and the ground ready for what's gonna be a good season, and b4 you say no we are not getting paid to do this work, some like me are doing it because they want to put something back into a good club, oh and it was a good cuppa norman made".

Unfortunately the response that this guy got on the message board was "Well done to those who volunteered, but there's always one tool who thinks a couple of hours scraping paint and bumming one of the directors makes him more of a fan than other folk!"

I, and Simon Clarkson, and pretty much everyone I know in the London Branch think volunteering is a way forward for Carlisle becoming a community club where everyone in Cumbria and Exiles can feel that it is their club. It isn't likely that we will have a sugar daddy coming in to buy big players and I am not sure that I personally would want one. Workdays are being run throughout the summer and get in touch with London Branch member - coordinator Harold Bowron 07806 485377 if you feel you can offer some time.

Boroughbridge v Carlisle XI, Tuesday August 6th

Sometimes a dream comes true - 18 year old Jamie Grubb stepped up to become branch webmaster when Paul Parke stepped down due to family commitments. He desperately wanted his local team Boroughbridge (in the West Yorkshire League) to play Carlisle United. Most of us would have left that as a dream. Jamie asked Simon Clarkson to introduce him to Eric Kinder at the players award dinner, called him later and arranged the game. Eric Kinder left Carlisle - Jamie was bereft. He contacted the club and the fixture was in place. Jamie tells us this will be the biggest fixture in Boroughbridge history - Simon Clarkson and Dave Croxford are already impressed enough to say they will be there. Boroughbridge is 10 miles North of York - I kind of hope that Jamie will get support from there, Sheffield and lots of other places in the North. Contact Jamie for details, webmaster@carlislelondonbranch.org. He tells me there are 6 pubs in the town and every one is a cracker.

Carlisle Funday Sunday 14th July

Carlisle have a great day planned with funfair, face painting, behind the scenes tours, penalty competitions on Sunday 14th July. Come on sceptical Carlisle fans in Cumbria what more does the club have to do to get you on board? They are coming to you - how about you going to them?

Celebrate Nigel's Marriage and Carlisle's first game, 3rd August

Member Nigel Moss is besotted with Anna Kasby and has decided to marry her on the banks of Ullswater on the 25th July. He wants his branch and London friends to join in his celebrations in North London on 3rd August. Nigel says: I would hope you would all know that 3rd AUGUST is when the new season kicks of at Home to Orient. So I propose we combine the events and I herby invite you all to attend the OAK and PASTOR pub in Archway at approximately 2.30pm. We will listen to the Blues on radio Cumbria and hopefully have the 3rd Test on the TV. The wedding party proper will start at about 5.30pm. If you are interested in coming then please let me know (as I need to tell the pub how many extra barrels of Black sheep to order!) my email is nigemoss@yahoo.co.uk.

By the way Nigel is the guy that defined the London Branch for me by telling me after a Wembley final (slightly the worse for drink): "You are my second family... otherwise why would I know an old fart like you and a nutter like Diesel Dickie". I still think that was a compliment. Nigel, I will be there for one and I am sure there will loads more.

73/74 Season - the Season Before

The London Branch was formed in 1974 in our 1st Division season. It is often forgotten the amazing season that got us there. This season Mike Carruthers is determined to see that is changed with our memories of that season as a countdown to our 40th anniversary. Send in your memories, programmes, photographs to Mike Carruthers at social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Season Review

Why not write your season review now while it is fresh in your mind. You can always go back to it afterwards when we know who we will have playing for us next season. Why not download the season review form, complete and return to Mike Carruthers for him to include in his Hit The Bar article in July. Download the document here and send on to Mike at social@carlislelondonbranch.org. You could also send him your season preview.

Thomas Witherow - Happy Birthday

Member Thomas celebated his birthday on Sunday with a special present - his first prize in the London Branch raffle - a framed signed shirt from Carlisle Unted. Ken Hullock presented it in Thomas' local pub along with quite a few LB members.

The Norwegian Branch

Most people know that we shared the sponsored game with the Norwegian Branch and had a great weekend. Their chairman Ivar Eigeland emailed to wish us well and say that they have now recruited the famous Norwegian cartoonist Frode Øverli who is intending to develop a new comic strip "The Carlisle United Scandinavian Branch". We will keep you updated on this but look in Hit The Bar for more info.

When Saturday Comes

Most footie fans recognise this as the thinking mans football magazine. Neil Nixon, member and author, lets us know that he has another article coming out in there shortly about the relationship between football fans and fish and chip shops. Keep an eye out for it.

Thank Yous

There are thank yous from:

Nick Dawson - for supporting his charity cycle ride of 168 miles in Texas. David Ross - for supporting his charity Dusk to Dawn ride on the back of a tandem.

It could have been even longer but I will save some more for next time.


Dave Brown

Nigel Moss's After-Wedding Party - 24/6/13

What are you doing for the opening game of the 13/14 season? Branch member Nigel Moss is holding his after-wedding party in London to coincide with the first day of the season, meaning you could be spending Opening Day in the company of fellow Carlisle fans. Nigel writes:

"As some of you will know on the 25th of July I will be marrying the wonderful Anna Kasby. We are having a small and private wedding up in God's Country on the banks of Ullswater. However, we were always keen to celebrate with all our friends and so have booked the upstairs of a nice pub on Saturday 3rd of August for a party.

I would hope you would all know that 3rd August also is when the new season kicks of with United at home to Orient. So I propose we combine the events and I herby invite you all to attend the Oak and Pastor pub in Archway at approximately 2.30pm. We will listen to the Blues on Radio Cumbria and hopefully have the Third Ashes Test on the TV. The wedding party proper will start at about 5.30pm.

If you are interested in coming then please let me know (as I need to tell the pub how many extra barrels of Black sheep to order!), my email is nigemoss@yahoo.co.uk."

Virtual Hit The Bar - 17/6/13

The branch meeting is this Thursday 20th June at 6.30pm at the Civil Service Club when we will be planning next season with a hot set of fixtures in our hands. Why not come along for a few beers, a meal and a chance to influence the branch.

Carlisle v Blackburn w/b 5th August

The draw for the 1st round of the Capital One Cup took place this morning and we have a home tie against Blackburn probably on Tuesday 6th August. Can we give Kinder a Surprise?

AGM 4th July 2013 7.30pm

We have had a problem with the planned venue for the AGM. Jonathan is currently trying to sort out an alternative in the area of Barbican. We will let you know later this week the venue and whether we will be having the architectural tour of the Barbican pre AGM. Meanwhile make sure that you have Thursday 4th July in your calendar.

Volunteers needed at Brunton Park

If you can spare a few hours and are in the vicinity of Brunton Park, why not join the team of volunteers that are helping with general maintenance tasks. It has long been a policy advocated by our chairman Simon Clarkson for the club to make use of volunteers as it is a win-win situation - supporters feel part of the club and the club gets much needed jobs done for the cost of materials. Long time branch member Harold Bowron is coodinating the use of the volunteers and can be contacted on 07806 485 377 or 01228 575 010. The Trust is helping to organise the work and Chairman Norman Steel can be contacted on 07796 260 522. This week there will be work parties on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and the meeting time is 10am.

Success for an England Football Team

Webmaster Jamie Grubb writes: Around six years ago after winning a nationwide masters tournament, Harrogate Veterans were invited by one of their competitor teams to take part in a tournament in Thailand. It was only when their entry details came through that Harrogate realised they had been entered into a competition for national teams, the Seniors World Cup. They wrote to the FA to seek permission and in return received official dispensation and a supply of England kit. They have returned to Thailand every year since to take part in the competition as England, and in 2009 lifted the World Cup after beating Australia one nil in the Final.

This year they returned once more and after going out of the World Cup narrowly in the group stages went into the run-off Bangkok Masters Cup. After a penalty shoot-out victory over New Zealand in the Semi-Final they beat Australia's veterans one nil in the Final to once more lift a trophy for England. England Manager Paul Bell sent back regular updates on his side's progress, which are online here: http://www.boroughbridgeafc.com/Content/News/13/Q2/
SeniorsWorldCup.html


Just goes to show English sides shouldn't be written off just yet, especially considering that despite being able to win on an international level Harrogate were beaten to a league and cup double by Boroughbridge's veterans team this season!

