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Weekly Briefing

May 1, 2022

Dear <<First Name>>

Yesterday's match

SkyBet League Two
UNITED 2 - 1 Stevenage
Riley 52          Norris pen 88
Alessandra 63
Att: 5,701

TEAM: Howard, Ellis (Mellor), Whelan, Feeney, Mellish, Armer, Gibson, Riley (Alessandra), Dickenson, Patrick, Dennis (Omotoye)

Table: P45 W14 D11 L20 F39 A60 Pts-53 Pos:18

Back The Blues!

Paul Simpson has committed himself to Carlisle United for the next three years. Read our statement below:

CUOSC are delighted with the news that Paul Simpson will be staying at Brunton Park for the next three years.

The contract agreed with Paul means he has the opportunity to build on the excellent and necessary work he has done with the first team squad since February and gives the club every chance of advancement over the coming seasons.

Paul was brought in with the sole aim of keeping the club in the EFL. He achieved that with three games to play. He now has the opportunity to re-shape the football side of the club to create a sustainable platform for success.

There is of course a lot of work ahead but we are confident that Paul can improve every aspect of the playing side from scouting to coaching and most importantly, on-pitch performance.

We think every fan will be delighted with this news and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul for everything he has done this season and wish him every success for the future.

Billy Atkinson, CUOSC rep on the Holdings board, commented:

“Everyone knows the fans wanted Simmo to stay. It is great that the directors have pulled out all the stops to make it possible.
If everyone unites behind Simmo and we all pull in the same direction then hopefully the club can look forward to a brighter future”

You can get behind Simmo and the team for next season by buying your season ticket NOW! The 'early buy' period runs until June 17, allowing you to make the biggest savings.

Prices for existing ST holders are once again frozen, but there is a small increase for new ST purchases. Current ST holders have until May 13 to renew their ticket and reserve their existing seats.

Full details on season tickets for 2022-23 are below:

End of Season Awards Dinner, 2021-22

Halston Hotel, Warwick Road, Carlisle
Sunday May 8 2022

The end of season awards are coming up. For more information and to book your place, please see the link below:

News & Star Column 28.04.2022

The Blues final home match of the season against Stevenage gives fans the chance to celebrate Paul Simpson’s decision to stay at Brunton Park for the next three years – providing hope for a brighter future.

He now has the chance to reshape the football side of the club and we wish him every success.

But it is not the only game taking place on the ‘hallowed turf’ this weekend.

The following day sees the inauguration of the ‘CUOSC Football Fun Day’ where around 18 teams will take part in a new six-a-side tournament.

With food and drink outlets open in the concourse under the East Stand  we are hoping family, friends and supporters will turn up to make it a celebration of football.

And, if your days of running around a football field are behind you, we are planning to give you the chance to try out the ‘walking football’ option.

The event starts at 9am and will finish around 2pm. There will be 10 men’s supporters’ teams – including one from United’s London Branch – competing in two groups of five. Plus, there will be four women’s games and four walking football matches.

If it is a success CUOSC hopes the competition becomes bigger and better next year. Entry will be free on the day and the bar opens at 11am so come and give your support.

The previous day against Stevenage, fans will want to pay tribute to Simpson for keeping us in the League, something that didn’t look likely just a couple of months ago.

Among the crowd will be members of the Blues’ Norwegian supporters group who will be making their first trip to Brunton Park for three years.

The group have been supporting the Blues for nearly 20 years and have around 35 members and visited Brunton Park regularly until the covid pandemic. They also sponsor the match-ball plinth and have donated money to help with Academy projects.

The Blues have produced some fine performances since Simpson took charge and everyone will be hoping to see another one on Saturday.

It will also be a chance to bid farewell to young defender Dynel Simeu, whose infectious enthusiasm since he joined on loan from Premier League Southampton has won over supporters and made him an ‘adopted Cumbrian.’

Although most of his heroics have been at the back, in recent weeks he has been very close to getting on the score sheet. Fans would love to see him ‘sign off’ at Brunton Park with his first league goal.

CUOSC directors will be around the ground talking to fans and hoping to persuade them to join our supporters group. We will also be available in the study centre, next to the club shop, between 1.30-2.30pm


Latest from Brunton Park

United finished their home league fixtures with a deserved 2-1 victory over Stevenage.

Second half goals from Joe Riley and Lewis Alessandra enabled Paul Simpson to celebrate the announcement of his three-year contract with a win and three points.

Stevenage grabbed a late consolation from the spot after Corey Whelan hauled down Scott Cuthbert in the box. Luke Norris converted the kick.

The result leaves the Cumbrians in 18th place in the table with one game remaining at Bradford City next Saturday. 

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

May 11  – 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 : Thursday May 12 (provisional)


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 - May 11
Next CUSG Meeting - May 16

Quiz Time

Spot the player
Identify the player from the following clues:

Position: DEFENDER
Career: 1979-99
Clubs: Gillingham, Norwich City, Manchester United, Birmingham City, Sheffield United

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

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

Category: EASY
Season: 1981-82
Line-up:  Harrington, Rayner, Burns, Storton, Zelem, Needham, Sutcliffe, Ludlam, Simpson, Henderson, Allen

Last week's answer: CHARLTON ATHLETIC (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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