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Weekly Briefing

June 5, 2022

Dear <<First Name>>

Manifesto for Change

Recently we released our manifesto for the future of CUFC. It was shown to members who attended the meeting in Foxy's on May 12. We have made it available for downloading. Link below:

We welcome any comments or suggestions you have to make. We'd like all responses within the next week so we can work on completing any changes and publish the final version before our AGM which will be held in July.


CUOSC Chatter 

A big thank-you and congratulations to United’s London Branch supporters’ who this week commemorated one of the Blues finest hours.

They produced a special edition of their ‘Hit The Bar’ fanzine to mark the 50th anniversary of United’s exploits in the Anglo-Italian Cup – and in particular, their 3-2 win over AS Roma in the Stadio Olimpico.

It includes contributions from both Carlisle and Roma players and is a great read for all Blues fans, whatever their age. It is available for anyone to access on their website at:

United’s team included legends like Chris Balderstone and Allan Ross plus the great Stan Bowles. And it is a reminder that as a club we are capable of competing at a higher level than League Two.

Sadly, only a handful of Blues fans witnessed the victory in Rome - yet what a tale they had to tell!

They could claim with some justification it was our greatest ever win. But was it really?

I’m sure we all have our personal memories of great ‘away days’. For me it is hard to look past the 2-0 win at Chelsea in August 1974. It was our debut in the old First Division with the Chelsea players forming a guard of honour to welcome the Blues on to the pitch.

Like Roma, they probably thought that ‘little’ Carlisle would give them few problems. But how wrong they were. Everyone was proud to be a Cumbrian that night.

More recently was the Conference play-off final victory over Stevenage at Stoke in May 2005. Peter Murphy’s goal gave us a 1-0 win and the relief was immeasurable because we were making a quick return to the Football league.

The wins at Wembley against Brentford and Colchester in the Football League Trophy finals must also rank highly.

But what about our first visit to Wembley in the Trophy final in 1995? There were more than 27,000 Carlisle fans among a near 80,000 crowd for the clash with Birmingham. We may have lost 1-0 in extra time but what a feeling it was to enter Wembley and see so many Blues fans. A day never to be forgotten.

Let us know some of your best Blues’ ‘away day’ memories and we will give them a mention. Email

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 this week. 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

The board is currently short of a quorum so we will be co-opting another member until the date of the AGM. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to fill this role, please reply to this email. We are ideally looking for someone with financial/accounting skills.

Mark Middling

The board of CUOSC would like to put on record their thanks for Mark's efforts during his stint as a board member. The work he has done on football club financial accountability and transparency is important and it has the potential to help CUFC in the long run as well as other clubs. He has also made a valuable contribution to Fair Game, which he continues to be a part of.

We hope to welcome Mark back to the board in future when he feels able to return.


Latest from Brunton Park

Goalkeeper Magnus Norman turned down the chance to stay at Brunton Park this week, meaning Paul Simpson will be stepping up his search for a new keeper in the coming weeks. Youngsters Gabriel Breeze and Scott Simons are the only goalkeepers on the club's books as things stand.

Current CUFC squad:

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:

Position: STRIKER
Career: 1964-79
Clubs: Chelsea, Southampton, Norwich City (loan), Philadelphia Fury, Chelsea

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

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

Category: EASY
Season: 1981-82
Line-up:  Knight, McLaughlin. Sullivan, Doyle, Aizlewood, Ellis, Berry, Rafferty, Senior, Tait, Crown

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

Answers in next week's briefing

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