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.


To catch up on all of the latest news visit the website






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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 (under 12's go free)

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 ( and Facebook (
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...

2 July






Life's a beach for North Yorkshire trainer Jim Turner at Beverley this weekend.

Helperby-based Turner could have cause for much celebration within the space of 24 hours as Bondi Beach Babe and Bondi Beach Boy both run on the Westwood. The former has been declared for the Ferguson Fawsitt Arms Handicap (8.45) on Friday evening, while course maestro Bondi Beach Boy takes aim at the £12,500 Coachman Caravans Quality Handicap (3.00) on Saturday.


To add to the sense of occasion, Turner's late brother, Tom, bred both horses - as well as Rapid Lad, the extraordinary thoroughbred who won 12 races at Beverley and has a bar at the track named in his honour.
Jim Turner said: "It will be great to have two good horses running at Beverley and it's always quite nostalgic, what with Rapid Lad. It's a good, friendly track and we always get a warm reception when we have runners there."

Bondi Beach Babe has held his form exceptionally well this season, having not finished outside the first two on his last six starts. He will be attempting to make it a quick Beverley double, too, following a three-quarters-of-a-length victory over course and distance on 23 June.
Turner said: "He's in good form and stayed on nicely to win last time. 
The handicapper has had his say, though, which won't make life any easier, but he's back in form now and the ground has come right for him.
Mitch (Godwin) is a good lad and gets on very well with him, so hopefully they can carry on the good work on Friday."


Westwood regulars will be thrilled by the return of stablemate Bondi Beach Boy, who has won five races over five furlongs at Beverley during a distinguished career. The six-year-old gelding warmed up for the 17-runner Coachman Caravans Quality Handicap with a close-up third at Wetherby last month. Turner said: "We had an awful time with him last year - the whole yard had a bug and we couldn't find a winner - but, touch-wood, things have gone a lot more smoothly this season. He's coming back to himself now, I think, and I thought he ran a good little race at Wetherby the other day. It goes without saying that he loves Beverley and loves sprinting up that hill."


The first leg of the 'Big Racing Weekender' double-header on Friday starts at 6.15pm, with the feature race, the £10,000 Aunt Bessie’s Handicap, due off at 7.15pm.


Saturday's seven-race card starts at 1.50pm, with the official going currently good to firm, with watering taking place to maintain conditions.

For more information visit the official website at

27 June




Two months ago the city of Hull could proudly boast something no other city in England could. A Premier League football, team, two Super League sides and an Elite League ice hockey team.
Not anymore. City have been relegated to the Championship and the Stingrays have been liquidated. For the first time in 27 years, Hull is without a senior ice hockey team. Why wasn’t there an appeal to raise the money to keep them alive? Surely someone can resurrect the sport in the city.


As for the rugby, there were high hopes of an all Hull derby Challenge Cup final. Rovers came through their quarter-final to beat Catalans 32-26 while Hull lost 24-6 to Leeds. It’s back to the league now for both. Rovers need to put their cup success behind them and concentrate on beating Salford on Tuesday night. The following night Lee Radford’s side take on Wakefield in the first of two games against former coach Brian Smith. Games are running out for both to make the top eight. Both sides have 16 points but Hull have their feet in the top eight while KR wait for an invitation to join them.


Monday sees the start of Wimbledon with Tickton’s Kyle Edmund making his third appearance. The British number three has been drawn against Alexandr Dolgopolov who is ranked number 75 in the world. Edmund may be 26 places behind him in the rankings, but with the SW19 fans cheering him on, Edmund will fancy his chances knowing a good week will see him break the world’s top 100 for the first time ever.


As the Rumble on the Humber draws closer, Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle continue their preparations for their 1 August showdown at the KC Lightstream Stadium. Coyle took time out of his training to open his second academy in the city. Ten months after the opening of his academy in the west, World Champion Kel Brook officially opened the Leads Road centre on Saturday. Coyle explains why his academies are so important for the kids in Hull.


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


Charlie Mullan

26 June




Best of luck to Tom Cairney


14.00 Today

@FulhamFC: BREAKING: We are delighted to confirm that @ThomasCairney has signed for Fulham

@PJBuckingham: #hcafc will bank roughly £750k from Tom Cairney's move to Fulham today. City held a sell-on clause of 25 per cent.

