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Weekly Briefing

April 17, 2022

Dear <<First Name>>

Friday's match

SkyBet League Two
Walsall 1 - 0 UNITED
Earing 45+2
Att: 5,114

TEAM: Howard, Mellor, Simeu, Feeney (Riley), McDonald, Dickenson, Gibson, Mellish, Patrick, Dennis (Sho-Silva), Omotoye (Armer)

Table: P42 W12 D11 L19 F36 A56 Pts-47 Pos:19

Player of the Season 2021-22

Thanks to all members who voted.

Voting is now CLOSED and we will announce the winner at the end of the season.

The CUOSC Cup 2022 

Thanks to all those who have expressed an interest in this year's tournament. We will be back in touch this week with more information.

News & Star Column 14.04.2022

Blues fans are hoping they will be able to rest easy next week knowing we are mathematically safe from relegation.

If results go for them United can come out of the Easter weekend with their Football League status intact.

First up we have a trip to Walsall tomorrow (Friday) followed by a home clash with promotion-chasing Mansfield at Brunton Park on Monday.

Walsall find themselves in a similar predicament to the Blues, just 10 points clear of the drop zone with five games to go. Their players have been warned they are fighting for their livelihoods so it will not be easy.

However, the Mansfield game promises to be an even sterner test as we entertain yet another side chasing automatic promotion and desperate for points.

Blues boss Paul Simpson will be demanding a big response from his team after last weekend’s disappointing defeat by Exeter.

That shouldn’t be a problem. Although we struggled to get a foothold in the game against Exeter it was still worlds away from some of our poor displays in the pre-Simpson days. We, at least, defended bravely and were competitive until falling to a late goal.

After the Swindon debacle on February 19 most fans left Brunton Park convinced we were destined to be relegated. No one thought we would be 10 points clear with five games to go.

Simpson has turned things around brilliantly and there is widespread desire among the fans to keep him at the club next season.

While the board have to pull out all the stops to persuade him to stay, the fans can do their bit as well by turning out in force on Easter Monday and getting behind the Blues.

Then once we are safe everyone can fully focus on the future.

CUOSC members have until Saturday night to vote for their player of the season. It is a close contest so far so every vote is going to count.

Eighteen teams will take part in the CUOSC Cup, a six-a-side tournament for football fans at Brunton Park on Sunday May 1.

It was originally planned for 2020 but had to be postponed because of Covid.

If the competition is a success it is hoped it can be expanded next year. Watch out for more information in the coming days.


Latest from Brunton Park

United still need one more win to guarantee their safety after losing for the third time in four games at Walsall on Good Friday.

Jack Earing's deflected shot two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the first half proved to be the difference between the two sides. The Cumbrians carved out some chances, none better than the one that fell to Kristian Dennis early in the game that brought a good save out of Walsall's Carl Rushworth,

Paul Simpson's men now go into Easter Monday's home game with Mansfield Town knowing either a win or a result that matches Oldham's away at Forest Green will guarantee EFL football again next season.

A further blow for United came with the news that in-form defender Morgan Feeney had left the field at the Bescot Stadium after suffering heart palpitations.

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 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 - May 11
Next CUSG Meeting - May 16

Quiz Time

Spot the player
Identify the player from the following clues:

Career: 1967-91
Clubs: West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Everton, Manchester City, Fort Lauderdale Sun, Norwich City, Bolton Wanderers, Stockport County, Oldham Athletic, Shrewsbury Town

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

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

Category: MODERATE
Season: 1981-82
Line-up:  Owers, M.Newton, Rutherford, Hissett, Hills, Nattrass, Milford, Richardson, Parnaby, D.Newton, Cross

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

Answers in next week's briefing

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