Record fee paid for a Carlisle United player was 121,000 pounds to Notts County for David Reeves. Dec '93
Brunton Park's pitch size is 117 yards x 72 yards
The record transfer fee received was 1,500,000 pounds from Crystal Palace for Matt Jansen in Feb '98
Not only was it the club's centenary year during 2004, it was also the year in which the club lost its Football League status - made all the more poignant when you consider that just three decades earlier, Carlisle United had stood proudly at the top of the English football pyramid.
Names like Balderstone, Ross, Gorman, O'Neil, Clarke and Green were to become United legends as the achievements of Alan Ashman's unfashionable team shocked the footballing world. Promotion to the old First Division in 1974 would be described by former manager and then Liverpool boss Bill Shankly as "…the greatest achievement in football, a real football miracle."
And, on the evening of Saturday 24th of August, 1974, Carlisle United stood proudly on top of English football following three wins from their opening three games in the top flight.
Thirty years on, Paul Newton looks back at the most celebrated time in the history of the club - a time when Carlisle United were, for a few days at least, the best team in the land....
Hear Paul Newton's look back by using the link in the top right of this page.
a post sript to my comment with regard to carlisle playing chelse match of the day first division 1974\5 NAME THAT TEAM THE MANAGER AND TRAINER REGARDS DON BARNES PS THE SCORE
the first memory goes back to the early 50s i was born in 1946 so i was about 5\6 it was a big match a cup tie i think arsenal and the player ALF ACKERMAN i remember being lifted to the front remember ackerman for years when we played football in our village i would always be alf ackerman thats more than 50years of carlisle united i also remember 1974 i was working in saudi arabia we were playing cards the tv on in the back ground i glanced at the tv it was a replay of match of the day from the uk i thought i know that guy as the camara showed the directors taking there seats it was the late JIMMY BENDALL carlisle v chelse match of the day i think the opening match of that season and you got me in tears regards don barnes
i remember playing footie for my team. i wasn't able to concentrate as i knew we were playing against plymouth in possible our last football league game. my dad was waiting in the car, listening to commentary, when Jimmy scored, dad ran out of the car, screaming, i ran off the pitch totally forgetting i was playing and celebrated with dad. the manager was furious.
this team is the best i am 13 and i saw the final at stoke city and it was wonderfull great one simpson great one
Saw my first game in 59 as a young Scout got free entry after selling programes. Have travelled the world with the forces in the 60s but always kept in touch with the blues via my brother. Greatest moment beating Newcastle in the cup back in 69 or 70. was in the cinema in Cyprus listening on forces radio to sports report. The film - Sound of Music ! The result was certainly music to my ears. 57 now and still supporting my home town team.
When we set our wedding day for 5th October 1974 Carlisle United were not in the first division. However, they were when we were married. My future husband had succeeded in having his choice of 'The frst Saturday In October' clashing with united playing at home to LIverpool, his favourite team!! Luckily, we watched it on match of the day , after our own Match of The Day!
Charlton at home, only need a win to stay in Division 2 - we lost. Oldham on the following monday again a win would have been enough but we lost I came away from boundary park stunned, unable to speak. Its been down hill ever since but there is only one way for us now...UP.
Late sixties/early seventies. Great players, cup runs, beating teams from the top division every year, Shankley's Liverpool coming for an afternoon cup game and we got the time off school because of the power shortage. In a way the promotion to the first division spoilt the magic, it was never the same after that season.
Twinkle Toes, and all the magic and excitement of every game that united have been involved in for the last 36 years.Lets get behind the club and get back to where we belong. AT THE TOP.
Having just discovered this site I have had a wonderful nostalgic evening listening to the "30 years ago" piece.I spent so many wonderful afternoons at brunton park all those years ago before my move South.It was strange listening to a young Ross Brewster.Keeping fingers crossed for the end of season.
when we played shepshed dynamo who i watch my dream came true that both of my fav clubs went head to head in a competitive match it was a great day for all dynamo fans because they all still talk about it and they all look for united results