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📝 Away Day Guide: Carlisle United (9/4/22)

All you need to know for a mammoth journey!

5 April 2022

Exeter City face the mammoth journey to Brunton Park on Saturday to face Carlisle United  with another big three points up for grabs!

City have won four and drawn one of their last five league matches and will be looking for another win to keep in the top three. 

If you are one of the legends making the trip to Brunton Park, check out our guide:

The Stadium

  • Name: Brunton Park
  • Capacity: 17,949
  • Year opened: 1909
  • Address: Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1LL

Brunton Park is the largest stadium in England that is not all-seater, where three of the sides are free standing terraces. Opened in 1909 to replace the old Devonshire Park, the grounds record attendance of 27,500 came in 1957 in an FA Cup tie vs Birmingham City.

The ground has had some disasters over the years. In 1953 the original main stand burnt down in an electrical fire, and the club sold Geoff Twentyman to Liverpool to fund the renovations.

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In 2005, Carlisle’s three rivers burst their banks creating a stadium sized lake. For the next six weeks The Blues were forced to travel to 70 miles to Morecambe to play their home games. The ground would flood again in 2009 and 2015.

Carlisle have been planning a move away from Brunton Park into a new 12,000 all seater stadium since 2011, but the long-term stalemate meant that nothing has ever come to fruition.

Match Tickets

Our initial allocation for City's trip to face Carlisle United at Brunton Park on Saturday is sold out, however we expect a further 100 tickets to arrive on Wednesday, April 6.

The club had been sent an initial allocation of 304 tickets (inclduing 4 wheelchair tickets) in the Pioneer Food Stands Section 3.

These extra 100 tickets are available online immediately for fulfillment tomorrow, and will also be available for collection and purchase from Wednesday afternoon. All tickets not collected at the club shop will be taken to Carlisle for collection at their ticket office.

Advance Ticket Details
  • Adults: £19
  • Senior (65+): £16
  • Young Person (18-22): £13
  • Junior (11-17): £10
  • *Family Junior (11-17): £8
  • Child U11: £7
  • Child U7: FREE
  • Wheelchair: £4
  • Wheelchair/Disabled carer: FREE

*Family Junior: You can purchase a maximum of 2 Family Junior tickets for every 1 Adult ticket or a maximum of 1 Family Junior tickets for every 1 senior ticket purchased.

For the full details, please click here.

Travel Guide

Grecian Travel

Grecian Travel, completely run by the Supporters' Club, and not for profit, will be available for City's trip to Carlisle United.

  • The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 6am for a cost of £47 for adults and £42 for under-16s

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services), junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton). All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

PLEASE NOTE: Face coverings are required to travel on Grecian Travel. This does not apply if you are exempt.

How to buy

Currently Grecian Travel can only be booked directly.

For more information or to book please contact John Bishop on 07904 036334 or by email at: john.bishop760@btinternet.com (after 6pm).

By Road

From Exeter take the M5 north all the way up to the M6. Continue along the motorway to the north of the country before leaving the M6 motorway at J43 and take the exit signed Carlisle A69. The blue roof of the Pioneer Foods Stand can be seen on the right-hand side, almost as soon as you leave the roundabout. Keep going straight ahead along Warwick Road (A69) for one mile.

After passing through the third set of traffic lights the club shop (Blues Store) and statue of Hughie McIlmoyle on the right mark the main entrance to the ground for main stand ticket holders, directors, hospitality guests and reserved guest car parking only.

There is parking available for both home and away supporters. Follow the directions above and turn right immediately at the third set of traffic lights. Drive through the blue gates and behind the Pioneer Foods Stand to enter the car park on the right. Fans are charged £3 to park their car.

By Rail

There are two trains to Carlisle on Saturday, April 9 from Exeter St Davids with the journey taking just over five hours and 30 minutes.

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It is approximately a one-mile walk from the station to Brunton Park.

The only train which would be able to get you back to Exeter on the same day post-match leaves at 16:46 and requires changes at Crewe and Birmingham New Street and it arrives back in Exeter at 22:44.

This would mean leaving before the full time whistle, so ideally an overnight stay would be required...

Local Pubs/Restaurants

Local restaurants include Stonyholme Golf Course, which has access to and from the supporters' car park, and the Beehive which is opposite Brunton Park along Warwick Road. You can buy meals and drinks at both of these local businesses.

Warwick Road also hosts many other restaurants and places to buy food - including a Nando’s, Casa Romana Italian restaurant, Alexandros Greek restaurant, Claire’s Bakery, The Post Office, Lakeland Gate Inn, Toby Carvery and Tesco. All are within walking distance of Brunton Park.

Carlisle Rugby Club is a two-minute walk from Brunton Park and can be accessed from the main car park, via a footpath. They host home and away fans and serve drinks and a small selection of food.

Inside the Stadium

Brunton Park is a no smoking stadium. Supporters may be searched prior to entering the stadium. In the event of any supporters being found with prohibited items in their possession, police will be alerted and an arrest may be actioned.

In the away concourse situated in the Pioneer Stand Carlisle have a bar serving hot food and drinks with cold beverages available to visiting supporters - until 15 minutes into the second half of the game.

Please note that payments are now cashless in the away areas.

There are also local catering partners who are providing a range of quality foods and beverages for your enjoyment on the west side of the stadium, in the main car park.

Please click here to download Carlisle's Away Fan Guide.

Matchday Programme

Match day programmes are available to buy on the day of the fixture. There are sellers in and around the stadium, and they are also available in the Blues Store and from the programme hatch, which is located next to the Paddock turnstile. Programmes are 48-pages in size and cost £3. Golden Gamble tickets cost £1 for one, or £2 for three.

Nearest Cashpoint

There are numerous cash withdrawal facilities in the city centre. Tesco, just off the roundabout at junction 43, has cashpoint machines adjacent to the main store entrance. The shop Foreways, opposite the stadium, has a free cash withdrawal machine.

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Total Distance

The distance between St James Park and Carlisle United is 347 miles and would take around five hours and 30 minutes.


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