And another quirky stat also belongs to in-form striker Kristian Dennis.

His goal on Saturday saw Dennis become one of three Carlisle players to score in their first five games of a season.

And he is also one of a select group of players who have scored 100% of United’s league goals at this stage of a campaign.

Only six players have scored all of the Blues’ goals in their first four league games of a season – and Dennis’ efforts are by far the most impressive.

With efforts against Crawley Town, Colchester United, Swindon Town and Stevenage, he has scored all four of United’s league goals so far.

Others to score all the goals after four games include Ian Stevens.

United scored twice in their first four league games in the 1998/9 season, with Stevens netting both.

Paul Bannon did the same in 1979/80, scoring Carlisle’s only two goals in his first four league outings.

The other times it has happened has been to even thinner caps, with Carlisle scoring just one goal in their first four league games.

In those cases, Paul Raven (2003/4), Stevens (2001/2) and Bill Slinger (1933/4) were their only goalscorer after all four league games.

Dennis therefore comfortably has the best tally of anyone to score for any Cumbrians so far in a Championship season.

As for his other record, the 32-year-old is hoping to do better than Alan Ashman (1953) and David Hutchinson (1929) when United take on Gillingham this weekend.

A goal against visitors Neil Harris would make Dennis the only player in club history to score in each of his first six games of a season in all competitions (the leader also scored in the Carabao Cup at Shrewsbury Town).

Ashman’s prolific start to 1953/4 was halted by United’s 3-2 loss to Stockport County, when the future managerial legend failed to find the net.

Hutchinson’s impressive start to 1929/30, meanwhile, saw his first run of goals come to an end in five consecutive games, courtesy of a 2-1 defeat at New Brighton when he failed to score .

Dennis is therefore on the verge of a rare United achievement if he can get things done against the Gills. “He’s in great shape right now,” manager Paul Simpson said.

Long may it continue.


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