NEWS & STAR COLUMN 18.11.21
CUOSC have joined a number of supporters’ trusts from around the country in calling for action to support the involvement of fans in the ownership of our football clubs.
‘Power to Change’, a group set up to promote communities, has sent a joint letter to Tracey Crouch, MP, ahead of the publication of her final report on the fan-led review into football governance.
It is understood the review will recommend the establishment of an independent regulator and may also call for the overhaul of the parachute payment system.
However, the supporters’ trusts also want the review to open the door to allow more fans to have a share in their clubs and grounds.
The letter has been signed by trusts in the Championship and through Leagues One, Two and beyond.
CUOSC already have a 25.37 percent shareholding in the Blues – a position many supporters trusts envy. However, if others can gain a similar access the more it will become acceptable in boardrooms throughout the EFL.
Some Blues fans believe the shareholding is an obstacle to change of control at United. We have always said, and we repeated again last week, this is not the case.
We also believe the other individual shareholders are keen to solve many of the issues. The CUOSC directors would never act in a way that would harm the club or the fans.
But here is the crux. If you think this is untrue you can join CUOSC for just £10, stand for a board position, get elected and influence the direction we take. For seniors and juniors, the cost is £5 and you can join by visiting our website at www.cuosc.org.uk
CUOSC want to evolve as an organisation and are keen to hear from anyone who thinks they can help and has the interest of the club at heart.
It was great to see Brunton Park buzzing again with over 7000 in the crowd for the Cumbrian ‘derby’ with Barrow at the weekend – the biggest attendance of the day in League Two.
Although the Blues had to settle for a point the general opinion was that new boss Keith Millen has the team better organised and it was a much-improved display from earlier in the season.
On a sad note, former Blues defender Frank McCarron died last week, aged 78. He joined United from Celtic in 1967 but only played nine games before breaking his leg at Millwall. Tragically, the injury finished his career and he was released in 1969.