Carlisle United Photographs

Iain Davidson writes: Link to a website that a Palace fan I know gave me selling football photographs including Carlisle. http://www.petespicturepalace.co.uk/default.asp

David Ross - Appeal for Talking Tandems

There is still time to make a donation to Talking Tandems via David Ross's Dusk to Dawn Cycle Ride. Member and season ticket holder David Ross is blind although it is hard to tell when you are arguing with him about the way we played at Brunton Park. David asks if we can support his appeal for talking tandems. "On the evening of June 22nd I will be cycling a Dusk to Dawn cycle ride. The ride is approximately 60 miles and I will be raising money for Talking Tandems - a small charity whose aim is to give those with a sight loss the chance to experience the thrill of tandem cycling. With the help of this charity I have significantly improved my level of physical fitness and this has lead to increased levels of both self confidence and well being. Please could you support me if you can by donating through my justgiving page at: http://www.justgiving.com/David-Ross12 With thanks in advance for your help. David Ross".

First signing of the summer

Our first signing of the summer is 22 year old David Amoo - formerly of Tranmere, Liverpool and MIllwall. He is a right sided winger said to have pace and flair.

Season Review

Why not write your season review now while it is fresh in your mind. You can always go back to is afterwards when we know who we will have playing for us next season. Why not download the season review form, complete and return to Mike Carruthers for him to include in his Hit The Bar article in July.
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/
30976fbd232faf1a83ae2aa4e/files/2012_13_Season_Review.docx

Send on to Mike at social@carlislelondonbranch.org


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 30/5/13

Most of you know that my son, Steve, is a mad keen Palace fan. Yes he was there on Monday and hasn't got down from the ceiling all week. Only a few weeks ago Palace fans were shouting for Ollie to go after 1 win in 11 games at the end of the season. Strangely no one admits to that now. Meanwhile Stoke fans are driving around the town with banners saying "Hughes out" before he has arrived. With Fergie and Moyes going, Greg is now 3rd longest serving manager in the league. Greg and the coaching team have just been given a 1 year contract and I have been listening tonight (thanks to iplayer) to Greg talking about relying on youth and looking to create a more exciting spectacle. I really hope that fans will get behind Greg and the team for next season and look for positives. Meanwhile I hope that Greg and the board at Carlisle look at Yeovil and say "We can do that!" instead of saying what isn't possible.

For now I don't care - I am in summer silly season - I went last week to see Spamalot with a few of the LB members. Next week I am off on the summer trip with 28 of the London Branch to Gdansk. Then it is the branch meeting on 20th June when we discuss the fixtures and what plans will be needed for next season and the final arrangements for the AGM on 4th July which this year will include an architectural tour of the Barbican. Then 20 of us dive into the pit at £5 per time at Shakespeares Globe to see Macbeth in July. Everyone is welcome at these events - and they are always advertised in VHTB and Hit The Bar. Why not make sure that you come to the AGM this year - after the Barbican we are going to a Russian Bar for the AGM.

AGM 4th July 2013 7.30pm

The AGM is at the Indulgence Bar and Grill, 5 Carthusian Street, Smithfield, London EC1M 6EB 020 7253 6009 Find us Guests are welcome. We will be meeting at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start and there is food and drink available at this amazing Russian bar in the heart of Smithfield. If you want to pre-order food contact Jonathan McLoughlin who has kindly arranged the venue merchandise@carlislelondonbranch.org and promises an exciting night. Please let me know if you are going to be there information@carlislelondonbranch.org

AGM Architectural Tour of the Barbican 4th July 6.00pm

There is an optional 90 minute architectural tour of the Barbican for a cost of £6.80 (normal price £8) for members and guests. I went on this tour recently and it was excellent. We meet at the Barbican Art Centre near Moorgate at 5.50pm. For more details or to book your place information@carlislelondonbranch.org You can find details of the tour here www.barbican.org.uk/visitor-information/explore-barbican-tours

Carlisle United Survey Results

The EN&S surveyed over 1000 Carlisle fans. The results are here: http://www.cnnewmedia.co.uk/locker/ns/pdf/cufc_survey_results_new.pdf
The club has promised to listen to the results: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/carlisle-united/latest/carlisle-utd-s-promise-over-our-survey-1.1056673?referrerPath=carlisle-united

David Ross - Appeal for Talking Tandems

Member and season ticket holder David Ross is blind although it is hard to tell when you are arguing with him about the way we played at Brunton Park. David asks if we can support his appeal for talking tandems. "On the evening of June 22nd I will be cycling a Dusk to Dawn cycle ride. The ride is approximately 60 miles and I will be raising money for Talking Tandems - a small charity whose aim is to give those with a sight loss the chance to experience the thrill of tandem cycling. With the help of this charity I have significantly improved my level of physical fitness and this has lead to increased levels of both self confidence and well being. Please could you support me if you can by donating through my justgiving page at: http://www.justgiving.com/David-Ross12 With thanks in advance for your help. David Ross".

Supporters Team

Chris Tembey tells us that we wont be putting in a team for the Orient tournament due to lack of numbers. The committee would like to put on record what a great job Chris Tembey does in running the football team and giving so many people lots of fun doing it. Good luck for next season Chris.

Peter Murphy in the Independent

Nice article in the Independent sent in by Mike Carruthers about players at the end of contract including own own Peter Murphy. Also congrats to Peter on his wedding to Lisa today.
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/the-last-word-as-david-beckham-bows-out-spare-a-thought-for-the-ordinary-players-facing-a-crueller-end-8622427.html

Cheap flights, cheap beer, skimpy virgins...!

Jonathan McLoughlin reports some interesting news from the home front in Carlisle.
http://www.in-cumbria.com/stobart-group-boss-hopes-for-flights-from-carlisle-next-summer-1.1056771?referrerPath=time-to-act-on-fuel-costs-1.898341
http://www.in-cumbria.com/profits-down-at-jennings-brothers-owner-1.1056578?referrerPath=time-to-act-on-fuel-costs-1.898341
http://www.in-cumbria.com/rail-workers-threaten-ballot-over-skimpy-virgin-trains-uniforms-1.1056870?referrerPath=time-to-act-on-fuel-costs-1.898341

London Branch League Table

While last season was another cracking time for the London Branch it didn't seem to translate into football success for us travelling spectators. Alm Millington sent out his usual request for Games attended, Wins, Draws, Losses, and Date of last win to the usual travelling crowd. It didnt make good reading with David Ross having the best result of an average of 1.46 points per game and a last win of March 9th. Some members hadnt seen a win all season. Perhaps the most telling stats were that the number of games attended from the regulars was down. Why not send in your stats to Al Millington for him to include in the table that will appear in Hit The Bar in July? travel@carlislelondonbranch.org

Season Review

Why not write your season review now while it is fresh in your mind. You can always go back to is afterwards when we know who we will have playing for us next season. Why not download the season review form, complete and return to Mike Carruthers for him to include in his Hit The Bar article in July.
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/
30976fbd232faf1a83ae2aa4e/files/2012_13_Season_Review.docx

Send on to Mike at social@carlislelondonbranch.org

Stadium Quiz

How well do you know your stadiums? Jon McLoughlin sent in this link that shows 10 well known stadiums from the air. I was rubbish. How good are you?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/quiz/2013/may/29/football-quiz-name-stadiums-aerial-view

Have a great summer and see you next season if not before.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 10/5/13

This weeks VHTB has quite a few stories that remind me why I love football and its supporters rather than the drivel that appears in the back pages of most newspapers.

Carlisle Fan Survey in the EN&S - Get your views known

The EN&S are running a fans survey. Why not let your views be known: www.newsandstar.co.uk/carlisle-united/latest/survey-we-want-your-views-and-opinions-on-carlisle-united-1.1054439?referrerPath=carlisle-united/latest

Raffle Prize Winners

The raffle organised by Ken Hullock for the sponsored game raised £360 and the people at the sponsored game agreed that £36 of this should go to the chairman of Colchester United who had cycled from Colchester to Brunton Park in 4 days in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The prizes and prize winners are as follows:

  1. Signed, framed home shirt - Tom Witherow
  2. Carlisle Utd., The Complete Record - Paᵒl (Norwegian Branch)
  3. Fourth, First & Fulham - Morten (Norwegian Branch)
  4. Frank Simek away shirt - Paul Parke
  5. Harry Arter home shirt - Tony Little
  6. Signed home shirt - Atle (Norwegian Branch)
  7. Greg Abbott sweat shirt - Ray
  8. David Wilkes sweat shirt - Bente (Norwegian Branch)
  9. Carlisle Utd. jacket - Henning (Norwegian Branch)
  10. CUFC mouse & mouse mat and LB mug - Jonathan McLoughlin
  11. LB polo shirt - Jamie Grubb


Ken will be presenting Tom's prize at his local, The Halfway House, in Rickmansworth on Sunday 23rd June. If anyone would like an outing to 'Ricky' I believe the pub does a good Sunday lunch and it's pleasant countryside around about for a Sunday walk. Contact Ken for details: khullock@ntlworld.com

Supporters Football - Chris Tembey

A quick update on all matters football: First of all many thanks to those who turned out last weekend for the Mitchell Cole memorial supporters tournament at Ware FC. Especially to Rohan and Jack who were fantastic late additions and are absolutely more than welcome along again - any time. Whilst this yielded for us just a solitary goal and point (well done Patrick Dobinson!) it was once again a top day out and great to have a good catch up and get-together.
Always difficult when we throw together a team late in the hour and pit our wits against teams who have played all season long but I think despite the defeats we all enjoyed the day.....and of course we had the best kit! A mention on the Stevenage FC official website followed: http://www.stevenagefc.com/news/article/mitchell-cole-fans-tournament-809638.aspx It's been a busy time at Stevenage with a further fundraiser at the Lamex on Tuesday night with some big names turning out: http://www.stevenagefc.com/news/article/interview-joe-cole-on-mitch-game-813766.aspx A fantastic cause. I am delighted and proud we were able to help and be a part of it.