'Undisclosed fee' say the Daily Telegraph but other reports suggest around £3.5 million

24 June







A terribly sad day for local sport. Let's hope we see ice hockey back in the city very soon.


18 June






Hull KR can draw level with Hull FC if they beat Warrington at the KC Lightstream Stadium and FC lose at Headingley on Sunday. Only two points separate the two sides as the season arrives at the business end. Rovers go into their clash with the Wolves looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since April. They also have to do without skipper Terry Campese whose knee injury has ruled him out for the remainder of the season. If Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly replicate the form they showed last weekend when they spearheaded Rovers’ attack in a 38-16 win over Widnes, then Rovers will be in good hands. Warrington lost last weekend and need the two points to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the top four and thus securing a play-off place. Rovers’ top four hopes are hanging by a thread thus the need for a win. Prop James Green misses out after leaving the Widnes win with a rib injury.

Hull FC go to Headingley on Sunday knowing Leeds don’t lose three in a row there too often. Having lost 31-24 to Castleford and 27-12 to Wigan before that, the Rhinos will be gunning for the win to keep the pressure on new league leaders St Helens. Hull came close to being joining the Rhinos as they only side to win in the south of France this season but they eventually fell to a 20-14 defeat to Catalans last Saturday. Leeds have shown signs of vulnerability lately and Lee Radford will have a game plan in mind to add to Leeds’ recent woes. This is the first of a double header against Leeds with a Cup quarter-final to follow a week later. Given the choice, I’m sure most fans would prefer a cup win over two points. But Radford and his players will be going for both.


In the amateur rugby scene, Hull Dockers are flying the flag for the city sitting top of the NCL Premier Division. They face Egremont this weekend knowing a win will keep them top of the pile. West Hull, without a win in their last five, travel to second placed Wigan St Pat’s knowing they will have to work for everything they get. In Division One, eighth placed Myton take on winless Saddleworth expecting to pick up the two points that will lift them up the table. Just below them in the table, Skirlaugh travel to Leeds to play Milford Marlins looking to bounce back from their 38-29 defeat at Kells last weekend.


In football, Hull City start their season with a trip to Accrington Stanley in the Capital One League Cup. Josh Windass will be looking to steal the limelight for Accrington against the club for which his dad Dean scored his Wembley winner to send City into the Premier League for the first time in their history. The fixtures computer has given the Tigers a home opener against Huddersfield to start life back in the Championship.

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

Charlie Mullan







The Lord Mayor’s Parade is back for 2015 and marks the first civic event for newly installed Lord Mayor, Councillor Anita Harrison.


At 1pm this Saturday the colourful parade, led by the Lord Mayor, will leave Princes Dock Street and snake its way around the city centre, passing through old town, Whitefriargate, City Hall, Jameson St and arriving in Queen Victoria Square at approximately 2pm.


The parade will include Councillors and Honorary Aldermen plus around 300 participants sporting their colourful hat creations as part of 2015’s theme of ‘Hats off to the Lord Mayor’. Acts also taking part in the parade include Hull Samba Band, Apus Productions stilt walkers and Kingston Swing dancers, some of which will stay to move around the city centre entertaining crowds throughout the day. Following the parade, Lord Mayor will judge the hats and be awarding cash prizes of up to £500, kindly donated by KWL, for the most imaginative designs she can find.


Alongside the parade, three performance areas will be set up around the city centre to entertain visitors spending an afternoon in the city centre. Lord Mayor, Councillor Anita Harrison said: “I’m really looking forward to leading the Lord Mayor’s Parade on Saturday and meeting the people of Hull and I’m really excited that such a variety of organisations will be joining me. The theme of ‘Hats off to the Lord Mayor’ means I also have the extra special job of judging all the creative and unusual hats and I’m sure if will be a very difficult decision to choose the winners. There is always a particular buzz around this event and I can’t wait to be a part of it!”

For more information about the event visit




The new Lord Mayor - Councillor Anita Harrison

John Wiles interviewed our new Lord Mayor recently.

