News & Star column 29.04.21

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CUOSC would love to see a surge in membership numbers on the back of the ‘best own goal ever seen.’

The collapse of the European Super League has tilted the power in football towards the fans and now supporters’ trusts throughout the country are hoping they might benefit.

Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters’ Association, of which CUOSC are members, said: “The owners of the big six have shown how powerful they are – their plans were so awful that within 24 hours a fan-led review that will look at the very power structures of football was announced. It’s the best own goal we’ve ever seen.

“…we look forward to supporters being at the absolute heart of this review. The status quo cannot continue and we will demand change.”

Following the uproar that greeted news of the breakaway league CUOSC has seen a trickle of new members and we would be delighted to see it turn into a stream.

One of our newest recruits is Nathan Harig, who concerned by the prospect of the ESL wanted to support his ‘hometown’ club. Nathan lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA and we are delighted to have him aboard.

The Super League talked about how they were going to cash in on global riches. Well CUOSC may not have much money but we are already global.

A couple of weeks ago we talked about how we have fans in every corner of the world and Nathan adds to that growing number.

The FA, Premier League and government are determined to prevent the threat of a Super League emerging again. But fans need to be wary because although the battle was won the war may not be over.

The government is considering appointing an independent regulator and also creating legislation to give fans a greater role in the running of their clubs.

CUOSC may have a head start here as we already have a stake-holding in the Blues and representatives on the main boards. If it becomes compulsory at every club fan influence will not be denied.

Tracey Crouch, MP, who is leading the review, said they will “take the necessary steps to retain the game’s integrity, competitiveness and, most importantly, the bond that clubs have with its supporters and the local community”.

Membership of CUOSC for a year costs £10 for adults and £5 for seniors and under-18s. You can join via our web-site.

With their play-off hopes all but over The Blues travel to Leyton Orient on Saturday with their eyes on next season. Head coach Chris Beech may decide to give some of his fringe players a chance to press their claims.

United showed they are not that far off with a creditable 1-1 draw at Cheltenham on Tuesday but were unable to spoil the home side’s promotion party.