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Curle: 'We embrace the success that we've had'

Carlisle United fans could be forgiven for already having one eye on their big League Cup trip to Merseyside next month.

But the players need to stay focussed in the search for a first league win of the season. They play Hartlepool tomorrow.

Ahead of the game the Blues boss Keith Curle says its important to encourage the team

United legend Caig leaves Brunton Park

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Carlisle United have confirmed that keeper coach Tony Caig will be leaving the club to take up a coaching position with Hartlepool United.

The 41-year-old started his football career with the Blues as a youngster and went on to make almost 300 appearances with the side, including two at Wembley.

He played with Blackpool, Charlton, Hibs, Newcastle United and Gretna during his career.

In 2009/10, he returned to Brunton Park to assist with coaching the keepers whilst still a player with Workington.

He made the move permanent at the end of that year.

He leaves the Blues with the very best wishes of everyone, according to a statement released by the Club.


Reggae theme for Hartlepool's visit to Brunton Park

Hartlepool fans plan to dress up as reggae star Bob Marley Credit: PA

Hartlepool fans' tradition of dressing up for the last away game of the season has caused some concern for Carlisle United.

Hundreds of supporters of the north-east side are expected to don Bob Marley costumes at Brunton Park a week on Saturday.

It's the latest in a running tradition of fancy dress ideas, with previous years' themes including the Thunderbirds and the Smurfs.

Hartlepool fans dressed as Smurfs at an end-of-season match Credit: PA

But the Blues have said they are seeking advice from Kick It Out, football's anti-discrimination organisation, over concerns some fans could "black-up" as part of their efforts.

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle has said he has concerns about the health and safety implications, but isn't personally worried about the racial connotations of the costumes.

Appeal for missing father

Scott Fletcher and his daughter Lucie Credit: ITV Border

The family of Scott Fletcher have appealed for members of the public to help them trace their son as the second Fathers’ Day without him approaches.

Mr Fletcher has two children, Lucie aged 5 and stepson Bradley aged 7. He was last seen on May 11th last year at a Durham petrol station.

The 28 year old is from Hartlepool and the search has stretched across both Durham and Cumbrian police forces and recently at the Appleby horse fair.

Scott’s mother, Julie Fletcher, said: “Scott has a very close relationship with his Dad and Sunday once again will be a difficult day, not only for his Dad, but especially for Lucie and Bradley.

"Lucie in particular has been very upset at the thought that her Daddy is lost and we can't help him to come home.

"As time goes on we as his family, and the children in particular, are finding the situation more and more difficult to cope with and again are appealing for help from the public.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green, of Cleveland Police said: “Scott’s family are distraught as they approach a 2nd Fathers’ Day without him. His children are desperate to see their Dad and we know that he had a close relationship with Lucie and Bradley.

“His lack of contact with them is particularly out of character. I would urge anyone who has any information at all to contact us and help us put an end to the torment that Scott’s family and his young children are suffering.”

Scott was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and black jeans.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green on 01642 302178.