You can hear Councillor Harrison's thoughts on her new role here;

Thanks to John Wiles for the audio clip and photograph above

14 June




An interesting article on the site highlighting the influence the geography of our sizeable county can have on club cricket.


Image from John Fuller's article on

13 June





There haven’t been too many teams hotter than Hull FC in recent weeks, but the heat will be on them in the south of France literally as they take on Catalans Dragons. Many FC fans will combine the fixture with a holiday with temperatures above 30 degrees. You’d get very good odds on an away win considering the Dragons’ impressive form at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. They are used to playing in the hot conditions while FC have to cope with the travelling there too. Salford came away from the south of France with a 40-40 draw earlier this season and this FC side is considerably better than the Red Devils. After scoring a hat-trick last weekend in the 25-12 win over Widnes, Tom Lineham finds himself out of the team in the week it was announced he is joining Warrington next season. Fetuli Talanoa, fresh from his hat-trick against Rovers at St James’ Park, is expected to replace him.


Hull KR's home, the KC Lightstream Stadium, has been chosen to host the Rumble on the Humber between Olympic champions Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle on 1 August. But there is a bigger fight taking place there before that as Rovers battle to make the top eight. Defeat against Castleford last weekend left them four points behind eighth placed Catalans. Nothing less than victory against Widnes will do for the Robins in their quest to make the play-offs. With Terry Campese missing with a knee injury, Rovers task has got harder. Widnes won’t roll over and make things easy for Chris Chester’s side, but if KR can shut down Kevin Brown’s influence the Robins have a chance.


Returning to the Rumble on the Humber, Thursday’s press conference was a lively affair with Tommy Coyle taking objection to Luke Campbell calling Coyle an ‘associate’ rather than a friend. Both fought their corner, pardon the pun, before shaking hands ahead of the biggest fight in Hull’s history. If you want to see the two bury the hatchet, take a look at the video below!


Tickets have gone on sale and are expected to sell fast. For updates and blogs leading up to the fight, check out the Hull Daily Mail where both boxers will invite readers into their training sessions.



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



Charlie Mullan

9 June







It’s been a disappointment of a season. Let’s get that out of the way. The most expensive assembly of players The Tigers have ever had was supposed to bring us to the next level. We were in Europe. We put Arsenal on the brink of the FA Cup Final. Then it all collapsed in a mess of poor finishing, inability to hold a lead, awful injury luck, a muddled midfield, a few poor choices by the gaffer… and then some. All in all, it’s been A Hulleva Season, and an emotional roller coaster not soon forgotten. Here’s my take on the good, the bad, and the awfully disappointing from across the Atlantic.




THE DEFENCE COLLECTIVELY Apart from Curtis Davies’ massive drop in form, there isn’t much overall you can blame on our backside. Conceding the fewest goals in the bottom out dogfight, we saw injuries to Chester and Dawson for extended stints, and overall everyone comes out pretty admirable. Include the likes of Brady, Robertson, and Elmo with coverage (Rosenior as well before his poor luck), and you’d be hard pressed to find a better group of fighters in the league. My standouts have to go to Dawson, with a stoic presence and a never give up attitude, and McShane, our no departed fiery headed talisman. No one exemplifies what we wanted from this season more than Macca, and it truly hurt my feelings to see him go.


THE IRISH INFLUENCE The aforementioned McShane, with our other engine boys Brady, Meyler, and Quinn really gave it their all week in and week out, with proper attitude and effort. Brady took over from the puzzling Huddlestone on most free kicks, and was so unlucky to hit THOSE 2 posts. His maturity as the season progressed was quite evident, and his corner kicks gave some hope as well. His natural movement could be deadly in any given game. Quinn typifies a City player to many: not the best, not the fastest, not a specialist in any one thing, but the little man never quits. Many will say David Meyler is not quite Premier League standard, but who can argue with his heart? Desire can always outwork talent. In a perfect world, our Irish contingent scores more than just a goal apiece, but I much preferred any of them to some other choices.


