Divide, Conquer & Scare: Hull City’s War Of Attrition Continues


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    If it’s true that they’ve basically gambled the entire future of the club on changing the name (and I really, really don’t think they actually have) then they’re abysmal owners and should have the club removed from their ownership immediately.

    And why do they want to antagonise the people who actually go to games chasing casual supporters in the far east? Why have clubs lost sight of who actually pays the bills here?

    Once again I’m baffled by this whole thing. They’re having the best season in their history, and the ownership is deliberately going to war with their own fanbase and the city they’re based in? Why?

    Football eh.

  2. Tony says:

    Not sure why he needs to change the name, just sell shirts with Hull Tigers over there if needed

  3. Mike Brown says:

    Foot ball is a business like any other retail sector. Mr Allam has put up 80 million to give what was a second rate championship club a view of what could be. Since saving Hull from bankrupcy as a philanthropist he has consistently said Hull needs other sources of income for post Allam years. The increase in ticket prices was suggested by ‘ City till I die’ supports as an alternative to wider sponsorship.

  4. Martin says:

    Mike Brown’s comment is not entirely correct.

    In fact Mr Allam has only lent the club the £80-100 million and is currently receiving interest payments from this money, as well as expecting to get it all back at somepoint – I can only assume this will happen when he sells the club to a new owner, who will either take on the debt, or have to pay it off themselves.

    Secondly, At no time has the City Till We Die group suggested a ticket price increase. In fact from the document they submitted to the FA you can find this on page 15 in regards to improving revenue on a matchday:
    “Setting ticket prices to ensure a full stadium – both the home and away ends – is equally important. The brand of the club is much better served by having a full
    stadium in front of the television cameras. Perhaps the introduction of singing areas to improve the noise? Perhaps supporting the advent of safer standing? A ticket in demand should be the objective!”

    Mr Allam has merely tried to imply that they have suggested it in order to cause other Hull City supporters to dislike their campaign which, from my viewpoint, has been conducted very professionally and has not resorted to the kind of slanderous comment Mr Allam seems to be happy to use.

  5. Kevin Rye says:

    @Mike – if football is “a retail business like any other sector”, let’s force it to start acting more like one: we should deregulate and allow clubs to merge, move, and take over their competitors. After all, what’s the point in having all those clubs in, say, London or Manchester? You know why: because football is not “a retail business like any other sector”. Football clubs are allowed to be a monopoly provider of football because football isn’t like an ordinary business. The only elements of business that it needs to ape are to learn to manage its finances, but that will come from responsible owners who are not there for tax convenience, as part of a marketing strategy for their main business interests, or as something interesting to do. Those are some of the reasons that clubs struggle financially, make poor decisions or worse still go bankrupt. Not because they make sound business investments in players as part of a strategy of a ‘retail business’. The whole reason Allam wants to rename is because of a falling out with the City Council because he wants to own the stadium his way. Pretty simple really.

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