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Carlisle United Director dies after short illness

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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

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

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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

Ibehre sent off inside opening minute during Carlisle draw

Carlisle United managed a 1-1 draw away to Accrington Stanley, despite having striker Jabo Ibehre sent off inside the opening minute for catching Matty Pearson with a high foot.

The visitors went in front through Hallam Hope's goal before Accrington were then reduced to 10 men after 54 minutes, when Adam Buxton was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.

Four minutes later Stanley were level when Sean McConville played a ball in from the left for substitute Terry Gornell to head home.

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Midfielder Dicker leaves Carlisle United

Gary Dicker, right, after Carlisle United's Capital One Cup defeat to Liverpool. Credit: PA

Midfielder Gary Dicker has left Carlisle United by mutual consent.

The 29-year-old joined the Blues on a two-year deal in the summer of 2014, and scored a single goal in 50 appearances.

He has agreed terms to join Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock, having been placed on United's transfer list.

Manager Keith Curle wished him well:

We thank Gary for his efforts and commitment and it goes without saying that we wish him well.

The understanding has always been that if a player on the transfer list can secure a future beyond the end of this season, to further his career, then that's what we will allow him to do.

Gary now sees his long term future to be up in Scotland, but we have to say that he had bought in to everything we were trying to do. That was very good to see and we always got strong, committed performances from him whenever he took to the pitch.

As I say, we wish Gary well as he moves on to take this next step in his career."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

Carlisle United promise 'robust' response to alleged racism

Carlisle United have released a statement. Credit: PA

Carlisle United have promised to respond in an "extremely robust manner" if any of the club's fans are found to have carried out racist chanting in the FA Cup tie against Everton.

The club released the following statement:

As we understand it, the match officials were notified that Everton players had heard or witnessed abuse of a racist nature immediately after they had scored the first goal.

An investigation has been launched, in-line with the relevant authorities. If it is found to be the case, and we identify those responsible, we will deal with it in an extremely robust manner.

We have worked hard to create a welcoming environment at Brunton Park and those efforts were doubled when we came under the spotlight, nationally and internationally, in the wake of the recent floods. Carlisle United has grown in stature as a football club because of the way we have conducted ourselves, on and off the pitch, and we will not allow our reputation to be tarnished in any way.

It would be wrong of us to comment further on the incident at this stage as we allow the authorities to continue to carry out their investigations.”

– Andy Hall, Media Officer Carlisle United
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