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Carlisle United sign Nathan Buddle

Nathan Buddle has signed with Carlisle United Credit: ITV Border

Centre back Nathan Buddle has signed with Carlisle United.

The Spartans' defender played an hour in last Tuesday's friendly against Newcastle United as part of his trial period with the Club.

Now he has been signed on a half season deal with a club option to extend for a further 12-months. He will wear shirt number 5.

21-year-old Buddle began his career at Hartlepool before joining Blyth Spartans at the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

He scored five goals and made 83 appearance for the Spartans, and was captain of the England C representative team.

The move remains subject to the completion of all paperwork.

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Striker signs for Carlisle United

Charlie Wyke has signed from Middlesborough. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Carlisle United have completed the signing of striker Charlie Wyke on an 18-month deal.

The forward came through the ranks at Middlesborough, and spent time on loan at Kettering, Hartlepool and Wimbledon.

He scored four goals in 14 appearances for Hartlepool, in the first four months of this season.

He's joined for a small fee, and will wear squad number 26.

Bringing Brunton Park to the Big Smoke

The London branch celebrated its 40th anniversary. Credit: CUFC London Supporters

The London branch of Carlisle United's Supporters club has celebrated its 40th anniversary.

At a dinner in London they had plenty of guests, including Keith Curle and Colin West from the club's management team, and Managing Director John Nixon.

You can see a selection of photos below:

Supporters had some special guests. Credit: CUFC London Supporters
Hit the Bar is one of the longest running fanzines in the country. Credit: CUFC London Supporters
Bringing Brunton Park to the Big Smoke. Credit: CUFC London Supporters
The London Branch celebrated with a special dinner. Credit: CUFC London Supporters

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Carlisle United feel fans frustration

Carlisle United are just a point above the League Two relegation zone after their third successive defeat.

They lost 1-0 at home to Cambridge United, in a game that was ravaged by bad weather.

The Blues dominated the first half and hit the bar, but were made to pay after the break, when a deflected shot by Liam Hughes crept in.

The fans made their feelings clear, with chants targeting Manager Keith Curle, as well as the board.

Curle says he understands their frustration:

Maximum punishment for CUFC rule breakers

The club has taken strong action. Credit: ITV Border

Six Carlisle United players have been given the maximum penalty by the club, after allegations they were clubbing less than 48 hours before the loss to York City.

The club hasn't named the players involved, but in a strongly worded statement suggests they publicly apologise to fans.

The players were allegedly spotted in a Carlisle nightclub in the early hours of the morning, following their win against Morecambe on Boxing Day.

After his side were beaten 3-0 by York, in front of more than 5,000 supporters at Brunton Park, Curle claimed players were “running on empty”.

Keith Curle spoke to the entire CUFC squad. Credit: ITV Border

"I appreciate that our supporters, who put a lot of time and effort into backing this club, have wanted to see a response as quickly as possible following on from the disappointment of the home game on Sunday and the release of this news on Tuesday morning.

"I can assure you that we share their concerns with what happened and we do not deem such actions as tolerable at this football club. We are bound by regulations and, following discussions with the individuals involved, we have imposed a maximum fine and have introduced the removal of certain professional privileges for the maximum allowed period."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

“It is not club policy to name those involved in situations such as this but, if individuals felt it right and proper to offer an apology to the supporters publicly, we would encourage them to do so at the earliest opportunity.”

– John Nixon, Managing Director

Story's £1.1m loan to Carlisle United written off

CUFC Brunton Park Credit: ITV Border News

Cumbrian businessman Fred Story has agreed to write off his £1.1 million loan to Carlisle United.

The loan was made from his company, Story Homes, during his time as owner of the club.

“I have obviously watched how the club has performed since I moved on and I can see they have hit a rough patch recently, with the relegation from League One and the run of results through the first part of this season.

“I have always said the football club is at the heart of our community and my intention, from the moment I walked into the building in 2003, was to help as much as I could to make it a success.

“At this moment in time I feel the best way I can achieve that is to waive the loan, with no strings attached, and hope that it provides the lift needed in all areas to allow the club to push on and get back to where we all want it to be.”

– Fred Story

“Fred has been a big supporter of this club for as long as I have known him and this, once again, shows how much he wants us to do well."

– Chairman Andrew Jenkins

“Fred took over at a difficult time and left the club in a fantastic position in 2008. The writing off of this loan will certainly help the financial position of the business and will, of course, take over £1.1 million off the balance sheet with immediate effect."

– Managing director John Nixon
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