HULL KINGSTON RADIO: HULL CITY FANS FORUM
Great to be back on Hull Kingston Radio having a chat about, amongst other things, that fantastic win against Leicester City to kick off our Premier League campaign in style. Shame the off the pitch stuff isn't so joyous....
Here's the link if you missed it live last night
EPL ROUND TABLE
A real pleasure to be involved in the latest edition of the EPL Round Table podcast hosted by Kevin (Spurs) @Kevrov and featuring Gags (Liverpool) @GagsTandon, Dan (West Brom) @BaggiesFacts and Peter @HCAFCTigerlink.
THE CHAMPIONS TURNED OVER BY THE TIGERS AS FANS
AIR THEIR VIEWS TO A WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE
HULL CITY 2 LEICESTER CITY 1
SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2016
Demand was high for the red cards produced by the Hull City Supporters Trust and distributed pre match in West Park. Then an outstanding, committed and inspiring performance by the boys on the pitch to inflict an opening day defeat on Leicester City. In the current climate, just what we needed.
Here are a few shots of the pre match scenes in West Park...
PODCAST: THE TIGERS DOWN UNDER
A great podcast from Hull City fans in Australia - great to make contact with
Alex O'Neill from 'The Tigers Down Under.'
You can check them out on You Tube - here is the latest podcast from this season;
And here is special guest Richard Garcia having a chat...
HULL KINGSTON RADIO
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
Listen again to the latest edition of the Fans Forum
(originally broadcast earlier tonight)
HULL CITY v LEICESTER CITY
Protest details for Saturday's season opener
BOND HAS LICENCE TO THRILL ON JOURNAL LADIES' DAY
Bond Bombshell will attempt to do her bit for girl power on Journal Ladies' Day at Beverley on Wednesday. The three-year-old filly, trained by David O'Meara, is a real course specialist and bids for a fourth victory on the Westwood in the concluding race of Beverley's most popular afternoon of the season.
Bond Bombshell is one of nine declared runners for division two of the Ladies Day Handicap (5.35) over the flying five furlongs and arrives in East Yorkshire on the back of a dominant triumph at the track on July 26.
The three-year-old daughter of Monsieur Bond was bred at Little Manor Farm, Nawton, by Penelope Avison, who also owns the horse under the Trendy Ladies syndicate banner.
Mrs Avison and the 15-strong Trendy Ladies have been a staple of the Beverley summer, with their enthusiastic celebrations a regular feature in the winner's enclosure. Connections of Bond Bombshell are optimistic the filly can once again shine at her favourite course. Mrs Avison said: 'David only runs his horses if they are in good order and all the reports are that our filly is in great form. I thought she was quite businesslike in the way she won last time, and even though she's gone up 4lb, you can never rule her out at Beverley. David used to train next to me at Nawton and the gallops there have an uphill shoot. I'm sure that's really helped her run at a track like Beverley as it really built up her back-end and has got her well balanced.'
'It's always very difficult to win a race, but when it happens it's a momentous, wonderful feeling. And even if it doesn't happen, The Trendy Ladies are always out to enjoy ourselves - which has to be what racing is all about. Beverley do a wonderful job and Ladies' Day is always a great occasion, with all the colour and all of those fantastic outfits. The Trendy Ladies are probably a bit long in the tooth now to keep up with the height of fashion, but, as always, we'll be out to have fun - win, lose or draw.'
Premier tickets are sold out for Journal Ladies' Day – though grandstand, paddock and course enclosure tickets are still available and can be booked up until 2pm on raceday.
Gates open at 11am for pavilion guests, and 11.30am for the rest of the course, with racing due to begin at 2pm. Light watering is taking place to preserve the going, which is good to firm, with sunny intervals forecast and temperatures set to rise to 17C for Journal Ladies' Day.
HULL CITY AFC
A PREMIER LEAGUE TITANIC?
On Saturday 28 May the good ship Hull City was launched into the Premier League, it's third voyage in these tricky waters.
But at least the famous ship was well into it's journey when it hit trouble. The crew at the KCOM have struck an iceberg before the journey has even started. The captain has made an honourable exit and as each day passes there are reports of some crew wanting to jump ship and men already overboard. At the moment the ship is bound to flounder, there aren't enough crew left to man it.
But don't blame the crew! The ship's owners were never qualified to oversee such a voyage. The ship has been in a bad state of disrepair for over two years and the owners may have been looking to scuttle it for some time. It often looked smart on the outside, but a closer look would have revealed it needed a total overhaul from top to bottom.
Hull City fans have had more than their fair share of calamity over the years, but we are currently sinking fast. Despite Wembley glory and a return to the top tier, our Club is a shambles, with fan unrest, several planned protests and no signings. It is virtually civil war between our owners and our fans.
This crazy situation stems from the FA's decision to snub Assem Allam's name change request. Our wealthy owners appear to have had their own agenda since this rejection. Rich businessmen can be irrational and vindictive if they don't get their own way. And it is the fans who have felt the impact of the Allams' wounded pride. Our owners appear to be intent on mischief, playing rich men's games and creating mayhem. They were never going to leave quietly, but they are clearly intent on destroying the club as a farewell gift to supporters. We can only hope a saviour is out there somewhere. Can the Premier League step in? Does anyone know what our owners really want?
On arrival the Allams said they wanted to leave a legacy to the people of Hull. They could have been heros, but instead they will be remembered with bitterness and hate by the majority. Ironically they have made generous gifts to local hospitals and the university. But they arrived saying 'we are not football people' and sadly they will depart clueless, having learnt very little.
The last 2 years have low points galore. A dreadful badge, more reminiscent of a Wolves badge, omits the words 'Hull City' or even 'Hull'. This omission is replicated in much of the Club's marketing with no obvious moves to ditch the outlawed rebranding.
Our owners have never grasped or accepted the role of the fans, the community and local history and heritage, so have never got to grips with the off pitch side of the game. The club has been 'up for sale' for two years and more recently has been pursued by several overseas buyers. But it's unclear whether the Allams have wanted to sell at any stage. It may be they want to enjoy the publicity and fan anguish created by the continued uncertainty. Or did Assem Allam see football club ownership as a route to rubbing shoulders with dignitaries and celebrities to assist a quest for a knighthood or similar honours?Perhaps we will never know.
Gentleman manager Steve Bruce showed huge dignity in his departure. Hull Ciy's most successful manager ever was eventually forced out after trying desperately to find a way to work with the owners. He did amazingly well but his patience ran out. It was remarkable he stated as long as he did.
Hull City needs stability, otherwise players and fans will depart in droves. Already thousands boycott home games, partly due to a quite ludicrous membership scheme, hurriedly introduced in order to annoy fans. It is the only scheme in Europe not to provide concessions and is already being investigated by Premier League officials.
All this as the city prepares for UK City of Culture status in 2017.
Hope lies with the planned actions of the admirable Hull City Supporters Trust and possibly the pressure of the KCOM becoming a national media focus when Hull City start their Premier League campaign against Champions Leicester City on Saturday 13 August.
So surely someone or something can save us from further torment. Buy our Club before any further damage is done. We are sinking fast and as you read this fellow fans are sending out an SOS. Please join them in voicing your anger and let's rebuild our wonderful football club.
Amazing day yesterday at Humber Street Sesh!
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HUMBER STREET SESH
PERFORM AT FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2016
There are some exciting opportunities to get involved with this year's festival - why not apply to perform with the Hull Freedom Chorus, Cirque Bijou's Umbrella Project or the Word on the Street Freedom Stories.
