It's the last of our articles looking back on the Blues' 2020/21 campaign - and, you'll be relieved to know, we've cut the waffle this time.

Instead, we focus on some of the defining images of a season like no other at Brunton Park: a campaign of Covid, closed stadiums, a table-topping team and a mid-table finish.

Many of the below were captured by photographers Stuart Walker, Barbara Abbott and Richard Parkes across the season.

News and Star: A ball is sanitised. Of course it is (photo: Stuart Walker)A ball is sanitised. Of course it is (photo: Stuart Walker)

News and Star: EWM tycoon Philip Day, back right, watching United's first game of the season (photo: Stuart Walker)EWM tycoon Philip Day, back right, watching United's first game of the season (photo: Stuart Walker)

News and Star: Sanitising spray is applied to the crossbar before United's first game of the season (photo: Stuart Walker)Sanitising spray is applied to the crossbar before United's first game of the season (photo: Stuart Walker)

News and Star: United's first behind-closed-doors game of many, against Fleetwood in the EFL Trophy (photo: Stuart Walker)United's first behind-closed-doors game of many, against Fleetwood in the EFL Trophy (photo: Stuart Walker)

News and Star: Paul Farman bellows at his team-mates as United slump to a3-0 opening day league defeat at Cambridge (photo: Richard Parkes)Paul Farman bellows at his team-mates as United slump to a3-0 opening day league defeat at Cambridge (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: A mask-wearing fan in the Pioneer Stand as 1,000 fans returned for a 'test' game, when Southend were the league Two visitors (photo: Barbara Abbott)A mask-wearing fan in the Pioneer Stand as 1,000 fans returned for a 'test' game, when Southend were the league Two visitors (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Callum Guy and Nick Anderton applaud fans before the Southend game - under a sprinkler shower (photo: Barbara Abbott)Callum Guy and Nick Anderton applaud fans before the Southend game - under a sprinkler shower (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Socially-distanced fans on the Paddock for the Southend game (photo: Barbara Abbott)Socially-distanced fans on the Paddock for the Southend game (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: United and Scunthorpe's players reflected in a hospitality box window at Glanford Park (photo: Stuart Walker)United and Scunthorpe's players reflected in a hospitality box window at Glanford Park (photo: Stuart Walker)

News and Star: Jon Mellish turns ballboy at Scunthorpe's empty ground (photo: Stuart Walker)Jon Mellish turns ballboy at Scunthorpe's empty ground (photo: Stuart Walker)

News and Star: Connor Brown and Gime Toure battle for the ball in the first Carlisle v Barrow Football League fixture since 1964 (photo: Stuart Walker)Connor Brown and Gime Toure battle for the ball in the first Carlisle v Barrow Football League fixture since 1964 (photo: Stuart Walker)

News and Star: Jon Mellish celebrates his winner at Port Vale in a free-scoring spell (photo: Richard Parkes)Jon Mellish celebrates his winner at Port Vale in a free-scoring spell (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: Aaron Hayden, Lewis Alessandra and Nick Anderton celebrate at Crawley (photo: Simon Dack) Aaron Hayden, Lewis Alessandra and Nick Anderton celebrate at Crawley (photo: Simon Dack)

News and Star: Josh Dixon makes his long-awaited United debut against Aston Villa U21 in the Papa John's Trophy (photo: Barbara Abbott)Josh Dixon makes his long-awaited United debut against Aston Villa U21 in the Papa John's Trophy (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Fans return to Brunton Park for the visit of Salford as Cumbria is placed in Tier 2 in December (photo: Barbara Abbott)Fans return to Brunton Park for the visit of Salford as Cumbria is placed in Tier 2 in December (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Joe Riley celebrates his brilliant volley against Stevenage (photo: Barbara Abbott)Joe Riley celebrates his brilliant volley against Stevenage (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Joshua Kayode rises against Mansfield (photo: Barbara Abbott)Joshua Kayode rises against Mansfield (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Omari Patrick celebrates his stylish winner against Mansfield (photo: Barbara Abbott)Omari Patrick celebrates his stylish winner against Mansfield (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Fans were also in the ground for the Boxing Day draw with Bolton (photo: Barbara Abbott)Fans were also in the ground for the Boxing Day draw with Bolton (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: The goal that wasn't: Connor Kirby's first-minute opener for Harrogate on December 29. The game was abandoned after eight minutes - while a second trip fell victim to a power cut (photo: Barbara Abbott)The goal that wasn't: Connor Kirby's first-minute opener for Harrogate on December 29. The game was abandoned after eight minutes - while a second trip fell victim to a power cut (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Chris Beech, with Jacob Blain, warms his hands at Walsall (photo: Barbara Abbott)Chris Beech, with Jacob Blain, warms his hands at Walsall (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Young Cumbrian Taylor Charters starred against Walsall as United went top of the league (photo: Barbara Abbott)Young Cumbrian Taylor Charters starred against Walsall as United went top of the league (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Beech reflects on United's table-topping win at Walsall as the snow falls (photo: PA)Beech reflects on United's table-topping win at Walsall as the snow falls (photo: PA)

