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Carlisle pitch perfect and preparing for emotional return home after floods

The Cumbrians will return to Brunton Park on Saturday for the first time since the floods and will be celebrating a plum FA Cup tie if they can beat Yeovil

Amid all the anguish, anger, frustration and fear inflicted on Cumbria by Storm Desmond there have been some unexpectedly light-hearted moments. One of the most notable concerned three koi carp found floating above the Brunton Park pitch when the floods hit Carlisle United, with water levels reaching crossbar height. The fish were rescued from the ground’s appropriately named Waterworks End and the club’s press officers used social media to try to reunite them with their owner.

When a man swiftly came forward it seemed a happy ending but Dave Mitchell takes up the story. “Apparently the next day someone else arrived to claim them,” says Carlisle’s multi award-winning head groundsman-cum-stadium manager. “So let’s hope they ended up at the right home.”

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