No experience neccessary - to find out more check out the Freedom Festival website
The full programme for the festival is available at
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
SPECIAL EDITION: STEVE BRUCE DEPARTS
Ian Waterson hosts a specially convened edition of the Hull City Fans Forum. Amid an injury crisis, a takeover deal reportedly 'dead in the water' and ongoing discontent with the membership scheme - today it has been widely reported Steve Bruce has left the club.
AMY JOHNSON FESTIVAL
1 JULY 2016 - 31 MARCH 2017
2016 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson CBE. Amy was born in Hull in 1903 and was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
The Amy Johnson Festival aims to celebrate Amy’s life, achievements and legacy with an ambitious international programme of the arts and engineering sciences appealing to all interests and ages.
We are particularly looking forward to ticking off as many 'Moths for Amy' as we can - these unique artworks are modelled on the hugely successful 'Larkin with Toads' project. There are 59 giant fibreglass moths at various locations and they wil remain in place until 31 March 2017.
You can find out more about Amy and the festival and also
download a festival programme and a moth guide at
And if you want a sneak preview of all of the moths together (they look amazing by the way) check out this section of the website amyjohnsonfestival.co.uk/moth-gallery/
WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE
Here is the latest press release from the Beverley Racecourse Team ahead of today's 8-race card;
LOUGHNANE IN HUNT FOR WESTWOOD WINNER
First-season trainer David Loughnane hopes a big run from Nonno Giulio at Beverley on Wednesday can act as a launchpad for the biggest week of his fledgling career.
Based at David O'Meara's old yard in Nawton, North Yorkshire, Loughnane will arrive in East Yorkshire in good spirits after Nonno Giulio impressively won a one-mile Wetherby handicap on his last run on May 17. The five-year-old son of Halling now takes aim at a double in Beverley's Weatherbys Hamilton Handicap (3.00) over eight and a half furlongs. Victory on the Westwood would also provide a timely lift for Loughnane, who next week has Royal Ascot aspirations with stablemate Earth Drummer.
Loughnane told www.beverley-racecourse.co.uk: 'Nonno Giulio won really well at Wetherby last time and the ground should again be perfect for him. There's no secret behind what we've done with him. It's just about training him the way he needs to be trained and keeping him nice and fresh and relaxed. He was further back than we planned at Wetherby and though he is drawn stall one, we'll ride the race as we see it. It's a good race, but we'd like to think he'll go well.'
Nonno Giulio is one of 10 declared runners in a fine renewal of the Weatherbys Hamilton Handicap which features Ruth Carr's last-time-out winner Victoire De Lyphar. Simply Shining (Richard Fahey), Final (Mark Johnston), Dutch Artist (O'Meara) and Beverley favourites Jacbequick and Shadowtime add further strength in depth.
Earth Drummer is next Wednesday likely to represent Loughnane in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot. The six-year-old son of Dylan Thomas was cut in price to around 16-1 for the big one-mile handicap after he finished an unlucky-in-running fifth in the seven-furlong Victoria Cup at Ascot on May 7.
Loughnane said: 'Everything that went wrong could have gone wrong in the Victoria Cup, but he still ran a smashing race. Course form is the best form, so hopefully we can get him there and he can run his race. We'd be fairly confident he'll get into the race, so it will be a hell of an experience to have a Royal runner in my first season training.'
Beverley's eight-race fixture on Wednesday is due to begin at 2pm, with the going currently good to firm and watering taking place to preserve conditions.
TO ALL HULL CITY FANS
Hi everybody, my name is Hull City AFC. As you know, I've been held captive for around 3 years now.
It's been a tough time for me here at the KCOM. I've been kept hidden away and I understand there have been people here impersonating me. But they didn't do it very well, they spelt my name wrong, made my face completely different on my badge then made a real mess of all of my merchandise. And the prison guards tell me they've been upsetting all of you fans for the full 3 years I've been imprisoned. That's dreadful, it must stop.
I hope to be let out soon, I just can't wait to be released, clear my name and show my true colours. A while ago I heard the FA arranged my release but something must have gone wrong. It's great things have gone well on the pitch for the team, but it's not been the same without me has it? I will sort things out as soon as I get out.
