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Chairman speaks out over CUFC director's departure

Andrew Jenkins Credit: CUFC

Carlisle United's chairman, Andrew Jenkins, has spoken out after the resignation of club director Steven Pattison.

"I would like to say thank you to Steven Pattison who has recently been asked to resign from the Holding Company Board by people who don’t really know him.

"Steven is a football person and first and for most a Carlisle supporter and season ticket holder of CUFC.

"Steven has carried out thousands of pounds in repairs around the ground over the years and is someone we depend on, after our annual inspection, to keep us safe at Brunton Park.

"He played football and he and his company have sponsored the Carlisle Youth League for many years.

"A few years ago Steven wrote off over £50,000 from the club accounts, for which we were very grateful.

"Thank you for everything Steven, I know you will still carry out work around the ground, free of charge, and that it will not be the last we will see of you."

– Andrew Jenkins, CUFC, Chairman

Judy Murray teaches tennis in Dumfries and Galloway

Judy Murray with local residents in Dumfries and Galloway Credit: Tennis on the Road

Judy Murray, mum of former Wimbeldon Champion Andy, brought her Tennis on the Road programme back to Dumfries and Galloway on Saturday.

The tennis coach put on a number of sessions for local residents and helped in the grand opening of the Stewartry Community Sports Club.

Her Tennis on the Road programme shows parents, teachers, volunteers and sports development teams how to deliver fun tennis, coordination and competition sessions to children and adults.

Many of the games and skill-builders are based on those that Judy played with her tennis star sons Andy and Jamie when they were young.

“Tennis on the Road is about helping to inspire, support and grow our workforce by sharing ideas for coaching, competition and skill building with parents, teachers, students, volunteers and sports coaches.

We’ve now spent four days across April and May building a workforce in Dumfries and Galloway, visiting various schools and tennis clubs in the area."

– Judy Murray

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Curle reveals who is in and who is out.

Keith Curle has given a clear outline of how he sees the future of the club by revealing a list of players leaving in the summer and those available to other clubs.

The United manager met all the players personally today and informed them of the news.

Players who are already contracted to CUFC for next season:

  • Patrick Brough
  • Kyle Dempsey
  • Danny Grainger
  • Dan Hanford
  • Connor Hammell
  • Steven Rigg
  • Charlie Wyke

The players being offered new contracts at Brunton Park are:

  • David Atkinson (currently on loan)
  • Jason Kennedy (currently on loan)
  • Mark Gillespie
  • Brad Potts
  • Derek Asamoah (short term deal)
  • Nathan Buddle (short term deal)

Contracted players being made to other clubs:

  • Troy Archibald-Henville
  • Mark Beck
  • Gary Dicker
  • Anthony Griffith
  • Danny Kearns
  • Courtney Meppen-Walter
  • Billy Paynter
  • Antony Sweeney.

Out of contract players who will not have their terms renewed:

  • David Amoo
  • Stephen Elliott
  • Josh Gillies
  • Sean O’Hanlon
  • Matt Robson
  • David Symington
  • Paul Thirlwell

Some of those who will be looking to forge careers elsewhere will have been no surprise to blues supporters. While others, including Troy Archibald-Henville and recently back in form Sean O'Hanlon may have been less expected.

In a statement on the club website Curle made special mention of the conttribution Paul Thirlwell, United's longest serving player, has made in his years at the club and wished him well in his future career.

Crunch time for Carlisle players

Keith Curle has said that he intends to sit down individually with every member of his squad today and give them his assessment of whether or not they have any part in the club's future.
United barely survived in the football league this season and Curle has made no secret of the fact that he wants to see a radical shake up. It is thought he has already identified some targets to be courted in the summer, but he also appears to have identified players in the current squad who will find themselves surplus to requirements. The list of who is available and who is being retained is expected to be released later today.

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Final day of the football season

Carlisle United host Hartlepool United on the last day of the season at Brunton Park. It is expected up to seven thousand fans will descend on the ground for the game, despite both sides now being safe from the threat of relegation. Meanwhile Stranraer still entertain hopes of winning the Scottish League One title. They need to beat Brechin and hope that Forfar and Morton both lose if they are to clinch the trophy at the final hurdle.

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