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Carlisle UNITED: CUFC asking fans to help clean their snowy pitch


Brunton Park's playing surfaces have been covered in a blanket of snow, so to prepare for Mansfield Town's visit tomorrow the football club are asking fans for their help to clear the pitch on Saturday morning.

Heavy snowfall in the county through Wednesday night left Carlisle United's pitch buried beneath two inches of snow and the natural insulation.

It was deliberately left in place by the ground staff to protect the playing surface against a further drop in temperature last night.

Stadium manager Dave Mitchell said:

The plan is to leave the snow on the pitch until tomorrow morning because it’s as good as, if not better, than using the covers. We uncovered a section of the pitch at the Warwick Road End, which is constantly in shadow, and we were pleased to find that the surface was in excellent condition. We’ll start to remove the rest of the snow early on Saturday morning so that we’re ready to go for the game later in the day. Obviously it’s a big area to clear, so we’re asking fans to come along and help us from 8am on Saturday morning, if they can spare us the time.

We need approximately 50 people in total, and they’ll be given a section of the playing area to clear.

If anyone can help, particularly if they have a plastic snow shovel and a wheelbarrow, please let us know today so that we can start to finalise plans for Saturday morning.

– Dave Mitchell

You can register your interest in helping with pitch clearance on Saturday morning by emailing