News & Star column 11.02.21

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Take a bow Blues fans! Once again you have come up trumps.

The pandemic may have shattered the world around us but United supporters are still showing their enduring love for the club.

Last weekend messageboard came up with the brilliant idea of covering the Warwick Road end and Paddock with huge Premier League style Carlisle flags. In just a few days they raised £5000.

It follows CUOSC’s Carlisle REUnited campaign, which pushed on by the ‘Face in the Crowd,’ initiative has brought in more than £13,000 and is still rising.

In addition fans are streaming United matches on iFollow in big numbers making the Blues one of the best followed teams in League Two and bringing into the club much needed revenue.

Then there are the many season ticket holders who didn’t seek refunds despite fans being banned from Brunton Park.

The supporters have been brilliant and head coach Chris Beech, who called at the start of the season for everyone to be united, must be delighted.

He did his bit by hosting a quiz in aid of the REUnited campaign and has also chipped in towards the flag fund – not to mention the fact he has assembled a team we can be proud of. The players, too, have been interacting with fans.

The message is loud and clear. We are united with the same hopes and ambitions and are pulling together in the right direction.

We are all looking forward to when we can return to Brunton Park to get behind the team and let our voices be heard as well.

Dare we hope that day will come before the end of the season and that we might have something special to celebrate?

United face a worrying fixture pile-up after yet another postponement on Tuesday.

A frozen Brunton Park pitch put paid to the Orient fixture and, judging by the weather forecast, Saturday’s home match with Crawley may suffer a similar fate.

We have lost nine games and only played three times since December 29. Trying to fit the remaining fixtures in before the end of the season (May 8) is going to give someone a headache. It’s time for the EFL to consider extending the season.