News and Star column 05.09.20

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Not many fans will lose any sleep after United’s defeat by Fleetwood in the EFL Trophy in midweek.

They believe the competition is tainted by the introduction of Premier League academy sides and just saw the game as our last pre-season practice fixture.

But those that watched on iFollow know it was much more than that. The game was played at high intensity and boss Chris Beech can take plenty of positives from it.

Plus wasn’t it great to see football being played at Brunton Park again even if it was without fans.

In the end the League One team had that bit more class. But it was a proper work-out and now the Blues will be looking to push on when they travel to Oldham for the first round of the Carabao Cup today.

With our new signings continuing to gel that game against League Two rivals should give us more of an idea of how we will fare this season.

CUOSC want to add to the tributes to former United chairman John Courtenay who died this week.

He will always be fondly remembered by fans for rescuing the Blues from the dark days at the end of Michael Knighton’s reign.

Courtenay would often be seen chatting to supporters around the ground or in the pub and became our first owner – and probably the only one – to post on an online club message-board.

He was also responsible for opening negotiations which led to fans achieving a stake-holding in the club.

In his first season in charge he promised all the volunteers who had sold tickets before the home matches that he would take them out for a meal.

True to his word he took them to Dempsey’s in Warwick Road. The next day with temperatures dropping below freezing the chairman and the volunteers joined the ground staff to try to get the pitch playable for a cup-tie against Scunthorpe.

An hour before kick-off the game was called off but it showed how generous and committed he was.

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