Stevenage make the 273-mile trip to Cumbria as Steve Evans’ Boro face Paul Simpson’s Carlisle United…
With both clubs safe from relegation, Saturday’s fixture will be intriguing as both sides look for a strong finish to their campaigns. Boro recently went four games unbeaten before a 2-0 defeat in Mansfield on Tuesday night. Carlisle, on the other hand, go into their final home game of the season off the back of a harsh 3-0 defeat away to Harrogate Town.
Carlisle United were founded in 1904 and were elected into the Football League in 1928. The club spent the next thirty years in the Third Division North before being involved in the formation of the Fourth Division. In the 1964/65 campaign The Cumbrians finished Champions of The Third Division before securing promotion out of the Second Division nine years later. However, they spent just one season in the topflight before suffering back-to-back relegations.
The Cumbrians have been successful in the Football League Trophy, reaching the final six times, more than any other team. They won the competition in 1997 and 2011 and finished runners up four times. Carlisle spent one season in non-league but then player-manager Paul Simpson led them straight back into the Football League.
So far this season, Carlisle have had a disappointing season as they sit 20th in Sky Bet League Two, just six points above Boro. The Cumbrians have won thirteen games, drawn eleven and lost twenty. Carlisle’s last home game was an impressive 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Mansfield Town.
Boro and Carlisle have faced each other twenty-three times in the past, with the latter boasting the slightly better win rate. Stevenage have won eight contests, with The Cumbrians winning eleven and the sides drawing just four times. This season’s reverse fixture ended 2-0 to Carlisle at The Lamex. Boro’s last victory over Saturday’s opponents was last season as Arthur Read, Tom Pett and Luke Norris contributed to a 3-1 win.
Carlisle United have played their home games at Brunton Park since 1909 which holds a capacity of 17,949. This number means that Brunton Park is the largest football stadium in England which is not all-seated. A record attendance of 27,500 was hit in 1957 as Birmingham City arrived in Carlisle.
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