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8. Do you remember?
McShane nets winner at The City Ground - December 2012




A bit of info about the festival, by the organisers;


It's finally here! Nine films over eight days in six venues around the city. Hull Film Festival is back for the second year with a little bit of everything, supported by the good folks at KC in the Community and our sponsors Richer Sounds.


We launch the festival with a special Cult Cinema Sunday pizza party screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; move into more serious territory on Monday with documentary A Syrian Love Story, featuring a Q&A with Hull-born director Sean McAllister; and on Tuesday we bring you the challenging but rewarding The Tribe, told entirely in sign language with no subtitles or voiceover.


On Wednesday we take a look at the best in short film with Bafta Shorts 2015, with Bafta-winning and Oscar-nominated producer Chris Hees in attendance for another fascinating Q&A session. Thursday night brings us Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, the tale of a Japanese woman who thinks the film Fargo is a real-life treasure map.


We move into the weekend with a first ever film since Hull Screen days at the Trinity House Theatre on George Street: suspenseful West Yorkshire drama Catch Me Daddy will be preceded by a special event launching the BFI Film Academy Hull, a programme of training events aimed at giving 16-19-year-olds the skills to get into the film industry.


On Saturday we have a family matinée of Moomins on the Riviera and a special edition of Fudge Film Club showing Grease, one of the most famous musicals of all. Finally on Sunday we wrap up with award-winning European drama Clouds of Sils Maria followed by a few celebratory drinks to mark the end of the Festival.


Click below to visit the Festival website where you can find full details and ticket information. Tickets are available individually or you can buy one of our great value passes. Discounts on tickets and passes are available to HIC members.


We can't wait for the Festival to begin, and we can't wait to see you there!










Fancy exploring the beautiful Old Town area of Hull and taking in some live music? Hull Trinity Festival gives you the chance to do just that, with 12 venues and over a hundred music performances to choose from.


For full details of the festival check out www.trinityfestival.co.uk



Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has been confirmed to ride Royal Etiquette at Beverley on Tuesday.


Lawney Hill’s eight-year-old is one of 17 declared runners in the mile-and-a-quarter Betfair Supports Amateur Riders’ Handicap at 5.30pm. Hill’s inmate will break from stall 14 and shares joint-top weight with Brockfield, who won a division of this race 12 months ago.


The former track cyclist, who receives a 7lb claim on the Westwood, made her debut as an amateur jockey aboard Royal Etiquette at Ripon on August 31 when the partnership finished a head second behind 33-1 chance Jordaura. Hill has worked closely with Pendleton since the double Olympian said in March she wanted to become a jockey, with a long-term goal to compete in the Foxhunter Chase for amateur riders at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.


Her ‘Switching Saddles’ adventure is in partnership with online bookmakers Betfair, who have provided the fledgling jockey with a team of specialists including Team GB eventing performance manager Yogi Breisner.


Pendleton, 34, had her first raceday experience in the George Frewer Charity Race at Newbury on July 2, when she finished eighth aboard the Hill-trained Mighty Mambo.



By Aaron Krygier


With the international break over its back to business as usual for the Tigers and the start back was a similar theme; ineptitude on the road. Dropping crucial points at current world beaters Brighton the general consensus was that we just weren’t good enough. Fast forward to an important win at Cardiff and things are looking a little more level. We can win on the road! Mo Diame is still magical! McGregor even likes the odd clean sheet and on the road no less. All lovely, all with a top 3 goal differential and resting in the playoff hunt (still so early in the year).


The important points I think to take:

Win now for the future: We’re all cringing at Michael Dawson, Robertson, and others potentially leaving in January. We beat off the early transfer scare, but who knows what the future brings. With rumors that Elmo WILL leave in January, the winning must be now. A strong first half of the Championship season could be enough to convince impactful players to ride it out for the duration, sign a new contract, and give it a full go. If we don’t go right back up, who could begrudge some other players leaving? But this allows us compensation instead of leaving on a free (Elmo), it shows immeasurable trust between Bruce and his players, and gives players who can succeed at the top level an out just in case.

Mo Diame: Who really even needs to pontificate the point? His goal was opportunistic, his assist glorious at Cardiff. There was talk of where he fits into the lineup, but this kind of performance shows the embarrassment of talent he possesses, and a natural inclination for our creative centerpiece.


Livermore: Pass judgment on your own time. Bruce’s honesty on the subject made me feel as good as could be about it. Most people deserve ONE second chance. Let’s hope Jake takes it, as it seems that the team is fully behind him.

Some quick thoughts:

I’m cheering for Norwich this season, mostly because of Robbie Brady, but also because I think that they are a good blueprint for how we should go about our business to get back to the big business in the Premier League.

