CLOSE UP: Carlisle United

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Carlisle United

Most recent campaign:

It was a solid 11th placed finish for Carlisle United in 2018/19 with 20 wins, 8 draws and 18 defeats from their 46 matches. Their best run came between December 15 and January 26 as they claimed 8 wins from 9 matches but the departure of John Sheridan in the early stages of 2019 caused some upheaval right as they hit their best form. 

Head Coach:

Steven Pressley – The former Scotland Assistant Coach was named Carlisle United manager on January 16, having departed Cypriot side Pathos. He previously managed Coventry, overseeing their return to the Ricoh Arena, before a spell at Fleetwood Town. 


Star Man:

Adam Collin – The 34-year-old former Rotherham United keeper joined the Cumbrians on July 4, 2018, his second spell at the Club. The stopper kept 10 clean sheets last season and extended his contract in May before being named Player of the Year at the end of season awards. 


Transfer Business:

The Cumbrians have brought in former Gateshead defender Jon Mellish and full-back Christie Elliott so far in this window. The 21-year-old Mellish was named the Young Player of the Year at the National Game Awards and made over 50 appearances for the Heed last season. Meanwhile, Elliott joins having made 250 appearances for Partick Thistle in Scotland. 


Brunton Park is a 17,949 capacity stadium located in Carlisle. It is the largest stadium in the country that is not all-seater and has four stands; The West Stand, Warwick Road End, Pioneer Foods Stand and Waterworks End. 

The away fans tend to sit in an area in the Pioneer Foods Stand (East Stand), which accommodates around 2,000 supporters. 

Last Meeting:

Leyton Orient 1-2 Carlisle [League Two – February 4, 2017]

A young O’s team, featuring four teenagers in the Starting XI, took the lead against Carlisle United in this League Two match when Gavin Massey rolled his man and rifled an effort under the keeper.

However, Gary Liddle equalised in the 34th minute from a rebound after Sam Sargeant made an excellent save from a free-kick before Jamie Proctor won the match in the second half when he benefited from a fortuitous rebound, the O’s left frustrated as the ball appeared to go out of play in the build-up. 

Proctor saw red for a second yellow with 15 minutes remaining on the clock but Carlisle United held on for the points.