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11.10.2014… Carlisle v Stevenage…

Carlisle United 3 Stevenage 0

Brunton Park… Saturday October 11th… 3pm

Attendance: 4,011

Ticket: £19 – Programme: £2

Back home for a week, international break, Gateshead away at Forest Green Rovers,  I decided to go to Carlisle in search of football…

An admission, even though it’s only a 40 mile trip, I’d never been to Brunton Park before. In fact, the only time I’d ever seen Carlisle play was in a 5-1 defeat at Newcastle during our 1983-84 promotion season…

I have much clearer (and less fond) memories of Stevenage, or Stevenage Borough as was. I was sat in the rickety temporary stand (or to give it its technical name, ‘pile of scaffolding’) behind the goal at our 1998 FA Cup fourth round tie. To say I spent the whole match up there isn’t quite true, I spent most of the second half stood by the pitch fearing that the stand would fall down every time our fans stamped their feet.

Anyway, I digress, Carlisle versus Stevenage….

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Brunton Park: Outside…

Definitely getting old as I really enjoyed the trip across on the train through the Northumbrian / Cumbrian countryside, makes you very proud to call this part of the world home…

After a ten minute walk from the station I found myself outside Brunton Park, and impressions were good. A walk around the ground confirmed this, plenty of character and proper floodlights; another reminder of the grounds I used to visit with Newcastle in Division Two in the early nineties. Inside the ground was just a pleasing, a mixture of seated and standing areas with terraces behind both goals, although one of them appeared to be closed…

The teams were read out leading to another Newcastle connection, Dave Beasant was on the bench for Stevenage. Apparently they had so many injuries that they had to name their 55 year old goalkeeping coach as a substitute…

The match itself was a very one-sided affair. Carlisle dominated the early stages before Brad Potts put them ahead on 17 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box, Steven Rigg then made it 2-0 on 28 minutes from close range. The second half drifted for long periods, Stevenage finally had a spell but Carlisle gradually took charge again before Mark Beck made it 3-0 on 87 minutes…

The win took Carlisle out of the League Two relegation zone, on this evidence they should keep on climbing…

Brunton Park: Inside...

Brunton Park: Inside…

The trip back home wasn’t quite so relaxing… 1. First off, it was getting dark, so no view… 2. By the time we got to Hexham the train was absolutely rammed with middle-aged revellers in varying states of p*ssed… 3. I will never forget the simulated sex act performed by the 50+ couple to my right till my dying day… 4. Someone pulled the emergency brake at Hexham station, strangely enough the train wouldn’t move, not the most fun way to spend half an hour in Hexham…

The trip back aside though, a great trip and a great ground, I will definitely be back…

Carlisle United; Hanford, White, Archibald-Henville, Thirlwell, Grainger (YC), Dempsey, Dicker, Potts (Symington 90), Brough (Robson 73), Beck, Rigg (Elliott 76) Not Used; Sweeney, Gillies, O’Hanlon, Caig

Goals; Potts (17), Rigg (28), Beck (87)

Stevenage; Day, Henry, Charles, Wells, Deacon, Whelpdale (Johnson 30), Bond, (Calcutt 83), Parrett, Pett, Lee, Beardsley (Ashton 65) Not Used; Richens, Dembele, Conlon, Beasant

Goals; None

As usual, More pictures on flickr…