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The Big Match Preview: Carlisle

23 September 2016

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two clash at Brunton Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Carlisle United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 24th September 2016, k.o. 3pm
Brunton Park, CA1 1LL
Referee: Seb Stockbridge

It's Wycombe Wanderers' 129th birthday and Gareth Ainsworth's fourth anniversary in charge - now all we need to put the icing on the cake is a positive result from the longest trip of the season.

Wanderers headed north to Cumbria on Friday with renewed confidence after the 1-0 win over Stevenage last weekend, and now have in their sights the target of ending one of just two remaining unbeaten records in the EFL.

Keith Curle's Carlisle strengthened well in the summer after a mid-table finish last time round and have made a strong start to the 2016/17 campaign, having yet to taste defeat with their EFL Cup exit coming only after a penalty shootout following a draw with Derby County.

The visit to Brunton Park of course marks a return to the scene of Wanderers' first ever Football League match way back in 1993, which ended in a draw, as did the two meetings last season.

There've been red cards in the last four encounters between the sides, but Wycombe could do without any further absences in their busy schedule of upcoming games as they begin to overcome the worst of the early season injury crisis.

Paris Cowan-Hall made his first appearance of the season last week and travels north with the squad, leaving Luke O'Nien, Joe Jacobson, Marcus Bean, Scott Brown, Myles Weston and Max Muller as the six on the sidelines.

Tickets
Tickets are now off advance sale but can be purchased on arrival at Brunton Park.

Prices are as follows - please note there is a £3 increase if purchased on the day, with the exception of junior and child rates.

Adults: £22
Seniors (65+): £19
Young Person (18-22): £16
Junior (11-17): £10
Child (10 and under): £7
Child (6 and under): FREE

Recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40 and M42). Continue on the M6 as far as J43. At the Rosehill roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A69. The blue roof of the Pioneer Foods Stand can be seen on the right hand side, almost as soon as you leave the roundabout.  Keep going straight ahead along Warwick Road. After passing through the third set of traffic lights, you come to the ground on your right hand side. The Club Shop and Hugh McIlmoyle statue mark the main entrance to the ground.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 288

Recommended area for car parking
Directions to Main Car Park: From the M6 turn right at the third set of traffic lights and drive through the gates and behind the Pioneer Foods Stand to enter the car park. Cars are charged £2.50. Otherwise there is some street parking available.

Using the train?
Virgin Trains operate a regular direct service from London Euston with the quickest journey time 3 hours 16 minutes. Recommended return services off Carlisle that evening are at 17:52 and 18:52. Walking directions from Carlisle Citadel Station; walk straight ahead across Botchergate and walk along The Crescent until you see the start of Warwick Road on the right, next to Nandos. Brunton Park is about a 20 minute walk from the start of Warwick Road.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 17,949. Away fans are usually housed in the north end (blocks 2 and 3) of the Pioneer Foods Stand on the east side of the ground. This is a relatively new covered, all seated stand that has food and drink outlets in the concourse underneath. The view of the playing area is good. The main telephone number is 01228 526237 and email address enquiries@carlisleunited.co.uk

Facilities around the ground
The nearest hostelry to the ground is ‘The Beehive’ on Warwick Road. This tends to get very busy on match days. There is also the ‘Howard Arms’ on Lowther Street. This is just off Warwick Road, towards the Town Centre, down from the ‘White House’. Another option is the Carlisle Rugby Club next to Brunton Park on Warwick Road which has a club bar, allows in away supporters, and is family friendly. Finally if you leave the M6 at Junction 43 and take the A69 towards Carlisle, you will pass a Toby pub/carvery which is not that far from the ground.
  
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