Secondly I must mention the Worthing 6-a-side Tournament, taking place next Saturday - May 18th. If we are to enter a team in this I need names by 4pm MONDAY MAY 13TH please. Would those who have already kindly put themselves forward please do so again so I can have a current available list. Many thanks. Failure to produce enough names by this time on Monday will result in a non-entry.

Finally, notice of a 6-a-side tournament organised by the Leyton Orient lads at Hackney Marshes on Saturday June 1st. Unfortunately I am not available for this as I'll be visiting American relatives over in Oxford but I am of course more than happy to organize: So again, names ASAP please and I'll get going with this if numbers suggest this is worth a go. football@carlislelondonbranch.org

Branch Meeting 16th May

All welcome to the branch meeting at the civil service club next Thursday. If you can let me know if you are coming, but even last minute visitors are welcome. information@carlislelondonbranch.org

AGM Thursday 4th July and Architecture Tour of the Barbican

We are considering arranging a 90 minute architecture tour of the Barbican before the AGM this year. I have been on this recently and it was excellent and showed me a part of London I had no idea about. If you would be interested please let me know so I can get an idea of numbers. The AGM will be held a few minutesd walk from the Barbican. information@carlislelondonbranch.org

Mark Gillespie

A lovely story in the EN&S about Mark Gillespie becoming an ambassador for the Toma charity. Well worth a read and maybe some support. www.newsandstar.co.uk/carlisle-united/latest/1.1055044

Bill Shankly

There was a great programme on radio 4 about Bill Shankly including a couple of mentions of Carlisle. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s8cnz

How did 2012/13 go for you?

For Jonathan Lerew it was: "Well it began in baking heat at Stevenage,continued with an MK Dons moon,moved up to Carlisle for Spurs and Bournemouth,usual tough time at Brentford, mixed fortunes at Crawley and Leyton,and finally a party on behalf of Bournemouth.Oh,and our own ball at Walsall."
Send your 1 sentence view to Geoff Graham for HTB editor@carlislelondonbranch.org


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 4/5/13

Our season finished with a cracking weekend in Carlisle and a display from the team that summed up our season. Today we learned that we have Peterborough, Wolves and Bristol City to visit next season to add to Gillingham, Rotherham and Port Vale. There was a great thread on the message board "summing up our season" http://boards.footymad.net/forum.php?tno=121&fid=18&sty=2&act=1&mid=2112813616 with Moorlad giving a pretty good write up of what my own view would be. Why not send me 2-3 lines summing up your season and I will include in VHTB next week.

Carlisle Weekend

We had a brilliant weekend starting with drinks in Botchergate with the Norwegian branch on the Friday and moving onto the sponsored match on the Saturday with stadium tour, lunch, competitions, match, and Man of the match presentation. Sunday lunchtime was the Supporters Trust meeting followed by the Players Award dinner in the evening (plus I gather some late night drinking in Botchergate including puking footballers - guess who?)
Read Jamie Grubb's blog of the weekend: Brunton Blog
See the pictures here: Awards Dinner Part One, and here Awards Dinner Part Two, and here: Sponsored Game
Supporters Trust meeting: http://www.united-trust.org.uk/news.shtml#N05

Dick Young - The Clubs Commercial Director sent a very nice email to the branch: "Can you both pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation to all your members for the support you have given the club not just over the recent months with the "Shine the Light" project and the Awards Dinner but for the many years of support you have given the club. A big thank you also, for the Colchester match sponsorship which was great and enjoyed by everyone who attended."

The Colchester fans were fulsome in their praise of Carlisle and our fans (maybe not if they lost, eh!): http://boards.footymad.net/forum.php?tno=121&fid=18&sty=2&act=1&mid=2112818219
All in all, a great weekend and thanks to the club for their excellent hospitality and the Norwegian branch for their great company.

The Released Players

On Monday the retained list came out from the club with Peter Murphy, JP McGovern, Rory Loy, Frank Simek, Adam Collin, Andy Welsh and Mathiue Mansett all released. Some surprise names there and you can maybe understand the reasons when you consider that Carlisle have to get their wage bill down to 60% of the turnover for next season. To understand this rule more there is an excellent series of articles on the club website: http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/scmpmay2013partone-804824.aspx
To understand what a class act Peter Murphy is and to hear more about the retained list, listen to the RC interview on last Tuesday's phone in programme:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p017j3gc

Jimmy Glass

No end of season would be right without a reference to Jimmy Glass and the BBC website did us proud: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22230477


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 26/4/13

Heading to Carlisle this weekend to join 35 members and guests for the sponsored game plus 9 members of the Norwegian branch. The branch has a plaque being presented by the club that is going to be put up in the club reception in recognition of the fundraising that we did for Shine The Light and that we do every season. Colchester need a draw and I hope that we see some of our young players mess up their season. Sunday morning is an open meeting with the United Trust (see below) and then we have 36 members and guests at the Players Awards night at the Shepherds Inn on the Sunday Evening. Makiko Brookes is the Official Photographer for the night - a great move for her but an even better one for Carlisle. Remember if you are going to be in Carlisle on Friday night that some of the members are getting together with the Norwegians in Lloyds Bar at 8pm on Friday. If you want to join later or want more details contact Mike Carruthers on 07719 821781 or Simon Clarkson 07734 809083.

Shirts for a fiver

I don't know if there are any left but the club were offering home shirts for a fiver for season ticket holders and those that have a ticket for Saturday including those going to the sponsored event. Get in there and claim your shirt for a fiver.

Dave Mitchell - Carlisle Stadium Manager and World Class Performer

Good to see that Dave Mitchell, Stadium Manager at Carlisle, has been shortlisted again in the Unsung Hero category at the prestigious Stadium Business Awards. He will be up against some amazing talent including The F&B Director at Manchester Arena, the GM of the Millennium Stadium, the former Head of Design for Locog and others from Switzerland, Australia and Slovenia. He is also on the shortlist for League 1 groundsman so is looking good to win it again for the third time in a row. Its great to see we have a world class performer at Brunton Park.

United Trust Meeting Sunday Foxys 11.30am

There has been lots of animosity against the trust regarding the court cases and their lack of communication. Love the trust or hate them the fact is that the trust owns over 25% of the club we love and has an automatic right to have a director on the board of the club. Anyone can be a member for £5 per annum per household and influence the Trust and the Club. There have been some really positive sounds from Normal Steel, Frank Beattie and the other trust board members recently in getting closer to the fans so why not make your views count. There is an open meeting on Sunday at 11.30am in Foxy's at Brunton Park - get down and make your views known.

New Blog on LB Website

Our new webmaster Jamie Grubb is doing a great job in building on the excellent work that Paul Parke did before. Jamie is now writing a blog for the website, visit it - Brunton Blog

Twenty's Plenty - FSF Campaign

Howard Atkinson and others have sent me in details about the Twenty's Plenty campaign by the Football Supporters Federation that is pushing for all away fans to pay a maximum of £20 entrance. The petition is here Twenty's Plenty for Away Tickets Petition. Personally I am not sure how much I am in favour - it seems to be aimed at saving £40 entrance for fans of the wealthy prem league clubs like Man City at Arsenal. These are the clubs that are causing the problems in football by grabbing more and more money from the game to throw at players of the ilk of Suarez. If the campaign succeeds Blues Fans will save around £5 at the worst clubs in League 1 and MINUS £4 at the best - I would like to see the FSF look a lot more to the real football clubs in the Football League for their campaigns - a point that I have made to the FSF on several occasions.

Hit The Bar

Good to see that Geoff Graham HTB Editor has received some good press on the message board http://boards.footymad.net/forum.php?tno=121&fid=18&sty=2&act=1&mid=2112856375

Supporters Football

Football captain Chris Tembey reminds us that the next match is the Ware FC 'Mitchell Cole Memorial Tournament' on May 4th 2013. Starts at 10am at Wodson Park, Wadesmill Road, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0UQ. Email Chris on football@carlislelondonbranch.org for details.

