Thursday, 19 January 2012

Carlisle United - Brunton Park

Carlisle United FC
Brunton Park
Warwick Road

01228 526237
Official Website

Match Number: 114
Saturday 26th November 2005
Carlisle United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Coca Cola League 2

My first visit to Brunton Park came on a cold November day in 2005. I was staying the weekend in South Shields to cut down on the travelling when I got up there. I had a good Friday night shopping in the massive Metro Centre in Gateshead, before going out on the town for a few pints. The day after, I set off for Carlisle, visiting some football grounds and then into Carlisle Town Centre for a look around. We got to the ground about 1PM and were lucky to get some free tickets that were left behind from the players allocation. I then went to the club bar for a pint, before getting a couple of Scotch Pies from a local shop.

The game itself will not live long in the memory. It was a tense top of the table clash between 2 teams slugging it out for promotion. Wycombe showed their steel by absorbing lots of pressure coming from the home side, before going up the other end and getting an 87th minute goal from Roger Johnson. My only other visit came in 2009, this time Wycombe were battling against relegation and slipped to a 1-0 defeat in another dull game.

BRUNTON PARK is a pretty decent ground and also has a bit of tradition to go with it too. The biggest stand is the Story Homes Stand which is along one side of the pitch and actually overshoots one end of the pitch by some distance, this was due to plans to move the pitch which were eventually abandoned. Away fans get put here unless it is a really large following and are allocated the end 2 or so blocks of seats. Otherwise they are given the open Petteril End which is an uncovered terrace, which also has a small section of seats at one side. My favourite stand is the Warwick Road end, a covered terrace with a strange triangular shaped roof. Finally is an old stand with seats at the back and an uncovered terrace at the front. There isn't that much around the ground in way of pubs, although they do allow away fans in the club bar behind one of the stands

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