News & Star column 03.12.20

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Still looking for a Christmas present for a Carlisle United supporting friend or relative?

At CUOSC we have a couple of options for you that you might wish to consider.

Although a limited number of fans are now allowed back in Brunton Park we are still promoting ‘Face in the Crowd’ – a chance for someone to be there in spirit even if not in person.

We have sold over 230 so far with the cut-out images being displayed in the Pioneer Stand.

With just 2000 socially-distanced fans in the whole ground there is still plenty of room to have a ‘Face in the Crowd.’ Those that are currently on seats of season ticket holders will be moved to unused seats.

When fans are allowed back, or the season completed, the cut-outs can be collected or donated to the club. It may be possible to have them signed by a player or to have your photo taken with a player and the cut-out.

To place your order go to:

The cost is £25 and the profits will go to the club as part of our ‘Carlisle REUnited’ fund-raising efforts. So far almost £12,500 has been raised.

CUOSC have also launched a ‘Carlisle REUnited’ raffle

There is a chance to win a framed and signed Mark Gillespie shirt with more prizes to be announced shortly.

Mark, now at Premier League Newcastle, became the youngest goalkeeper to represent the Blues in 2010 at the age of 18years and 42 days and went on to make over 160 appearances in eight years.

The shirt has the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy badges from the 2010/11 final at Wembley, when although he wasn’t in the squad, Mark travelled with the team.

Tickets can be bought for £1each. The raffle will be drawn on January 2 and the results announced on our website and social media outlets.

To buy tickets go to:

Certificates are also available for those wanting to give tickets as a Christmas present. Please email