This is a chance for a ‘new beginning’

CUOSC chairman Frank Beattie has called for a new beginning after the trust board was revamped at the weekend.

Five members of fan group Unita Fortior were elected to a new-look board at the trust’s Annual General Meeting at Brunton Park.

Beattie said: “We welcome anyone who wants to help the trust to get better. It is important that as fans we all work together. If we do that we have a great chance of succeeding.”

Billy Atkinson, CUOSC’s representative on the club’s Holdings Board, was also re-elected.

He said: “This is a new chance. This is what UF was about. They want to take the trust and the club forward. To do that we need to work together.

“We can’t make demands on the club but we can work with the club. We have to be positive about what has happened today.

“We need to take this opportunity to go forward. That is all I ask.”

CUOSC wants to see membership numbers – which stand at nearly 600 – increase significantly.

Newly-elected board member Dan MacLennan said: “A lot of people have been waiting to see what happened at the AGM. I would say to them ‘Come on board. Let’s have more members. At the end of the day this board is your voice. It is here for you – to try and do what you want.’”

Meanwhile, Beattie also paid tribute to Jim Mitchell, who has stood down from the CUOSC board due to ill-health and Norman Steel, one of the founding members of the trust, who failed to win re-election.

He said: “I want to thank both of them for all the hard work they have done.”

As well as MacLennan, Matt Spooner, Chris Armstrong, Dave Noble, and Kieron Bulman were elected on to the board.

 Atkinson, Beattie, Nigel Davidson, Malcolm Nugent and Carol Wilson fill the other positions.

The AGM report is here: