Blue Army is on the march

NEWS & STAR COLUMN, 26.08.2021

Fans have shown they are ready to back the Blues in big numbers.

There were healthy crowds for our first two home games at Brunton Park and on Saturday nearly 1000 fans will travel across the Pennines for our clash with Hartlepool – a sell-out away following.

They are all craving for a bit of success and are hoping this season will finally be the one.

With the Blues unbeaten after four games we have the same six points as we had at this stage last season when we went on to top the table at Christmas.

We all know what happened after that but head coach Chris Beech has assembled a hungry squad that will keep improving.

Although we had to settle for a point against Leyton Orient at the weekend, fans enjoyed the game and, at least around me in the Paddock, appreciated the work rate and commitment of the players.

 We had enough chances to win the match but most seem to agree we are lacking in the final third and missing a proven goal-scorer. Unfortunately, they don’t come cheap and at our level  Beech will have to unearth his own.

He has already brought in 18-year-old Bradley Young on loan from Aston Villa to supplement Tristan Abrahams and Manasse Mampala

The teenager is highly rated and many think we were lucky to get him. Although this will be his first taste of League football he looks a feisty character and it will be interesting to see what impact he makes.

 Beech has to decide whether to risk him from the start against Hartlepool.

He has also admitted he is still on the look-out for players with the transfer window due to close on Tuesday. Having lost vice-captain Aaron Haydon to Wrexham he may decide a defender is a bigger priority.

Whatever happens here’s hoping it is a great day out for the Blue Army on Saturday.

Off the field, CUOSC understands the frustration fans feel at the lack of progression on ‘succession of ownership’ at the club. We continue to await the outcome of a number of meetings that may help bring matters to a conclusion. As soon as we have something firm to report we will inform members.

Two of CUOSC’s directors have provided input into the ‘Fair Game’ campaign which is seeking to influence and work with the government’s fan-led review into the governance of the football.

The movement is supported by a growing number of clubs and politicians and Mark Middling and Nigel Davidson have helped on the financial and the Equality, Discrimination and Inclusion (EDI) part of proceedings.