The 8th of May 1999 is a day of historical importance for all Carlisle United fans and Scarborough alike.

One relegation spot left and Scarborough’s 3-0 win over Plymouth on the 5th of May left Carlisle bottom of Division Three (League 2) with a game against Plymouth, the team who Scarborough beat to send Carlisle all but down into the Conference. Scarborough were desperate for a win on the last day of the season at home to survive,  relegating Carlisle out of the Football League, with Carlisle needing to do nothing but beat Plymouth regardless of the Scarborough score.

Scarborough had managed a 1-1 draw meaning they were on 48 points and surviving at that point whereas Carlisle had managed to equalize against Plymouth to set up a nervy ten minutes as they sat on 46 points knowing nothing but a win was needed. Attack after attack was broken down and the Cumbrians threw everything at the south-westerners but could not break them down.

A corner in the 90th minute was Carlisle’s final chance of safety and a goal would let them survive on 49 points. See what happened below.


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