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Weekly Briefing

June 10, 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 

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.

Close season update

Today's news that Jamie Devitt has turned down the Club's contract offer and is on his way out of Brunton Park has been met with predictable claims of a Club in 'chaos' who lack any ambition. First of all, it must be remembered that Bury were being lauded as 'ambitious' a year ago and we all know how that turned out. Can they be allowed to play in League One (or even League Two) after failing to pay their players for months? The current CUFC set-up is all about avoiding such scenarios - and right now, there are a growing number of fresh financial crises, be it at Bury, Bolton, Macclesfield, Gateshead or other clubs.

We've lost most of our best players down the years. So Devitt will be a loss but so were Ivor Broadis, Bob Hatton, Stan Bowles, Billy Rafferty, Peter Beardsley, Matt Jansen, Rory Delap and Brad Potts. They all made major contributions but were ultimately replaced. Devitt was here longer than Bowles, Rafferty or Beardsley. For a player who showed an ability to perform at a higher level than League 2, a move was always likely, no matter the terms offered by United. His departure partly reflects his own ambitions and partly the new sobriety that the Club has had to adopt in terms of its own outlook since the arrival of EWM as main backers in March 2017.

Devitt was signed in the summer of 2016 alongside players like Shaun Miller, Mike Jones and Nicky Adams, when United were showing the 'ambition' that they are now accused of lacking. The facts are that that expensively-assembled squad, who began with a Club-record 15-game unbeaten run, ran into trouble with seven goalless games and a record run of games without a clean sheet to limp into the play-offs and eventually lost out narrowly to Exeter City. The cost of the promotion gamble could be properly measured by 2018 when the Club announced a loss of almost £700,000. This meant, in conjunction with new financial backers EWM a new approach had to be adopted. This began in earnest last summer when over half the squad had to be signed due to departures. A similar situation is now facing United. Manager Pressley has signed three defensive players thus far, but needs to bring in at least ten new faces with the priority a striker and a player who can fill the considerable void left by Devitt. Pressley was given a new contract due to his positive approach to player preparation and his solid reputation within the professional ranks for fitness levels and man management. These facets persuaded the Board to retain his services despite disappointing results since his mid-January arrival.

Squad so far for next season (players under contract):

Adam Collin
Louis Gray
Jack Iredale
Jon Mellish
Christie Elliott
Keighran Kerr
Kelvin Etuhu
Hallam Hope
Josh Dixon
Jarrod Branthwaite
Liam McCarron

Contracts offered to:

Mike Jones
Stefan Scougall

Pre-season friendlies (to date):

Hibernian (h) 09.07
Penrith (a) 13.07
Chester (a) 16.07
Fleetwood (h) 20.07
Tranmere (h) 23.07

2019-20 fixtures to be announced on June 20


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 - 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 : CLIVE MIDDLEMASS (correctly answered first by Michael Driver)

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

Category: MODERATE
Season: 1970-71
Line-up: Piloni, Spinosi, Morini, Marchetti, Furino, Salvadore, Haller, Capello, Causio, Anastasi, Bettega

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

Answers in next week's briefing

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