New dad Peter Murphy grabbed the only goal as Carlisle saw off Brentford 1-0 to lift the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley.
Murphy's two-day-old son, and proud new mum Lisa, were among a crowd of 40,000 to see the 30-year-old defender thump in the first-half winner.
Brentford's rookie goalkeeper Simon Moore was starting only his fourth senior match and quickly found himself in the thick of the action with a fine diving save to keep out Francois Zoko's header, but the youngster could do nothing to prevent Carlisle scoring from the resulting corner.
Zoko challenged for James Berrett's cross and the ball fell to Murphy eight yards out to control on his knee before crashing it past Moore high into the net.
Brentford tried to hit straight back and Sam Saunders curled a free-kick wide from 25 yards.
Carlisle were dealt a blow midway through the half when midfielder Ben Marshall left the field on a stretcher after he was fouled by Adam Reed.
Saunders fired another shot wide as the first half drew to a close but the Bees were distinctly below par.
Nicky Forster, leading Brentford out at Wembley after just two months as a manager, threw on substitute Marcus Bean at half-time and his side improved after the break.
Karleigh Osborne was then inches away from a dangerous Saunders cross as the Bees pressed. But Toumani Diagouraga, who had been booked moments earlier, scythed down Tom Taiwo three minutes from time and was sent off.
Leon Legge put a header wide in stoppage time, but moments later the final whistle blew to give Murphy and Carlisle something else to celebrate.
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.