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Weekly Briefing

May 25, 2019



Dear <<First Name>>



Membership Year End - July 31

The time is fast approaching when memberships have to be renewed. Our membership year end falls on July 31. There is no change to the membership fee which remains at £10 for adults and families, and £5 for Under 18s and OAPs. Valuable benefits come with membership - a £1 share in CUOSC which is the second largest shareholder in CUFC Holdings and a vote at our annual general meeting (see below), plus club shop discount and priority for cup ties and other big games in the coming season.

To renew via PayPal or download the membership form, please visit http://www.cuosc.org.uk/howdoijoin.shtml 

Thanks to all those who have renewed so far. Your support is so important to us, and allows us to maintain our sponsorship of the club. Those of you who have taken out standing orders will see your membership automatically renew on July 31. If there is any problem with taking your payment, we will advise individually.

If you want to know if your membership needs to be renewed please reply to this email and we will advise.

Important: Your current membership card is designed to be permanent. We will not supply a new membership card when you renew. Please keep your membership card in a safe place. We will soon start to charge a fee to replace any cards that have been thrown away.


CUOSC Board Meeting Summary

Upperby CDC 22.05.19

There were no apologies.

Billy had attended the recent board meeting in Jim's absence. The manager had updated the 1921 Board on his offers to existing players and targets for next season. EWM were continuing their financial support of the Club which had enabled it to remain competitive this season.

The issue of succession planning and Blue Yonder (new stadium plans) had been brought by Billy to recent meetings. 

Alastair summarised the most recent CUSG meeting which he had attended along with Jim and John Kukuc. CUOSC would again offer volunteers to carry out the season ticket packing task this summer.

Membership numbers stood at 514. Some renewals had already come in. Finances were solid with almost £5k in the Bank. We would look into using a paid-for Facebook campaign to target new members this summer. AGM was due to be held on July 21 with three board members in Jim Mitchell, Billy Atkinson and Norman Steel due to stand down by rotation. The accounts for 2018-19 had been circulated and were due to be finalised soon.

The Board agreed in principle to CUOSC signing up again next season to United for Business.

Next meeting - June 19


CUSG Meeting Summary - May

East Stand Offices, 20.05.19

Attendance - Simon Clarkson (Chair, London Branch), Geoff Weston (Supporters' Liaison Officer), John Kukuc, Jim Mitchell, Alastair Woodcock (CUOSC), Keith Elliott (CUSAT), Dan McLennan, Matt Spooner (TheCumbrians.net), Barry Carter, Julie Phinn (Disabled Group), Keith Ward (Scottish Supporter), Andy Hall, Amy Nixon, Nigel Clibbens (CUFC)

Apologies – Kate Rowley (CUSAT), John Ireland (West Cumbria Travel), Terry McCarthy (London Branch)

The minutes of the last meeting were accepted. 

Action List
All outstanding items to be covered in agenda.

CUFC Updates
Ground maintenance – Currently in progress was a series of surveys of the stadium, including structural and electrical surveys required for the normal annual SAG (Safety Advisory Group) stadium licensing process. The Club was having to review its ground capacity with the aid of the 'Green Guide' (a safety advisory document which contains calculations and guidelines for stadium capacities).
 
The Club is also considering a further 'fan week' for voluntary work, likely to be first week in July. Volunteers who take part will qualify for complementary friendly match tickets. 

The new electronic scoreboard is being dealt with by the Club's commercial team.

The Jimmy Glass beer can be sold within the ground – ABM have given go-ahead. London Branch to progress – will be taken off action list. CUSG agreed to promote this.

Season ticket sales are picking up with the best day yet for sales recorded this week. Over 1,000 have now been sold. Deadline for reserving seats is at end of this week. Early bird prices are available next week.

The logos for the disabled shelter are awaiting design specs from London Branch.

Disabled toilet doors/locks – have been checked by operations assistant and are ready to go.

EFL – are looking to recruit a new Chair and CEO. New League 1 reps will be needed as both existing reps are from relegated clubs (Walsall and Scunthorpe United). Position as sole League 2 rep (held by John Nixon) is up for re-election by the 24 clubs in L2. New Sky TV deal for EFL will outweigh a reduction in solidarity payments from the Premier League due to a cut in their own TV deal. iFollow will be discussed at EFL Annual Conference (Portugal, June 5-7, Nigel to attend on behalf of CUFC). There is a debate at present about whether clubs retain all their own streaming income or if it is to be shared out amongst clubs according to a formula. 

A question was asked about the recent local football day at Brunton Park, sponsored by Longhorn. The Club do not benefit financially from it. It is a community event that the Club is happy to support.

Events – Family Fun Day to be announced soon, will be on July 20. It will be linked to the Fleetwood friendly on the same day. Players will meet fans, as usual. Attractions tbc.The Club invited CUSG to operate the inflatable 'goal' attraction on the day. CUSG agreed to do this. A flag waving demo would also be staged, using the extra large flags acquired by CUFC earlier this year.

Finances/ fund-raising – £1405.75 in the bank as at May 14. Pin badges have all been sold. All costs from the Jimmy Glass evening have all now been covered. 

Manager's pre-season fans' forum – waiting for fixtures to come out so a date can be fixed. Nigel and David Holdsworth also expected to attend alongside manager and other football staff.

