It was the biggest crowd at Brunton Park for 5 and a half years, but unfortunately there was no fairytale ending for the 12 and a half thousand who packed in to see Carlisle take on Premiership giants Tottenham Hotspur last night.
But this 3rd round tie of the Capital One Cup was no walk over for Spurs, who were somewhat flattered by the 3-0 score line.
If Carlisle had taken some early chances then this could have been a very different game, but they didn't ever look like causing an upset after they went a goal down after 38 minutes. Vertonghen connected with Sigurdsson free kick to head the visitors into a half time lead.
In the second half the gulf in class began to show, but Carlisle were by no means embarrassed and gave a good account of themselves and created enough chances to entertain the home fans.
The game as a contest was over when Andros Townsend put Spurs two ahead. He made the most of the space he was given and finished it off with an excellent 25 yard effort.
The Blues kept pushing against a Spurs side that was a mix of familiar faces and emerging talent... but with a bench that included England regulars Jermaine Defoe and Aaron Lennon, an upset was always going to be unlikely.
Spurs ended on a high when Sigurdsson made it 3-0, but Carlisle kept fighting and left the pitch with their heads held high.
Carlisle will now be hoping that some of the extra supporters who turned out last night decide to return on Saturday when they host Crewe for the league 1 fixture.