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Weekly Briefing
September 25, 2022



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Board Meeting Summary - September 2022

Venue: Upperby CDC and Online

Attendance: Matt Spooner (Vice Chair), Alastair Woodcock (Secretary), Chris Armstrong, Billy Atkinson, Kieron Bulman, Nigel Davidson, Dan Maclennan, Dave Noble, Malcolm Nugent, Carol Wilson

Apologies: Frank Beattie (Chair)

Billy as Holdings board rep reported on the ongoing situation with the PurePay loan. The board agreed to formulate a position on the loan, given the lack of response from PurePay to the club's various offers. Billy and Nigel as board reps would liaise with the club over this.

At 1921 level, Nigel had attended his first board meeting on August 19. A means to communicate details of the meeting had been agreed with the club. This would allow both the CUOSC board and potentially CUOSC members to receive information from 1921 meetings.

Ways to improve the Fan Zone were discussed. A cover for the zone was considered prohibitive cost-wise at the moment. Potential solutions would be looked into and discussed with the club.

Internal CUOSC sub-committees were getting off the ground and dates for progress meetings were discussed.

Initially membership, branding and communications were the areas being developed.

A plan was agreed to adopt a new online membership system, to be overseen by the membership sub-committee. A paper outlining possible ways to increase membership fees was circulated.

The finalisation of the draft manifesto would be held back until a clearer picture of CUOSC as an organisation emerged. There remained the issue of how best to combine the dual functions of a supporters trust (holding shares and having board-level representation) and a supporters club (focusing mainly on fund-raising activities).

Dan and Matt volunteered to be part of CUOSC's representation at CUSG meetings.

Next meeting: Wednesday October 19

 



CUOSC Column - September 22 2022

Fans have been waiting since the season kicked off for a goal from a Blues midfielder – but they didn’t expect it to come from Callum Guy.

United’s number eight had never scored in the League before but broke his duck with a brilliant strike against Wimbledon on Saturday in his 146th League appearance.

It helped the Blues to a valuable three points and, hopefully, opened the gates for his fellow midfielders to get in on the act.

A betting man would have put money on either Owen Moxon or Jordan Gibson to get off the mark before him.

We know both have goals in them and it can only be a matter of time. Gibson, himself, will be hoping to improve on last season’s tally of seven.

All three midfielders have been impressive this season but a few more goals wouldn’t go amiss.

Upfront, Omari Patrick is another player bristling to open his goal account. He looks like a man back in form and you get the feeling he could soon go on a spree.

The win over Wimbledon left the Blues ticking over nicely in mid-table. But some reckon you shouldn’t judge a team until after the first 10 games. That gives added importance to the Blues next two fixtures.

Both are away. First up is Newport on Saturday followed by a trip to Grimsby on Tuesday night.

If we could pick up a few points from these games it could lift the Blues into the top half of the table and provide recognition for the progress we have made on the field over the last few months.

United will be sweating on the fitness of Patrick. He was subbed after picking up a hamstring injury in the EFL Trophy penalty shoot-out win over Fleetwood on Tuesday night.

 It was an entertaining match with the Blues battling gamely against the League One side to earn a 1-1 draw before winning 4-2 on penalties.

If United are to progress further they will need to take something from their final group stage match at Barrow on Tuesday, October 18.

The CUOSC board was due to meet again this week. We were looking to progress the working groups setup to look at branding, membership and communications. And we were also seeking an update on the situation regarding the club’s debt to Purepay.

Meanwhile, a meeting of Carlisle United Supporters Groups (CUSG) which was postponed this week because of the Queen’s funeral will now take place on Monday, September 26.


Malcolm Nugent



Latest from Brunton Park



United once again showed evidence of a strong backbone when they came from behind to claim a point at Newport County yesterday.

With Morgan Feeney and Omari Patrick out with injury, the Cumbrians were not at full strength, but they had created the majority of first half chances when they fell behind on the half hour mark. Nathan Moriah-Welsh got between Paul Huntington and Tomas Holy to clip the ball home after a good run and ball into the box from Thierry Nevers.

Chances were spurned by Owen Moxon and Finley Back in the opening 45 minutes, leaving Carlisle struggling to get back into the game as the second half progressed.

But the equaliser arrived 15 minutes from the end as defender Corey Whelan grabbed his first goal for the club with a sharp finish after a corner kick was deflected into his path by the penalty spot.

United could have claimed all three points but Huntington's late effort on the turn slammed off the home side's cross bar.


Current CUFC squad:
Goalkeepers

Tomas Holy, Gabriel Breeeze, Scott Simons, Michael Kelly
Defenders
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)
Midfield
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
Forwards
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 2021-22

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


CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ON THE CUFC BOARDS

To contact Billy Atkinson or Nigel Davidson, your representatives on the CUFC Holdings and CUFC 1921 boards respectively, please drop an email via info@cuosc.org.uk - 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 - September 26



Quiz Time


Spot the player
Identify the player from the following clues:

Position: DEFENDER
Career: 1959-80
Clubs: Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur, Seattle Sounders, Cardiff City (loan), Cleveland Force

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


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

Category: MODERATE
Season: 1963-64
Line-up: Forgan, Wealthall, Heron, Ashworth, Jackson, M.Scott, J.Scott, Rudd, Gould, Peyton, Lang

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

Answers in next week's briefing




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

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