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Weekly Briefing

April 3, 2022

Dear <<First Name>>

Yesterday's match

SkyBet League Two
Tranmere Rovers 2 - 2 UNITED
Hemmings 15                 Patrick 55
Nevitt 76                         Sho-Silva 90+7

TEAM: Howard, Mellor, Simeu (Sho-Silva), Feeney, McDonald, Dickenson, Gibson, Devine (Toure). Mellish, Patrick, Dennis 

Table: P40 W12 D11 L17 F36 A54 Pts-47 Pos:18

Player of the Season

The time has come to vote for YOUR player of the season.

It's been a challenging season at Brunton Park that has seen three permanent managers and a battle against the possibility of relegation to the National League. Returning hero Paul Simpson has all but achieved the target of safety with six games to play - but the players have played a massive part in the turnaround too. Consider goalkeeper Mark Howard's fine saves including that fine penalty stop against Oldham. Defender Morgan Feeney has grown in stature playing alongside Rod McDonald and lately, Dynel Simeu. Simeu has become a fans' favourite for his wholehearted displays. Another fan favourite is Omari Patrick who rejoined the club in January and has clinched eight goals to help in the survival battle. Fellow winger Jordan Gibson has been a consistent threat all season and has also been amongst the goals including that crucial penalty against Northampton. Brennan Dickenson has won a regular spot on on the left side of midfield and can also play at left wing back. Midfielder/defender Jon Mellish has not been able to match his goalscoring tally from last season but has continued to produce indefatigable displays. Strikers Tobi Sho-Silva and Kristian Dennis who both arrived in January have scored crucial goals in matches that have had a  positive impact on our league position. Last year's winner Callum Guy took over as club captain and has once again been a fulcrum in the middle of the park for United. 

Who gets your vote? Please let us know by replying to this email.

Voting will remain open for two weeks. You may vote for one player only.

The CUOSC Cup 2022

The CUOSC Cup, postponed due to the pandemic in 2020, is being re-launched this year.

The football tournament, which is a six-a-side format for players aged 16 and older, who can play in mens' and womens' sides or as a walking football team, takes place at Brunton Park on Sunday May 1. This is your chance to tread the hallowed turf! 

Entry fee is £10 per player. Squads will be limited to seven players maximum. At least two members of each squad must be current CUOSC members - membership can be paid for on the day.

If you simply want to come along to support the event as a spectator, the Pioneer Stand will be open on the day with admission free. Refreshments will be available. More information about the event will be provided as we get nearer the date.

If you are interested in playing as an individual or as a team, please reply to this email.

News & Star Column 31.03.2022

The sun is shining for Blues fans again. Paul Simpson has worked his magic and brought back happy days to Brunton Park.

It’s great to see supporters and players united behind the manager and fully committed to the cause.

Never was this better illustrated than against high-flying Bristol Rovers at Brunton Park last Saturday when the Blues all but secured League Two safety.

It was a glorious day, brilliant match, terrific atmosphere…and perfect result.

Even Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Rochdale will hardly have dampened supporters’ enthusiasm.

The Blues may not be mathematically safe but fans can be forgiven for casting their thoughts ahead to next season. And it would be hard to find anyone amongst them who doesn’t want to see Simpson remain at the helm.

The board have to do everything within their power to keep him – we know fans will demand nothing less.

It is not going to be easy. The Blues impressive form since he returned – six wins in eight games - means he may have other admirers.

But Simpson, born and bred in Carlisle, must be enjoying his return to the city. He has tasted success here in the past and knows the fans love him. Sometimes a club and a manager are just made for each other. Sometimes it is something that can’t be replicated elsewhere.

Over the last three home games fans have to turn up and try to convince him that is most definitely the case.

There is also important business that must be done in the boardroom. CUOSC are committed to seeing a change of control as are the other owners.

We have already stated we don’t think things can move forward until discussions take place with Purepay retail about repayment of their £2.5million loan.

We believe all the owners understand this – but it is not them holding up discussions.