News and Star: United concede a penalty which saw them lose at Harrogate on their return to action (photo: Richard Parkes)United concede a penalty which saw them lose at Harrogate on their return to action (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: Chris Beech's press conferences were conducted on Zoom because of Covid-19 restrictionsChris Beech's press conferences were conducted on Zoom because of Covid-19 restrictions

News and Star: Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes watch Carlisle at Salford (photo: Barbara Abbott)Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes watch Carlisle at Salford (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Paul Farman shrouded in fog at Colchester (photo: Richard Parkes)Paul Farman shrouded in fog at Colchester (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: Face coverings were the norm inside grounds, as demonstrated by David Holdsworth (photo: Barbara Abbott)Face coverings were the norm inside grounds, as demonstrated by David Holdsworth (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Offrande Zanzala celebrates against Bradford (photo: Barbara Abbott)Offrande Zanzala celebrates against Bradford (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Callum Guy, League Two's top assists man, stands over a corner at Mansfield (photo: Richard Parkes)Callum Guy, League Two's top assists man, stands over a corner at Mansfield (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: Two minutes' silence for the Duke of Edinburgh at Barrow (photo: Barbara Abbott)Two minutes' silence for the Duke of Edinburgh at Barrow (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Players take the knee at Southend (photo: Richard Parkes)Players take the knee at Southend (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: Players on the pitch before the game at Bolton (phot: Barbara Abbott)Players on the pitch before the game at Bolton (phot: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: BBc Radio Cumbria's Chris Lumsdon and James Phillips at Brunton Park. The commentary team had to broadcast from the office for some away games because of the Beeb's Covid guidelines (photo: Barbara Abbott)BBc Radio Cumbria's Chris Lumsdon and James Phillips at Brunton Park. The commentary team had to broadcast from the office for some away games because of the Beeb's Covid guidelines (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: The Warwick Road End adorned with flags after a fans' fundraising campaign (photo: Richard Parkes)The Warwick Road End adorned with flags after a fans' fundraising campaign (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: Joshua Kayode hits the bar at Cheltenham as United's play-off hopes finally die (photo: Gareth Williams / AHPix)Joshua Kayode hits the bar at Cheltenham as United's play-off hopes finally die (photo: Gareth Williams / AHPix)

News and Star: Lewis Alessandra scores the third penalty of the game at Orient after the previous two had been saved (photo: Richard Parkes)Lewis Alessandra scores the third penalty of the game at Orient after the previous two had been saved (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: People in apartments watch the 'behind closed doors' game at Leyton Orient (photo: Richard Parkes)People in apartments watch the 'behind closed doors' game at Leyton Orient (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: George Tanner celebrates after scoring what proved United's final goal of 2020/21 at Orient (photo: Richard Parkes)George Tanner celebrates after scoring what proved United's final goal of 2020/21 at Orient (photo: Richard Parkes)

News and Star: Cut-out images of fans look on as Joshua Kayode takes on Walsall in the last game of the campaign (photo: Barbara Abbott)Cut-out images of fans look on as Joshua Kayode takes on Walsall in the last game of the campaign (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: Chris Beech prepares to face the media at the end of the 2020/21 season (photo: Barbara Abbott)Chris Beech prepares to face the media at the end of the 2020/21 season (photo: Barbara Abbott)

News and Star: See you next season! (photo: PA)See you next season! (photo: PA)