I've heard most recently there are 3 rescue groups trying to get to me. Hopefully it won't be too long now. I know all true fans will recognise me as soon as I am back and restored to my proper place.
I've known a lot of your family and friends over the years who use to come and see me. And I know all of you who came to see me or supported me before I was imprisoned. Plus I am always looking to make new friends. So don't worry, I've been messed about with and given a hard time, but I'm tough.
I've been around for 112 years and I intend to be around for as long as you fans want me.
All the best, catch up with you soon I hope
Hull City AFC
We support Hull City, a Premier League team for a Premier League city and proud home to the 2017 City of Culture. We will regularly be a focus of national attention so let's celebrate our history, heritage and culture and make sure we make the most of the opportunities 2017 presents to boost our local economy and perceptions of Hull.
6 June 2016
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
3 YEARS ON...
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past three years - there have certainly been some exciting and eventful times. 3 Wembley trips, City of Culture status for the year 2017 and some great links formed with all kinds of fantastic people - you know who you are! It has been a privelege to be involved in so many great things and we can't wait to see what our fourth year has got in store. See you all in the Premier League!
PLACES DES ANGES
SATURDAY 2 JULY 2016
As Hull’s programme of summer events moves up a gear, tickets are available from 10am today (1 June 2016) for ‘Place des Anges’, the spectacular aerial event that is set to transform the night sky over Queens Gardens on Saturday 2 July.
10,000 free tickets are now up for grabs for the awe-inspiring show, which created and performed by acclaimed French company Gratte Ciel and presented by Hull 2017 and the Yorkshire Festival, in association with Amy Johnson Festival. It is an event that has dazzled audiences across the world and everyone seeing it in Hull can expect an unforgettable experience.
Beginning at 9:45pm, white clad angels – les anges – will appear high on rooftops around Hull College and Queens Gardens, before taking to the air for magical and occasionally mischievous antics above the crowds below. As the event reaches its climax thousands of white feathers will be released, falling from the sky in cascades, to create an extraordinary ‘snowstorm’ for the audience to dance and play in.
Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017, said: “Place des Anges is a thrilling experience that takes your breath away. In a summer packed full of fabulous events and activities, highlighting Hull’s position as a great city for culture, this is one that definitely should not be missed. As we prepare for 2017, it’s a stunning finale to the Yorkshire Festival and an exciting start to the Amy Johnson Festival. I urge everybody to make sure they get their hands on some tickets.”
Place des Anges is free and suitable for all ages and thousands of people registered for ticket alerts when the event was announced earlier this year. Tickets need to be booked in advance and are available on a first come first served basis. People can book up to six by going to www.hull2017.co.uk/placedesanges. With the show due to begin at 9:45pm, gates will open at 9:15pm and people are advised to allow sufficient time to get through the ticket check.
Supported by Hull 2017, the event is also the finale of the Yorkshire Festival, which runs from 16 June until 3 July, and marks the start of Amy Johnson Festival, which begins in Hull on Friday 1 July and runs until 6 September.
Yorkshire Festival’s Artistic Director, Matt Burman, said: “Place Des Anges is a fitting finale for this year’s stellar Yorkshire Festival line-up. It’s fantastic to be able to offer a free event of this scale, and to bring a world-renowned international company like Gratte Ciel to create something truly spectacular in the heart of Hull. The event is free, but tickets are limited so I’d urge people to act fast and ensure they don’t miss out on what promises to be unmissable, extraordinary night.”
People planning to see Place des Anges are encouraged to make a day of their visit. The Amy Johnson Festival will also be hosting Da Vinci Engineered in Zebedee’s Yard from 10am-5pm, featuring twelve faithful reproductions of Leonardo’s flight and wind machines loaned by the Da Vinci Museum in Florence. Free family entertainment throughout the day in Zebedee’s Yard will feature aerial acrobatics from Pif-Paf, madness and mayhem from Hull Carnival Arts and music from Hull Samba Band and Bandanarama, as well as a chance to see several of the giant artist designed moth sculptures close up.
