After a perfect week for Carlisle United, including three wins on the bounce, the clubs fortunes were somewhat overshadowed by a horrific collision which saw goalkeeper Joe Fryer suffer a long-term injury.
The young Middlesbrough loanee will be gutted amongst most, nevertheless, with this comes a chance for Adam Collin to enter the frame – a more than familiar name to the Carlisle faithful.
After his release from Notts County earlier this summer, the Cumbrian goalkeeper was given the chance to return to Brunton Park, in the hope of fulfilling “unfinished business” with the blues.
The 33 year-old from Penrith has had an up and down career to date. Despite the odd hiccup though he has had plenty of memorable moments to date, especially in a Carlisle shirt…
Spot Kick Saviour
Collin’s most illustrious footballing moments to date have come in penalty shootouts.
Back in 2009 he made his Carlisle break through in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, a competition that has bared much success for Carlisle in the past, with many shoot out saves being pivotal in Carlisle’s journey to the final!
The young keeper would deputise in the first round against Morecambe, saving two penalties in the shootout, and would go on to be a regular in the competition that season.
It would though be on a Febraury night of that season where Collin would go down in Carlisle folk law.
Leeds were the opponents in the semi-final of the competition, in which Carlisle recorded a second victory at Elland Road in two years. Carlisle only needed to avoid defeat to reach the final, however, they made it hard for themselves as the game went to penalties.
In front of the raucous Warwick Road End, Collin had his chance to be hero. With the score 6-5 to Carlisle on penalties the keeper had his chance to be a hero, and took it with open arms saving Shane Lowry’s spot kick low to the left of the goal.
The Jubilant scenes though couldn’t be replicated in the final, though only a year later Carlisle would go one step and further with Collin keeping a clean sheet as Carlisle won the cup.
The penalty heroics didn’t stop there as in his first season at Rotherham Collin proved previous doubters wrong, amazingly winning Rotherham the Play-off final at Wembley with more penalty saving prowess and ultimately a place in the championship.
The Boss and Notts
Collin’s return may have been vastly influenced by the incoming of new manager John Sheridan. The pair previously worked together at Notts County where Sheridan managed in the 2016-17 season with Collin in the ranks.
Last season proved almost successful in a painful play off semi final for County, and despite thirty-four appearances for Kevin Nolan’s team he was unfortunately released.
His return to Carlisle so far hasn’t seen him clinch the starting birth in the team, contrarily, what’s for certain is that Adam Collin is still a goalkeeper to be reckoned with and he will be chomping at the bit to make an impressive return to the Carlisle line up.
Picture Credit: Carlisle United