Earlier this month, Carlisle United’s Media officer, Andy Hall, said that they had been overwhelmed by the goodwill shown by the football community and singled out Newcastle United for special praise.

Hall said that Newcastle had offered strips, kits, training facilities and indeed anything Carlisle United needed for them to ‘move forward as a football club’.

Now Carlisle United have taken up the offer of using Newcastle’s training facilities and travelled over to Tyneside on Wednesday to use the NUFC Academy facilities ahead of their ‘home’ game on Saturday.

Carlisle entertain Plymouth in a League Two game at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park this weekend.

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 said that Newcastle’s offer of help ‘takes your breath away’ and that they ‘didn’t have to do that’.

Carlisle United media officer Andy Hall earlier in December:

“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.”