Tag: Hull City

The Championship Play-Offs: Hull’s Fractured Relationships

There seems to be an inherent contradiction at the heart of the Football League Championship play-off final. In the hours and days building up to the match, commentators are very quick to tell us just how much a place in the Premier League will be worth to the winners. A combination of the continuing upward spike in the value of contract revenues and the apparently infinite capacity of broadcasters to over-hype whatever is put in front of them has ensured this, and there is an entertaining game to be had in guessing what the most outrageously over the top...

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Hull City: How To Lose Your Fans

These matters are usually relative, but on the sixth of February this year, the season was progressing reasonably healthily for Hull City. Sure enough, the owners were still sounding off about that whole “Tigers” thing – seldom elsewhere in recent years have the owners of a football club made its very nickname so unappetising to such a large proportion of its supporters – but Steve Bruce had just been awarded the Manager of the Month award for January and even a one-nil defeat couldn’t dislodge the team from the top of the Football League Championship table. Following relegation at...

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Video of the Day: Hull City vs Preston North End, September 1984

Staffordshire-born Brian Horton may never quite have scaled the heights of either fame or fortune as a player, but in almost six hundred appearances for Port Vale, Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town, he earned a reputation as a solid, dependable midfielder, and played not only in the Brighton team that was promoted to the First Division for the first time in the club’s history in 1979 but also in the Luton Town team that won were promoted to the top flight as champions of the Second Division four years later. Horton was appointed as the player-manager of...

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City Til They Die: Hull City AFC, It Shall Remain… For Now

On the surface, it feels as if it should be a definitive decision. Yesterday afternoon, the FA Membership Committee met, deliberated, and eventually agreed that Hull City AFC should not have its name changed to Hull Tigers on the whims of its owner, Dr Assem Allam, and that, we might presume, should be that. After all, this isn’t the first time that Allam has put his case before the governing body and failed to successfully make his case. However, while the decision reached by the Membership Committee yesterday can only be interpreted as another victory for those that have...

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Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

There are, of course, lies, damned lies and statistics. It’s worth pointing out before we go any further that the decision of the owners of Hull City AFC to poll their supporters over their desire to change the name of the club to “Hull Tigers” from the start of next season was never terribly likely to have an effect upon FA’s upcoming hearing on the matter. That decision had already been taken before the poll was even made public. But while the club can claim a “victory” of sorts, more than half a glance at the figures involved only confirms that this was as pyrrhic victory as could be imagined. So, before we go any further, let’s have a look at those numbers: Total Eligible Voters: 15,033 Total Votes Cast: 5,874 (39%) “Yes” Votes: 2565 (44% of Votes Cast) & (17% of Eligible Voters) “No” Votes: 2517 (43% of Votes Cast) & (17% of Eligible Voters) “Not Concerned”: 792 (13% of Votes Cast) & (5% of Eligible Voters) The only way that we can view these numbers is, of course, through the prism of what the club may have considered its “PR drive” of the last few months to try and convince supporters of the merits of the name change, which to many others fell somewhere between hectoring, bullying and outright intimidation. As regular observers of this story will...

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