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Brunton Park
Carlisle United
Pre-Season Friendly
Tuesday, July 22nd 2014, 7.30pm
Rory Murphy
(Sunderland fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

From the images it looked an interesting stadium and it would be my first trip there. It would also be a chance to check out our new signings

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It was relatively easy to find Brunton Park, parking was 3 and it was a 5-10 minute walk from the stadium

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

There wasn't many pubs around, so we headed straight to the stadium, no trouble from the Carlisle fans.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Ground was really interesting and had loads of character, The Warwick Road End was terrific with an unusual roof, the Main Stand also was unique with a top tier of seats and a terrace on the bottom. The away end was fairly modern and there were no problems.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game from a Sunderland fans point of view was disappointing with no regular first team players, or our new signings being included to play. After an hour we made nine changes, bringing on mostly Under 21's. On of these subs, Mikael Mandron scored the only goal of the game, giving the away side a 1-0 win. The atmosphere from the 1,100 Sunderland fans was good, but Carlisle's support was poor considering they brought 6,000 to Sunderland earlier in the season. Stewards wouldn't let us stand which I thought was strict considering it was only a friendly. We queued for half an hour to get a burger before the game.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems getting away and it took us only an hour and half to get home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was an interesting ground to visit with plenty of character. Although it was disappointing not to see our first team players, it was interesting to see some of the up and coming youngsters.

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