News & Star column 08.10.2020

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CUOSC’s ‘Carlisle REUnited’ campaign passed an important milestone this week when donations topped the £10,000 mark.

The fund has been given a boost by the Face in the Crowd initiative that has gone down well with fans and is being run jointly with the club.

Over 110 supporters had their faces – upper body cut-outs – in the Pioneer Stand for the ‘derby’ victory over Barrow.

CUOSC are hopeful we can double that total before the next home game against Colchester on Saturday week and push the fund above £11,000.

Sadly, Brunton Park faces a likely long-term lockout of fans due to coronavirus but you can still be there in spirit. If you would like to put yourself, loved one or pet on display go to: faceinthecrowd.store to place your order.

The cost is £25 and the profits will go to the club as part of our ‘Carlisle REUnited’ fund-raising efforts.

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.

We have always insisted that the REUnited campaign is not just all about raising money. We are also trying to re-energise, re-focus and re-unite the fan base with the club.

If you cannot afford to donate, one way you can do this is by joining CUOSC or renewing your membership. We have 413 fully paid up members with renewals still coming in. But the more members we have the bigger our voice within the club.

It costs £10 for an adult to be a member for a year and £5 for seniors and under-18s. To find out more about CUOSC and ‘Carlisle REUnited’ go to www.cuosc.org.uk

It was pleasing to see midfielder Jon Mellish get the man-of-the-match award as we earned Cumbrian bragging rights against Barrow.

The youngster took a bit of stick the previous week against Scunthorpe – but even in that game was only denied a goal by a top class save from the keeper.

This time no-one was keeping his header out and the goal was a fitting reward for a good all-round display.