I’m also going to be virulent and relentless in my hope for Sunderland and Newcastle to finally go down. I think most Toon fans are waiting for the bottom to drop, and Sunderland just manages to hang on every time all the time. Take your medicine!

I’m always conflicted on who to support in the Champions League. Do you support the teams from the league you love or do you root against them? When both Manchester teams lose, it’s hard to anything but smile. That’s my instant gut reaction.

And last but not least… everyone’s favorite Abel Hernandez. He’s scored again, and with a beautiful finish, with great effort on Diame’s too, kept out only by solid keeping. A new facet of this column will begin now, and we reflect on:

Abel Watch

My roommate Rob is one of my biggest supporters in all of my artistic endeavors, and is thrilled that I mention him in my musings here. On the last go around, he tells me, “Aaron that was such a spot on piece of work”, but then there is an extremely long pause. “I just have one issue”.
Of course it was Abel Hernandez. A typical conversation between us so far this year on the subject goes something like this:

Me: I’m telling you, Abel is going to show you something.
Rob: He’s terrible.
Me: Lots of foreign players aren’t used to the English game. He came from Italy where trees grow faster than the ball play.
Rob: He’s terrible.
Me: Look at his effort, look at his goals so far; poacher goals, aggressive, and ugly. We need that!
Rob: Terrible.

You can see how this loops on for days. The talking point for me is this: so far so good. I like Abel with Aluko, and the finish against Cardiff was absolutely clinical.


Aaron Krygier




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Hull City AFC have arranged a beam back at the Kingston Suite, KC Stadium - we understand this is now sold out. BBC Radio Humberside's Sportstalk programme will also be broadcast live from the venue from 6pm, hosted by James Hoggarth.
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7. Do you remember?


Cardiff City 0-4 Hull City
22 February 2014 


Reported locally like this;


"Vincent Tan’s ‘individual’ style of club ownership at Cardiff City is yet to produce much success on the pitch this season, with the Bluebirds, under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, going down 4-0 at home to Hull on Saturday. The home side started well but failed to make their superior possession count, and eventually the Tigers caught the Bluebirds on the break, with Tom Huddlestone firing home. Goals either side of the beak from Nikica Jelavic followed before Jake Livermore finished off the rout. New-signings Jelavic and Shane Long were superb up front for the Tigers who move six points clear of the danger. As for Cardiff, they stay in the drop-zone, one point above bottom side Fulham"

Here's a view of how the Seagulls are doing, courtesy of Scott from We Are Brighton 
How have you started the season, and which players should we look out for?
Surprisingly superbly. Only the most of ridiculously optimistic Brighton fan would have said we'd be sitting at the top of the table after the first international break, especially after the last two months of last season when we couldn't score a goal let alone win a game. Last season the club were determined to stay within the Financial Fair Play rules but having seen that they are about as effective as a pair of sunglasses for a bloke with one ear, they've abandoned that strategy, stopped selling our best players and splashed some cash. A change to 4-4-2 has helped and it has certainly bought out the best in Kazenga LuaLua who had been coasting along for a few seasons. Now he is scoring goals for fun and looking like the sort of player he did when he first joined us in 2010 and tore League One apart during his second loan spell.
Tell us about your manager, how popular is he with fans? 
We were such a shambles under Sami Hyypia that you could have appointed a goat and it would have been a step up. Chris Hughton arrived, got some promising results early on as all managers to tend to and that pulled us out of danger. From the middle of March last year we were terrible however to the point where having a shot on goal in a game was a genuine cause for celebration. That led to many people questioning whether he was too negative or good enough but the start we've made so far to this season is going a long way to putting some of the doubts away.
How has your home form been in 2015? 
Played two, won two, conceded none this season which must sound pretty frightening for visiting supporters. But we've only played two average at best teams in Nottingham Forest and Blackburn and got past them both 1-0 when it really should have been more. Not taking our chances at home, especially against the better sides when they come to visit, could prove to be a bit of an achilies heel if those two matches are anything to go by. Hughton doesn't have a particularly impressive home record either since takingover in January,  six wins in fourteen games although working with the squad he had last year that will hardly come as a surprise
How is former Hull City favourite Liam Rosenior getting on at Brighton?
We've not actually seen that much of him in the league. He started away at Ipswich in our last game as a right midfielder in a move that was presumably designed to make us a little harder to break down away from home. The one thing his arrival has done is bring out the best in our Spanish right back Bruno who is probably playing the best stuff since his arrival at the club in 2012. Every Hull fan we spoke to had only good things to say about him so it will probably be a case of him making an impact sooner rather than later.
How about a score prediction?
Hull will be there or there abouts come the end of the season so a victory even if it is still early days would be massive. We haven't faced anybody particularly good yet bar Ipswich however so let's say an entertaining 1-1 draw.
Will there be a minute silence or similar in respect of the recent A27 tragedy?


