On Tuesday, Carlisle United beat Leeds (on penalties), to qualify for the Wembley final against Southampton, in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
A great result for The Blues, which will have such a positive impact on the Club infrastructure, and on the broader upbeat mood within the city too. I have to admit that I'm not a footie fan myself, and even I feel in an upbeat mood about the win - that's the power of football. You just can't ignore the impact of positive conversations taking place throughout Carlisle.
I'd love the guys to win this one, but what are their chances? I haven't a clue as I really do know nowt about either team. Can anyone give me their opinions on this one? Are they really up to the mark?
.........and on the subject of footie -
THE F.A.CUP's IN TOWN !
Tullie House is exhibiting the oldest surviving FA Cup Trophy until 11th April.
This quite breathtaking piece of Victorian Silverware forms the centrepiece of the exhibition, supported by film, photographs and memorabilia, including George Best's Man U shirt from 1970, and one belonging to Sir Stanley Matthews from the 1953 FA Cup Final. I visited the exhibition earlier today, and despite my lack of connection with the game, I have to say it's just amazing. A connection with the FA Cup right back to Victorian days, and a wealth of supporting and interactive material. I looked at photographs from way back, with amazing supporting crowds. 110,000 for your local stadium, anyone?
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