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Carlisle United Director dies after short illness

Credit: Amy Dixon

Carlisle United Football Club have announced that club Director Richard 'Dick' Young has died, following a short illness.

The 75-year-old, who was the eldest son of former United-manager and trainer Dick young, had played in the club's Reserve A Team and had spent many years as Commercial Director and Business Club Developer.

“Dick really was Mr Carlisle United. He was a friend to everyone who met him and carried a huge amount of weight and respect within the business community, and with the club’s supporters.

“He held a massive love for the club and was a popular figurehead within our commercial set-up. I spent many long hours talking about football and many other issues with Dick, inside and outside the boardroom, and there is a huge sense of loss having received this news.

“We have known about the illness he was fighting against but, out of respect to his wishes and those of his family, we have not discussed this within the public arena.

“The club has lost a great man and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time."

– Andrew Jenkins, Chairman, CUFC

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Carlisle United prepare for clash with Northampton

Keith Curle. Credit: PA

Carlisle United take on League Two Leaders Northampton Town at Brunton Park tomorrow.

A win could push the blues back into the promotion places and manager Keith Curle believes a big and vocal crowd could make all the difference.

It is important. It is like that extra man. And again I'll say it now. I went on record after the Morecambe game - they got us that win.

That second goal they were willing that ball into the net and you could tell that the players were picking up, attacking that end with the supporters behind that goal. We were going to score."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

Curle confident ahead of Morecambe clash

Keith Curle. Credit: PA

Carlisle United take on struggling Morecambe in League Two today, but manager Keith Curle says they'll treat it just like any other game.

Carlisle are 12th in the League, with 46 points. However, with games in hand over many of their rivals, a win today would put them on course to sneak back into the play-off places.

Morecambe, meanwhile, sit 18th in the table. Worryingly, they haven't won in seven league matches, and have lost six of those.

The game kicks off at 3pm this afternoon, and Curle is expecting a big turnout from the Blues' fans.

The game is massive. I think we'll take in excess of 1,400 supporters there and again it'll be very similar to Accrington, a committed performance, and that's getting easier to say, it's one of the things that we bring to the table, is commitment.

In our opinion it doesn't matter what run Morecambe are on, we've taken it as an individual encounter between us and Morecambe, their strengths and weaknesses, our strengths that we want to try and impose on them.

Looking back experience-wise I'd say yeah they will be nervous, they'll want to get off to a good start, they won't want to concede an early goal or to concede territory early on."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager
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