NEWS & STAR COLUMN 22.12.22
Let’s get Brunton Park rocking on Boxing Day.
The Blues will be hoping for a bumper crowd for their clash with Bradford City (3pm).
It will be United’s first home game for over three weeks and with both sides battling for a play-off position it should be a Christmas cracker.
Fans have been backing the team this season in their best numbers for over 10 years and there is little doubt they will be out in force again on Monday.
It promises to be a terrific atmosphere and that Brunton ‘roar’ could make all the difference when it comes to racking up three points.
The Bradford match also gives fans a chance to make sure they don’t miss out in the Blues’ Christmas raffle.
A host of local businesses have donated prizes that include deluxe food hampers and a four night stay at Stanwix Park. CUOSC have put up a hospitality package for 10 people in Foxy’s worth £500. A full list can be found on our website at www.cuosc.org.uk
The raffle, to raise funds for fan related projects, has been organised by Carlisle United Supporter Groups (CUSG) and will be drawn on Wednesday, December 28.
Tickets cost £1 each and can be bought in the Blues store and around Brunton Park. Watch out for our representatives, and others, selling tickets.
The future direction of CUOSC was one of the topics at our board meeting last week. We plan to discuss it again in more detail early in the New Year before asking members to become involved.
Members’ benefits were also talked about with a view to overhauling and clarifying them.
Tributes have poured in for former CUOSC director Jim Mitchell, who has died aged 76.
Jim was our representative on the club’s 1921 operational board for many years and also served as chair of the community sports trust.
Billy Atkinson, CUOSC’s Holdings Board director, said: “He lived and breathed Carlisle United. It was his absolute passion. It often seemed nothing was more important to Jim than the club and its future. He wanted the Blues to be at the heart of the community.”
Nigel Davidson, who took over from Jim on the 1921 board, said: “Jim was knowledgeable, intelligent, plain speaking and so passionate about CUFC, the community trust and the supporters’ trust.”
Our condolences go to his wife Marion and family.