Carlisle United’s Brunton Park is no stranger to the dangers of flooding but the scale of what has hit the whole of Cumbria, thanks to Storm Desmond, is on a whole new level.
In purely football terms, Carlisle were fortunate to be playing away at the weekend in the FA Cup.
Newcastle loan player Alex Gilliead helped the Cumbrians into the third round thanks to a 5-0 away win.
Earlier today we reported how both Gilliead and fellow Newcastle loanee Macauley Gillesphey would be helping local residents affected by the floods, with the Carlisle squad agreeing unanimously to offer assistance once they have finished training on Tuesday.
Now Carlisle United have updated on the problems that they themselves face due to the floods, releasing the following official statement on Monday.
‘Update on the current situation at Brunton Park
We would like to thank everyone for the patience they have shown with the football club today as we begin the process of assessing the aftermath of this weekend’s flood event.
As things stand, we have suspended ticket and hospitality sales for home and away fixtures – please bear with us as we put new procedures in place, in conjunction with the Football League and the clubs we are scheduled to play.
Thank you, once again, for your assistance. We will have another update for you tomorrow morning.’
As you can see from the image above, it looks like it will be some time before any football is played at Brunton Park again.
In the circumstances, what about Newcastle United offering St James Park whilst Carlisle United are without their home ground?
With the two Newcastle players already at Carlisle there is a link there already, plus in their time of need you could also make any game played at St James Park into a bit of a fundraiser, encouraging Newcastle fans and other neutrals to get along to any game(s).
Carlisle’s next home match is scheduled for the same day (19 December) as Newcastle play Villa but no reason why there match couldn’t be played on the Sunday at St James Park.
Even if the logistics might not work in reality, or hopefully they will be back playing at Brunton Park quicker than it appears at this moment in time, but either way it would be nice to think that Newcastle United would make this kind of gesture and offer St James Park for free to Carlisle United.