The game is being dedicated to the victims of it - in particular Matthew Grimstone who was a groundsman at our training ground a stones throw from the site of the accident and Jacob Schilt who was a member of the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund team, a charity set up to raise money to get underprivileged kids playing football in memory of a Brighton fan who died on 9/11. It is our first home game since it happened and it is sure to be an emotional day. Many of our fans coming from the west of Sussex will have been caught up in the aftermath or passed the crash site on their way to The Amex that day perhaps even minutes before it happened. There will be plenty of people in the ground who will have a connection to the tragedy so it is sure to be an emotional day.










The 'We are Brighton' fans group have published a piece on exactly what the club is planning to do on Saturday to pay their respects. You can read it here


Thanks to Scott from 'We are Brighton' for this information


We ask that all Hull City fans show suitable respect in relation to the recent air/road tragedy in Sussex. We have also received the following message from Taskey O'Neill of the Brighton independent fans group 'Seagulls Over Burwash'

'As you are aware our club was shattered after the events of 22 August 2015 and the Shoreham Airshow crash on the A27 just West of the Amex Stadium. Hundreds of our fans were on the road at the time in cars and coaches and on reaching the ground for the Blackburn game our fears for their safety was all in our thoughts. Sadly we lost 11 lives and two of them were connected to BHA staff, so our game with Hull City is the first home match since then and I am sure something will be done to remember those who lost their lives. The crash happened very close to our training ground in Lancing and BHA bent over backwards to help all involved for days afterwards, that’s our club all over.'


We send our sincerest condolences to those affected by this terrible tragedy.



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Freedom Festival 2015


What a night this was!





We had a wander around with our camera today.

More pics to follow...

'The Premier League Blues -

Just Not the Same without the Black and Amber Hue'


by Aaron Krygier

Buffalo, USA


Several weeks on into the footballing season, life just isn’t the same without the Tigers in the Premier League. As a fan of football, it’s not hard to peek in on some of the top clashes or watch the new boys scrap and claw at their first taste of the champagne life. But the allure isn’t there; the endless checking of scores to see where we’ll be jostling for position, looking forward to Goal Zone (well sort of. It’s NBC’s watered down MOTD). Saturdays last season were religion for me and the roommate; an early wake up, breakfast out, and back in front of the television to put head in hand and yell things we wouldn’t say in front of our mothers.
This year I’m not even making it through Manchester City and Chelsea without being distracted over something shiny or colorful. I’m not worrying about what time I wake up on Saturday or the odd Sunday anymore. I’m looking with a hopeful eye that we’re one of the featured games that Sky is broadcasting over here in the States. The roommate and I got treated to back to back broadcasts against Wolves (where City were mediocre) and Charlton (where they were dull AND poor), so we’re hoping for better broadcasts soon. I say hoping because even as higher end odds are for us to go right back up, we don’t seem to get the coverage and respect of some of the others in the Championship.

I’ve got the out of the Premier League Blues.


And while we’re at it, I’m over Tom Huddlestone. I was done last year, but I was willing to listen to the injury woes. But he’s still slow, gets winded quickly, and just looks uninterested. I remember being in Brooklyn, NY last year on business and was fortunate to catch the Tigers and Villa at the pub. My knowledge impressed a Tottenham fan (who as the world turns had spent time in my home city of Buffalo, NY before) and he asked me who I thought had been the impact player of the season. Shocked that I didn’t say Huddlestone and that I thought Livermore had more upside, he asked me why. I said the same thing then, he's slow and gets tired. Maybe it’s just because he’s not used to the full schedule match in and match out, but he’s inconsistent and slow. He looks done at least in a Tiger’s shirt and I think most fans are too. The Preston victory without him makes for an interesting moment.

With Jelavic out the door and Chuba Akpom full of promise but not confirmation yet, I believe the key can still come from last season. A fit Mo Diame doesn’t even require thought; Snodgrass will be a bonus at this point and is good for a few goals, and early indications suggest that Abel Hernandez (yes that one) is motivated and in a proper mindset. I have no doubt he heard my screams from across the way last season, but there’s something different about his approach so far. He’s going towards the net with a different purpose, and his goals are coming in scrappy, hungry ways. Curious to see how it shakes as the season wears on, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a different Hernandez this season.

