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Standing room only for Carlisle United play-off clash

Brunton Park is expected to be full for the Exeter clash Credit: ITV Border

Fans looking to buy a last minute ticket for Carlisle United's match against Exeter this evening will only have the option of a 'standing' ticket.

All seated tickets have sold out in what's going to be one of the club's most important games of the season as they look to gain first leg advantage in the play-offs.

Ahead of the tie at Brunton Park, captain Danny Grainger says there's a lot of belief in the team:


Fans 'buzzing' after Rod rocks Brunton Park

Elizabeth, Claire and Elaine enjoying the concert Credit: ITV Border

Fans have been full of praise for rock legend Rod Stewart after his performance at Brunton Park in Carlisle on Tuesday evening.

Thousands of people turned out to watch him perform his classic hits like "Maggie May" and "Do you think i'm sexy?".

Eve Louden and her signed football Credit: ITV Border

"What a performance. He's my lifelong hero and i'm still buzzing. I couldn't sleep for singing the songs over and over in my head.

"To top it off i managed to get my hands on a signed football. Sir Rod Stewart- a true entertainer."

– Eve Louden, Rod Stewart superfan
Steve and Annemarie travelled up from Surrey for the gig Credit: ITV Border
Showing off his moves Credit: ITV Border
Muriel Robinson from Lochmaben says she refuses to grow old Credit: ITV Border

Rod Stewart ready to rock Brunton Park

Rod Stewart Credit: PA

Rock Legend Rod Stewart will play to thousands of fans at Carlisle United's Brunton Park this afternoon.

It's the final date of the singer's latest tour and local businesses are hoping the gig will provide a huge financial boost to the local economy.

His career has spanned more than five decades and includes hits like 'Baby Jane', 'Do you think i'm sexy?' and 'Hot legs'.

Rod Steward to donate £10,000 to Cumbria's flood recovery

Rod Stewart has promised ten thousand pounds towards Cumbria's flood relief efforts.

The singer, who will play at Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground in June, contacted the club to make the offer.

Stewart is set to play a concert at Carlisle's Brunton Park in June Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Brunton Park was left underwater after Storm Desmond in December. The playing surface has been replaced at a cost of around £150,000.

Brunton Park in December

It is hoped more details of how the donation will be spent will be released next week.

Carlisle United stadium development hits stumbling block

Brunton park. Credit: ITV Border

Plans to develop Carlisle United's stadium have stalled, the club has revealed in a statement released today.

The update on the Blue Yonder project comes from Finance Director Suzanne Kidd.

The club has been working with a developer to put together a self-financing plan for a new stadium within the city, as part of a major retail-led development project.

But that developer has now requested an extension of six to twelve months, to give it more time to progress with the plan.

The club's Finance Director says since the feasibility study in 2011, there has not been any cost to the club, and any costs incurred by this extension will be picked up by the developer.

She says they're encouraged by the fact the developer has asked for an extension, rather than shelving the project entirely.

This is her full statement:

At its latest meeting, the CUFC 1921 Ltd Board of Directors board was informed that the developer with whom we have been in discussions regarding the Blue Yonder project had requested an extension of either six or 12 months to the non-disclosure and 'lock-out' agreement which was due to expire in November 2015. Paperwork regarding this is due to be received by the club shortly.

From the club's point of view, the extension would keep open our options regarding a possible move to a new all-seater stadium in the city. However, it doesn't necessarily mean that the club is going to leave Brunton Park. That point for that decision would still be some way off.

But we are encouraged by the fact that the developer has come to us and asked for up to another year to continue its progress, as opposed to saying it did not wish to carry on trying to find a way to put together a self-financing plan for a new stadium within the city as part of a major retail-led development project.

The board would like to stress that, since the feasibility study in 2011, there has not been any cost whatsoever to the club, and no costs will be incurred should there be an extension to the date. It would simply enable the developer to continue its work. Any costs will be picked up by the developer.

Furthermore, an extension would not preclude any investor in the club - or indeed new owner - from carrying out any work at Brunton Park in the meantime as Blue Yonder could take many years to implement, way beyond the next 12-month period. As always, we remain interested in any possible stadium development or improvement of facilities if it would be of benefit to the club and Carlisle United supporters.

The board meeting was attended by myself and fellow directors, including the fans' representative. The relevant paperwork is now with lawyers and will be presented to the board at our next meeting for final approval.

We would also add that should the extension be agreed, we will look to measure tangible progress made during that period and we would hope to have a definite direction, before the end of the extension period, as to whether a new development is viable, and that there is support for it from the local council, retailers and other stakeholders - or whether we will need to revisit the redevelopment of Brunton Park."

– Finance Director Suzanne Kidd


CUFC: Deal or no deal?

Today was meant to be deadline day for three of Carlisle United's young players to agree new deals with the club.

But an extension has been agreed as negotiations continue.

Brad Potts has turned down United's initial offer and the club have refused a bid for Kyle Dempsey. But manager Keith Curle says both players and striker Mark Beck could still benefit by extending their stays at Brunton Park rather than leaving for short term salary boosts.

Teaching about racism: What children learnt

Pupils are being taught about racism as part of the campaign 'Show Racism the Red Card''.

Former professional footballer Gary Bennett held a series of workshops at Brunton Park.

Listen to what the children learnt below:

New manager steps up to CUFC 'challenge'

Carlisle United have officially unveiled their new manager this morning.

Former Manchester City midfielder Keith Curle is the new boss at Brunton Park. Curle, who's previously managed Chester City, Torquay and Notts County admits this is his biggest challenge in management so far, but believes he can turn things around.

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