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Weekly Briefing

June 12, 2022

Dear <<First Name>>


CUOSC Chatter 

Blues fans have been waiting for a big signing – and it came this week in the shape of 6ft 9in keeper Tomas Holy.

The former Czech youth international is reputedly the tallest player in the Football league and joins United after being released by Ipswich.

Holy, 30, is two inches taller than former England striker Peter Crouch, and is keen to get his career back on track after falling out of favour at Portman Road.

United boss Paul Simpson wants a strong spine to his team and Holy is the first block. Simmo has admitted he has ‘situations going on’ with two other areas through that spine that could come to fruition shortly.

It seems likely he is talking to a central defender and a striker, key positions if we want to be challenging at the top end of the table.

 The guessing game among fans has already begun – and it’s a game we all love playing

A host of players have been linked with the Blues but, so far, none of them have ended up at Brunton Park.

Among them were a couple of goalkeepers who were supposedly on their way but that proved wide of the mark when United announced they had signed Holy.

It won’t stop us guessing. But with Simpson eager to have a few more players in place before pre-season training commences on June 22 we shouldn’t have long to wait.

United’s new kit will be revealed on Thursday June 23 – the same day next season’s fixture list is released.

The following day season ticket holders will have the first chance to buy in person from the Blues Store before they go on general sale on the Saturday.

For more details go to the club website at

Malcolm Nugent

AGM 2022

The date of this year's AGM has been provisionally arranged for Sunday July 24 in Foxy's. We hope to confirm the date asap. Members who wish to stand for election to the board should contact us and get the support of two current CUOSC members who can email in their support to our usual email address of

Thanks to all members who have come forward to enquire about the current vacancy and to those who have asked about standing for an elected position at the AGM. 

Latest from Brunton Park

Tomas Holy arrived this week to fit his considerable size (6 foot, 9 inches or 2.06 metres) into the vacant No.1 goalkeeping role.

Holy will probably be the tallest man ever to play for United. Manager Paul Simpson will be hoping he can also set records for clean sheets if the popular boss is to realise his long-term ambition to lift United out of League 2 into a higher division.

Current CUFC squad:

Tomas Holy, Gabriel Breeeze, Scott Simons
Jack Armer, Morgan Feeney, Corey Whelan, Joel Senior, Jon Mellish, Jack Ellis
Taylor Charters, Josh Dixon, Callum Guy, Brennan Dickenson, Lewis Bell, Jordan Gibson, Max Kilsby, Jamie Devitt**, Owen Moxon
Tristan Abrahams, Sam Fishburn, Omari Patrick, Kristian Dennis, Oluwatobi Sho-Silva 

* Contract offered
** No contract offered but invited back for pre-season training

Proposed meeting dates 2021-22

Board meetings

Venue: Online or Upperby

June 15  – 6.30pm

AGM 2022
July 24 2022 provisional (future AGMs likely to be in January from 2024 onwards)

Catch-up meetings – to arrange as and when needed

Members’ Meeting Dates 
Venue: Online or Brunton Park

Next meeting: TBA


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 - June 15
Next CUSG Meeting - June 27

Quiz Time

Spot the player
Identify the player from the following clues:

Career: 1963-80
Clubs: Bury, Manchester City, San Jose Earthquakes

Last week's answer: PETER OSGOOD (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:  Burton, Doyle, Fogg, Jeffrey, Briggs, Shotton, Jones, Foley, Cassells, Page, Smithers

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

Answers in next week's briefing

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