Unreliable History

When Shaddongate United and Carlisle Red Rose merged, their fans heaved a huge sigh of relief.  The 1903 union of the two sides saved a lot of shouting for each set of supporters and Brunton Park saw Division 3 (North) action for the first time in 1928, after a number of years playing in the Lancashire Combination – even though the club did not reside in that county !!  There was little to celebrate in those early years, except the fact that almost every club complained about travelling to the remote Northern ground. Even their nearest rivals – Newcastle United – moaned about making the 58 mile trip.  Some reporters felt that if the ball had been kicked over the wall, that it would drop off the edge of the world. Well, it was nearly Scotland !! But for all the complaints, the ground was the first outside London to have floodlights and they were needed as most games would have been played in pitch darkness even on a Saturday afternoon.

Even Bill Shankly, who managed the club from 1949 to 1951 could not rouse the sleeping beast within Carlisle and it took until 1965 for the Cumbrians to win their first trophy and the Division Three championship helped them up the League, until in 1974-75 they stood proudly at the top of Div. 1 for a couple of weeks.  This didn’t last and they were relegated at the end of that season.  By 1984, they were back in the League basement.  It was in 1995 that they won the Division Three title again, but their rise only lasted a season. Indeed it was only the famous Glass incident in the last kick of the last game that their on loan keeper kept them in the League.  Recently the club have been more famous for off the field activities.  Chairman Michael Knighton has ruled the roost and has tried to raise money for the club by trying to attract UFO’s to land there.  Sponsors – Eddie Stobart, the haulage firm – have brought notoriety to the side by changing their away strip to their livery of gold, green and red.  The most recent furore has sprung up around the plan to merge with Clydebank and take their place in the Scottish League.  Most English clubs have endorsed this plan as it would be cheaper for the Scottish sides to travel to Carlisle than those in the English League.  Other schemes have been a renaming of the side to be Carlisle North End, to reflect their position in the country, but it was thought this would be unnecessary.

The 1999-2000 season has seen Carlisle sink to near the bottom of Division Three and in a repeat of last term, they managed to stay in the League by two goals from Chester who went into the Conference on goal difference after the results on  last day of the season.  2000-01 was a little easier for them as they were safe coming into the last day and there were no need for last minute heroics.

Their league status was lost in 2004 and the side are now buoyant again, pushing for promotion back to League 2 and make a comeback after nearly floating away in the floods of early 2005 that put Brunton Park under water. 

Famous Players : –  Alan Ashman, Norman Scott, Peter Beardsley, Alan Ross, Harry Shepherd, Matt Jansen.
Famous Fans : –  Lee Brennan (singer in boy band 911)
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Club Records


Formed 1903

Turned Professional 1903

Became a Limited Company 1921

Previous names 1903-1904 = Shaddongate United

Previous grounds 1903-1905 = Milhome Bank
1905-1909 = Devonshire Park

Nickname “THE CUMBRIANS” or “THE BLUES”

Club Colours HOME : 

AWAY : 


Record Football League Win 8-0  v  Hartlepools United  (Division Three North)     01.09.1928
8-0  v  Scunthorpe United  (Division Three North)     25.12.1952

Record Football League Defeat 1-11  v  Hull City  (Division Three North)     14.01.1939

Record Cup Win 6-0  v  Shepshed Dynamo  (FA Cup First Round)   16.11.1996

Record Fee Paid £140,000 to Blackburn Rovers for Joe GARNER (August 2007)

Record Fee Received £1.5 million from Crystal Palace for Matt JANSEN (February 1999)

Record Appearances ??

Record League Appearances 466  –  Alan ROSS  (1963-1979)

Record League goal-scorer 126  –  Jimmy McCONNELL (1928-1932)

Record all-time goal-scorer ??

