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Carlisle United in celebratory mode

Carlisle's Derek Asamoah celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Capital One Cup, third round match at Anfield, Liverpool. Credit: PA

Manager Keith Curle is celebrating his new Carlisle contract with a remarkable 4-3 win at Luton.

The Blues were 3-1 down after an hour, but launched a terrific fight back tonight (November 24) and Derek Asamoah scored Carlisle's winner.


Bristol Rovers v Carlisle United preview

Jabo Ibehre. Credit: PA

Carlisle United welcome top-scorer Jabo Ibehre back for their League Two fixture away at Bristol Rovers this weekend.

But manager Keith Curle says there's no guarantee the striker, who has ten goals, will make the starting lineup.

Ibehre has been out for seven weeks with a hamstring injury, so will lack sharpness.

If he does get a run out he will certainly fancy his chances against a nervous defence... Rovers haven't won at home since August.

But, as Curle pointed out in his press conference this week, he's competing with Steven Rigg, Charlie Wyke, Derek Asamoah and Hallam Hope for a starting place in the front line.

It'll also be an interesting game for Curle - Bristol Rovers was his first professional club, so he'll be hoping for a happy trip home.

If Carlisle United win away in Bristol they'll return to the play-off places, and it'll set them up nicely for next month's FA Cup tie at Welling United.

CUFC: Jabo Ibehre not guaranteed place

Jabo Ibehre battles Liverpool's Dejan Lovren for the ball. Credit: PA

Carlisle United travel to Bristol Rovers in League Two tomorrow, with top scorer Jabo Ibehre available for selection again after a seven-week absence through injury.

But manager Keith Curle says he has competition for his place.

The options that we've got now up front - Steven Rigg, Charlie Wyke, Derek Asamoah, Hallam Hope, Jabo Ibehre - we've got five centre forwards there vying for one two or three positions and I think that is good competition."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager


Carlisle complete thrilling fightback against Yeovil

Carlisle United. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United have secured a thrilling 3-2 home win against League Two's bottom side, Yeovil Town.

The Blues had a shocking start, going two nil down in the first ten minutes thanks to Ryan Bird's header, and Harry Cornick's low shot.

But they showed the character to pull an all-important goal back before half-time, defender Michael Raynes heading in.

After the break Carlisle were resurgent.

Newcastle loanee Macaulay Gillesphey headed his first goal for the club to equalise, and then Raynes scored his second to give the Blues all three points.

The result puts Carlisle in eighth, just one place below the playoff spots.

Newcastle loanee Gilliead delighted with Carlisle impact

Carlisle United's on-loan winger Alex Gilliead was delighted with his match-winning performance against Exeter City.

The 19-year-old, who is on loan from Newcastle United, scored the only goal of the game as Carlisle beat Exeter 1-0 at Brunton Park in League Two on Saturday.

Gilliead, from Shotley Bridge in County Durham, joined Keith Curle's side on loan last month.

Carlisle United stadium development hits stumbling block

Brunton park. Credit: ITV Border

Plans to develop Carlisle United's stadium have stalled, the club has revealed in a statement released today.

The update on the Blue Yonder project comes from Finance Director Suzanne Kidd.

The club has been working with a developer to put together a self-financing plan for a new stadium within the city, as part of a major retail-led development project.

But that developer has now requested an extension of six to twelve months, to give it more time to progress with the plan.

The club's Finance Director says since the feasibility study in 2011, there has not been any cost to the club, and any costs incurred by this extension will be picked up by the developer.

She says they're encouraged by the fact the developer has asked for an extension, rather than shelving the project entirely.

This is her full statement:

At its latest meeting, the CUFC 1921 Ltd Board of Directors board was informed that the developer with whom we have been in discussions regarding the Blue Yonder project had requested an extension of either six or 12 months to the non-disclosure and 'lock-out' agreement which was due to expire in November 2015. Paperwork regarding this is due to be received by the club shortly.

From the club's point of view, the extension would keep open our options regarding a possible move to a new all-seater stadium in the city. However, it doesn't necessarily mean that the club is going to leave Brunton Park. That point for that decision would still be some way off.

But we are encouraged by the fact that the developer has come to us and asked for up to another year to continue its progress, as opposed to saying it did not wish to carry on trying to find a way to put together a self-financing plan for a new stadium within the city as part of a major retail-led development project.

The board would like to stress that, since the feasibility study in 2011, there has not been any cost whatsoever to the club, and no costs will be incurred should there be an extension to the date. It would simply enable the developer to continue its work. Any costs will be picked up by the developer.

Furthermore, an extension would not preclude any investor in the club - or indeed new owner - from carrying out any work at Brunton Park in the meantime as Blue Yonder could take many years to implement, way beyond the next 12-month period. As always, we remain interested in any possible stadium development or improvement of facilities if it would be of benefit to the club and Carlisle United supporters.

The board meeting was attended by myself and fellow directors, including the fans' representative. The relevant paperwork is now with lawyers and will be presented to the board at our next meeting for final approval.

We would also add that should the extension be agreed, we will look to measure tangible progress made during that period and we would hope to have a definite direction, before the end of the extension period, as to whether a new development is viable, and that there is support for it from the local council, retailers and other stakeholders - or whether we will need to revisit the redevelopment of Brunton Park."

– Finance Director Suzanne Kidd

Police investigate 'racist abuse' before Carlisle game

Carlisle United's ground Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria police are appealing for witnesses after reports of "racist abuse" ahead of Carlisle United's home game against Morecambe.

It happened in Warwick Square just after 2pm on Saturday afternoon. There were several people in the area including young children.

Police say two "Asian males" may have been the target. They are asking anyone with information to get in touch.

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