I'd like to begin this note by saying to you that I have supported Carlisle United as long as I can remember. I'm a young fan - in my 20s - and started supporting the club through family members. I love the club and enjoyed the first years of my support - the 2005/06 league win, the 2007/08 play-off push and the 2011 JPT win. All great and memorable moments. Many fans go further back than me.
In this time I have learnt not to expect the world - we usually won't have the best players, won't have the best ground and won't always win. What I do expect, however, is a commitment to do those things. I want to feel like I belong to something, I want to feel welcomed, I want to feel excited to turn up to the ground. This, for me, is disappearing.
Throughout the pandemic, all of us have made cuts, made sacrifices, done things differently. Football has been my escape. You're welcoming fans back - make them feel welcome. Tell them what there is to look forward to. Tell them your ambition. Tell them why we should come back to the club. The silence is deafening.
You, directors, are not the lifeblood of the club. The fans go beyond that and you are failing. Finances play a big part in football but they do not replace a well run, forward-looking club - see Morecambe and Accrington Stanley. In my time supporting the club we have gone from beating Leeds at Elland Road to losing players to Barrow. Continuity and a well run club? I don't think so.
This is not a 'board out' point but please think about how you take this club forward. This does not cut it. I feel disillusioned and I don't want to. Do something about it because we need it. You are failing and it is time to rethink your approach.