Record goal-scorer in a League season 42  –  Jimmy McCONNELL  Division Three North   (1928-1929)

Most goals scored in a League match 5  –  Hugh MILLS  v  Halifax Town   Division Three North  11.09.1937
5  –  Jim WHITEHOUSE  v  Scunthorpe United   Division Three North  25.12.1952

Record Home Attendance 27,500  v  Birmingham City  (FA Cup Third Round)  08.01.1957
27,500  v  Middlesbrough  (FA Cup Fifth Round)  07.02.1970

Record total of goals in a League season 113  –   Division Four  (1963-1964)

Record League points total 2 points for a win  :  62  –    (1950-1951)  Three Division North  (46 games)
3 points for a win  :  91  –    (1994-1995)  Division Three  (42 games)

Most Capped Player while at club 4  –  Eric WALSH  (Northern Ireland)

Youngest Player John SLAVEN  –  16 years and 162 days  v  Scunthorpe United   (Third Division)  16.03.2002

Oldest Player

 

Stadium details 

Address :   Brunton Park, Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria  CA1 1LL

Telephone :  0330 094 5930
Ticket Office :  0330 094 5930  (Option 1)

Capacity :  17,300
Pitch size :  104m x 68m  (114  yards  x  74
 yards)
Official website :  carlisleunited.co.uk

Directions

There are good directions to the Brunton Park Stadium on the Carlisle United website.

Honours


Division Three Champions  (Third Tier) 1964-1965

Division Three Runners-up  (Third Tier) 1981-1982

Division Three Champions  (Fourth Tier) 1994-1995

League Two Champions  (Fourth Tier) 2005-2006

Division Four Runners-up  (Fourth Tier) 1963-1964

Football League Trophy Winners 1996-1997, 2010-2011

Football League Trophy Finalists 1994-1995, 2002-2003, 2005-2006, 2009-2010

 

Managers


Harry KIRKBRIDE  (Secretary-Manager) 1904 – 1905

McCUMISKEY  (Secretary-Manager) 1905 – 1906

Jack HOUSTON  (Secretary-Manager) 1906 – 1908

Bert STANSFIELD 1908 – 1910

Jack HOUSTON 1910 – 1912

Dave GRAHAM 1912 – 1913

George BISTOW 1913 – 1930

Billy HAMPSON 1930 – 1933

Bill CLARKE 1933 – 1935

Bob KELLY 1935 – 1936

Fred WESTGARTH 1936 – 1938

David TAYLOR 1938 – 1940

Howard HARKNESS 1940 – 1945

Bill CLARKE  (Secretary-Manager) 1945 – 1946

Ivor BROADIS 1946 – 1949

Bill SHANKLY 1949 – 1951

Fred EMERY 1951 – 1958

Andy BEATTIE 1958 – 1960

Ivor POWELL 1960 – 1963

Alan ASHMAN 1963 – 1967

Tim WARD 1967 – 1968

Bob STOKOE 1968 – 1970

Ian MacFARLANE 1970 – 1972

Alan ASHMAN 1972 – 1975

Dick YOUNG 1975 – 1976

Bobby MONCUR 1976 – 1980

Martin HARVEY 1980 

Bob STOKOE 1980 – 1985

Pop ROBSON 1985

Bob STOKOE 1985 – 1986

Harry GREGG 1986 – 1987

Clive MIDDLEMASS 1987 – 1991

Aidan McCAFFREY 1991 – 1992

David McCREERY 1992 – 1994

Mick WADSWORTH 1994 – 1996

Mervyn DAY 1996 – 1997

Dave WILKES (Caretaker) 1997

Michael KNIGHTON/Dave WILKES/John HALPIN 11 September 1997 – 17 December1998

Nigel PEARSON 17 December 1998 – 17 May 1999

Keith MINCHER 18 June 1999 – 25 June 1999

Martin WILKINSON 25 June 1999 – 10 May 2000

Ian ATKINS 10 May 2000 – 12 July 2001

Roddy COLLINS 1 August 2001 – April 2002

Billy BARR (Caretaker) 6 April 2002 – 1 August 2002

Roddy COLLINS 1 August 2002 – 29 August 2003

Paul SIMPSON 29 August 2003 – 17 June 2006

Neil McDONALD 17 June 2006 – 13 August 2007

Greg ABBOTT (Caretaker) 13 August 2007 – 2 October 2007

John WARD 2 October 2007 – 3 November 2008

Greg ABBOTT (Caretaker) 3 November 2008 – 5 December 2008

Greg ABBOTT 5 December 2008 – 9 September 2013

Graham KAVANAGH/Davie IRONS/Tony CAIG (Caretaker) 9 September 2013 – 1 October 2013

