Preston stepped forward and offered Carlisle United the offer of their ground and many of us wondered what Newcastle United’s reaction would be to help the flood-stricken club?
There are rumours that St James Park could host the Carlisle United v Hartlepool United match on 28 December (Newcastle away at West Brom) but no confirmation of that, or indeed any other Newcastle of help, that is until today…
Carlisle United’s Media officer, Andy Hall, has said that they have been overwhelmed by the goodwill shown by the football community and singled out Newcastle United for special praise!
Hall says that Newcastle have offered strips, kits, training facilities and indeed anything Carlisle United needed for them to ‘move forward as a football club’.
No direct mention of using St James Park but you would imagine that is also in the mix.
Newcastle currently have both Alex Gilliead and Macauley Gillesphey on loan at Carlisle and the likes of Paul Simpson, Joe Joyce and Peter Beardsley all have big connections with the Cumbrian club.
Andy Hall says that Newcastle’s offer of help ‘takes your breath away’ and that they ‘didn’t have to do that’.
A big well played to Newcastle United on this occasion.
Carlisle United media officer Andy Hall:
“They (Newcastle United) offered training facilities, strips, kits, anything that we needed that wasn’t going to be in place for us to move forward as a football team.
“It takes your breath away. They are a Premier League club and they didn’t have to do that, but they’ve offered it up.
“From then on, everywhere from Plymouth and Yeovil, all the way up to Glasgow Rangers and Celtic, there has been phone calls saying ‘what can we do? What can we provide? What do you need?’.
“Preston were talking to us, saying that they had got the facility, and as long as it doesn’t clash with what they’re doing, let’s talk about it.
“Within hours, we had a fixture.”