NEWS & STAR COLUMN 21.4.22
Fans breathed a huge sigh of relief on Monday as United secured their football league future.
While some believe this is not something to be celebrated it was a magnificent achievement considering our desperate league position just a couple of months ago.
And, make no mistake, the victory over Mansfield could yet prove a defining moment in the club’s history.
With doubts removed over the Blues’ immediate future the chances of the club finding new investment will increase. If we had dropped out of the league it would have been even more difficult to find the finance necessary to bring about the change of control in the boardroom everyone wants to see.
There is no doubt manager Paul Simpson has brought the ‘feel-good factor’ back to Brunton Park uniting the fans and, surely, making the club a more attractive proposition for investors.
The club’s Holdings Board will be doing everything in their power to persuade him to stay. Simpson has clearly enjoyed himself over the last couple of months and is likely to be aware of the situation behind the scenes.
Understandably, he wants to be able to compete at the other end of the table next season. The fans want the same as well so let’s hope a deal can be struck as soon as possible.
The Mansfield win was, arguably, the most entertaining home game of the season. There was no shortage of goalmouth action at either end and although the Blues had to settle for just one goal they could have had three or four. However, no one was complaining at the end.
It was also great to see the Fan Zone behind the West stand busy and buzzing once again. The experiment has been a big success. The club are looking at various options to expand and improve it with CUOSC keen to commit their support.
CUOSC membership now stands at 548 with our board planning a fresh push at the final home game of the season against Stevenage on Saturday week. Why not sign up and have a say in the running of the club?
United’s Players’ Awards Dinner is being held at the Halston Hotel in Carlisle on Sunday, May 8.
There will be speeches from club directors and first team management staff, followed by a three-course meal, with players’ on-hand to chat to fans and guests.
Tickets cost £50 per person. To book a place contact the Blues commercial department at firstname.lastname@example.org