GOOD LUCK ROBBIE!
Best of luck to ex-City favourite Robbie Brady and his Republic of Ireland squad as they take on Bosnia in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin.
Wish Macca, Quinny and Meyler were fit for tonight but we are sure they will all have a part to play should the Republic get to Euro 2016.
NEW ENGLAND WOMENS' HEAD COACH MARK ROBINSON
'You'd have to be an absolute idiot not to realise the explosion there has been in women's sport, not only cricket, in the last couple of years. But it's really my daughter who's brought me into the women's game, as a dad. She's been playing in the Sussex teams for the last four years.'
Congratulations to Hull-born Mark on his new role as England Ladies Head Coach. The former Yorkshire bowler has left his previous job as manager of Sussex CCC to work with the ladies national team and we wish him the best of luck.
Read the full article on the ECB website here
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
Latest edition now available - hear what Ian and the guys think of our chances against 'Boro
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
Catch up with all the City chat, news and opinions
on the latest edition of the Fans Forum
CITY OF CULTURE LOGO UNVEILED - WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Exciting times as we move towards our year in the spotlight. Radio Humberside have just reported on social media that the official logo for Hull 2017 City of Culture is here!
Reports state that the logo was designed by a company in Sheffield with input from Hull people. What do you think to the design? Do you think it could have been designed using a Hull company?
BP have also been announced as a major partner. Further announcements are expected later today - there is an event at Hull Truck this morning and BBC Radio Humberside's Burnsy will be there from 9am.
Tune into 95.9 FM for more from 9am.
A VIEW FROM HOLLAND #3
Great to hear from our friend in Holland, Dennis Matthijs...
So here we are. Ten league games played and Hull City are fifth in the Championship, having collected 18 points. With an international break coming up, it's a good time to reflect on the start of
the season. Most City fans seem pretty satisfied with our first two months. Maybe I'm thinking a bit too pessimistically - a habit that you're bound to acquire when you support Hull City - but
personally I feel that we should be able to do a lot better.
Looking at the quality in our ranks, it's fair to say that City are the best team in the Championship and it slightly worries me that we're struggling so much to win our games. In thirteen matches this season there hasn't been one in which we scored more than two goals, and I feel Steve Bruce should adopt a more attacking style of play. It seems more and more that, although he can be regarded as a good manager (give him some money and you can be sure that he'll bring some decent football players to your club), one can seriously question his ability as a trainer-coach. He's not the greatest tactician and to be honest, ever since January 2014, City's team performances have been worse than what you could expect when adding up the individual qualities of the players. The thing that annoys me most is that every time when we get a 1-0 lead, we sit back and defend in the entire remaining part of the game, unnecessarily bringing ourselves into trouble. Let's hope that Bruce can get the team back to its best soon. In my view we really have to be in the top two - it would be a disgrace if we missed out on promotion with the squad we have now.
Although the team performances are shaky, at least it's great to see some individuals getting back to their best shape. Big Mohamed Diame is bossing the midfield and looks as if he's never been away. Jake Livermore has made a miraculous comeback after an absence of over four months. Meanwhile, it's good to see that record signing Abel Hernandez has finally started to score some goals for the club. Allan McGregor seems to have recovered really well from the howler he made against Wolverhampton Wanderers and also Curtis Davies is looking more and more like himself after the terrible season he had last year.
One of the best things regarding off-pitch matters lately, was that Hull City Supporters' Trust have been allowed to officially sponsor a City player (Sone Aluko). At first I thought there was something wrong with my telly, but indeed the words 'Hull City Supporters' Trust' were announced on the tannoy at the KC Stadium! A promising sign that the club has for once and for all stopped the cold war against its own fans. Meanwhile, local media keep spreading rumours about a consortium willing to take over the club. Apparently, one of the investors is former City chairman Paul Duffen. Let's wait and see if Assem Allam regards Duffen as a 'good home' (I don't), but my feeling is that he'll wait to see if we get promoted to the Premier League, since he can get a lot more money for the club in that case.
The second international break of the season is coming up now - quite irrelevant for the English, quite crucial for the Dutch. The Oranje have been really poor in their qualifying campaign and are now fourth in their group. We need to jump to the third place in order to still have a chance to qualify for Euro 2016. Even if we manage to win our own two games, we'll have to rely on what Turkey do in their matches. It would be absolutely embarrassing to miss out on Euro 2016 after having finished second and third in the last two World Cups, so for the next two weeks, I'm swapping my Tigers shirt for a Netherlands shirt and I'll have my fingers crossed...
Tigerlink is joining the Football Supporters Federation and thousands of fans around the country this weekend to say TWENTY IS PLENTY!
Read about the campaign at
HULL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER - SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER
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!
HULL TRINITY FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 25 - SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2015
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
BEVERLEY ROYAL SUMMONS FOR VICTORIA PENDLETON
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.
ROAD WARRIORS OR THE NOMADIC TIGERS?
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:
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!
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.
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.
FRIDAY NIGHT SPECTACULAR
Freedom Festival 2015
What a night this was!
WHAT A GREAT WEEKEND.....
FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2015
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
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!
HULL KINGSTON ROVERS
MONDAY 31 AUGUST
QUEEN VICTORIA SQUARE
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.
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
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!
A VIEW FROM HOLLAND #2
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.
FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2015
FRIDAY 4 - SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
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.
To catch up on all of the latest news visit the website
THE EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE
MODEL SHOW 2015
SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
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!
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
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.
THE JOURNAL LADIES DAY
WEDNESDAY 12 AUGUST 2015
SEE SIGHTS FIXED ON JOURNAL LADIES' DAY
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.
HULL FOLK FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 14 - SUNDAY 16 AUGUST 2015
For full details vist
THE TOADS ARE BACK
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.
For full details of where to see the toads check out the website at
HUMBER STREET SESH 2015
Buy your entry wristband on the gate - only £8
(under 12's go free)
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
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.
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