CUFC League Two Fixtures 2014 - 2015

A comprehensive list of Carlisle United's fixtures for next season, starting with Luton Town at Brunton Park on Saturday 9 August.

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Kavanagh praises "performance" in home defeat to Sunderland

Carlisle United suffered their first pre-season defeat with a 1-0 loss to Sunderland last night (Tuesday 22nd July).

The Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh reacted to the friendly defeat at home to Premier League Sunderland.

"I was hoping for a performance and we definitely got that", he told ITV News Border. Meanwhile, Blues defender Sean O'Hanlon described the scoreline as a "fair result".

Mikael Mandron's 72nd minute strike, which came after a neat passing move, proved the difference between the two sides.

Carlisle United lose first pre-season match

Carlisle United lost for the first time in their pre-season last night, Tuesday 22 July.

Premier League Sunderland won thanks to a seventy first minute goal from substitute Michael Mandron.

However the Blues created plenty of chances against a team three divisions higher than them, and manager Graham Kavanagh says he was pleased with the team's performance.


Carlisle to host Sunderland in pre-season friendly

The Blues lost to Sunderland in the FA Cup third round in January
The Blues lost to Sunderland in the FA Cup third round in January Credit: PA

Carlisle United's most high-profile pre-season friendly takes place tonight, as the Blues take on Sunderland.

Big crowds are expected at Brunton Park when United host the Black Cats.

United are currently unbeaten in their pre-season campaign after drawing against fellow Cumbrians Barrow at the weekend

Kavanagh 'very emotional' after Irons announcement

Kavanagh 'very emotional' as Irons leaves Carlisle United
Kavanagh 'very emotional' as Irons leaves Carlisle United Credit: PA

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh has spoken of the tough decision he made by asking David Irons to leave.

Irons, assistant manager at the club, left by 'mutual consent' yesterday, Tuesday 15 July.

In a statement on the club's website Kavanagh said it was a 'very emotional' meeting.

“It was a really difficult one but I had a conversation with Davie today [Tuesday, 15 July] and I told him that having to talk to him about this was without a shadow of a doubt the hardest thing I’ve had to do in the job.

"I felt, for a couple of weeks, that I needed to make a change for a number of reasons, and none of that was anything to do with Davie doing things wrong. It was simply the fact that I want to take a different approach.

“I explained that to him and he took it with an incredible amount of grace and honour even though I knew he was finding it tough. We hugged and we left on very good terms.”

– Graham Kavanagh

Carlisle United assistant manager to leave

Carlisle United have announced that their assistant manager David Irons is to leave the club.

In an official statement on the club's website, they say Irons is leaving by 'mutual consent'.

"The chairman and directors would like to thank David for his work and commitment during his time at Brunton Park.

"Since the end of 2013 David has been assistant manager to Graham Kavanagh in difficult and trying circumstances as United battled against relegation from League One.

"United now start the season ahead in League Two with a new team both on and off the field.

"The club, chairman and directors reiterate their thanks to David after what has been a most difficult twelve months."

– Statement, Carlisle United


New signing for United

Alex Marrow has signed a one year deal with Carlisle United Credit: Carlisle United

Carlisle United have announced the signing of former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Alex Marrow who has been training with the squad throughout most of the pre-season.

The one-year deal will see him stay at the club until the summer of 2015.

24-year-old Marrow began his career as a youth player for Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers before spells on loan with Oldham Athletic and Crystal Palace.

He signed for Palace in 2011 before loan spells with Preston North End and Fleetwood.

He returned to Blackburn in 2013 and will now form part of the new look Carlisle United squad for Graham Kavanagh's first full season in charge at the club.

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