For the majority of Carlisle United fans, Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final begins at the crack of dawn in preparation for the gruelling 600-mile round trip to Wembley. But for a group of exiled Cumbrians, the national stadium is much closer to home.

From 85-year-old Ron Jones to seven month Lucas Tembey, the 300 members of the Carlisle United London Supporters Branch will break with tradition by piling onto the Wembley tube, navigating the capital's underground network in the hope Greg Abbott's men can reclaim that elusive trophy.

In previous years, they battled London traffic in a double-decker bus - but with a record of just one win from five final appearances in this competition, a 4-3 shootout victory over Colchester United in 1997, a change of routine for the fans at least is probably not altogether a bad thing.

"I don't know if it is going to make any difference to the result," admits David Brown, the Branch's Information Officer. "I really think that we're going to win this time. This season we have been very inconsistent but we've played some amazing games of football. The games against Cheltenham, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton and of course Huddersfield Town to got us to the final were fantastic."

Carlisle born and bred, Brown, 57, was one of the few from the branch that opted for the tube for the final against Saints last term.

"Last year the majority of us were on the bus and it took them two hours during which time we'd been at Wembley and enjoyed a pre-match beer so we've decided to all travel en masse on the tube.

"It will be a great experience and also much better for the environment plus we can enjoy that fantastic walk up Wembley Way looking at the arch."

Moving away from tradition is becoming a theme ahead of the Final for the Branch with no commemorative t-shirt being produced, but instead the members are encouraged to purchase a #TeamAbbott top on behalf of the Carlisle Mencap Campaign to support the Grace Little Centre which cares for disabled children.

For believers in fate, Sunday's result is already written but the Carlisle Supporters Trust London Branch will hope that the knock-on effect from their new routine can help end their club's barren-spell in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and return the cup to the Cumbria for the first time in 14 years.

For more information about the Carlisle United London Supporters Branch please visit www.carlislelondonbranch.org.

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