Another story of City Vs United

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.

Getting to know: Colne FC

Today’s ‘Getting to know’ is a club making the most of the role social media has in the modern game.

Colne FC were only founded in 1996, yet there fan base both online and at the stadium on match day could match that of a club higher up the non-league ladder.


The club play home games at Holt House the former home of Colne Dynamoes, a club from the same town that after being denied promotion to the Conference the highest tier of Non-League, folded. 6 years later Colne FC, known as ‘The Young Lions’ were born.

In 2015-16 Colne were Premier Division champions in the North West Counties League, earning promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League. In their first year in the league, The Young Lions finished in the play-off spots, losing in the semi-final to Farsley Celtic, this time however things could well be different.

Now properly climatized at this level, Colne have once again made the play-offs, finishing 4th in the league. And the Lancashire side will be looking to do a lot better than the semi-finals.

Perhaps the most positive thing about Colne, from an outside perspective at least, is the very obvious bond between the team, the managers, the fans and the entire community. This is summed up by the hashtags the club has got trending currently #WeAreColne, and #ThisMeansMore. Further proof is seen often on the clubs twitter feed with many fans and the club itself posting videos of the fans and player celebrating together.

Colne travel to Leek Town, on Wednesday the 1st of May in their semi-final fixture, but we are sure that Colne will take a large number of very noisy fans just as they have all season.

From everyone here at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ we would just like to wish everyone at Colne all the best in the playoffs!

Getting to know: Cleator Moor Celtic FC

Founded in 1909, Cleator Moor Celtic look to be a team enjoying a purple patch in their 110 year history.

Having been in the Wearside League since 1988, minus the 10 year abscence between 1995 and 2005. The club had never been promoted, all that changed last year when the club finished 2nd and were promoted to the North West Counties League Division One (NWCL), and won the Cumberland Cup for the third time in their history, the first time since 1998-99 however.

The Club have since solidified their position in the NWCL, finishing comfortably mid-table, a position from which we are sure they will push on from next year.

Playing out of McGrath Park in Cleator Moor, some famous faces have played their football in this small town in West Cumbria. The most well known of the lot to many will be former England goalkeeper Scott Carson, the former Leeds, Liverpool and West Brom shot stopper is from nearby Whitehaven and played for Cleator Moor Celtic from Under 10s through to Under 16s and made appearances with the Under 18s and the First Team before his recruitment to the Leeds United.

Other players who have made appearances in the top flight of English football and also featured at McGrath Park, are Charlie Woods, Joseph (Joe) Kennedy and Tony Caig.

The club have made the FA Cup First Round only once in their history, after going through all the preliminary rounds, they were eventually knocked out by then Division Three side Tranmere Rovers. With the club enjoying a fruitful time in their history, who knows whats round the corner?

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder, we just want to wish everyone at Cleator Moor, all the best for the future.