NEWS & STAR column 05.08.21
Saturday cannot come quick enough for Blues fans. With Covid restrictions lifted they have been eagerly awaiting the start of the new season and a return to Brunton Park.
United have slashed ticket prices for their opening League Two match against Colchester and are hoping a good turnout will help create a party style atmosphere.
Players and fans will be back together – and we can’t wait.
All eyes will be on new signing Zach Clough, the former £3million midfielder, who could prove to be a standout player in this division.
Strikers Tristan Abrahams and Manasse Mampala plus defender Corey Whelan are other new recruits who will be hoping to make an impression.
Head coach Chris Beech has once again assembled a young team, hungry for success and if we all get behind them who knows what they can achieve.
The match also offers CUOSC the chance to restart our regular Saturday pre-match supporters’ surgeries.
As usual they will be held in the study centre, next to the club shop between 1.30 and 2.30pm.
It’s a great chance to meet some of our directors’ face-to face. And with fans being promised an increasing voice in the running of the game it’s also a good time to renew your membership or sign up.
It costs £10 for adults for a season and £5 for seniors and Under-18s.
CUOSC are members of the Football Supporters Association who are playing a leading role in the government’s fan led review into the game.
CUOSC are also helping the Blues with a new initiative – ‘My Club, My Shirt’ – which aims to champion the diversity of supporters in the community.
The idea is to show fans from a variety of backgrounds wearing their club colours, bringing together people from all walks of life in the process.
It first began last year when photographer Yusuf Ismail captured people from the community around Cardiff City and has since grown to include several more clubs, including AFC Wimbledon and Bristol Rovers.
The main part of the project is to produce an exhibition of high-quality photographs of Carlisle United supporters in their United shirts, which can be from any era.
Initially, there will be an online exhibition, which will then move to Tullie House for a temporary period before finally becoming a permanent exhibit at Brunton Park.