Lee Hendrie opportunities for Coaching

Merchandise officer Jonathan McLoughlin sends in a linked in request from Lee Hendrie - "Thank you for the connection, it would be great to find out a little more about what you are up to and if we can benefit from each other. I am about to launch FootieBugs (children’s coaching all over the UK) and I am looking for people who are passionate about football to join my business through franchise and coaching opportunities. Do you know anyone who may be interested in this opportunity? If so I would be happy to forward them our business proposal. I look forward to hearing from you. Lee
www.footiebugs.com
www.facebook.com/footiebugs

If I don't see you this weekend, in Gdansk for the summer trip, or at the theatre trips to Spamalot and then Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe have a great summer!


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 20/4/13

An enjoyable day at Bournemouth despite the result. We looked pretty good first half and should have been ahead if we had been sharper up front. In the end too much space given and a bit of talent meant that the Cherries got their promotion. Well done to them and hopefully we can make next season more successful for us.

Hit The Bar

Geoff Graham has produced another excellent HTB which sold out at Bournemouth today. The EHTB will be with you as soon as I can send it out as I have just got back from holiday. It should be with you tomorrow/Monday.

Youth Alliance Cup

Well done to the Youth Team for making it to the final of the Youth Alliance Cup. I gather they played really well and should have been 3 up by half time but in the end Bristol Rovers won 3-1.

Friday night in Carlisle 26th April

Quite a few members and guests are in Carlisle next Friday night. If you want to meet up, be in Lloyds Bar in Botchergate at 8pm. If you want to join later or want more details contact Mike Carruthers on 07719 821781 or social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Shirts for a fiver

The club are offering home shirts for a fiver for season ticket holders and those that have a ticket for next Saturday. If you are going to the game and want a shirt for a fiver, I suggest that you contact the shop now as the offer runs out with the stock.

Hillsborough Memorial

Craig Milne sent in an email from the HFSG Hillsborough Families Support Group: "It was so wonderful to see the lads yesterday. We managed to get the banner onto the pitch for the memorial service, where it sat proudly. We have kept the red half of the banner and will keep it in our shop. Once again thank you all so much for making the banner, displaying it at your game and also donating it to us. We will treasure it."

Save the Date 1 - July 4th AGM

Thursday 4th July will be the AGM - not sure where yet although there is talk of an exotic Russian bar which sounds fine to me. Make sure that you keep it free.

Save the Date 2 August 15th Branch Meeting and Great British Beer Festival

If you have thought about coming along to a branch meeting but weren't sure that you could handle the grave discussions, then come to our meeting in August. This will be held at the Great British Beer Festival in Olympia which is a great night out and discussions of policy tend to be a max of 10 seconds. Contact social@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Andrew Jenkins/John Nixon Interview

There is a really interesting interview on the club website about the finances of the game mostly by John Nixon. This originally appeared in the Walsall home programme.
Part one -
http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/
jenkinsnixoninterviewmarch13partone-687621.aspx

Part two -
http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/
jenkinsnixoninterviewmar13parttwo-687615.aspx

Part three -
http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/
jenkinsnixoninterviewmar13partthree-687604.aspx



Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 8/4/13

The job was done on Saturday against Oldham unless the Portsmouth results are expunged or there are some very wierd results. We are safe. Two brilliant goals on Saturday and a superb first half display. There were still too many hairy moments in the 2nd half to think our troubles are over in terms of a winning team and with contracts ending and 3 new young players joining the squad it will be an interesting close season. Now it is a time to enjoy the rest of the season and I suspect there will be some great performances now that the team are likely to be a lot more relaxed.

Bournemouth v Carlisle 20th April

Tickets: Seats are allocated and no cash turnstiles on the day. Adult - £20; Senior (65+) - £11; Junior (under 16) - £11; Students - £11; Ambulant disabled - £11. Email Al Millington to order by 12 noon Monday 15th April, tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org
Meeting place: The Cricketers Arms, 41 Windham Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4RN, 01202 551589
Group Travel: Groupsave will be available from Waterloo. Contact Al, travel@carlislelondonbranch.org
Supporters match: Looks unlikely so no Sir Jimmy this year.

Youth Alliance Final Carlisle v Bristol Rovers Wednesday 17th April 7pm Brunton Park

Eric Kinder continues to work his magic with the youth team beating Walsall in the Northern final of the Youth Alliance Cup to be in the last two of a competition that started with 49 clubs. Get down there if you can and report back what you thought of Alex Salmon, Brendan Gwinnutt and Jack Lynch who have been offered professional terms with the club. To find out a little more about our next crop of young lads in the team visit the excellent website: http://www.keithmincher.com/new-signings-profile-the-youth-team-lads/

Hillsborough Memorial Service at Anfield Monday 15th April 14.45 start

Member Craig Milne will be displaying the London Branch Hillsborough Memorial Banner at the game against Preston and at the Doncaster away game before the service at Anfield on the 15th. Craig is a teacher in Runcorn where everyone of his kids has a family that has been affected by the tragedy and asked the branch to be represented at the service. If you would like to join Craig to present the banner at the service on the 15th contact him on cwmilne@hotmail.com You may also want to visit www.liverpoolfc.com/news/latest-news/hillsborough-memorial-service-details

United Trust Meeting Sunday 28th April at 11.30am

Many LB members are staying for the weekend to go to the Awards Dinner the evening following the Colchester game. It is therefore ideal that the next meeting of the United Trust will take place in the Sunset Suite at Brunton Park at 1130am on Sunday 28th April 2013. A chance to ask any questions you have about the future direction of the Trust. All fans are welcome. If you have any questions you would like to be asked please contact Simon Clarkson, chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org

Next Supporters Match

Chris Tembey has been beavering away organising games for the supporters team, football@carlislelondonbranch.org. The next games are:
Ware Town FC Tournament - May 04th 2013
Worthing Fans Tournament - May 18th 2013
I also have to apologise to Ralph Wood who came back from Uni for the Leyton Orient game, scored the winning goal and saw me atribute it to Alex McGeorge - Alex scored the first and the excellent Ralph Wood scored the winner. Two great players who I hope will be members of the London Branch for a long time to come.

Sponsored Game/Awards Dinner Ticket Deposit Scheme

The £35 for your sponsored match tickets and the £40 for the players award dinner will be taken from the Ticket Deposit Scheme in the next few days. PLEASE ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover your ticket orders. You can check your TDS balance by entering your membership number on the TDS page. You can top up your TDS by doing a bank transfer to CUSCLB Merchandise Sort Code 30-91-72 A/C No 30517268. Make sure that you put the reference "TDS your initials/membership no" so that we can identify it and also send an email to Bob Brookes secretary@carlislelondonbranch.org to let him know that you have paid. Alternatively send a cheque to Bob made out to "CUSCLB" to 51 Lavender Grove, York, YO26 5RX.

Awards Dinner Sunday 28th April times

6.15pm at the Shepherds Inn for sitting down for 7pm. We have 3 tables of 12 for London Branch members. These are fully subscribed.

Carlisle's link to North Korea

I smiled at this sent in by Jon McLoughlin http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/sport/kim-jong-un-to-manage-carlisle-united-2013040264375


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 2/4/13

Football is MAD. Sunderland sack Martin O'Neil and employ Paulo Di Canio. Romanov announces that he is broke and Hearts are at the mercy of his administrators in Easten Europe. Carlisle get a draw and James Phillips and Lummy explain that Sheffield United are so much easier to play against than footballing teams like Yeovil. Oldham Saturday and a win should make us safe. Hopefully that would give us the chance to blood even more youngsters and get players that wanted to make Carlisle their team instead of falling down a lot to little effect. Maybe it is time to follow Bill Shankley from 1949 and insist that the directors buy houses for the players (13 I believe) so that he could get the team he wanted that desperately wanted to play for the club. I am sure that we have someone in the background that could help with that.

Oldham and Doncaster games tickets

Al Millington, the matchday organiser, is on holiday so there are no LB tickets for the Oldham and Doncaster games. Tickets for the original Doncaster game will be valid for this one. If you have tickets and cant make this game contact Al to get your refund tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Oldham v Carlisle Saturday 6th April

Tickets: Adult - £20; Senior (65+) - £10; Junior (under 16) - £5; Wheelchair & Carer - £20.
Meeting place: Ashton Arms, 28-30 Clegg Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 1PL, 0161 6309709

Doncaster v Carlisle Tuesday 9th April

Tickets: (tickets will increase by £1 on the day of the game): Adults - £20; 60+ - £15; 17-20 - £11; 12-16 - £8; Under 11 - £5.
Meeting place: The Lakeside, Wilmington Drive, Doncaster, DN4 5PJ, Tel: 01302 361134. A Beefeater Grill establishment that does a mega mixed grill for less than 15 quid and lots of cheap, cold fizzy lagers on tap. It is however about the only spot close to the ground and away fan friendly.

