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Curle is Crazy for Success

Keith Curle during his time at Wimbledon Photo: PA

Keith Curle is hoping to evoke the spirit of the Crazy Gang to boost Carlisle United's League Two promotion hopes. Curle played for Wimbledon between 1988 and 1991 when the London club were in their prime. The club was renowned for its team spirit and were nicknamed "the Crazy Gang" because of the eccentric behaviour of it's players, fans and chairman Sam Hammam.

Carlisle United's Keith Curle Credit: ITV Border

Much of the focus of Carlisle's pre-season has been building team spirit ahead of the season opener against Mansfield on Saturday.

I took the team to the Lake District to give them something different and a different kind of challenge.

It tested the players physically and mentally and got the players working together and working for each other. I was very fortunate to have played at Wimbledon when the focus of that team was very much team work and team spirit.

The camaraderie and the unity of the squad were massively important because we knew we would come up against teams that were better than us technically. In terms of effort, commitment and desire, we had that in abundance and it carried us through in a lot of games.

In my first season we finished sixth or seventh in the Premier League and we were the highest placed team in London ahead of sides like Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs. I want my Carlisle team to have that same spirit".

– Keith Curle - Carlisle United
Curle at Wimbledon Credit: PA