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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Carlisle Utd fans praised by Bournemouth director

A director at promoted Bournemouth has written personally to Carlisle United to praise the Blues’ travelling fans for their conduct at last weekend’s game on the south coast.

Carlisle SMurfs photo
Carlisle fans dressed as Smurfs

In a letter to Carlisle managing director John Nixon, Cherries’ vice-chairman Jeff Mostyn said United’s supporters had contributed to a “memorable day”.

Many United fans – including dozens dressed in Smurf outfits – stayed behind after the final whistle to applaud Bournemouth’s achievement of reaching the Championship after their 3-1 win against Greg Abbott’s side.

Home fans then returned the compliment by applauding Carlisle’s supporters’ buses as they left the Goldsands Stadium.

Mostyn wrote: “Given all the recent controversy surrounding crowd disturbances around the country, your supporters deserve the highest credit for their exemplary behaviour before, during and after the match.

“I have received so many compliments from supporters and stewards alike that I had to put pen to paper.

“Saturday was a memorable day in our club’s history. Your supporters made it even more memorable by joining in the after match celebrations with such enthusiasm.

“The travelling Smurfs will always be remembered fondly and will always be made most welcome in the future.”

n United’s supporters trust are holding another open meeting this weekend as they bid to further spread the word about their activities.

The United Trust say all fans are welcome to attend the meeting, which will be in Foxy’s Restaurant on Sunday at 11.30am.

Chairman Norman Steel – the trust’s elected director on the club’s board – said: “The idea will be to continue to spread the word about the trust movement generally, but more importantly reporting back on some of the points raised at our last meeting on February 22.

“People will have the opportunity to join the trust on the day if they so wish. It’s about keeping the momentum going and all are welcome.”

Commercial director Dick Young and fans’ liaison officer Nigel Dickinson are attending.

Among the issues raised at the previous meeting were the state of facilities at Brunton Park, Project Blue Yonder, the trust’s fundraising activities, and a perceived “distance” between the club’s board and supporters.

The trust has a 25.37 per cent shareholding in United.

Before tomorrow’s game Carlisle’s London Branch supporters club will unveil a plaque in Brunton Park’s main reception to mark their fundraising work for the ‘Shine the Light’ campaign to improve floodlights.

Members of the club’s Norwegian supporters’ club are also attending the game.

The News & Star readers’ player of the year, Matty Robson, will be presented with his trophy before kick-off.

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