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Carlisle United prepare for FA Cup first round

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Carlisle United will be looking to transfer their league form into football's oldest competition this weekend.

The unbeaten League Two side play non-league side St Albans City in the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Blues remain 15 games unbeaten in League Two.

We look forward to it as an opportunity for us to progress in the competition - exactly the same as what our preparation and our planning and attention to detail is for every home game or every away game we play in the league."

– Keith Curle, Manager, Carlisle United

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FA Chairman: 'We will be wearing poppies at Wembley'

On a recent visit to Carlisle, FA Chairman Greg Clarke insisted that England players will be able to wear poppies during their Armistice Day game versus Scotland.

FIFA state that no political, religious or commercial logos are displayed on international shirts.

Mr Clarke said:

We'll be wearing poppies at Wembley. I mean, we'd rather come to an agreement with FIFA, so that they're happy with that, but you know, it's inconceivable that the FA won't be sanctioning the wearing of poppies at Wembley.

– Greg Clarke, FA Chairman

ITV News understands Fifa Secretary General Fatima Samoura will fly to London this afternoon to meet FA chairman Greg Clarke and others in a bid to resolve the issue.

Mr Clarke added:

We're balancing respect for the fallen and their families. We're negotiating in good faith with Fifa to try and find a solution.

– Greg Clarke, FA Chairman

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Curle brimming with confidence after CUFC victory

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says his team are now eyeing up who they can beat next after their 3-1 victory over Crawley Town.

The Blues gave the 5,600 fans who'd packed into Brunton Park plenty to smile about after making it 15 games unbeaten in the league.

Despite a 94th consolation goal by Crawley's Mark Connolly, goals from Ibehre, Kennedy and Joyce were enough to secure the three points to keep United second in the table.

Their next game is against St Albans City in the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday 6th November.

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