I still think the link up play through midfield needs work, and Shaun Maloney should help navigate that from all accounts. Both Elmo and Robertson have been hot and cold so far, so we’ll be looking for solidarity from them especially with Huddlestone in outer space and Livermore uncertain. I’d be interested in seeing if Harry Maguire might put a shift in as a holding midfielder and for me on most match days Meyler is an automatic start, though the headache some will point out is that he’s not the match winner on his own.

And finally, we need another keeper. For the save McGregor made last year, he also cost us some vital points. Again (re: Huddlestone) we hear about how he was injured, and it would appear that there were issues in his personal life as well to distract, but sticky fingers he has shown he is not. Jakupovic hasn’t shown he’s capable, so a capable deputy is a must, and I’d prefer to see someone that will push our current number one to see if he can hold the spot.

A good start has us all with early hopeful thoughts. Let’s keep them coming boys! That’s all for now from Buffalo. UTT!












Even though it wasn't the result the Rovers fans wanted, the team still did fantastic reaching this season's Challenge Cup Final. It's great to see local sport being celebrated and fans have the chance to welcome the team home from their Wembley trip with a two hour party in Hull City Centre tomorrow.

29 August




For the first time in 29 years the Challenge Cup final will feature Hull KR. The last time they were there, Castleford beat them 15-14 in 1986. It’s been a long wait for Rovers fans who will make the most of their trip to the capital. As for their chances, bookies don’t give them a chance against Leeds Rhinos, a side that have beaten Rovers twice this season already. Wembley’s capacity is 90,000. Add up the attendances at the KC Lightstream Stadium to watch Rovers before the league split and it’s 88,279. Rovers have scored 46 points against Leeds this season bettered only by Huddersfield and Wakefield. In a two-horse race, anything can happen. The fear for Rovers is that they freeze at the start of the game and Chris Chester’s side are 18-0 down after 20 minutes. Leeds have the quality to do that. Rovers have to be positive with attack their best form of defence. We all know Rovers can score points, and their defence can leak points. But in this cup run Rovers’ defence has turned up when it’s been needed most. Rovers might need to score 46 points to win this game.

Meanwhile 183 miles away at the KC Stadium, Hull City take on Preston looking to make amends for last week’s disappointing defeat at Charlton Athletic. Steve Bruce was less than impressed with his side’s performance and admits the Tigers will play better simply because they couldn’t play any worse. Shaun Maloney is the latest new face in the build, although at 32, it’s not that new (Hull City's Shaun Maloney on becoming a first team regular). Maloney will give City an attacking threat from free kicks on the edge of the opposition penalty box. Bruce expects his side to be depleted further after the Preston game as the vultures continue to circle their prey.


North Ferriby United travel 60 miles to Bradford Park Avenue looking to extend their unbeaten run to five. Last weekend they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Hednesford thanks to Tom Denton’s late leveller. Billy Heath’s men are tenth in the league with six points and have drawn their last three matches 1-1. Paddy Power are offering odds of 11/2 for another 1-1 draw tomorrow.


Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport!


Charlie Mullan

27 August





Great to hear from Dennis again with his take on how the season is progressing;



Hello fellow Tigers fans. Here's the second edition of my monthly-or-so Tigerlink blog. The season is well underway now and things seem to be going reasonably well for City. Bruce has made some brilliant signings and the team has looked good in the first few games. A draw at Wolves was sandwiched by home wins against Huddersfield and Fulham and a sore but not disastrous defeat at Charlton followed. The epic away day at Accrington Stanley was a welcome intermezzo. With the name change finally being dead and buried, the atmosphere at the KC seems less toxic and it's actually fun again to follow Hull City.


Of course it's still too early to judge whether we have what it takes to push for automatic promotion. The current squad is strong in all areas, but I'm afraid we can't afford to lose many more of our Premier League quality players if we want to compete for the title. Unfortunately, the likes of Ahmed Elmohamady, Tom Huddlestone, Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez are still more likely to leave than to stay, especially as all of them have buyouts in their contracts. The window isn't opened for much longer, but since almost half of the summer transfers take place on deadline day nowadays, I expect there's still quite some movement to come at the KC Stadium.


It's now about a year to the day that City played the two historic games against Lokeren. It feels like an age since we played in Europe and were looking forward to what was supposed to become the greatest season in our history. I attended the away game at the Daknamstadion, which is just a 30 minute ride from where I live. It was a great day and to be honest, it still hurts that we got knocked out so early in the tournament. We should have passed through many more great European nights last year and I doubt we will ever see the Tigers play in Europe again in our lifetimes. Some blame Allan McGregor, whose howler gave Lokeren the 1-0 win at their ground, but personally I think I can never forgive Steve Bruce for lining up the reserves in what in my opinion was one of the biggest game in our history.