KEEPING UP WITH THE BIG BOYS This could go into most frustrating too, but pulling points from both shades of Manchester, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Everton? You’d be in line for much more than we had. We fought Chelsea and Tottenham with claws out. Yet the blown points at Arsenal and City would have kept us up. One of the positive notes of the season is also one of the biggest disappointments given other performances, and typifies the season.


OTHER HONOURABLE MENTIONS Steve Bruce’s honesty, Jelavic in such a plagued season, and Steve Harper




MIDFIELD MUDDLE Even with the aforementioned Irish invasion, our midfield still earns a red card. Lack of depth and scoring was murderous for us, especially with the lame feet up front. Tom Huddlestone’s head scratcher of a season has to be possibly the most singled out failure of the season. Lethargic, inaccurate, and inept on free kicks, everything that was a positive from last year went out the window. It seemed evident last season that the rigours of being an every team sheet player got to the middle man as the season waned, but as someone tasked to be a lynchpin, he quite honestly failed.


Jake Livermore seemed to take a massive step back as well. Livermore tends to have his best games when you don’t necessarily hear his name a lot, but a keen observer will see him running everywhere, using his strength, and never shying away. Too often this season he was being noticed for a poor pass, indecision, or performances where he just didn’t matter. With his potential substance abuse issue, one has to wonder where his mind may have been at this season.


INJURIES The subject has been done to death, so very simply put; where might we be without the injury spells this season at any given time to Jelavic, Diame, Chester, Brady, Roberston, and Dawson?


FINSHING (OR HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU ABEL HERNANDEZ) Goals win games and save draws, and goal scorers get paid. Red card of the season has to go to one Abel Hernandez, record signing, full throttle promise, only to be the least worthy of ever putting on the kit past the halfway point of the season. He instantly shoots up to the top of the worst ever Tigers signings. Never before seen failed whacks at the ball had even the most casual fan up in arms. Gaston Ramirez contributed more questionable hairstyles than goals, and even Dame N’ Doye waned towards the end, too often cutting a lonely figure.  For every stunning performance like the Liverpool game, Sone Aluko’s decision making too often was to take an extra touch or shoot from a poor angle. One has to question his football IQ.

BRUCEY'S TACTICS Maybe more yellow than red, but there were times the team sheet just wasn’t up to par. Regardless of your opinion on the 3-5-2, too many times as the season waned a few questionable personnel decisions came out. Why such a reticence to scratch Huddlestone? If McGregor was carrying an injury (or even if not), why not let Harper step in earlier? Everyone can appreciate continuity in a team sheet, especially with the gaps that occurred so much, but many times it comes down to the personnel, and too many times there felt like a shakeup should have happened. The other massive bullet point is the hesitation to try and finish games out. It was nerves that cost us the Manchester City win, nerves that blanked us at Burnley and a complete breakdown at Newcastle. Parking the bus is always so nervy, but how many times did we seem to shy away from the ball when it mattered in the end? Good teams will find gaps when given enough possession, and those are the points that you could say cost us. That last gasp at Chelsea or Arsenal cost us vital points.



There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be favourites to go straight back up if we can keep a good amount of players. Dawson, Brady, Robertson, and Elmo come as immediate thoughts. Given that we may lose almost our entire front line, Aluko will be required to score, and we will still need a goal poacher. If we sell, we must sell on our terms. Perhaps with some luck Diame and Snodgrass can return, and stay, given their lengthy sideline spells. With some cohesion and goals, Steve Bruce should have the tools to challenge for an immediate return to the Premier League. A decent cup run could help too, even with the extra demands of The Championship. And we’ll have to hope that the likes of Ince and Maguire will make a case.


Whatever the case, Up The Tigers.




I’ve always been a football guy, but we grow up calling it soccer over here in the States. Like a lot of people my age, we had some strange sniff of the sport as a young child, but got sold on the idea in 1994 when the World Cup came to our home soil, and with no expectations made it to the round of 16 and played Brazil as tight as you could hope. I was hooked, and can remember lots of specific moments: Zidane’s head butt, the silliness over Beckham arriving in MLS, the US getting to the quarterfinals against an unstoppable German squad. None were as impactful on my football love as a perchance reading of an article on ESPN.


