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05 August 2017 Venue Brunton Park Attendance 6,036 Referee Andy Haines

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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Carlisle United V Swindon Town

All You Need To Know Ahead Of Tomorrow's Season Opener

4 August 2017

Swindon Town kick-off their 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign with a trip to Carlisle United on Saturday (3pm Kick-Off).

Dave Flitcroft will be hoping to get off to a winning start in his first competitive game in charge as Reds Boss, while the Cumbrians will be out to prove that they haven’t suffered a post Play-Off hangover.

Town will be hoping to make a flying start to the new term as they aim to prove their promotion credentials, with the aim an immediate return to the third tier of English football.


The Reds were narrowly beaten 1-0 on their last visit to Brunton Park back in April 2014, with a Gary Madine strike enough to secure the spoils for the home team.


Season/Date Competition Result Town Scorers
2013/14 - Sat 5 Apr (A) League One 1-0  
2013/14 - Sat 30 Nov (H) League One 3-1  Luongo, Pritchard, N'Guessan
2012/13 - Sat 5 Jan (H) League One 4-0 Williams (2), Collins, De Vita
2012/13 - Sat 15 Sep (A) League One 2-2 Rooney, Benson 
2010/11 - Sat 19 Feb (H) League One 0-1  


42 13 19 10 53 47


Town fans making the trip to Brunton Park tomorrow can buy tickets on the gate, although there will be a £3 increase for adults, senior citizens and young adults.

Around 400 supporters will be backing Dave Flitcroft and the boys on Saturday - thanks for your brilliant support!


Nicky Adams is Carlisle’s creative spark and he enjoyed a stellar 2016/17 campaign, his fine performances helping his side reach the Play-Offs in addition to landing him a spot in the PFA League Two Team of the Year.

Able to both score and create goals, Adams is a proven performer at this level and he will be hoping to turn on the style for the Cumbrians once again in 2017/18.


Carlisle will be without winger John O’Sullivan tomorrow due to an ongoing groin/lower stomach problem, while Jason Kennedy, Kelvin Etuhu and Samir Nabi will all miss out.

However, United could hand debuts to the likes of Jack Bonham, Shamal George, Richie Bennett, Tom Parkes, Hallam Hope and Sam Cosgrove.

Town nearly have a clean bill of health although latest recruit Kyle Knoyle is awaiting scan results on a knee injury picked up in training this week.

There will be a number of new faces on show tomorrow with Ben Purkiss, Olly Lancashire, Chris Robertson, Chris Hussey, James Dunne, Amine Linganzi, Donal McDermott, Paul Mullin and Harry Smith all pushing for competitive Swindon debuts.


Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager: “Swindon will be a really tough first test for us because they will want to put right what went wrong last season.

“This game is the first of our challenges and we’re looking forward to it.

“Swindon have a new body of players and I think the manager only had six signed up when he first went in there.

“I know Dave Flitcroft as a character and he’s a very organised person. He’s worked hard to mould a team together in a short space of time and he has done that well.

“His nature will mean that his team is very competitive because he’s gone into a club that wants to feel the enjoyment of success again.”

Dave Flitcroft, Swindon Town Manager: “We are ready to go, there’s no doubt about that.

“I’ve been looking forward to Saturday since the fixtures came out.

“I’m expecting a real professional team and Keith Curle’s sides are very professional. He’s been building a promotion squad for three years and one thing he has put in place is a very professional environment.

“It is up to us to go up there and be very professional ourselves and be very competitive - that’s what I’m expecting from the team.

“Carlisle will be highly competitive and highly professional and that’s what we’ll be coming up against on Saturday.”

Luke Norris, Swindon Town Striker: “I prefer Carlisle first game of the season, get it out of the way and it is better than doing it on a Tuesday night.

“Carlisle are a good side and they will probably be aiming for the Play-Offs again.

“They’ve got some good players, they’ve signed a few and it will be a good test.”



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Referee - Andy Haines

Assistants - Natalie Aspinall & Simon Clayton

Fourth Official - Shaun Hudson


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Can’t make it to Brunton Park tomorrow? Don’t panic because there are numerous ways to keep up to date with all the action at Carlisle.

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, in addition to our brand new Match Centre on the website, which can be found at the top of the home page on matchdays.

In the wake of the game, will be the place to go with a full report, reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.

Here’s to three points!


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Match Reports

REPORT: Carlisle United 1-2 Swindon Town

Reds Enjoy Dream Start To New Campaign

5 August 2017

Swindon Town got the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign off to a winning start this afternoon after beating Carlisle United 2-1 at Brunton Park.

Luke Norris and Paul Mullin both opened their accounts for the season either side of half-time, with Luke Joyce grabbing a consolation for the home side.

Both teams created chances in a frantic and action packed first-half on a rainy afternoon in Cumbria.

Norris, Mullin and James Dunne all tried their luck for the visitors, while Lawrence Vigouroux and the post were forced into action at the other end.

And it was the large travelling support that had something to cheer at half-time thanks to Norris, who put himself in the wars in order to open the scoring.

The new season cheer continued straight after the interval too with Paul Mullin marking his competitive debut with a goal to put the Robins firmly in the driving seat.

Carlisle clawed their way back into the game though thanks to Joyce’s strike and they were asking plenty of questions, but Swindon produced an outstanding defensive display to get the new term off to a flyer.

Taking charge of his first competitive game of the club, Town Boss Dave Flitcroft opted to hand debuts to six of his summer signings for our season opener.

