‘Meeting the opposition’ – Carlisle United:
On Tuesday, Carlisle United will travel to Merseyside to face Tranmere Rovers in league two action at Prenton Park. With that in mind, I placed questions towards sports journalism student @LukeWSports who supports the ‘Cumbrians’. I thought it would be interesting to see the thoughts of a fan who’s club will soon face Rovers, to see their opinions of Tranmere and their opinion on the state of their club at the moment; amongst other subjects.
How long have you been a supporter of Carlisle United? How did you discover the club?
I’ve been a fan of Carlisle United since I was 4. I went to see them play against Swansea at the Millenium Stadium in the Football League Trophy final, in 2006. They are my hometown team and I’ve never wanted to support any other.
Where did your club finish last season?
Last season, we finished 18th in league two.
What are your thoughts on your current manager and the state of your club at the moment?
It’s been a really positive start to Chris Beech’s reign as Carlisle manager. He pulled us out of trouble after he was appointed last season and we’ve had a great start to this season, I really think he could be the man to take us up to league one.
What are your expectations for this season?
At the start of the season my expectations were to simply avoid relegation. Now, I think a playoff spot is the least we need to get at this moment in time.
Which one player is your danger man? Why?
We have a number of dangermen so far this season: Gime Toure, JJ Kayode and Callum Guy. However, I’m going to say Jon Mellish because of the fact he has scored 11 goals in 12 games so far this season in all competitions and he just seems to pop up when the team needs someone to create something for them.
What is your score prediction for Tuesday night?
My prediction is a 2-1 Carlisle win, I think it’s going to be a really good game of football with two attacking sides but I think we will nick it.
Random fact about your town/club?
Carlisle was the only city in which the 2012 Olympic torch passed through twice.
Do you support/like any other club apart from Carlisle?
No, I will only ever support Carlisle as they are my team. Even if the club was to go extinct I would never support another team.
Proudest moment as a Carlisle supporter?
My proudest moment as a Carlisle supporter would have to be winning the JPT final 1-0 against Brentford at Wembley in 2011.
What is your opinion of Tranmere Rovers?
I thought Tranmere were a good side when we played against them 2 seasons ago, they had a good away following. This season they started off slow but the convincing win on the weekend against Grimsby is making me think the game against them will be a lot tougher than I originally thought.
I would like to thank Luke Westmorland for his time answering the questions that I placed towards him, this league encounter should be an interesting occasion and I hope that readers enjoyed this Q+A.