Speaking of Allan McGregor - it seems that the moment to drop him has now arrived. A keeper can make mistakes, but he's made far too many in the past year and he just doesn't seem to be able to get his confidence back. I haven't seen that much of Eldin Jakupovic, but I wouldn't feel comfortable to have him as our first choice goalie either. Bruce should consider signing a new one.


A concluding note on the Livermore case - luckily it won't take much longer before the FA will finally make a decision on the length of his ban. Last week the papers wrote about the struggle Jake has had to cope with the loss of his new-born baby and according to Steve Bruce there have been more personal problems for the midfielder. Although I feel for Jake, I'd say the mitigating circumstances are still anything but a valid excuse to take drugs when you're a professional footballer. He has brought himself and the club in big trouble, but since I can understand what he's had to go through, I do hope the club and the fans will forgive him and we will see him playing in a City shirt again one day.







Not long to wait until the 2015 Freedom Festival gets underway! With a spectacular opening show centred around Scale Lane Bridge, we are sure that this year's festival will be better than ever. The full line up is now available on the Freedom Festival website and look out for the Freedom Festival Guide in local shops and businesses.


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Now in its fourth year, the East Riding of Yorkshire Model Show is becoming a firm favourite with modellers, with a growing reputation for being a friendly show. Last year it won the Scale Aircraft Modelling International magazine 'Best Model Show 2014' trophy. There will be around 25 model clubs and special interest groups making scale plastic models from all areas of the country. In addition there will be displays of radio controlled aircraft and boats and 16mm gauge railways - something for anybody interested in modelling.
A wide variety of Traders associated with model making will be present, selling kits, books and accessories.
See some stunning models, meet the model makers and enjoy a great Yorkshire welcome!

16 August





As Hull City prepare for their second league game of the season at Wolves, Steve Bruce will hope his side can claim their second win of the season. And the former centre half will hope for another clean sheet to claim at least a point. Thoughts of an 'invincibles' season going undefeated may be stretching things a little, but what the heck. City fans can dream. After scoring twice in two games, Chuba Akpom, Bruce will hope the pom-poms will be waving in a summer when the Pommies have regained the Ashes. Visiting Molineux won't be easy, but this is the Championship and points have to be earned. Every minute matters is a slogan used in Super League this season but in the Championship, every point or dropped point matters just as much.


Staying on the cricket theme, former umpire David Shepherd made a big deal when the score score is 111, calling it a Nelson. He would be seen lifting one leg in the air as long as the score remained 111. If he was in North Ferriby United he would be doing the same as the Villagers have opened the season 1-1-1. Their win came in emphatic fashion last Tuesday beating Chorley 4-0. Their draw came when they let slip a 1-0 lead against Solihull Moors on Saturday. But four points from a possible nine is a decent start for Billy Heath's side. 


In rugby league, Hull FC picked up their first win of the Super 8s going to St Helens on Friday night and securing a superb 32-22 win at Langtree Park. It still leaves them with a mountain to climb to make the four play-off places but it will have encouraged FC supporters. Even more sore when you look at the team sheet. You could have been forgiven for thinking they were about to watch a reserve game. But Jack Downs, who was drafted in at the last minute after Feka Palea'aesina limped out of the warm-up, helped a youthful FC to a stunning win - FC's second at Saints this season.


Across the river, Rovers welcome back a fans favourite in Scott Murrell as his Halifax side look for their first win in the Middle 8s. Rovers already have two points in the bag thanks to their come-from-behind win at Leigh. The chances of a Championship side beating a Super League are looking slim, but at least they are being given a chance. Rovers have other things on their mind with Wembley less than a fortnight away now. Players are playing for their places while the medics continue to work on making sure Albert Kelly is fit enough to play. If I was a betting man I'd have a tenner on him playing at Wembley. As long as Rovers respect the ball they should be ok.


Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport.


Charlie Mullan






Rebecca Bastiman hopes to play her part on Journal Ladies' Day as Beverley prepares for the most popular afternoon of their season next Wednesday.


The Wetherby handler will attempt to preserve the theme of girl power on the Westwood by saddling See Vermont to victory in the five-furlong Rawfield And Paragon Data Handicap at 3.35pm. Bastiman's seven-year-old has been a regular at Beverley over the last few seasons but has not necessarily had the luck his efforts have deserved.


His trainer said: 'He's been beaten a short head and a head at Beverley this year so he's not really had the rub of the green - but that's sprint races for you. He's a lovely, straightforward horse who is such a smooth traveller. We were thinking he'd get six furlongs in time but we'll stick to five for now. Hopefully it will stay dry as he loves quick ground and clearly enjoys himself running up that hill. This looks a grand race race for him.'


