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Carlisle beat Penrith 0-7 in pre-season friendly

Carlisle United have beaten Penrith 0-7 at Frenchfields Park.

Penrith AFC mascot, Bradley Hodgson, who played for England's Mencap team in Switzerland in May, led the teams out:

Penrith next play Kendal Town FC on July 21 at 7:30pm and Carlisle's first fixture for the 2015/16 season is Mansfield Town away on the August 8, with kick-off at 3pm.

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Carlisle Utd's Brad Potts signs for Blackpool

Carlisle United midfielder Brad Potts has joined Blackpool Credit: PA

Carlisle United midfielder Brad Potts is swapping Brunton Park for Bloomfield Road after agreeing a two-year deal with Blackpool.

The 20-year-old, who came up through Carlisle's youth ranks, scored 10 goals in 118 appearances for the Blues.

He was offered a new contract with United at the end of last season but opted to join the Tangerines following talks with his new club this week.

"Brad is a good, young player who now moves on to a new challenge.

"He knows League One football and he's going to a club where he will need to establish himself and push on.

"He's been an excellent player for this club for a number of years and we all wish him the very best as he now goes to join Blackpool."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

Carlisle United announce pre-season fixtures

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Carlisle United have announced their pre-season fixtures which include local opposition in the form of Workington and Penrith ahead of a home clash with Championship newcomers Preston North End.

The Blues are playing six matches in the summer as they build up for the 2015/16 League Two campaign.

  • Blyth Spartans, Away, Tuesday 7 July. Kick-off 7:30pm
  • Workington, Away, Thursday 9 July. Kick-off 7:45pm
  • Penrith, Away, Saturday 11 July, Kick-off 3pm
  • Bradford City, Away, Saturday 25 July, Kick-off 3pm
  • Preston North End, Home, Tuesday 28 July, Kick-off 7:15pm
  • Oldham Athletic, Home, Saturday 1 August, Kick-off 3pm.

"Pre-season has been structured in such a way as to make sure the players are ready to go for the first game of the season.

"The early pre-season fixtures are an opportunity for everyone to get pitch time and develop match fitness, and we then go up against teams which have had success in the cup competitions and with promotion campaigns to round things off.

"Playing against teams from higher divisions will give us an opportunity to test ourselves and fine tune the work we need to do before our first game.

"The Capital One Cup draw and the fixture list are both released in the middle of next week, and things are starting to focus in as we build up to what we think will be an enjoyable campaign."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager
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