Two hours north of Manchester, sits one of the most northern outposts in England, Carlisle.
Most people will know Carlisle United, Football League club for many years, currently sat in League Two. Slightly fewer people however will know about Carlisle City, most recently plying their trade in the Northern League Division Two.
Formed in 1975, The Sky Blues for most of their history competed in the Northern Football Alliance Premier Division before the club was promoted to the North West Counties Division One, this was only for brief time however as somewhat controversially and despite appeals, the club was moved sideways to the Northern League Division Two, due to the FA restructuring Non-League football.
It’s an exciting time down at Gilford Park, as City are attempting to go through what (correct me if i’m wrong!) would be there first hopefully uninterrupted season of Northern League football. This will see new faces and new teams make the journey to Carlisle.
With the addition of Carlisle to the Northern League, this means that both divisions now feature a Cumbrian team, a nice away day for all involved!
Being a Cumbrian lad myself, hopefully I will get down to Gilford Park for a game or two this season, and we’d just like to wish everyone at the Sky Blues all the best for this season.