Doncaster Rovers v Carlisle Tuesday 9th April

Mick Driver can give a lift from Stevenage Station at 00.30 to WGC, Hatfield or St Albans if anyone needs transport to be able to make this game after the late train return. Contact him on michael.driver@bt.com.

Make your views known to the club

Don't winge with your mates in the pub after a game; don't make abusive comments anonymously on the message board or on twitter - tell the owners and directors so that your views can influence the club's future. Member Kevin McGeorge is a member of the newly formed Fans Feedback Forum that has its first meeting on Friday 12th April. Kev has offered to represent the London Branch and ask any question or put forward any view that a London Branch member wants to put forward. Email your questions and views to Kev at fansfeedback@carlislelondonbranch.org.

Hit The Bar Contributions Needed

Everyone I meet at matches loves twitter, websites and mobiles - but they also sit there with their Hit The Bar and say how much they love reading the branch magazine - the last one was a cracker that for me had one of the best interviews I have read with Neil Nixons interview of Jon Colman. Please write your views NOW and get them into Geoff Graham editor@carlislelondonbranch.org. I am sending in my report on my visit to Roma v Fiorentina 32 years ago: the last time I sent my father-in-laws report of the Arsenal game of 1951 (50?) there were rave reviews. Which classic games have you been to? Send them in. What do you think about our current squad - send it in. Could we make the championship and stay there? Send it in. A pen pic of you as a supporter. Send it in. People like this magazine but seem nervous about sending in their contributions. Send it in. editor@carlislelondonbranch.org

Theatre Visits - Spamalot Thurs 23rd May and Macbeth at the Globe Saturday 20th July

We have some showpairs vouchers for Monty Python's Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue. The vouchers enable us to buy two top price tickets for the price of one (that works out at two tickets for £59.50). The date is Thursday 23rd May and the show starts at 20.00. So far only one person has expressed an interest. If you would like to go please email Mike Carruthers at social@carlislelondonbranch.org by Monday 8th April specifying how many tickets you would like. This will obviously be subject to tickets being available.

Apologies but the original advert for Macbeth had the wrong date, it should have been Macbeth at The Globe Theatre on Saturday 20th July at 19.30. Standing tickets for The Yard are available at £5 and the intention would be to go for these. If you are interested please email Mike Carruthers at social@carlislelondonbranch.org by Monrday 8th April specifying how many tickets you would like.

Supporters Matches

Banging on here about the supporters team caused Alex McGeorge to travel down from Carlisle to play for us, score the winning goal and be man of the match. Chris Newsome, Pompey fan, watched his 63 year old Uncle play and got in the sticks to be our first decent keeper for years. We won against Orient 2-1.

There are games planned against AFC Wimbledon April 13th, Ware Town Tournament 4th and Worthing Tournament 18th - contact Chris Tembey to play football@carlislelondonbranch.org Unfortunately Bournemouths team has died so no Sir Jimmy game this year.

VIB, Sponsored game, Players Award Dinner

Thanks to Simon Clarkson, all 32 VIB Tickets, 40 Sponsored game tickets and 36 Players Award Dinner Tickets have been sold! The Norwegian branch have chsoen to join us for the sponsored game and we are looking forward to finding out if Cumbrian really is similar to the Vikings.

Worlds First Black Footballer

Some time ago Neil Nixon wrote a fascinating article about Walter Tull who has a memorial as Englands first black professional footballer. Here is another great article about Andrew Watson – the worlds first black footballer.
www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/sport/football/first-black-footballer-watson-story-takes-twist-1-2845754

REMINDERS

Player of the Year Competition

Get your vote in now for Carlisle's Player of the Year. Click here to vote. The closing date is Sunday April 7th.


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 19/3/13

Saturday was an odd day - it was a lot to take - a stuffing from Orient and a stuffing from France afterwards - but in the morning the supporters had won 2-1 and looked really good - Alex McGeorge had travelled all the way from Carlisle to play for the branch team and was Man of the Match. At the Birkbeck pre-game there was a huge crowd, a great atmosphere and lots of chat. Norman Steel, the Chairman of the Supporters Trust and the Trust Representative on the board of the club, came along to answer questions about the Trust. He also managed to sign up 20 new members to the trust while he was there. Hopefully we will see yet another bounceback against Yeovil.

Blades v Carlisle, Easter Monday 1st April 3pm

Tickets: Currently this fixture is designated as all ticket: Adult £19.50; Senior (60+); £15.00; Students (Valid ID) £15.00; Young Person (16-21) £15.00; Junior (Under 16's) £1.00; Ambulant Disabled & Carer (middle / higher rate of care) £15.00; Wheelchair & Carer £15.00. Order your ticket from matchday organiser: tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org.
Meeting place: The Devonshire Cat, Wellington Street, Sheffield, South Yorks, S1 4HG, 01142 796700
Travel: There is no official travel group to this fixture but Ian Jardine is intending to travel from St Albans while Ken Hullock may travel from St Pancras/Kings Cross. Email Ian or Ken for details of the trains they are getting.

CUFC v PNE Sat 13th April - Lift and tickets available

Micky Driver writes: I have 2 free adult tickets for the above match and am able to offer lifts to 3 members from central Herts (leaving at 07:00) on the day to Carlisle but only as far back to PRESTON on the same day (600 miles too far to drive in a day !). The 20:04 service Preston to Euston rail tickets currently at £14:50. Contact Micky for more details michael.driver@bt.com.

Doncaster Rovers V Carlisle Tuesday 9th April

Micky can also give a lift from Stevenage Station at 00.30 to WGC, Hatfield or St Albans if anyone needs transport to be able to make this game. Again contact him on michael.driver@bt.com.

Do you have a flag with the Carlisle Crest?

Runcorn based member Craig Milne is making a Carlisle banner to lay at Anfield in support of the Hillsborough victims. He needs a Carlisle Crest 3 feet across to complete it. If anyone has an old flag, bedspread etc or knows wher Craig can source one please contact him on cwmilne@hotmail.com.

Theatre Visits - Spamalot Thurs 23rd May and Macbeth at the Globe Saturday 30th July

Social sec Mike Carruthers writes: We have some showpairs vouchers for Monty Python's Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue. The vouchers enable us to buy two top price tickets for the price of one (that works out at two tickets for £59.50). The date is Thursday 23rd May and the show starts at 20.00. If you are interested please email Mike Carruthers at social@carlislelondonbranch.org by Saturday 30th March specifying how many tickets you would like. This will obviously be subject to tickets being available.

We are organising a trip to see Macbeth at The Globe Theatre on Saturday 30th July at 19.30. Standing tickets for The Yard are available at £5 and the intention would be to go for these. If you are interested please email Mike Carruthers at social@carlislelondonbranch.org by Saturday 30th March specifying how many tickets you would like.

Sean O'Hanlon

Interesting interview with Sean O'Hanlon:
www1.skysports.com/football/news/11732/8562853/Deal-or-no-deal

@cusclbontour hits 400 followers

We have just hit 400 followers on our twitter account. Are you following the branch?

Fans Forum Postponed

For those members that intended to go the fans forum this Friday at Brunton Park, this has been postponed due to John Nixon being called to a FL meeting.

REMINDERS

Player of the Year Competition

Get your vote in now for Carlisle's Player of the Year. Click here to vote. The closing date is Sunday April 7th.

VIB Tickets still available

There are still VIB tickets available to full and student members. These tickets cost £15 from the branch and give you a home ticket for anywhere in the ground, programme, car park pass and 2 x Legends bar passes. Reserve yours from Simon Clarkson stating match needed, where you want to sit and if you need a car park pass. chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org

Sponsored game v Colchester Saturday April 27th

The branch are the main match day sponsors at the end of the season clash against Colchester. £35 gives you a tour of the ground, seat in the main stand, buffet lunch, match day programme, competitions. Guests are welcome. Season ticket holders get a reduced rate of £20. It really is a great day out. Book your place with Simon Clarkson. chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org

Players Award Dinner Sunday April 28th

Why not stay for the weekend and come along to the Players Award Dinner on the Sunday evening at the Shepherds Inn? A chance to have a very good meal in the company of players and directors and 300 other Carlisle fans including 34 branch members. We still have 2 places left on the LB tables. Cost is around £40. Reserve your place with Simon Clarkson. chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 11/3/13

Great result Saturday and maybe our most important win this season. It was good to see Matty Robson back.