The next CUOSC members’ meeting is planned for the end of the season with the date to be announced shortly. We want to tie this in with the draft release of our manifesto for the future of the club.

Members should also watch out next week for the vote for their player-of-the season. After the heroics of the last few weeks there’s likely to be a few candidates.

Latest from Brunton Park

United produced yet another last-gasp goal to rescue a point against nine-man Tranmere Rovers yesterday.

Paul Simpson's men have earned a reputation for late goals since his return to the club in February ushered in a change of footballing fortunes.

Rovers went in front when Kane Hemmings slotted home in the first half - but they were later reduced to 10 men when McDonald's dangerous tackle on Kelvin Mellor left the full back sprawled on the turf. Carlisle pulled level on 55 minutes when Omari Patrick cut inside off the wing and drilled in a shot that took a deflection. 

The game appeared to be moving in United's favour but they were undone by a swift break 14 minutes from time with striker Nevitt outpacing Danny Devine and finishing coolly past Mark Howard. Tranmere were reduced to just nine men when Morris kicked Rod McDonald in the head.

Simpson gambled on four attacking players, bringing on Tobi Sho-Silva and Gime Toure. It was the former who latched on to Jordan Gibson's swerving shot after it came off the inside of the far post, heading home to earn a deserved point for the Blues, with almost eight minutes of stoppage time played.

Current CUFC squad:

Magnus Norman, Lukas Jensen (on loan from Burnley), Mark Howard
Rod McDonald, Kelvin Mellor, Jack Armer, Morgan Feeney, Corey Whelan, Joel Senior, Dynel Simeu (on loan from Southampton), Mitchell Roberts (on loan from Birmingham City)
Danny Devine, Taylor Charters (loaned out to Gateshead), Josh Dixon (loaned out), Joe Riley, Callum Guy, Brennan Dickenson, Jon Mellish, Lewis Bell (loaned out), Jordan Gibson, Jamie Devitt
Lewis Alessandra, Gime Toure, Tristan Abrahams (loaned out to Grimsby Town), Manasse Mampala (loaned out to Weymouth), Tyrese Omotoye (on loan from Norwich City), Sam Fishburn, Omari Patrick, Kristian Dennis, Owen Windsor (on loan from West Bromwich Albion), Oluwatobi Sho-Silva 

First Year Professionals (both academy players)
Gabriel Breeze, Scott Simons (goalkeepers)

Proposed meeting dates 2021-22

Board meetings

Venue: Online or Upperby

April 13  – 6.30pm

AGM 2022
July 17 2022 (future AGMs likely to be in January from 2024 - TBC)

Catch-up meetings – to arrange as and when needed

Members’ Meeting Dates 
Venue: Online or Brunton Park

Next meeting to be arranged.


To contact Jim Mitchell, please drop him an email via - you can raise any issue with him. Some things may not be relevant at board meeting level but Jim has regular contact with various people at the football club and your issue will be raised with the appropriate personnel, should it require an answer from the club. As an attendee at meetings of Carlisle United Supporters Groups he has the opportunity to raise concerns, queries and issues in that forum as well. You can also raise internal CUOSC issues with Jim. If Jim isn't available, we will pass on your query to his deputy, Billy Atkinson. Billy is also your representative on the board of CUFC Holdings

Next CUOSC Board Meeting - April 13
Next CUSG Meeting - April 4

Quiz Time

Spot the player
Identify the player from the following clues:

Position: STRIKER
Career: 1963-75
Clubs: Sheffield United, Leeds United

Last week's answer: GARY LINEKER (first correct answer from Malcolm Brew) 

Spot the Club
Identify the club from the team line-up and season :

Category: MODERATE
Season: 1977-78
Line-up:  Downsborough, Hardcastle, Spark, Fretwell, Middleton, Smith, Watson, Dolan, Cooke, Wright, Hutchins

Last week's answer: BRENTFORD (first correct answer from Malcolm Brew )

Answers in next week's briefing

Weekly Briefing editor: Alastair Woodcock
News & Star column: Malcolm Nugent

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