Graham KAVANAGH 1 October 2013 – 1 September 2014

Tony CAIG/Paul THIRWELL (Caretaker) 1 September 2014 – 19 September 2014

Keith CURLE 19 September 2014 – 8 May 2018

Colin WEST (Caretaker) 8 May 2018 – 5 June 2018

John SHERIDAN 5 June 2018 – 4 January 2019

Tommy WRIGHT/Paul MURRAY (Caretaker) 4 January 2019 –  16 January 2019

Steven PRESSLEY 16 January 2019 – 13 November 2019

Gavin SKELTON (Caretaker) 13 November 2019 – 26 November 2019

Chris BEECH 26 November 2019 – 

 

League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) and (South)
Division Three Division Two  League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

Elected to Division Three (North) 1928

Division Three (North) 1928-1958

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1958-1962

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1962-1963

Division (Fourth Tier) 1963-1964

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1964-1965

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1965-1974

Division One  (Top Tier) 1974-1975

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1975-1977

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1977-1982

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1982-1986

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1986-1987

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1987-1992

Division Three  (Fourth Tier) 1992-1995

Division Two  (Third Tier) 1995-1996

Division Three  (Fourth Tier) 1996-1997

Division Two  (Third Tier) 1997-1998

Division Three  (Fourth Tier) 1998-2004

Conference  (Fifth Tier) 2004-2005

League Two  (Fourth Tier) 2005-2006

League One  (Third Tier) 2006-2014

League Two  (Fourth Tier) 2014-

 

Honours

 


Division Two Champions

Division Two Runners-up

Division Three Champions 1994-1995, 2005-2006

LDV Vans Trophy Finalists 2003

Johnstone Paints Trophy Trophy Finalists 2010

 

Managers

 


Harry KIRKBRIDE 1904-1905

McCUMISKEY 1905-1906

Jack HOUSTON 1906-1908

Bert STANSFIELD 1908-1910

Jack HOUSTON 1910-1912

Davie GRAHAM 1912-1913

George BRISTOW 1913-1930

Billy HAMPSON 1930-1933

Bill CLARKE 1933-1935

Robert KELLY 1935-1936

Fred WESTGARTH 1936-1938

David TAYLOR 1938-1940

Howard HARKNESS 1940-1945

Bill CLARKE 1945-1946

Ivor BROADIS 1946-1949

Bill SHANKLY 1949-1951

Fred EMERY 1951-1958

Andy BEATTIE 1958-1960

Ivor POWELL 1960-1963

Alan ASHMAN 1963-1967

Tim WARD 1967-1968

Bob STOKOE 1968-1970

Ian McFARLANE 1970-1972

Alan ASHMAN 1972-1975

Dick YOUNG 1975-1976

Bobby MONCUR 1976-1980

Martin HARVEY 1980

Bob STOKOE 1980-1985

Bryan “Pop” ROBSON 1985

Bob STOKOE 1985-1986

Harry GREGG 1986-1987

Cliff MIDDLEMASS 1987-1991

Aidan McCAFFREY 1991-1992

David McCREERY 1992-1993

Mick WADSWORTH 1993-1996

Mervyn DAY 1996-1997

David WILKES, John HALPIN and chairman Michael KNIGHTON 1997-1999

Martin WILKINSON 1999-2000

Ian ATKINS 2000 – July 2001

Roddy COLLINS July 2001 – 29th August 2003

Paul SIMPSON 29th August 2003 – 17th June 2006

Neil McDONALD 17th June 2006 – 13th August 2007 

Greg ABBOTT 13th August 2007 – 3rd October 2007

John WARD 3rd October 2007 –

 

League Record

 


Elected to Division Three (North) 1928

Division Three (North) 1928-1958

Division Four 1958-1962

Division Three 1962-1963

Division Four 1963-1964

Division Three 1964-1965

Division Two 1965-1974

Division One 1974-1975

Division Two 1975-1977

Division Three 1977-1982

Division Four 1982-1986

Division Three 1986-1987

Division Four 1987-1992

Division Three 1992-1995

Division Two 1995-1996

Division Three 1996-1997

Division Two 1997-1998

Division Three 1998-2004

Conference 2004-