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 in America, Russia, Australia, South Africa, Canada and Norway to name but a few. It almost seems there is nowhere in the world where there isn’t a Carlisle fan.

This week CUOSC received a photo from Fort Myers in Florida of Americans Trudy Fletcher and Andy Pederson kitted out in their United shirts.

It came from Don Beacock, a staunch Blues fan for 60-odd years and a former CUOSC board member.

He said: “Our families became friends when I was in Florida about 10 years ago. I was always giving them earache about the wonders of Carlisle.

“We have stayed in touch and speak every couple of weeks on Zoom when I bring them up to date on how the Blues are doing.

“We also have a picture of them when they visited Brunton Park in 2014. Andy will probably still say he is more interested in ice-hockey and stuff like that but I’ll keep working on him.”

CUOSC’s REUnited campaign was launched in May last year with the aim of re-connecting, re-focusing  and re-energising fans and sponsors to make sure we still have a great club to support after the pandemic.

So far we have raised around £13,500 with virtually all of it coming from individual contributions.

The fund has already given £3000 to the club to help purchase a NordBord – a piece of fitness equipment which helps identify and treat hamstring injuries.

The Blues still have it all to play for after a 0-0 draw at Newport on Tuesday.

United were the better side for most of the game but couldn’t find the goal their performance deserved.

They still stretched their unbeaten run to five games and are just three points of the play-offs with six games to go.

It’s set for an exciting end to the season with Port Vale next up at Brunton Park on Saturday. The best way to support the club is to watch the action on iFollow with £8 of the £10 match fee going into their coffers.