It's JPT-Time Again At Brunton Park

Last updated : 19 January 2011 By Thetashkentterror
Carlisle welcome Huddersfield to Cumbria this evening, holding the advantage on previous meetings between the two sides at Brunton Park. Of the 25 games played, United have won ten, ten have been drawn and Town have been victorious only five times, with a more detailed analysis of the head-to-head situation being available if you click here

Earlier this season however in the Carling Cup first round, United went down 1-0 at home to Town as 3,475 fans looked on. Jordan Rhodes scoring the only goal of the game as late as the 89th minute after former Blues loanee-defender James Chester had slipped to the turf in front of the Paddock side of the ground.

League-wise on New Year's Day this year it finished honours even though in a 2-2 draw. United coming back to take a point after Peter Clarke on 23 and Scott Arfield after 63 minutes had put the Terriers 2-0 up in front of 5,904 spectators, Francois Zoko eight minutes later and then Chester with 82 minutes on the clock however seeing the Blues take something out of the game.

Last season in the league fixture in Cumbria, Huddersfield beat the Blues 2-1 in mid-February as 5,236 fans looked on. Lee Novak after six minutes and then Jordan Rhodes with 56 minutes on the clock putting Town 2-0 up before Joe Anyinsah grabbed a last minute consolation goal for United.

The campaign before in League One Carlisle, on Boxing Day 2008, picked up their best ever Brunton Park victory over Huddersfield as they defeated the Terriers 3-0. Danny Graham in the first-half, then Michael Bridges and Graham Kavanagh after the break scoring the goals for the Blues in front of 7,883 spectators.

Other games between the two clubs have otherwise been relatively tight affairs, and with that in mind, United's second biggest home win over the Terriers has five times been by the scoreline of two goals to nil.

Perhaps the most memorable of those matches being the Football League Trophy Northern Section semi-final second leg game at Brunton Park in the 1993-94 season when the Cumbrians just came up short as they attempted to overturn a 4-1 deficit from the first leg at Leeds Road.

Peter Jackson, Darren Bullock, Phil Starbuck and Iain Dunn scoring the goals for a Terriers side that also contained a 21-year old Chris Billy. The solitary Carlisle goal coming from a Simon Davey penalty in the first-half as 10,552 spectators looked on. Some of those fans watching on from the away end in disbelief after a chicken, smuggled in by a Blues fan, was released into the air early on in the evening.

The Cumbrians then, in the second leg at Brunton Park, pulling two quick first-half goals back on the aggregate scoreline, through a Graham Mitchell own goal and then a Joe Joyce strike. They proved to be to no avail though as Carlisle, in front of 8,330 fans, couldn't find the net again and Town went through 4-3 to a Wembley final which they eventually lost 3-1 on penalties to Swansea City.

The best of Town's three successes on the road at the home of United came in the 1969-70 campaign in the old Division Two. Huddersfield winning 2-0 that early October afternoon as 9,721 fans looked on, the Terriers doing the double over the Blues that season on the way to winning the title.

Carlisle did gain a modicum of revenge in the League Cup second round that year though when they defeated Town 2-0 at home, United eventually making it all the way to the semi-final stage before succumbing to West Brom.