Leyton Orient v Carlisle Saturday 16th March
Ticket deadline Monday 11th at 12 noon


Tickets: Ordered in advance: Adult £23; Senior (65+) £15; Student (valid ID) £15; Armed Services £15; Unemployed £15; Under 18's £5. Send your order NOW to Al Millington: tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org. Important: Under 18 tickets are £5 in advance and £16 on the day so make sure that you order yours in advance. Other tickets are a pound or two cheaper.
Meeting place: Old favourite The Birkbeck, Langthorne Road, E11 4HL, Tel: 020-8539-2584
Travel: Central line tube.
Possible event: We are going to ask the club owners Andrew Jenkins, John Nixon and Steve Pattison and the Supporters Trust Chairman Norman Steel to join us at the Birkbeck. Watch this space.
Volunteers needed: There will be a good crowd at Orient and we are keen to recuit new members plus sell as many HTBs and badges as possible. If you are prepared to help make sure that you let Simon Clarkson know on the day.

Leyton Orient v Carlisle Supporters Game

As Seen on TV! Pick your favourite number and get your kit on: The all new London Branch Team Kit (ex Carlisle United First team as advertised on Soccer AM) is due to make its maiden voyage into East London: Leyton 'Orientear' Orient v CUSCLB FC; Saturday March 16th; 10:30am KO; Low Hall Sports Ground, South Access Road, Walthamstow. E17 8AX. All available bodies please contact Chris Tembey ASAP - "I know we have Andrew Dobinson and Matt Tasker already signed up.....so that makes three of us. Any more?" Contact Chris Tembey football@carlislelondonbranch.org

Player of the Year Competition

Get your vote in now for Carlisle's Player of the Year. Click here to vote. The closing date is Sunday April 7th.

VIB Tickets still available

There are still 6 VIB tickets available to full and student members. These tickets cost £15 from the branch and give you a home ticket for anywhere in the ground, programme, car park pass and 2 x Legends bar passes. Reserve yours from Simon Clarkson stating match needed, where you want to sit and if you need a car park pass. chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org

Sponsored game v Colchester Saturday April 27th

The branch are the main match day sponsors at the end of the season clash against Colchester. £35 gives you a tour of the ground, seat in the main stand, buffet lunch, match day programme, competitions. Guests are welcome. It really is a great a great day out. Book your place with Simon Clarkson. chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org

Players Award Dinner Sunday April 28th

Why not stay for the weekend and come along to the Players Award Dinner on the Sunday evening at the Shepherds Inn? A chance to have a very good meal in the company of players and directors and 300 other Carlisle fans including 34 branch members. We still have 2 places left on the LB tables. Cost is around £40. Reserve your place with Simon Clarkson. chairman@carlislelondonbranch.org


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 3/3/13

Crawley v Carlisle Tuesday 5th March

Tickets: Tickets ordered for the postponed game are valid for this. If in doubt email Al now tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org Ticket prices are: Seated: Adult - £19; Senior (65+) - £15; Junior (18 + Under) - £10; Standing: Adult - £17; Senior (65+) - £13; Junior (18 + Under) - £7.
Meeting place: The White Hart, High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1BQ. 01293 520033
Group Travel: With its proximity to London, Crawley is easy to get to from the smoke. Direct services run from London Bridge (about an hour), Victoria (approx 45 mins) and East Croydon (around 30 mins). Groupsave fares are available and we will be organising a few different groups of train travellers. Contact Al Millington now if you want to join any of the group travel. travel@carlislelondonbranch.org

Leyton Orient v Carlisle Saturday 16th March

Tickets: Ordered in advance: Adult - £23; Senior (65+) - £15; Student (valid ID) - £15; Armed Services - £15; Unemployed - £15; Under 18's - £5. Send your order to Al Millington tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org. Important: Under 18 tickets are £5 in advance and £16 on the day so make sure that you order yours in advance. Other tickets are a pound or two cheaper.
Meeting place: Old favourite The Birkbeck, Langthorne Road, E11 4HL, Tel: 020-8539-2584
Travel: Central line tube
Possible Event: We are going to ask the club owners Andrew Jenkins, John Nixon and Steve Pattison and the Supporters Trust Chairman Norman Steel to join us at the Birkbeck. Watch this space.

Leyton Orient v Carlisle Supporters Game

As Seen on TV! Pick your favourite number and get your kit on: The all new London Branch Team Kit (ex Carlisle United First team as advertised on Soccer AM) is due to make its maiden voyage into East London: Leyton 'Orientear' Orient v CUSCLB FC; Saturday March 16th; 10:30am KO; Low Hall Sports Ground, South Access Road, Walthamstow. E17 8AX. All available bodies please contact Chris Tembey ASAP - "I know we have Andrew Dobinson and Matt Tasker already signed up.....so that makes three of us. Any more?" Contact Chris Tembey football@carlislelondonbranch.org

Supporters Trust Meeting 22nd February

Last week we told you about the Supporters Trust making a real effort to improve their communication and attract new members. For too long, the trust has been seen as a secret society out to feather the nests of the trust board members and its time we exploded that myth and create a vibrant supporters trust that unites ALL Carlisle United fans and supports and guides our club. The trust owns 25.3% of YOUR club and you can be one of those owners influencing the trust and the club for less than 2p per day! To make it even easier you can now join by emailing Dave Brown information@carlislelondonbranch.org and pay your £5 membership by asking for it to be taken from your TDS, promise to pay by cash or cheque at Crawley or Orient, sending a cheque to Dave made out to the "CUSCLB Merchandise account" at Park House, 191 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9BT or by asking for details of how to pay by paypal or bank transfer.
Download articles about the supporters trust here:
Evening News and Star:
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/carlisle-united/latest/carlisle-united-trust-looks-to-increase-membership-1.1037405?referrerPath=carlisle-united
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/carlisle-united/jon-colman/a-golden-chance-that-carlisle-s-trust-must-seize-1.1039321?referrerPath=carlisle-united
Message Board:
http://boards.footymad.net/forum.php?tno=121&fid=18&sty=2&act=1&mid=2113224799
Supporters Trust Press Release
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/30976fbd232faf1a83ae2aa4e/
files/UNITED_TRUST_OPEN_MEETING_130222.docx


Civil Service Club Associate Membership

Anyone who has attended a branch meeting knows how good the Civil Service Club is. Just off Whitehall and 3 minutes from Trafalgar Square, the club offers good ales at £3 per pint, a good 2 course meal for £12 and bedrooms with breakfast for an excellent price for London. They also hold lots of events from Comedy nights including TV comedians to quiz nights. Dave and Chris at the club have just offered an excellent deal - join by the 1st April and for £60 you will get *1 years individual associate membership *no joining fee *£60 of vouchers to spend on food and drink *Regular newsletters with additional money off vouchers. For anyone in the South East or intending to visit London in the next 12 months this is a pretty fine offer. Contact Dave or Chris on office@civilserviceclub.org.uk

For the activists - FSF and Supporters Direct 22nd June 2013

The Football Supporters Federation has 200,000 members and lobbys on behalf of supporters throughout England. Supporters Direct is the organisation that represents the interests of the Supporters Trusts in England whose members total 300,000. This summer the two groups will be joining together to hold a joint Supporters Summit at The Football Association's National Football Development Centre, St George's Park, Burton, on 22nd June 2013. The full programme for the day is being finalised and will include high profile figures from football, sport, media and politics. We will be finding out further details from the FSF where we are an affiliate organisation and the Carlisle Supporters Trust who are a member of Supporters Direct but if you would be interested in attending let Dave Brown know information@carlislelondonbranch.org

Cheering up a Monday Morning

If your day has started badly, and you need cheering up, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6iRHbWDXEY


Dave Brown

Virtual Hit The Bar - 25/2/13

We are still not losing games but they are pretty dire to watch. Hopefully we will get that all important 50 points as soon as possible and Greg can let caution go to the winds. Meanwhile there was a brilliant turnout at Portsmouth and a surprising number of members turning up at MKDons without realising the others would be there.

