News & Star column 06.05.21

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Spare a thought for United’s forgotten victims of this extraordinary season. Teenagers Charlie Barnes, Charlie Birch, Tom Wilson, Liam Lightfoot and Jamie Armstrong all saw their dreams and aspirations shattered last week when they were released by the club. The group of ex-academy youngsters were promoted to the senior ranks last year but because of […]

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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’ […]

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News & Star column 22.04.21

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A long, long time ago Carlisle United were promoted to the top tier of English football while Manchester United were relegated. It wasn’t a fairy tale – it was just football. For a short time, we Cumbrians lived the dream. Under the ill-judged breakaway European Super League there would have been no more dreams for […]

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News & Star column 15.04.21

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‘There are not many of us but we are everywhere.’ Those words will always be attributed to late Carlisle fan and author Mick Mitchell. And they have never been better illustrated than during the Covid pandemic. Fans from around the globe have continued to follow the Blues and CUOSC’s Carlisle REUnited campaign. We have supporters […]

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News & Star column 01.04.21

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What a huge relief as the Blues returned to winning ways against Crawley in midweek. They looked much more like their old selves as midfielder Joe Riley inspired a comfortable 2-0 win to lift the mood of fans. If we can follow it up with another good display at Southend on Saturday then the play-off […]

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News & Star column 25.03. 21

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CUOSC board members were last week given an insight into how football clubs could – and should – become more accountable to fans. Mark Middling, a lecturer at Northumbria University in Newcastle, is hoping to gain a Doctorate in Business Administration with a thesis entitled ‘Accounting for Fans, re-addressing the social contract of football.’ He […]

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A Year on from Lockdown

By Alex Macallister Needless to say, it has been a strange old season, not just for Carlisle United but for the whole of football in general. Nobody would have thought that the last game with a significant crowd in Brunton Park would be 10th March last year (a 2-0 victory over Newport County). With the […]

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Board Meeting Summary – March 2021

Held online via Zoom, 18.03.21 There were no apologies. With little recent activity at club board level to report, the board were given a presentation by Mark Middling, recent board recruit, on his research into football club accountability. This was titled ‘Accounting for Supporters’. The presentation was about 20 minutes long, followed by a question […]

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News & Star column 18.03.21

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It is now a year ago since football felt the first devastating effects of the Covid pandemic. And if there is one thing we have learned in that time it is that supporters are crucial to the spectacle and survival of the game. Despite not being able to attend games and suffering the consequences of […]

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