Deepdale to host Carlisle game

Deepdale will host Carlisle's game against Notts County
Deepdale will host Carlisle's game against Notts County
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Preston North End are to host Carlisle United’s game against Notts County later this month after the Cumbrians were flooded out of their Brunton Park ground.

The League Two clash will take place at Deepdale on Saturday, December 19, the ground available that weekend as North End are away to Leeds United the following day.

Carlisle’s stadium was left under several feet of water after local rivers burst their banks at the weekend following Storm Desmond and it is not known when it will be fit to be used again.

North End chief executive John Kay said: “As a club we are delighted to be able to assist.

“We are all members of the same football family and in what has been a difficult time for the people of Lancashire, Cumbria and the community of Carlisle in particular, the owner and those involved day to day at Deepdale felt we should do everything we could to get the game played.”

Carlisle United’s club secretary Sarah McKnight, said: “The number of offers of help from clubs at every level of the football pyramid has been humbling and overwhelming.

“Preston North End were in contact with us as early as Sunday night and Notts County have been extremely understanding every step of the way.

“We would also like to thank the Football League for their advice and assistance, and we will now look to finalise the details as quickly as possible.”

Shaun Harvey, chief executive of The Football League said: “In light of the devastating floods that have afflicted Cumbria, the Football League Board has approved a request from Carlisle United to play the club’s next home match with Notts County at Preston North End’s Deepdale Stadium.

“We would like thank Preston North End for assisting a fellow league club and we continue to stay in close contact with Carlisle United at this very challenging time to facilitate the playing of further home games away from Brunton Park, if required.”

Further details about the game, which will have a 3pm kick-off, will be announced in due course.