Ben Purkiss, Olly Lancashire, Chris Hussey, James Dunne, Amine Linganzi and Paul Mullin were all named in the Starting XI, while fellow new arrivals Chris Robertson and Harry Smith were on the bench.

Lawrence Vigouroux, who was a standout performer last term, took his place between the sticks behind a back-four of Purkiss, Lancashire, Dion Conroy and Hussey.

John Goddard and James Brophy were tasked with supplying plenty of attacking flair from the flanks with Dunne and Linganzi providing a tough underbelly in the middle of the park.

And, after both enjoying fruitful pre-season campaigns, Luke Norris and Mullin were asked to lead the line.

New season, new start and the Reds certainly made an effort to prove that the pain of relegation last term was behind them as they impressed early on against their hosts.

Norris nearly created an opening for himself with just a minute on the clock after chasing down Carlisle stopper Jack Bonham, who was forced into making a rash clearance.

Town’s new strike partnership were causing plenty of problems early on with Mullin seeing a shot blocked and a header deflected into the arms of Bonham.

Mullin was in the thick of the action again moments later as he showed plenty of persistence before teeing up Norris, who warmed the palms of Bonham from the edge of the area.

It was all the visitors in the opening exchanges and they continued to knock on the door with Dunne hammering a drive straight at Bonham after Hussey’s free-kick was deflected into his path.

However, it was soon Carlisle’s turn to threaten and they went close on a number of occasions within a short period of time.

Vigouroux, a spectator up until this point, did brilliantly to react and tip Nicky Adams’ header over the bar, before Tom Parkes was only able to steer a Luke Joyce shot wide of the goal.

Mullin had another sight of goal at the other end after cushioning a header into the chest of Bonham, while the home side nearly made the breakthrough with Jamie Devitt slamming an effort against the post after being teed up by Hallam Hope.

Carlisle were keeping their foot on the gas with a succession of corners but it was Town who eventually made the breakthrough just past the half-hour mark.

After soaking up a spell of pressure, the Reds regained their composure and struck first thanks to Norris, who put his body where it hurt to get on the end of Hussey’s pinpoint free-kick and give his side a deserved lead.

It was a painful goal for the number nine though who was unable to continue, with Harry Smith taking his place.

Town were in their stride and were attacking with a real swagger and purpose, although they had to dig deep to defend four successive corners at the end of the first-half with Tom Miller heading wide as Norris’ goal proved the difference at the break.

With the wind firmly in their sails, Swindon came out all guns blazing in the second-half and they doubled their lead with just two minutes played.

Goddard let fire with a venomous effort and Bonham could only parry the ball into the path of Mullin, who was on hand to bundle home a debut goal.

Carlisle responded well to that set-back though and they pulled one back with 55 minutes on the clock courtesy of Luke Joyce, who curled home an effort from the edge of the box.

Hussey’s attempted cross after a short corner crept just over the bar as Town looked to find their groove again, and they opted to freshen up their attack bang on the hour mark with Ellis Iandolo replacing Brophy.

It was very much a case of a backs-to-the-wall job for the Reds the longer the second-half went on though with United doing everything in their power to try and restore parity.

After Smith saw his effort ruled out for offside, Richie Bennett tried his luck for the hosts twice in quick succession although both of his headers were no trouble for Vigouroux.

Town were doing an excellent job of keeping the home side at bay in the latter stages of the game with United unable to take their chances as Mark Ellis sent a looping header over the bar.

Bennett then nodded over from Adams’ cross and that proved to be it with Town able to celebrate their first three points of the new season.


SCORERS - Luke Norris (31), Paul Mullin (48), Luke Joyce (55).

CARLISLE UNITED (4-4-1-1) - Bonham; Miller (Richie Bennett 64), Liddle, Parkes (Mark Ellis 75), Grainger (C); Lambe, Joyce, Jones, Adams; Devitt; Hope (Shaun Miller 75).

Subs Not Used - George, Cosgrove, Salkeld, Egan.

SWINDON TOWN (4-4-2) - Vigouroux; Purkiss, Lancashire (C), Conroy, Hussey; Goddard, Dunne, Linganzi, Brophy (Ellis Iandolo 60) (Conor Thomas 82); Mullin, Norris (Harry Smith 34).

Subs Not Used - Henry, Robertson, T Smith, Twine.


CARLISLE - Mike Jones.

TOWN - Ellis Iandolo, Paul Mullin, Harry Smith.

Referee - Andy Haines.

Attendance - 6,036 (557 Away Fans). 

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Ticket News

Carlisle Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets Available To Buy For Opening Day Trip

18 July 2017

Town fans can now purchase tickets for our trip to Carlisle United in the Sky Bet League Two next month.

Dave Flitcroft’s new-look side head to Brunton Park on the opening day of the 2017/18 campaign (Saturday 5th August) – 3pm Kick-Off.

It will be the first opportunity for Town fans to see a number of new players in competitive action, including the likes of Chris Robertson, James Dunne, Amine Linganzi, Harry Smith and Paul Mullin.


Adult - £19

Over 65 - £16

Under 23 - £13

Under 18 - £10

Under 10 - £7

Under 7 - FOC

Ambulant Disabled - Age Related Price

Carer - FOC

Wheelchair User - £4

Carer - FOC

Family Packages:

1 Adult, 1 Under 18 - £27

1 Adult, 2 Under 18’s - £35

1 Over 65, 1 Under 18 - £24

PLEASE NOTE - There will be a £3 ticket increase on the day at Carlisle. 


Online via, in person at the STFC Store or phone 0871 876 1993 and select option 1.

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