Notts County v Carlisle Saturday 2nd March Ticket Deadline Monday 25th Feb 12 2pm

Tickets: Adults - £24; Senior (60+) - £15; Young Person (16-21) - £15; Child Under 16 - £6. Order your tickets by 2pm today from tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org
Meeting place: Vat & Fiddle, 12-14 Queen's Bridge Road, Nottingham, NG2 1NB
Group Travel: Some members have booked on the following trains to and from Nottingham. Depart St Pancreas 10.15 - Arrive Nottingham 11.59 Depart Nottingham 17.28 - Arrive St Pancras 19.12

Reaching out to fans 1 Supporters Trust

Its good to see that Norman Steel and the Trust are making some real efforts to get fans on board with an Open meeting held last Friday. I gather that they were very open in the mistakes made in communications in the past and very keen to see fans get involved in the future. This follows on from avery enjoyable and informative recent meeting between Simon, Dave and Mike from the branch and Norman Steel and Frank Beattie from the Trust after their visit to the Football Committee of the HoP with Supporters Direct. I sincerely hope this approach sees a good response from the fans. The Trust is really important as it owns over 25% of our club and needs more members to give its position on the board some strength. There is no point in winging about what they dont do if you cant be bothered to get involved. Membership is £5 per household per season so get joined now! www.united-trust.org.uk to download your membership form and joining details.

Reaching out to fans 2 Club Commercial

Dick Young, Carlisle's unpaid Commercial Director has taken a more direct role and is being assisted by Norman Steel of the Trust and Fans Representative on the board who is volunteering 2 days per week as well as the very able Sally at the club. The first signs have been looking good for some time now with a lot more activity and they seem to be gathering pace with recent offers including a student promotion (£6.50 for the Walsall game and a 1/2 price pint) and now an appeal to season ticketholders to bring a friend along for half price and receive a voucher for £5 in return to spend in the club shop. These efforts deserve praise and it is disappointing to see the usual negative comments on the message board although heartening that there were a few others in support of the moves.

Support member Nick Dawson for a great cause

Texas based Nick is riding (ie. cycling) 180 miles from Houston to Austin in April. It’s a 2 day challenge that 13,000 riders take every year called the BP MS150, and is sponsored in aid of Multiple Sclerosis. " I’ll also be riding with perhaps a Carlisle United thought in mind, and maybe might get spurred by news of a Saturday win early morning (Houston time) away at Bournemouth! If anyone would like to sponsor me, I would be delighted – please visit my justgiving page.

Raise a glass to Derek!

Sad to see the passing of local TV personality and honorary vice president of the London Branch Derek Batey last week. At the branch meeting several members recounted when they had met him and found him to be a warm and witty person. I wasn't around when he agreed to be our VP but I gather he was gracious and enthusiastic about the role.


Dave Brown

Virtual HIt The Bar - 11/2/13

It’s a great run we are having (10 points from 12). Lets hope it continues at Scunny and Portsmouth.

Portsmouth v Carlisle Saturday 16th February Ticket Deadline Monday 11th Feb 12 noon

Tickets: Adult - £20; Senior (60+) - £15; Junior (Under 17) - £10; Young Person (17-22) - £15; Disabled - £15; Carer - free of charge; Wheelchair & carer - £10. Order your tickets by Monday 12 noon from tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org

Meeting place: Artillery Arms, Hester Road, Milton, Hampshire, PO4 8HB, Tel: 023 9273 3610. We will also be meeting here after the game.

Group Travel: The designated outbound groupsave train to Portsmouth is the 10am from Waterloo which arrives in Fratton Station (closest to ground and pub) at 11.24. Post match some members are planning on staying over in Portsmouth for the night while others are going to stay for a few hours (and beers) before getting a later (around 9pm ish) train back to London. If you would like to join the 10am groupsave train out of Waterloo please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org and indicate whether you would like to travel back immediately post match, later on Saturday evening or the following day. If you would like to join other branch members on a Saturday nite stop over in Portsmouth please email information officer Dave Brown on information@carlislelondonbranch.org

Lift available to Portsmouth from the North

Tony Deane and daughter Georgia (12) are travelling from Lymm in Cheshire to Portsmouth by car and have 2-3 seats available. They can pick up in Lymm or en route down M6. Contact Tony on tony.deane@azzu.co.uk or 07920 231 547

HTB Deadline - Saturday 17th February

Get all your contributions in to editor Geoff Graham for the next HTB available for the Notts County game. Deadline is next Saturday 17th Feb so send them now to editor@carlislelondonbranch.org

Supporters Trust meet 70 MPs with Supporters Direct

Norman Steel and Frank Beattie of the Supporters trust attended a meeting last Tuesday at the Houses of Parliament organised by Supporters Direct to meet 70 MPs to discuss such issues as protecting the stadium as a community asset. Looks like there is some good stuff coming out of this. Read about it here.

Dave Symington is Skys World Goal of the Week

Good to see that Dave Symington's amazing goal against Scunthorpe won the Sky world goal of the week for 28th Jan with a massive 48% of the vote.

Season Ticket Holders Survey Results

It is great to see the club getting more proactive with trying to engage with fans and making special offers. Still more to do, but it is a good start. Here are the results of a survey they ran with season ticket holders.

Interview with Matt Jansen

Good interview with Matt Jansen on the BBC website

Carlisle United for sale on Ebay!

I am surprised to see that the directors are using ebay to look for offers for the club. The price of 99p looks a little suspect too.

Dave Brown
Information Officer

Virtual Hit The Bar - 29/1/13

Unbeaten for 4 games at home and a stunning goal from Dave Symington (why isn't he starting?). Greg lets us know that he thinks we have a fine squad as long as they all stay fit and there is no need to buy in the transfer window unless someone comes in for the peripheral players . Rather than making the manager look soft in the heid, I would rather the club say "the squad is threadbare but there is nothing we can do about it because not enough fans are getting down to Brunton Park. Unless we get more fans into the ground we cant afford to buy the players we all know we need". Honesty is the first step in improving communication with fans.

Tranmere v Carlisle Saturday 2nd Feb

Meeting place: The Sportsmans Arms, 9, Prenton Road East, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH42 7LQ, 0151 6445724
No TDS for this game and no organised travel from London. Come on you Runcorn and Warrington members - cheer for the branch.

Scunthorpe v Carlisle Tuesday 12th February

Meeting place - none organised but likely to be Carlisle fans at: The Berkeley Hotel, Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, South Humberside, DN15 7DS, Tel 01724 842333
Mick Driver is intending driving to this game from Herts and St Albans - for lifts contact Mick on michael.driver@bt.com

Portsmouth v Carlisle Saturday 16th February

Meeting place: Artillery Arms, Hester Road, Milton, Hampshire, PO4 8HB, Tel: 023 9273 3610
Group Travel: The designated outbound groupsave train to Portsmouth is the 10am from Waterloo which arrives in Fratton Station (closest to ground and pub) at 11.24. Post match some members are planning on staying over in Portsmouth for the night while others are going to stay for a few hours (and beers) before getting a later (around 9pm ish) train back to London. If you would like to join the 10am groupsave train out of Waterloo please email travel@carlislelondonbranch.org and indicate whether you would like to travel back immediately post match, later on Saturday evening or the following day. If you would like to join other branch members on a Saturday night stop over in Portsmouth please email information officer Dave Brown on information@carlislelondonbranch.org

Cumbrians Elite

Peter Scholes and friends deserve a bit of support from all of us in their venture to get more support for Carlisle. Peter says "We have been working with the club for sometime on this and it is great to see it come to fruition. I have been a fan all my life and I have always tried to help where I can but I felt something needed to be done to try and bring the buzz back and bring the club closer to the community. I felt I had to come up with something that involved not just the match goers like ourselves but also the wider community. This now has something for everyone whether you follow CUFC avidly or not. As a supporter, it gives you a chance to share ideas and skills with the club without having to invest heavily or commit to something you can't afford. I want people to feel appreciated again. Being a member and holding a membership card will get you discounts and deals from all sorts of places so for £5 a year for up to ten members in your team, it is surely worth joining and seeing what happens! Even if you are not a supporter there are some very good reasons to join and be part of a team.

I hope we can develop a good relationship with the London Branch and help promote the good work you do. If you have any news stories we would happily add them to the site and we can actively promote the good work you do and try and drum up support and increase your membership as we go along. I am sure there are plenty exiles out there who would like to know more.

To address the points you raise - to register you need a pack for each team containing a unique username and password. These are now on sale in the club shop for £5 but if you were able to send a cheque to us with your email details we could send this electronically. Once you have these details you just follow the registration process."

Read about Cumbrians Elite in the EN&S
Visit their website: Contact Peter for more details: peter.scholes@elitefamilygames.com

Cumbrian Police and Helen Felton Support Shine The Light

Jonathan Mcloughlin asks if we should give the subject of this article a free STL polo shirt?

The Reminders

VIB Tickets - An absolute bargain!

Ian Kellit and Michael Mclouglin have now taken advantage of the £15 VIB tickets that give a ticket for any part of the ground, a programme, a car park pass and passes for legends bar. If you want any VIB tickets contact information@carlislelondonbranch.org

Fans Feedback Group

Still time to get your comments, questions, ideas into Kev McGeorge to put forward at the Fans Feedback Forum as the last meeting was postponed due to the weather. Email your questions and views to Kev at fansfeedback@carlislelondonbranch.org

Dave Brown
Information Officer

Virtual Hit The Bar - 18/1/13

Crawley v Carlisle Match Postponed

Will update when match rearranged - Tuesday night in Crawley - great!