The East Yorkshire circuit always evokes fond memories for the Bastiman family as the now-retired Borderlescott won the Beverley Bullet in September 2012 - his last ever victory on a racecourse. Bastiman said: 'Scotty is absolutely loving life and looks as well as ever. He's out in a field having a great old time - we still love him to absolute bits.'


Journal Ladies' Day's seven-race card is due to begin at 2pm. The feature race is the £10,000 Listers Mercedes Benz of Hull Handicap (4.40) over a mile and a quarter, won last year by the David O'Meara-trained Sophisticated Heir.




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5-9 AUGUST 2015


The toads were a big hit the first time around and it will be great to see them take over the city over the next few days.


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30 July




The hills are alive with the sound of Hull City fans cheering their team on during their pre-season trip to Austria. The Sound of Music references have been done to death by various media people so I shall say no more about it. As for the trip to Austria, the apple strudel was delicious and the Wiener schnitzel was good too. Credit goes to the committed City fans who managed together to Zell am See and Worgl for the two friendlies. Those who watched the second game saw history in the making as the Tigers scored in Europe. Not just once but four times. Having spent the last five days here covering the Tigers, you can see why Steve Bruce choose Austria. The scenery is spectacular. Everywhere you look, the view gets better and better, as did City on the pitch. Watching Bruce's boys in training on Tuesday my hopes of a goal before Christmas were low. But then UAE side Al-Ain FC rolled into town and suddenly the floodgates opened. Well for the midfielders and defenders. The strikers still aren't clicking. Abel Hernandez doesn't look settled and ignored City fans plea to give them a smile. In football terms, we perhaps haven't learned a lot from this trip that we didn't know before it. Calaum Jahraldo-Martin certainly enhanced his reputation especially with his well taken goal to make it 4-0 against Al-Ain FC. Has he done enough to get a place in Bruce's first squad of the season? I think he might have.

Back home (because I am writing this in the square outside Salzburg train station), plans are almost complete for Saturday's Rumble on the Humber, or the Rumber inside the KC Lightstream Stadium to be more precise. Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle have been trading verbal blows even before this fight got announced and now they finally get to trade blows in the ring on Saturday night. Many expect Olympic champion Campbell to win easily, but Coyle has worked hard for this shot and isn't going to leave any punches in the ring knowing he only needs one good punch to win.

By the time the impressive card of boxing gets underway, we will know if Hull KR have a date at Wembley to look forward to on the last Saturday in August. Standing between them and their first Challenge Cup final in almost two decades is Tony Smith's Warrington Wolves. The Wolves have been regular visitors to the national stadium winning the trophy three times in the last six years. Two of those three times, Tyrone McCarthy was on the winning side and twice Shaun Lunt was on the losing side. Warrington have the big game experience, but Rovers have that unpredictability that has frustrated and delighted their supporters in equal measures this season. Whatever happens, Saturday will take a lot out of KR and the last thing they need after this weekend is a trip to highly fancied Leigh for the first of their Middle 8 fixtures to avoid relegation from Super League. Hull FC have the weekend off to prepare for their trip to Castleford in the Super 8s. Not so super when only the top four qualify for the actual play-offs to decide who contests the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October. 


Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport.


Charlie Mullan

20 July







North Yorkshire trainer Kevin Ryan believes White Bullet can develop into a serious Group-race performer ahead of her assignment at Beverley on Monday evening.


The two-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel has twice shaped honourably in Listed company and has her third career start in the five-furlong Racing Again Next Tuesday Maiden Fillies' Stakes (6.10) on the Westwood. A big run at Beverley will tee up a likely assault on the Group Two Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes at York on August 20.


'She made her debut in the Marygate at York and finished a close third, which gave us plenty of hope,' said Hambleton-based Ryan. 'Then we went to Newmarket with her for the Empress Stakes and she wasn't beaten far over six furlongs, even though the ground was too fast for her.

We now just want to try and win a maiden with her and kick on from there. The timing of Beverley's race is absolutely ideal if we are going to give the Lowther a go. She's coming back down in trip, but she'll have no problem with Beverley's stiff five furlongs. This filly has got a lot of class.'


Ryan has already had a fine season at Beverley with three winners, the most noteworthy of which was Taking Libertys. The two-year-old colt drew half a length clear in a hot five-furlong maiden on his debut in April, after which he impressively doubled up in a Pontefract conditions stakes a month later. Taking Libertys holds an entry in the Japanese Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday, and could step up to Group Three class if conditions are suitable. 'He's a horse we like quite a lot, and his form from his two races so far looks really good,' Ryan told Beverley racecourse. He's been fine since Pontefract, but we've just been waiting for some decent ground with a bit of cut in it. If the ground stays on the easy side he'll probably take his chance in Ireland.'


