News & Star column 10.12.20

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Blues midfielder Brennan Dickenson is closer to a return to full fitness – thanks to a little help from the fans.

He has been one of the first to benefit from some new state-of the-art medical equipment which has been bought for the club by CUOSC.

The money – £3,000 – came out of our Carlisle REUnited campaign fund and was used to purchase a NordBord, which monitors players’ hamstrings and aids recovery from injury.

The highly-rated Dickenson, 27, joined the Blues in the summer but injured his hamstring in a pre-season friendly and is yet to make his league debut

United head coach Chris Beech said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to work with CUOSC and the fans on getting a piece of equipment that is of real benefit to our medical department.

“Our fans live and breathe this club and this is another example of how much people just want to pull together and help wherever they can.

“The Carlisle REUnited fundraiser is excellent and it’s good for everybody to see that money raised is being put to immediate good use, with Brennan and some of our youth team players already making good use of the NordBord.

“It’s just a huge thank you to everybody who has been part of making this happen for us.”

The REUnited campaign was launched by CUOSC to help the club through the coronavirus pandemic. We have raised about £12,500 so far but money is still coming in from our ‘Face in the Crowd’ initiative and a Xmas raffle.

It was great to see fans back in Brunton Park again last week. But with numbers limited to 2000 the club will still struggle to break even on match days.

However, with everyone seeming to enjoy the experience it is hoped we may soon be able to double the capacity, particularly if the city falls into tier one COVID-19 restrictions.

On the pitch the Blues are doing the fans proud. They are lying fourth in League Two and have proved they are genuine promotion contenders with back-to-back wins over Salford and Bradford City.

This Saturday, United take on Stevenage at Brunton Park. Remember, if you cannot get to the game you can still watch the team on iFollow with £8 of the £10 fee going to the club.