I was slogging through a temporary job, and on my lunch was reading through various articles on ESPN. I had recently decided that I needed to get back into football, as my interest had waned, but then resurfaced and decided that I needed a team to support. So perusing through the various articles, one stands out about Hull City, and how it was finally time. There was a picture of Deano with his bleached out buzz cut in mid-strike (yes THAT strike) and I just read. It was an awesome article, chronicling the struggles of the club, having to sell Deano, and how the area had been ravaged by time, with a decaying economy and a sense that if you were from Hull, you went at things headstrong and mostly alone.


I couldn’t stop thinking about the parallels to Buffalo, NY. A once booming steel economy, a prime position in the Great Lakes… that turned into the forgotten second city of New York State, and where our population loses between two and three thousand people per year. The greater Western New York area still boasts over a million people, but who knows where that is if the winds of history flow a little different; and that doesn’t even begin to dive into our sports teams.


Search for Buffalo and No Goal or Wide Right and you’ll understand what I mean. We bleed blue and gold (hockey) or white and blue (American football). We have lacrosse which has won championships but not for years and gets no real recognition and a minor league baseball team that can’t stay tied to a Major League club for more than a few seasons. Our NHL team has barely sniffed the playoffs in over a decade, and our football team has the second longest non-playoff streak in North American sports history only acquiescing to the Toronto Blue Jays (who of course our minor league team the Bisons is now the farm club for!)


So, I read the article, saw the similarities, and decided I was going to be a Tigers fan and I have been ever since. It’s been an interesting experience, in a town mostly dominated by Arsenal (their supporters club is officially recognised) and probably after that Liverpool (and who doesn’t hate Liverpool?)  to be probably the ONLY Tigers fan in town. One day at Mes Que our official footy bar in Buffalo we were playing the Gunners (one of my childhood friends is a supporter). I showed up in our Championship away Robert Koren jersey, and an Arsenal fan said, “A Hull jersey? When have I ever met a Hull supporter here? Hell, when have I EVER met a Hull supporter?” This came from a Londoner transplant.


Another time at work (I do digital marketing during the day) I spoke to a Manchester native who supported the dread Liverpool. When I told him I supported the Tigers he asked jokingly, “You couldn’t find someone smarter than this one to talk to me?”


So I get it. And the bottom line is, you lot are stuck with me forever. Because Buffalo fans never turn on our teams. That will carry me with you, forever. It gets lonely though, so I’ve recruited my best friend and roommate Rob, and he’s grown to love the Tigers much the same way I have been. He could never understand why I would be screaming at the television on Saturday mornings, and when he finally sat down for a game, he looked at me and simply said, “I get it now.” He hates Everton mostly because of the awful haircuts and the questionable tackling of Besic, despises Wayne Rooney, and is convinced that Martin Atkinson has it out for us.


We’ll be coming over one day, and we hope to be well received. With that, I present to you my overview of what went wrong with this Hulleva season.


Aaron Krygier



19 - 21 June 2015




The flyer below has details of the weekend's schedule







This episode of The EPL Round Table takes a look back at the season that was with Peter @HCAFCTigerLink, Jay @TheEaglesBeak, and Kevin @Kevrov

Thanks to everyone involved with the EPL Round Table for letting us participate over the course of last season. We thoroughly enjoyed it and hope we can get Hull City back up so that we can join you again soon!


We will be happy to keep you posted about The Championship next season!

6 June





Tigerlink was launched on 6 June 2013. We are delighted to have established ourselves over the last couple of years and we have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what began as a bit of an experiment evolve into something we are incredibly proud of.


Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our website and social media and helped us continue to 'serve the Tiger Nation at home and abroad.'


Here's to the next two years and beyond.....

We have put together a photo album on our Facebook page including a few of the highlights of the past two years. It's certainly been an eventful time!

We are a social media based Hull City AFC supporters group 'serving the Tiger Nation at home and abroad'. We also promote tourism and the economy of Hull and the East Riding. We hope to use Hull City's return to the Premier League as a platform to promote all things Hull and maximise the opportunities presented by the Tigers' elevation to the top tier.

TIGERLINK is proud to support The Daisy Appeal

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