11:04am Friday 26th March 2010
Carlisle is a city with a history that goes back to Roman times.
Developed by the Romans, Carlisle is the final English city before the Scottish border.
It has had city status for 36 years and has had a Football club for 106 years.
In the club's long history it has reached a number of Football League Trophy finals and will set a new record at Wembley on Sunday.
It has had players such as Peter Beardsley, Matt Jansen and Rory Delap play for the it.
Carlisle has teams in other sports including Rugby Union and Rugby League.
It is also birthplace to former England cricket player Paul Nixon and former England defender Kevin Beattie.
The city has a number of locally historic buildings including Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle, Carlisle Tower and City Walls.
- 1. City Population of 103,700
- 2. Former US President Woodrow Wilson's mother was born in Carlisle and he visited the city in 1918
- 3. Carlisle FC was formed in 1904
- 4. The highest attendance they have had is 27,500 for a FA Cup-tie with Middlesborough in 1970
- 5. They are the first team to reach the Johnstone's Paint Trophy 5 times
- 6. They have won the trophy once in the 1996-97 season beating Colchester on penalties
- 7. Most League Goals, Jim McConnell, 126 (1928-32)
- 8. Most League Appearances, Alan Ross, 466 (1963-79)
- 9. The highest league they played in was Division One in the 1974-75 season and they finished bottom
- 10. Largest win 8-0 vs. Hartlepool (September 1928)
- 11. Largest defeat 1-11 vs. Hull City (January 1939)
- 12. Joe Garner is the clubs record buy at £140,000 signed from Blackburn Rovers (August 2007)
- 13. The largest fee received by the club is £2.5million for Matt Jansen signed for Crystal Palace (February 1998)
- 14. Carlisle FC play their home matches at Brunton Park
- 15. The last English city before the Scottish Border
- 16. Twinned with Flensburg (Germany) and Slupsk (Poland)
- 17. Their current Member of Parliament is Eric Martlew - Labour
- 18. They have a Rugby League side called Carlisle Centurions
- 19. Two Rugby Union teams Carlisle RFC and Creighton RUFC
- 20. England's Rugby Union captain Steve Borthwick was born in Carlisle
- 21. They received city status on April 1 1974
- 22. William II built Carlisle Castle in 1902
- 23. Carlisle Castle once served as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots
- 24. Her Majesty's Theatre in Carlisle was the first to be lit by Electricity in 1880
- 25. Eddie Stobart, the Transport Company began in and around Carlisle
- 26. There is a percentage of 31.9% of people aged between 16-74 that do not have any academic qualifications.
- 27. Carlisle Cathedral was founded in 1122 AD and services have been held in it daily for 900 years.
- 28. The Romans built Carlisle.
- 29. The prior's tower, which is next to the cathedral, was built in the 14th century but then had to be rebuilt a 100 years later so it would provide fortified accomodation for Prior Gondibour.
- 30. Carlisle was the first place to have a letterbox on mainland in Britain.
- 31. Carlisle was the first place to use a cardboard railway ticket.
- 32. There was a 16th century curse called the 'Curse of Carlisle' were an artist called Andy Altman wrote a curse on a stone and then bad things started to happen for example all the herds
around the city were wiped out with foot-and-mouth disease and the soccer team dropped a league.
- 33. For more than nine centuries, Carlisle Castle has watched over the city.
- 34. In 1353, Carlisle held a great fair, and it has been held late August every year.
- 35. In the 12th century, stone walls were built around the town.
- 36. During the first seven centuries of construction, the Scots were always attacking Carlisle's castle.
- 37. There was a disastrous fire in 1292. The fire damaged piers, choir, and also the east bay of the cathedral.
- 38. The Romans didn't leave Carlisle for nearly 350 years.
- 39. During the Millennium dig, over 80,000 objects were found at Castle Green, which is in Carlisle.
- 40. Carlisle Citadel Station was built in 1847.
- 41. Carlisle Citadel Station was used for a Homebase advert in 2010.
- 42. In 1568 Carlisle received some bye-laws which dealt with the security of the city. They were written down in the 'Dormont Book'. Part of this book still survives today and it is in the Old
Town Hall of Carlisle.
- 43. Carlisle United F.C. topped the whole English league after winning their first three games of the seasons, 1974 - 1975, they failed to keep up their excellent form though.
- 44. In 2008 - 2009, Carlisle United F.C. was 20th in league one.
- 45. At the end of the Second World War, Ivor Broadis was appointed manager, which made him the youngest club manager in history at the age of 23.
- 46. In 2004 - 2005 Carlisle won the Conference National Promotion Playoffs.
- 47. In 2008 - 2009, Carlisle United F.C. sold two of their key players for a total (combined) of £1.5 million.
- 48. Carlisle was elected third division north in 1928, where they replaced Durham City.
- 49. In 1975 Carlisle United F.C. was in the FA Cup Quarter Finals.
- 50. In 1964 - 1965, Carlisle United F.C. was the football league division three champions, which promoted them to division two.
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