Oldham v Carlisle 6th April 2013 Cheap train Fares Deadline Monday 21st January

Advance fares London-Manchester now available £25 return. Mumps metro to Oldham further £6.90. If you want to take advantage with the branch, book with Al Millington by Monday 21st January 12 noon.

Summer Trip Gdansk 7th to 10th June 2013 Booking Deadline Monday 21st 12 Noon

Another deadline is the Hotel Hansa in Gdansk for the Summer Trip. We will be booking on Monday at the pre-agreed price of 440 zlotys per room per night incl breakfast (around £83). So far we have 25 people booked with 8 couples and 9 single guys sharing rooms (any odd single is shared between all travellers). The trip will include a couple of branch meals together, a walking tour and generally lots of other smaller group activities from castles to clubs (I fancy the Teutonic Knights Castle). Lots of time on your own if you want it to visit say the sandy beaches. 12 or so members are going from Thursday 6th to Monday 10th. Flights are available from Luton, Standsted, Leeds-Bradford, Edinburgh (Thurs-Monday 6 people going from there), Manchester (Jimmy Blue is going from there but I think it may involve a stop). Anyway flights are up to you. We can generally put single travellers together to share rooms. Download your booking form here - COMPLETE AND SEND TO DAVE BROWN AND MIKE CARRUTHERS BY MONDAY 21ST JANUARY 12 NOON summertrip@carlislelondonbranch.org

VIB Tickets - An absolute bargain and no takers!

In the last VHTB we mentioned that we had £15 tickets for Brunton Park available for members and student members only - these included a ticket for any part of the ground, a programme, a car park pass, a pass for legends bar. Only Mick Driver responded and received VIBs for him and his brother Phil (another member) for the Coventry game. They were pleased they were there. Added to that Jon McLoughlin tells us that Virgin trains are offering a seat sale so there is no excuse to not getting your ass up to BP www.virginrail.co.uk. The intention of the committee was always to spread the VIBs as widely as possible. Get your order in now - the committee would be happy to use them but would rather see them go out to all members. information@carlislelondonbranch.org

The Changing Room - FL Feedback Group

After the last VHTB when we were offering lots of ways to feedback your views (make sure that you send in your views for Kev McGeorge to put into the Carlisle Fans Feedback Forum) the Football League have also come up with a fans feedback group. They are looking at getting 200 fans from every league club. I have joined but I am hoping that it will be more imaginative interaction than just sending out endless surveys that are easy for them and not very illuminating or engaging for them or anyone else. www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/changingroomjan13-595245.aspx

THE FUN LINKS

If you have read as far as this, you deserve to get a smile so see this video of a lift getting stuck in Wukky.



You might also want to see Carlisle mentioned in the Daily Mail.

The Reminders

Carlisle United Player - great offer

Carlisle United Player provides live commentary, video highlights (extended 7-9 mins highlights for home games courtesy of LB sponsorship), exclusive video interviews with players and staff, video archive and more. It is now available for the cracking price of £18.99 to 18th August 2013. The best thing is that 70% of this money goes to the club! The offer is available until 31st January so get logged in now! www.carlisleunited.co.uk

Make your views known to the club

Don't winge with your mates in the pub after a game; don't make abusive comments anonymously on the message board or on twitter - tell the owners and directors so that your views can influence the club's future. Member Kevin McGeorge is a member of the newly formed Fans Feedback Forum that has its first meeting on Friday 25th January at 6.30pm in Foxys Restaurant at the ground. Kev has offered to represent the London Branch and ask any question or put forward any view that a London Branch member puts forward. Email your questions and views to Kev at fansfeedback@carlislelondonbranch.org

Football Phone In Show Radio Cumbria

Another way to get your views known is to phone RC's new phone in show. Planned for Tuesday nights between 6pm and 7pm it started tonight Jan 8th. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria/sport

Portsmouth - Saturday 16th February OVERNIGHT STAY

A few members have booked the the travelodge at Portsmouth (not Portsmouth Hilsea) for the Saturday night when we play Portsmouth. So far they have paid £19, £31 and currently the price seems to be £44. Why not stay overnight Saturday and join your branch mates for a drink or two and something to eat. Maybe head down to the Marie Rose and The Victory next morning or shop at Gunwharf Keys. Book direct at www.travelodge.co.uk

Dave Brown
Information officer

Virtual Hit The Bar - 8/1/13

Carlisle V Coventry - Date Change

Remember that this weekends home game against Coventry is on Sunday 3pm NOT Saturday. £3 cheaper to buy in advance with ticket office open on Saturday as well.

Crawley v Carlisle Saturday 19th Jan 3pm Ticket deadline Friday 11th January


Tickets: There are normally big ticket queues at Crawley so order your ticket from Al Millington tickets@carlislelondonbranch.org by Friday 11th Jnaury 12 noon even though there are no advance discounts. Ticket prices are: Prices Seated: Adult £19:00; Senior (65+) £15:00; Junior (18 + Under) £10:00 Prices Terracing: Adult £17:00; Senior (65+) £13:00; Junior (18 + Under) £7:00 Disabled: Age relevant price with carer free.

Meeting Place: The White Hart, High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1BQ. 01293 520033
Group Train Travel: There will be groupsave from London Victoria c£8.45 compared to £16.90 full fare. Contact Al Millington to book or get details: travel@carlislelondonbranch.org
Car Parking: Available at stadium for £3

Carlisle United Player - great offer

Carlisle United Player provides live commentary, video highlights (extended 7-9 mins highlights for home games courtesy of LB sponsorship), exclusive video interviews with players and staff, video archive and more. It is now available for the cracking price of £18.99 to 18th August 2013. The best thing is that 70% of this money goes to the club! The offer is available until 31st January so get logged in now! www.carlisleunited.co.uk

Special Member Tickets for Home Games

The branch has a number of VIB tickets available for Carlisle home games. These give a ticket for any part of the ground, a programme, a car park pass and a pass into the legends bar in the main stand. They are available to full and student members only for a very special price of £15 each due to a members donation. They have to be ordered in advance so if you would like to take advantage of this offer email Dave Brown by Monday 21st January 11pm on information@carlislelondonbranch.org stating your name and membership number, the game you would like a ticket for, which part of the ground, and if you need a car park pass. There are a limited number of tickets so if they are oversubscribed, there will be a draw to allocate tickets.

Make your views known to the club

Don't whinge with your mates in the pub after a game; don't make abusive comments anonymously on the message board or on twitter - tell the owners and directors so that your views can influence the club's future. Member Kevin McGeorge is a member of the newly formed Fans Feedback Forum that has its first meeting on Friday 25th January at 6.30pm in Foxys Restaurant at the ground. Kev has offered to represent the London Branch and ask any question or put forward any view that a London Branch member puts forward. Email your questions and views to Kev at fansfeedback@carlislelondonbranch.org

Football Phone In Show Radio Cumbria

Another way to get your views known is to phone RC's new phone in show. Planned for Tuesday nights between 6pm and 7pm it started tonight Jan 8th. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria/sport

on Colman and EN&S and HTB

Another way of making your views known is to contribute to Hit The Bar editor@carlislelondonbranch.org The North Wests top sports reporter Jon Colman reads it and referenced Hit The Bar in his column in Friday's Cumberland News "10 New Year Revolutions"

Swansea adds £58m to local economy and saves 400 jobsJ

Interesting article about Swansea's first season in the Premier League and maybe one for the board and the local council to read. http://t.co/xt3YZqrO

Portsmouth - Saturday 16th February OVERNIGHT STAY

A few members have booked the the travelodge at Portsmouth (not Portsmouth Hilsea) for the Saturday night when we play Portsmouth. So far they have paid £19, £31 and currently the price seems to be £44. Why not stay overnight Saturday and join your branch mates for a drink or two and something to eat. Maybe head down to the Marie Rose and The Victory next morning or shop at Gunwharf Keys. Book direct at www.travelodge.co.uk

Summer Trip Gdansk 7th to 10th June 2013

We are booking the Hotel Hansa in Gdansk on Sunday 21st January so let us know now if you are coming. Cost will be around £83 per room per night incl breakfast (440 zlotys). We can generally put single travellers together to share rooms. Download your booking form here - COMPLETE AND SEND TO DAVE BROWN AND MIKE CARRUTHERS BY SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY 2013 summertrip@carlislelondonbranch.org

Dave Brown
Information officer
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