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Carlisle United Football United
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Carlisle United was founded in 1903 from the merger of two local clubs, Carlisle Red Rose and Shaddongate United. The name was actually changed following the Annual General Meeting of Shaddongate United in 1904. Carlisle joined the Lancashire Combination League in 1905 having previously achieved a league and cup double in the Cumberland League. They entered the North Eastern League in 1910, following restructuring of the Lancashire league. At first this had a negative effect, with the locals showing less interest until after the end of World War One when interest in football began to increase. In 1921-22 they won the North Eastern League championship for the first time. In 1928 they were elected to the Football League Third North. The team has had a roller coaster ride in the league, with most of the time spent in the lower two divisions. They had to wait until the mid 1970's before reaching the top flight, albeit for only two seasons. They reached the semi-final of the League Cup in 1969-70 and were in the FA Cup quarter final in 1975. Since then the club has spent one year in the Conference after being relegated from the Football League, only to bounce back by beating Stevenage 1-0 in the play-offs.


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