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Weekly Briefing
September 5, 2022

Dear <<First Name>>

Membership Reminder


All members who have yet to renew were contacted recently. Thanks to all of you who have renewed. All remaining members will receive a follow-up this week. Membership continues to cost £10 for Adults and Families and £5 for Seniors and Juniors (under 16s). 

Match Day presence is beefed up

We have increased our match day presence with new kiosks which will be manned by representatives on match days. As well as our Study Centre surgeries, we will have reps in the Fan Zone and in the East Stand concourse. Members can renew their memberships or just chat about the club and the Trust. Come and see us!

Fans enjoy being 'in the zone' - and the three points

The Blues got the job done on Saturday. Admittedly, it wasn’t stylish but they bagged what mattered most – three points.

The 1-0 win against Gillingham was vital to keep United on track after an injury-disrupted start to the season.

The visitors were no mugs and it was just the sort of game fans have become accustomed to seeing us lose. That, perhaps, explains the nervousness in the stadium that boss Paul Simpson spoke about in his post-match interviews.

However, it was a gritty and hard-earned victory that showed just how far we have come since Simpson took the helm back in February.

And it meant fans could, rightly, hang on to the optimism they have about the new season.

While the performance on the field was, maybe, not ‘top-of-the-class’ there were plenty of high grades to hand out off the pitch.

The club worked hard in the close season with their catering partners John Watt and Son and are reaping success.

The Fan Zone behind the West Stand was buzzing and busier than it has ever been.

Supporters were enjoying the atmosphere and, of course, that rare Cumbrian phenomenon – sunshine. The club are likely to be exploring all the options for when more usual Carlisle weather returns.

And if the sun helped in the Fan Zone it also showed the Brunton Park pitch in all its glory. Dave Mitchell and his ground staff have done a magnificent job once again and there cannot be many better playing surfaces throughout the EFL.

Let’s hope the sun is shining once more this Saturday when the Blues are at home again. They have a chance to make ground in the top half of the table if they can defeat Rochdale.

 United should be near full strength with Morgan Feeney, Owen Moxon and Ryan Edmondson all ready to make an impact after recovering from injury.

 CUOSC representatives will be around the ground - in the Fan Zone, the concourse under the East Stand and in the study centre (next to the club shop) - available to chat to fans. Why not sign up or renew your membership. It costs £10 for an adult for a year and £5 for seniors and Under-18s. Benefits include discount at the club shop.

Malcolm Nugent

Latest from Brunton Park

United produced a stirring fightback on Saturday to claim a point against bottom side Rochdale.

The visitors, fired up by the recent appointment of former Morecambe boss Jim Bentley as their new manager, twice held the lead at Brunton Park, but twice the Cumbrians battled back.

Scott Quigley claimed two debut goals for Dale, one in each half. Devante Rodney ran through the Cumbrians' defence to claim the goal which put the visitors in front again in the second half.

Jon Mellish struck his second goal in as many league games to bring United level in the first half before Rochdale's quick two-goal salvo after the break. Within five minutes Kristian Dennis claimed his sixth goal of the campaign with a close-range near post finish which crept over the line. Twelve minutes from time defender Paul Huntington rose to meet an Owen Moxon corner and claim a point.

Current CUFC squad:

Tomas Holy, Gabriel Breeeze, Scott Simons, Michael Kelly
Jack Armer, Morgan Feeney, Corey Whelan, Joel Senior, Jon Mellish, Jack Ellis, Ben Barclay (on loan from Stockport County), Finley Back (on loan from Nottingham Forest), Paul Huntington, Duncan Idehen (on loan from Bristol City)
Taylor Charters, Josh Dixon, Callum Guy, Brennan Dickenson, Lewis Bell (loaned out to Gretna 2008), Jordan Gibson, Max Kilsby (loaned out to Annan Athletic), Jamie Devitt, Owen Moxon, Sonny Hilton (on loan from Fulham), Jayden Harris
Sam Fishburn (loaned out to Blyth Spartans), Omari Patrick, Kristian Dennis, Oluwatobi Sho-Silva, Ryan Edmondson, Jack Stretton (on loan from Derby County)

Proposed meeting dates 2021-22

Board meetings

Venue: Online, Brunton Park or Upperby

Next meeting: September 21

AGM 2023/24
To Be Announced

Catch-up meetings – to arrange as and when needed

Members’ Meeting Dates 
Venue: Online or Brunton Park

Next meeting: TBA


To contact Billy Atkinson or Nigel Davidson, your representatives on the CUFC Holdings and CUFC 1921 boards respectively, please drop an email via - you can raise any issue with them. Some things may not be relevant at board meeting level but both our reps have 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 attendees at meetings of Carlisle United Supporters Groups we also have the opportunity to raise concerns, queries and issues in that forum as well. If Nigel isn't available, we will pass on your query to his deputy, Carol Wilson. 

Next CUOSC Board Meeting - September 21
Next CUSG Meeting - September 19

Quiz Time

Spot the player
Identify the player from the following clues:

Position: STRIKER
Career: 1978-99
Clubs: Leek Town, Port Vale, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall (loan), Charlton Athletic

Last week's answer: BOBBY KERR (no correct answers) 

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

Category: EASY
Season: 2003-04
Line-up: Wilson, Abbey, Macauley, Carragher, Munroe, Harsley, Widdrington, Whittaker, Tipton, Parkin

Last week's answer: NORTHAMPTON TOWN (first correct answer from Neil Park)

Answers in next week's briefing

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

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