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Weekly Briefing

April 10, 2022

Dear <<First Name>>

Yesterday's match

SkyBet League Two
UNITED 0 - 1 Exeter City
                       Amond 89
Att: 5,132

TEAM: Howard, Mellor, Simeu, Feeney, McDonald, Dickenson (Roberts), Gibson, Devine. Mellish, Patrick (Toure), Dennis (Sho-Silva)

Table: P41 W12 D11 L18 F36 A55 Pts-47 Pos:19

Player of the Season

The time has come to vote for YOUR player of the season.

It's been a challenging season at Brunton Park that has seen three permanent managers and a battle against the possibility of relegation to the National League. Returning hero Paul Simpson has all but achieved the target of safety with six games to play - but the players have played a massive part in the turnaround too. Consider goalkeeper Mark Howard's fine saves including that fine penalty stop against Oldham. Defender Morgan Feeney has grown in stature playing alongside Rod McDonald and lately, Dynel Simeu. Simeu has become a fans' favourite for his wholehearted displays. Another fan favourite is Omari Patrick who rejoined the club in January and has clinched eight goals to help in the survival battle. Fellow winger Jordan Gibson has been a consistent threat all season and has also been amongst the goals including that crucial penalty against Northampton. Brennan Dickenson has won a regular spot on on the left side of midfield and can also play at left wing back. Midfielder/defender Jon Mellish has not been able to match his goalscoring tally from last season but has continued to produce indefatigable displays. Strikers Tobi Sho-Silva and Kristian Dennis who both arrived in January have scored crucial goals in matches that have had a  positive impact on our league position. Last year's winner Callum Guy took over as club captain and has once again been a fulcrum in the middle of the park for United. 

Who gets your vote? Please let us know by replying to this email.

Thanks to all those who have voted so far - it's a close contest up to now so every vote is going to count! Voting closes at midnight next Saturday. 

Statement issued by CUOSC

Carlisle United Accounts & Purepay Retail Ltd

Following on from our article today in the News & Star (which can also be found on the CUOSC website and which will appear in the next CUOSC Briefing), where we touched on the release of the latest set of Carlisle United accounts, the CUOSC Board would like to add the following:

Despite the relatively healthy picture shown in those accounts, attention must be drawn to note 1.2 which refers to material uncertainty, as Purepay Retail Ltd have not, for the first time in the last few years, provided a letter of support for the club going forward.

Our representative on CUFC Holdings Ltd can confirm that the Holdings board have repeatedly asked to discuss the issue of the outstanding debt (£2.33m as at these latest set of accounts) and how it can be managed. Purepay have disappointingly chosen not to engage or bring the issue to a conclusion.

As supporters are clearly aware, the club is currently riding high on the crest of a wave with the amazing turnaround in form on the pitch since the return of Paul Simpson to the club. Our heartfelt thanks go to Paul for his decision to return to Brunton Park and for the amazing work he has done with the squad since arriving home in Carlisle, guiding us up the League Two table to (almost!) safety.

However, for this Blue wave to continue beyond the end of the current season, it is imperative that the off-field situation regarding the debt to Purepay Retail Ltd is resolved as soon as possible. Fundamentally, a reasonable agreement on the debt between the club and Purepay going forward will:

*Enable on and off pitch planning for next season to take place in earnest and with a significant degree of clarity across the club.

*Allow for the way forward regarding a change of control in ownership of the football club, with no significant obstacles in the way.

*Provide the necessary certain and settled environment for Carlisle United to move forward with both on and off the pitch aims for next season and beyond.

As such, we implore Purepay Retail Ltd to firstly indicate that they are willing to come to the table to discuss the crucial matter of the debt and secondly, that they do so as a matter of urgency with just over 4 weeks and 6 games of the current season remaining.

Carlisle United Official Supporters’ Club Board
Owner of 25.37% of CUFC Holdings Ltd
CUFC Holdings Ltd owns 94% of Carlisle United AFC (1921) Ltd

News & Star Column 07.04.2022


I’m sure fans are looking forward to being back in Brunton Park when we face Exeter on Saturday following another dramatic game against Tranmere last weekend! Exeter will give us another tough battle, but if the last nine games are anything to go by, we’ve got more than a chance!

The point against Tranmere all but ensures survival. Where many look for 50 points to guarantee safety, a quick look at the table for recent seasons shows that 47 should be enough. But of course, fans, the lads, and Simo want more!

Off the field, this week saw the release of the CUFC company accounts for the 2020/21 season which shed light on the operations of the club through the difficulties of Covid. As the resident finance person of CUOSC, I have been taking a look.

During this season, the absence of the Blue Army in Brunton Park made it financially difficult for Carlisle, as for all clubs. In line with Nigel Clibbens’ previous updates, the accounts showed that the club weathered the Covid storm well. Though the club had a drop in revenue from £4.6m to £4m, the club was supported with help from the Premier League, fans donations of season ticket money, ifollow income, cost savings, Government support, and of course player sales. Wages and salaries, always a club’s biggest cost, remained stable at c. £2.5m. After all income and expenses, the club made a profit of £401k, down from £782k the previous year, which was also helped by player sales.

Of course, the biggest talking point remains the Purepay debt which rose to £2.33m from £2.25m during the reporting period. This remains the biggest issue for directors to resolve. A look at other League Two clubs shows that this is sizable, but debt is not uncommon. For the 19/20 season, Morecambe showed an amount of £2.1m under ‘other borrowings’, and spare a thought for Colchester who have £29m ‘owed to group undertakings’.

However, attention must be drawn to note 1.2 of the accounts that states a ‘material uncertainty’ exists as Purepay ‘have not provided confirmation that they will not seek repayment of the amounts owed’. CUOSC will comment further on this shortly.

I would like to add my praise to the club for the completeness and transparency in the accounts. Having studied football clubs accounts for a few years now, Carlisle’s are amongst the most comprehensive in the entire EFL.

Over the coming weeks, I will be watching League Two clubs’ accounts go on Companies House and look forward to providing a financial overview of the league.

This week's column was written by Mark Middling

Latest from Brunton Park

The boot was on the other foot for United yesterday as promotion-chasers Exeter City produced their own late show to collect the points at a sunny but cold Brunton Park.

Striker Padraig Amond stooped to conquer in the 89th minute of an encounter dominated for large spells by the visitors. He crept into space inside the six yard box to flick his header beyond Mark Howard and into the corner of the net. 

Earlier Howard had made a series of top saves to keep the Grecians out. The United defence had played solidly all afternoon so the late goal was a bitter pill to swallow. Kelvin Mellor went closest for Carlisle when his shot was tipped over by Cameron Dawson. The result leaves the Blues 19th in the table with a 10 point cushion over the relegation zone. They need six points to guarantee their EFL status from the final five fixtures.

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

April 13  – 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 - April 13
Next CUSG Meeting - May 16

Quiz Time

Spot the player
Identify the player from the following clues:

Career: 1980-2000
Clubs: Reading, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Swindon Town (loan), Instant-Dict (loan), Grimsby Town, Aldershot Town, Merthyr Tydfil

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

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

Season: 1976-77
Line-up:  Coates, Sibbald, Blair, O'Neil, Higham, Taylor, Hughes, Galley, O'Riley, Wilson, Snookes

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

Answers in next week's briefing

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