Feature race on Beverley's seven-race card, which is due to start at 5.40pm, is the Richard And Carol Hudson Handicap (7.40) over seven and a half furlongs, won last year by the locally-owned Jacbequick.

Beverley's fixture also forms an important part of the nine-day Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival. The Festival started at Ripon on Saturday and will end at Pontefract next Sunday, with sponsors Sky Bet aiming to raise another substantial sum for charity during the nine-day extravaganza.


Sky Bet donated £6,000 to good causes after the 2014 Festival and will again be offering in excess of £4,000 in charity bets this year.

Seven racing personalities are given £50 each day to bet on any race during the Summer Festival, with any profits shared equally between three charities - New Beginnings, the Injured Jockeys Fund and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.




19 July




So the third Derby has been and gone and its Hull FC who took the spoils with a 22-12 win at the KC Lightstream Stadium. And in the process they opened the drop door and pushed Rovers to the edge of the Middle 8s where the best of the Championship are waiting for them. Rovers chief executive Mike Smith said at the start of the season finishing outside the top eight would be a failure. As they say in sport, the table never lies and despite playing some very entertaining rugby this season, Rovers' defence just hasn't been good enough this season. Missing 74 tackles is up with worst in Super League history and tells you everything you need to know about KR this season. As for Hull, they have their work cut out to make the play-offs which is confined to the top four, instead of the top eight which the RFL were happy with the last few years. Both teams will discover their final seven fixtures next Monday, July 27. Hull fans hope to be celebrating like they did at the end of the 226th Derby when some FC fans jumped over the advertising hoardings to get close to their heroes. KR fans didn't like it but no harm was done.

Hull City will be in Austria that day continuing their preparations for the new Championship season. Steve Bruce has been quiet in the transfer market so far.cit seems he has to sell a number of his high profile players like Abel Hernandez and Dame N'Doye before he can bring new faces into the KC Stadium. A 2-1 win over North Ferriby Utd got their pre-season programme off to a positive start. How many of the side that started at the Eon Visual Media Stadium will line up against Huddersfield on August 8 at the KC Stadium?


Richard Finch may have missed out on this weekend's Open at St Andrews, but his 17th place finish at the Scottish Open last weekend suggests he's close to rediscovering the form that saw him crowned the New Zealand and Irish Open in the 2009 season. He has a chance to continue that good form at the European Masters in Switzerland next week.

Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport.


Charlie Mullan

15 July




It's always great to link up with fellow City fans across the globe and it is a pleasure to have Dennis Matthijs writing a few blogs for us throughout the coming season. Here is his first one;



Hi everyone. Like some of the other Tigerlink Champions I'll be writing some pieces for Tigerlink throughout the 2015/16 campaign. First of all thanks to Peter Johnson and the rest of the Tigerlink team for helping me to promote Hull City in Holland. Through social media I've already found a few other Dutch Tigers and I hope that the cooperation with Tigerlink will help me to further develop my project. 'Hull City Nederland' are active on Twitter (twitter.com/tigersnl) and Facebook (facebook.com/tigersnl).
Last Saturday I was delighted to learn that the Football Association once again rejected the club's name change application. Although I wasn't too worried about the outcome as pretty much nothing had changed from last year, it still was a great relief when the confirmation was finally there. Some say a name is just a name, but Hull City A.F.C. is the club I love and I don't think Hull Tigers would work for me. We have to thank Hull City Supporters' Trust for all the fantastic work they've done. Let's hope that the owners will now finally drop the name change for once and for all, reverse the rebranding and start looking for other ways to help the club forward.
The new season starts in a few weeks and to be fair it seems unlikely to me that City will be one of the clubs that will be pushing for automatic promotion. While our rivals are making signing after signing, we are only trying to sell players at the moment. The impact of the departures of McShane, Rosenior, Quinn and Ince will be felt and we will probably lose more players soon. Jelavic, N'Doye and Hernandez will have to leave either way, and I fear we might lose Brady, Chester, Huddlestone and Elmohamady as well. All of them are being chased by Premier League teams whilst having just 12 months left on their contracts... Although the club has started talks with some of those key players over new contracts, I'd be surprised if they sign new deals at City when they have the opportunity of playing in the top flight and earning a lot more money.
I hope to be at the KC again soon. I've been to two City games in my life and I'm planning to add some more in the coming season. Sheffield Wednesday or Leeds United at home would be great. Should the owners pursue the name change though, I'll consider boycotting the KC and go for one or two away days in London. Craven Cottage, Griffin Park and The Valley are among my favourite grounds in England and I'd love to visit them as a Hull City supporter.
Let's hope Brucey will make some signings soon and we will be battling to get back to the Premier League immediately. With regard to the UK City of Culture event, it is very important to have Hull City playing in the top flight.


