We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Carlisle United -
Nickname : The Cumbrians
Stadium: Brunton Park
Capacity : 18,202
Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 275.4 miles
Last Season : 11th
After spending much of the early part of last season in the promotion race, an 11th placed finish unquestionably proved to be somewhat of a disappointment in Cumbria.
Boasting an incredible home record up until January, Carlisle harboured automatic promotion ambitions at the turn of the year and represented one of the division's flair teams.
They were no doubt rocked by the resignation of John Sheridan in January and struggled to regain their form after this.
They were to finish three points off the play-off places - despite the fact that they would ultimately finish in eleventh place.
If Carlisle can rekindle their early season form of the last campaign, then they will certainly be one to watch this time around.
The Gaffer - Steven Pressley.
The former Scottish international took over at Brunton Park back in January and was appointed as successor to John Sheridan, who returned to Chesterfield in the National League.
Pressley secured over 450 career appearances for the likes of Rangers, Coventry City and Hearts during his playing days and as a commanding centre-back, he will undoubtedly need all of that experience in the next phase of his career.
Previously the manager of Coventry, Falkirk and Fleetwood Town, Steven will be aiming for at least a play-off place this season and if he is successful in the transfer market then there is no reason why this cannot be achieved.
Out - Richie Bennett, Anthony Gerrard, George Glendon, Arthur Gnahoua, Peter Grant, Jason Kennedy, Gary Liddle, Gary Miller, Macauley Gillesphey, Tom Parkes, Jamie Devitt, Liam McCarron
In - Christie Elliott, Harry McKirdy, Jack Bridge, Byron Webster, Nathaniel Knight-Percival
Our Last Meeting.
After securing our first league win of the season against The Cumbrians last October, Sol Campbell's men travelled to Brunton Park on 29th December looking to complete the double over John Sheridan's men.
Scott Wilson opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, as he burst through on goal and unleashed a clinical finish to hand us an early lead.
Hallam Hope restored parity just before the interval however and the hosts went on to claim maximum points when Rotherham loanee Jerry Yates finished from close range with barely a minute left on the clock.
Our Next Meetings.
Home - Saturday 4th January
Away - Saturday 5th October