News & Star column 05.12.19

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With a big week ahead Blues fans will be hoping for some early Christmas cheer.

First on Saturday, we will take around 1500 fans to Morecambe for a vital League Two encounter against the bottom-of-the-table side.

Then it’s back to Brunton Park on Tuesday for the FA Cup second round replay against Forest Green – with the prize a third round clash at Championship, Cardiff City.

Two wins would give suffering supporters a welcome boost and make it an excellent start for new head coach Chris Beech.

He can take plenty of encouragement from his first game in charge at Forest Green last weekend. Not many people expected United to have any joy against a team 19 places above them in the table but in the end a replay was the least we deserved.

The club and CUOSC are holding a joint Christmas foodbank appeal prior to the home game with Grimsby on Saturday week, December 14.

We want to make things a little better for those less fortunate in our community.

Everything collected will be handed over to Carlisle Foodbank who provide three days of emergency food for people in crisis.

Our previous collections have always been well supported and we are hoping this one will be no different.

Every donation of tinned or long life food – no matter how big or small – is valuable but the Foodbank is always in need of UHT or powdered milk.

The collection point will be the CUOSC supporters’ surgery in the Study Centre, next to the club shop between 1.30 and 2.30pm.

CUOSC members can bring their donations to the special members’ meeting, which is being held earlier the same day, if they prefer.

It will take place in the Sunset Suite at Brunton Park from 11am to 12.30pm.

Members will have to opportunity to question their representatives, including Billy Atkinson and Jim Mitchell who sit on the club’s boards. We are hoping as many members as possible attend.

With no set agenda a wide range of topics will be up for discussion including our recent online fans’ survey.

For more information about CUOSC go to our website www.cuosc.org.uk