News & Star column 26.11.20

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CUOSC are looking to further boost our ‘Carlisle REUnited’ fund with a Xmas raffle.

There is a chance to win a framed signed Mark Gillespie shirt from the 2010/11 season, donated by Mark himself.

Mark’s now at Premier League Newcastle but he became the youngest goalkeeper to represent the Blues in 2010 at the age of 18years and 42 days and went on to make over 160 appearances in eight years.

The shirt has the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy badges from the final at Wembley in 2011, when although he wasn’t in the squad, Mark travelled with the team.

Tickets can be bought for £1each, however, CUOSC members will receive an additional 5 tickets with the purchase of 5 or more.

The raffle will be drawn on January 2 and the results announced on our website and social media outlets.

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Certificates are also available for those wanting to give tickets as a Christmas present. Please email

The ‘REUnited’ fund stands at £12,387.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has replied to our letter calling on him to support a fan-led review into the governance of football.

He has agreed to forward the letter to the Minister of Sport, Nigel Huddleston, whose department have promised to liaise closely with fans representatives and football authorities on the scope and structure of the review.

The Football Supporters Association is leading a ‘Sustain the Game’ campaign with the aim of strengthening the football pyramid with a fairer distribution of the game’s wealth.

The Blues get a break from League action this weekend when they take on League One Doncaster in the FA Cup second round.

Fans can watch the match live on BBC iPlayer from 1.30pm on Sunday.

It’s a tough challenge for United’s young side but with the opportunity of joining Premier League teams in the third round draw they are certain to be up for it.

They will also be looking to bounce back after a narrow defeat at Tranmere on Tuesday when they missed the chance to climb into the League Two top three.