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Carlisle United prepare for play-off clash

Carlisle United are expecting their biggest crowd of the season for their play off clash with Exeter tomorrow.

It's the first leg of the semi-final and United's last home game of the season.

Ryan Dollard has been speaking to the manager and captain ahead of the biggest United match in recent years:

Annan Athletic chairman charged with match betting

Henry McClelland Credit: ITV Border

The chairman of Annan Athletic, Henry McLelland, has been charged by the Scottish Football Association with alleged match betting.

The complaint involves more than 4,000 bets with 430 including his own club.

The charges date from July 2011 until May 2017.

Mr McLelland has until 16th May to respond to the complaint, with the principal hearing date scheduled for 1st June.

In a statement, the club say they will support the chairman until the matter has reached a conclusion.

"Annan Athletic Football Club recognise the complaint that has been raised by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) and the club will co-operate fully with the enquiry.

"In the interim, the club will offer its support to the chairman until the matter is resolved’

– Annan Athletic club statement


Play-offs back on cards after Carlisle Utd victory

Keith Curle Credit: PA

Carlisle United have kept their play-off dreams alive after a 2-1 victory over Newport County.

The Blues had to win the crucial tie, and thanks to second half goals from Ibehre and Adams, the fight for promotion continues.

They now face a tough end of season match against play-off rivals Exeter on 6 May.

"It means everything. To get the win is just fantastic and a big relief for us as well especially to do it on the last home game of the season gives us a big impetus for Exeter"

– Jabo Ibehre, CUFC

WATCH: Captain confident of Carlisle play-off spot

Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger says he's confident the Blues can move back into the League Two promotion play-off places.

United travel to Crawley Town on Saturday.

Earlier in the season the Blues had looked a certainty to claim a play-off place, but a dip in form means they're currently in eighth.

I think when you look through the league we've lost key players at key times, but when you look now we've got more or less a full squad back.

I'm more than confident the boys can get us across the line.

– Danny Grainger, Captain, Carlisle United


Football star Michael Owen fined £300 for speeding

Owen also had four points put on his licence. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Former England football star Michael Owen has been fined £300 for speeding.

The 37-year-old ex-Manchester United, Liverpool, Newcastle and Real Madrid player also had four points endorsed on his licence at Dumfries Justice of the Peace Court.

Owen, of Lower Soughton Hall, Northup, Flintshire, is now a racehorse breeder and owner.

He pleaded guilty by letter to driving at 95mph on the southbound lane of the A74(M) motorway in Dumfries and Galloway, in February 2017.

'There's a nervousness about the players'- Keith Curle

Keith Curle was deflated in the post-match press conference Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle says there's a nervousness in his squad as the team are on the brink of dropping out of the play-off zone.

The Blue were beaten 2-1 by Notts County at Brunton Park on Saturday.

The hosts led for the majority of the match but two late goals by the visitors meant it was another defeat for United.

Annan Athletic to become fan owned football club

Annan Athletic. Credit: ITV Border

Members of Annan Athletic football club have voted to pass full ownership of the club to the fans.

It will be converted to a Community Benefit Society, after 74 per cent of members voted in favour of the change.

Annan Athletic will now proceed with the legal process of becoming a 100 per cent fan-owned club.

When the process is complete, it will be democratically managed by its fan shareholders, operating a one-member-one-vote system.

The club says the move will also limit liability for the owners, and provide greater protection for the clubs' assets.

Annan Athletic have long been part of the community and this latest restructure will see the club further develop their links in aspects of the communities of Annan and the surrounding area with the aim of ‘inspiring active lives for all'.

Further announcements about how supporters and the community can join the club on this journey will be made shortly.

Annan Athletic are particularly indebted to Supporters Direct for their help and guidance in ensuring the club achieved this latest success.

– Annan Athletic Statement

WATCH: Keith Curle's awkward encounter

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle surprised journalists at a press conference today, when asked for his memories of Mansfield Town.

Curle managed the club between 2002 and 2004, before he was sacked after allegations of bullying.

He was later cleared of any wrongdoing, and he told journalists about an awkward encounter yesterday (15 March) with his former chairman.

Strangely enough I was in a cafe yesterday in Sheffield and I bumped into the ex-chairman who sacked me for gross misconduct, bullying and intimidating.

I didn't offer to buy him a cup of tea.

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager
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