14 July




Following the verdict from the FA, Millsy invited us to a special summer edition of the Fans Forum. Originally broadcast live on Monday 13 July at 6pm, if you missed it check it out on Soundcloud now at;





11 July






Fantastic news - details to follow........





11 July






It's been a week since Hull FC and Rovers played their last must-win game. This weekend as the Super 8s draw closer, both sides play their last game before the third Derby of the season at the KC Lightstream Stadium next Friday night. Hull host Castleford while Rovers travel to Salford. Neither side can afford to lose any more games this season if they want to finish in the top eight. 


Richard Finch rediscovered his best form to not only make the cut at the Scottish Open, he's sitting pretty in the top 10. It's been seven years since he won the New Zealand and Irish Opens. It's not been the best of season for Finch and a good finish this weekend could turn his fortunes around, literally. Former Open champion John Daly is glad to see his friend do well after his recent struggles. Daly was at Hull's One Stop Golf on Thursday, one week before he returns to St Andrews where he lifted the Claret Jug 20 years ago. Daly praised One Stop Golf for making the sport accessible to everyone.

North Ferriby United take on Grimsby Town at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Tuesday evening. If you have nothing better to do, get yourself down and support the FA Trophy winners. 


Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport.


Charlie Mullan



A couple of really interesting documents here. The future is looking bright for our city and we are certainly inspired by the energy and enthusiasm being generated locally. The Strategic Business Plan from the City of Culture team sets out the plan for the next few years and Darren Spence's publication puts forward some fantastic ideas and suggestions for the city.


Click on the image to read the document











4 July





The big news this week is the merger of the academies of Hull FC and Hull KR. Supporters of both sides took to Twitter to vent their anger at the news that will reduce the chances of young players of playing for either club by 50 per cent. Both clubs claim it's the right thing to do to give talented young players the best chance of following their dream of playing Super League rugby. I am disappointed with the news as it means players miss out on playing derbies in their teenage years. These games are the most intense at that level and prepare players for what lies ahead. And the passion is there for all to see.

If it's a question of finance, why wasn't there an appeal for companies to come in and help out more rather than make the decision without consultation with the fans. The argument is that a lot of the players won't reach the top. That's true for all academy sides in any sport, but isn't it about giving people the chance to play for their local team? An American style draft will be used to pick the top players. Is that fair on a player who is from a family that follows one club and be asked to play for another. The current academies need to be run better. Hull has always produced quality players. Jon Wilkin, born in East Hull, is captain of a St Helens side looking to defend their Super League title. Josh Hodgson is another east Hull lad who is flying the flag for our city in the NRL. Scott Taylor, who learned his trade at Skirlaugh, won a league and cup double in his first season as a Wigan Warrior. Producing players isn't a problem in Hull, keeping them in Hull is.


On the pitch this weekend, Rovers and Hull continue their slog to secure a place in the top eight. Rovers have a two point advantage over FC thanks to results in their catch-up games earlier this week. Rovers beat Salford by six points while Hull became the first side to lose to Wakefield since February, when Rovers lost 44-24 at Belle Vue. It says something when Wakefield have won only three times all season and two of them have been against KR and FC. Rovers travel to Huddersfield on Sunday knowing a win will help secure their place in the top eight and make their last seven fixtures more attractive than playing Championship sides. Right now, it's the Hull fans who are preparing for games against Sheffield and Featherstone. Cramming their catch-up games in this week is like having Easter all over again. Sunday's return fixture with Wakefield will be Hull's third game in 10 days and KR's third in 11. Like Easter, it could be this third game that takes its toll on the players which gives Huddersfield and Wakefield a big edge.


If you've missed your football, don't worry. It's back! Okay it might only be friendlies, but FA Trophy holders North Ferriby Utd play the first of seven at Hall Road Rangers at Haworth Park on Tuesday night (7.45pm). Hull City start their pre-season friendlies at Ferriby on 17 July.



Whatever you do, wherever you go, support local sport!



Charlie Mullan




Great news that there will be a new ice hockey team in Hull - the Hull Pirates. The Pirates will play in the English Premier League (EPL), the second tier of professional ice hockey in the UK, and will play their home games at the Hull Arena.


We look forward to finding out more in due course...




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