News & Star column 22.10.20

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CUOSC are seeking the support of Carlisle MP John Stevenson as we continue to get behind the Football Supporters Association’s ‘Sustain the Game’ campaign.

We are writing to the Conservative MP hoping to persuade him to lobby sports minister Nigel Huddleston to encourage the progression of a fan-led review into the governance of the game.

The campaign is backed by hundreds of affiliated supporters groups plus clubs, pundits, and politicians. Among its aims is the strengthening of the football pyramid with a fairer distribution of the game’s wealth.

We have already had an offer of help from Labour peer Lord Clark of Windermere, who is a long standing fan of the Blues and is a director on the club’s Holdings Board.

The campaign is even more relevant and urgent with lower league football having been plunged into crisis by the coronavirus pandemic.

CUOSC were pleased to see the Premier League’s rejection of ‘Project Big Picture’ which would have put too much power into the hands of too few.

 In turn, the Premier League’s £50 million bail-out offer for Leagues One and Two was turned down by the English Football League (EFL).

What happens next is anyone’s guess but CUOSC believes that fans must be consulted.

On the field it’s great to see the Blues sitting in the play-off positions after the first seven games. The football has been entertaining and for the first time, in what seems like ages, fans have reason to be optimistic about our prospects.

United have taken 10 points from the last four games and it would have been the maximum if the finishing had been a little more clinical against Oldham in midweek.

But, if everything clicks, you feel some team is going to get a hammering – just make sure you are watching on iFollow.

We were sad to hear this week of the death of long-standing Carlisle fan Alan Carr, aged 82. He was a season ticket holder and a regular traveller to away games with Carlisle United Supporters Away Travel group. Our condolences go to his wife Marjorie and family.