It was not much longer ago than forty years that what we now know as the county of Cumbria (which, in the interests of historical exactitude, we should point out didn’t come into existence until 1974) had three Football League clubs. Barrow, however, lost their place in 1972 and Workington followed them five years later, leaving Carlisle United as the sole Football League club for England’s most northerly country – and even they lost their place for a season after relegation in 2004. Our six videos today are from the years between 1974 and 2005, kicking off with a report from from local broadcaster Border Television about the club’s promotion to the First Division of the Football League in 1974, and this is followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea at the start of the following season, a match which was covered by the Match Of The Day cameras and saw Carlisle top the First Division, albeit briefly.
That season ended in relegation, but we have a further four videos for you, including a trip to Fulham from the 1982/83 season, a home match against Burnley from 1992, goalkeeper Jimmy Glass’s goal which kept the club in the Football League in 1999 and the second leg of the Football Conference play-off semi-final against Aldershot Town from 2005.
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