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October 2, 2022

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CUOSC Column - September 29 2022

Is it time for the EFL to stand up against the Premier League?

That’s the dilemma lower league clubs face as the top flight continue their discussions on a ‘new deal for football.’

But how can you make demands when you are at the negotiation table with a begging bowl?

Blues boss Paul Simpson touched on the uncomfortable truth when he talked last week about the possible scrapping of FA Cup replays as part of the ‘new deal’.

He said: “Let’s be honest there is no point in us complaining about it. The Premier League with the finances they have at their disposal run the game. They are in charge of it.

“If the Premier League says that is what they want, and will give us money for doing that, we are not in a position to turn it down.

“If it means scrapping an FA Cup game because we get more money which helps us develop as a club, we haven’t got much choice in the matter.”

Many EFL clubs rely on handouts from the Premier League to help them survive. But what fans would like to see is the money distributed more fairly.

That’s why it is disappointing to hear rumours that plans for an independent regulator are likely to be abandoned by new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

The regulator would help put football on a more stable financial footing and would be able to impose a settlement on the Premier League.

Now, with the pressure seemingly off the ‘new deal’ will likely include the revamping of cup competitions and parachute payments but will come with plenty of strings attached.

Short of cutting those strings and, maybe, trying to go it alone there is not too much the EFL can do.

Although, when the elite clubs drew up plans to form a European Super League a couple of years ago it was quickly rejected after a backlash from fans and politicians.

It's just a personal opinion but that sort of pressure may need to be applied again. Campaign group ‘Fair Game’ have launched a petition to ‘Save the future of football.’ You can sign it by visiting:

Meanwhile, the CUOSC board believe we are making progress with new ideas on our membership, branding and communications.

On the field it was a good week for the injury-hit Blues with four points from two tough away games lifting us to eighth in the table.  In the 2-1 win at Grimsby on Tuesday the team showed a desire that can make them a true force to be reckoned with.

Malcolm Nugent

Latest from Brunton Park

The Blues could not follow up their first away victory on Tuesday night with another home win yesterday against Crewe Alexandra.

But Simmo's resurgent side still managed to stretch their unbeaten league run to seven games after a goalless stalemate at Brunton Park.

Neither side carved out many decent chances in a game in which the visitors had more possession and goal attempts.

Omari Patrick came off the bench after his injury cleared up but the striker managed only one decent effort on goal which brought a comfortable save out of Alex keeper Okonkwo.

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 Morpeth Town), Omari Patrick, Kristian Dennis, Oluwatobi Sho-Silva, Ryan Edmondson, Jack Stretton (on loan from Derby County)

Proposed meeting dates 2022-23

Board meetings

Venue: Online, Brunton Park or Upperby

Next meeting: October 19

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 - October 19
Next CUSG Meeting - October 31

Quiz Time

Spot the player
Identify the player from the following clues:

Career: 1969-91
Clubs: Partick Thistle, Hibernian, Orlando Lions, Celtic, Hamilton Academical, Ayr United, Glenafton Athletic

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

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

Category: EASY
Season: 2000-01
Line-up: Hallworth, Thompson, Brazier, Young, Perrett, Greene, Boland, Bonner, Bowen, Nugent. Legg

Last week's answer: YORK CITY (first correct answer from Neil Park)

Answers in next week's briefing

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