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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Carlisle Utd fan’s pain at leaving Brunton Park

Much has been made recently about the benefits that a move away from Brunton Park by Carlisle United will bring to Carlisle.

Yet I am sure that there are a lot of fans hurting immensely right now, and I am one of those fans.

It kills me to imagine Brunton Park being reduced to nothing more than a pile of rubble.

For all its faults, Brunton Park is a fantastic ground, full of charm and character; the playing surface is one of the finest in the land and it is perfectly situated for travelling fans coming off the M6.

It is also in an ideal location, close to the city centre and railway station.

Do people really want to see 102 years of history disappear?

Reports suggest that it would cost £18m to redevelop the ground, however this would be for a complete rebuild.

I agree that the East (Story Homes) stand needs completed and the Waterworks End terrace needs replaced with a modern stand, but surely if developers improved the facilities on the west side and Warwick Road End by adding seats and replacing both roof structures, this would be a more cost-effective option.

The main crux of the decision to move away from Brunton Park is based on the premise that Carlisle United will be promoted to the Championship, if this was the case, we would be allowed a “stay of execution” for three seasons before improvements had to be made.

Would it not be wise to invest in a team capable of reaching these heights before such a drastic move?

As you can tell, I am extremely passionate about Brunton Park remaining the home of Carlisle United; the old place means far too much to me to let it go without a fight.

If anybody else feels as strongly as I do about this, let’s work together before it’s too late.

Contact me on paulphilipdent@hotmail.co.uk and lets try to put together a viable plan to save our ground.

PAUL DENT
Newtown Road
Carlisle

  • Regarding Carlisle United’s proposed new stadium to fulfil the requirements of a championship side, apart from the fact that I don’t think Carlisle United will ever be a good enough team to reach the Championship, I doubt they could afford to play at this higher level because of their limited support being in the region of 5,000 or less regular supporters.

JOHN DALTON
Empire Road
Carlisle

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