Disabled facilities – Barry has met the operations assistant at Brunton Park to discuss requirements for extending places for disabled supporters. He is taking suggestions from within his group regarding potential plans and is organising a tour of the ground for them. Paddock facility on hold for the moment.  The Warwick Road End was being looked at as a potential alternative location. Club confirmed it was awaiting DSG to decide. Ambulant members of the DSG had asked about slippery steps within the ground. These will be re-painted in the close season to provide more grip. Julie Phinn was attending today due to a request made and Barbara Abbott had also requested to attend a future CUSG meeting, to represent disabled fans.

The Club reiterated that it is offering disabled supporters the chance to move from disabled areas into seats behind the Pioneer disabled area at no extra cost to their season ticket in the disabled area. This will help provide more spaces within the ground for those who can't use seated areas.

Memorabilia – Club has asked a supplier to provide mannequin torsos to display the old CUFC shirts. We are still awaiting the 'missing' shirt from the 02-03 season. Simon was hoping to procure a display cabinet to help show memorabilia in new areas of the ground, to include the Sporting Inn. Dan has catalogued the collection of old programmes and acquired a plastic container to store them. Club offered to keep them at Brunton Park.
 
It was agreed to seek to display the programmes in supporter areas. Club to look at large display boards.

Naming of bars – It was agreed the Fun Day would provide an ideal opportunity to take suggestions for new names. Sunset/Sporting Inn/Legends and Sponsors' lounge all potentially available for new names.

New kit launch – Due on 22/23 June in the city centre. Retail replica and playing kit has been delivered.
 
Group updates
SLO – Geoff reported the EFL had officially recognised him as the Club's new SLO. He now gets regular updates from them. As well as sending old shirts and match balls to fans based overseas, Geoff attends the Thursday pre-match day staff briefings at the ground. He takes youngsters around the ground as part of Cumberland Community Ticket Scheme. Geoff will be getting more support next season from assistant SLOs who will attend away games when Geoff isn't available. Geoff had a volunteer available to wave the big flags CUFC have acquired on match days. He requested more vests and coats for match days.

CUOSC – Addressed again the question about lack of updates from EWM about their long term intentions. Jim stressed CUOSC continue to probe but EWM will only announce anything when they are ready to do so. CUOSC again offered to help with season ticket stuffing/ distribution this summer. The Club indicated that STs will be available to collect on the day of the Hibs friendly. Afterwards they will be posted.

CUOSC had been approached by Workington Reds to publicise last weekend's charity match that benefited the MNDA charity supported by Tony Hopper's family. An email was sent out to all members to publicise this.

The Club's acquiring of the Family Excellence award from the EFL was raised. Nigel explained that two 'mystery' families visited the ground during the season and tested various aspects of the Club's match day offerings. All interactions with the Club were tested, including Club shop offerings, stewarding, catering, information available over the phone and online. The Club confirmed it had achieved 6th place in League 2 and 26th of 63 awarded the status in EFL overall. The Club made clear that they continue to value feedback from families on their match day facilities and service.

The Club had also just received independent mystery feedback from EFL on 'away fan experience'.

CUSAT – Keith explained that CUSAT do ask their members for questions for these meetings via Facebook. Someone had texted him to ask about a rumour that a North East consortium was about to make a takeover bid for CUFC. Nigel said no approach had been made and no evidence there would be.

TheCumbrians.net – had agreed to sponsor the Penrith friendly. This was being funded by the admins and some of their friends.

Scottish supporters group – asked about the Park View partnership. Some had suggested this wasn't benefiting the Club. Nigel explained that CUFC had been contacted by the Park View school at Chester-le-Street to organise a tie-up. Previously, those involved had worked with Gateshead and Berwick Rangers. PV players all wore CUFC kit, paid for by them and CUFC had first opportunity to give PV players a trial. In addition some PV players had trained at the Academy this season and played for the full Academy team. Those players who had gone to Sunderland and Hertha Berlin on trial had been assessed by CUFC staff first. The tie-up did not cost CUFC financially, it was in fact financially beneficial and widened the net of potential new recruits. CUFC Park View age group teams had both won their respective divisional titles this season. The Club stated they saw PV as commercial partners as well as in football.

Any Other Business – The Club confirmed the current position with friendlies organised to date. Hibs home 09/07, Penrith away 13/07, Chester away 16/07 and Fleetwood home 20/07. Dates to fill are 23/07 and 27/07. A rumour about a friendly with Hearts was denied by the Club. 

CUFC said they would support two bucket collections in aid of CUSG fund-raising for fan initiatives next season.

Next meeting – July 1 at 6pm.

  
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ON THE CUFC BOARDS

To contact Jim Mitchell, please drop him an email via boardrep@cuosc.org.uk - 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 - 19.06.19
Next CUSG Meeting - 01.07.19


Quiz Time


Mystery CUFC personality
Over the next few weeks we are running a new series of picture posers. Every personality featured has an association with Carlisle United, either as a player, coach or manager. However the photos show them many years before or after their time at Brunton Park. Can you identify them?


Answer next week. 
First person to email through the correct answer gets a mention in next week's briefing!

Last week's answer : MARTIN HARVEY (correctly answered first by Malcolm Brew)


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

Category: DIFFICULT
Season: 1978-79
Line-up: Stojanovic, Jovanovic, Miletovic, Jurisic, Jovin, Muslin, Petrovic, Blagojevic, Milosavljevic, Savic, Sestic

Last week's answer: FEYENOORD (correctly answered first by Michelle Hall)

Answers in next week's briefing



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

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