News & Star column 19.12.19

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CUOSC are ready to move into the New Year with fresh optimism.

An honest and open members’ meeting last weekend has seen fans come forward with offers of help.

We have always shown willingness to evolve and to attract new and younger fans on to our board of directors and we believe that process may have begun.

In recent changes, Frank Beattie, a CUOSC board member for nearly 10 years, has taken over as chairman with Nigel Davidson stepping up to replace him as vice chair.

Jack Oddie, a life-long fan who is in his early thirties, has also agreed to join the board. And following the members’ meeting we are talking to some of those present about furthering their involvement with us.

We still have room for others, particularly anyone with IT, social media or business skills.

Beattie said: “The time for change is now – not sometime in the future. To help bring about that change we need help from others, with new and fresh ideas.

“We have already started that change when we held our members’ meeting and we plan to hold another one in the near future.  We have one new board member plus the possibility of a couple more coming in. But there is room for others.”

CUOSC have a shareholding in the club and have a representative on both the club’s boards. We want to be the voice of the fans so they can be heard.

It costs £10 a year for adult membership and £5 for juniors and seniors. For more information you can email

We want to say a big thank you to fans who contributed to our foodbank appeal before the Grimsby game last weekend. It was held in conjunction with the club and United players’ Jack Iredale and Jack Bridge popped in to show their support.

The appeals are always well supported but this was the best yet. The donations were handed over to Carlisle foodbank who provide three days of emergency rations for people in the area in crisis.

It was also the Junior Blues Christmas party this week. CUOSC would like to thank Tesco’s, who donated selection boxes to everyone there.

United face a tough trip to Colchester this weekend. But new head coach Chris Beech will be hoping to stretch his unbeaten run to five games.