Rick Welton, Director of Amy Johnson Festival, said: “Place des Anges is a fabulous way to launch the festival. It will be a fantastic curtain-raiser for two months of celebration when we’ll be telling the world about the remarkable life of Hull’s aviation heroine and giving the city a summer to remember.”
Those planning to attend Place des Anges should check the website for information about the best entrances for them to enter the event and links to information about road closures, parking, public transport and park and ride arrangements.
Place des Anges is part of the series of curtain raiser events in 2016, made possible through the support of Spirit of 2012, which invests in events as catalysts for change for people and communities across the UK.
To book tickets visit
WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
A very special edition of the Fans Forum this week, with a record breaking
line up squeezed into the studio - all 11 of us!
We always hoped we might need our
Wembley StadiumLINK guide again!
Check out the new updated version now at The Wembley StadiumLINK
All sorts of useful info for your trip to the Capital. We will be adding more useful links as the week goes by, including articles just added on 'dry triains' and pub splits, any articles the media publish and a guide for Hull City fans issued by Wembley Stadium themselves
NICK QUANTRILL: THE DEAD CAN'T TALK
Following a successful launch night of his new book 'The Dead Can't Talk' held at Kardomah 94, here are a couple of blogs featuring Nick and his work.
Photos by Melvyn Marriott
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
HULL KINGSTON RADIO
Analysis of the dispatch of Derby (only just) and a look ahead to a fourth Wembley visit in 8 years. Can your nerves stand it?!
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
HULL KINGSTON RADIO
Listen again to Friday night's Forum hosted by Ian Waterson. Lively chat about all things City and a few predictions about the Derby game and beyond....
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
HULL KINGSTON RADIO
Ian and guests discuss all things City - will we win the
final game before our play-off adventure?
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
HULL KINGSTON RADIO
Hear what the fans had to say ahead of our game with Leeds United
11 REASONS WHY HULL CITY LOOK LIKE
FALLING SHORT OF AUTOMATIC PROMOTION
Pressure seemed to get to the players in vital games, the goalless draws at home to Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday, plus both Derby County fixtures were good examples of this and the defeat at Middlesborough was pivotal for both Clubs, providing inspiration for them and a corresponding slump for us.
Relegation zone sides also caused us problems, vital points were dropped against poor sides like Rotherham, Charlton, Bristol City and Leeds.
Every game became an ordeal as we moved towards the final stages of the season. The KC was often quiet, with many fans absent for reasons of ticket price, politics or poor entertainment value. A full stadium might have made a difference.
Defence has been our strength under Bruce and it remains steady. We were top of the table on several occasions in 2015/16, but in too many games we seemed keener to prevent defeat rather than ensure a win, we were reluctant to push men forward and we failed to 'kick on' at the key stage of the season. We rarely started a game with two recognised strikers.
Inspiration was lacking, too often games were played at a low tempo with an inability to break down well organised defences.
Championship sides sussed us. They realised that if they could score the game's first goal, we weren't likely to fight back and win, our game statistics demonstrate this.
Transfer Window activity in January is often vital for sides seeking automatic promotion. It wasn't great for us in 2016. Nick Powell was a calculated gamble that failed and we remained with very few options up front and the goals started to dry up.
Assem and Ehab Allam made no effort to unite the fans when a formal statement accepting the FA name change decision could have boosted and stabilised the Club. They boycotted games, and continued their erratic behaviour with uncertainty around the sale of the Club and their own motivation to remain at the helm, culminating in ill timed publicity for a dubious membership scheme just before the run in.
Bruce too often didn't seem to know his best side and with Chuba Akpom apparently frozen out soon after Christmas our limited options up front were exposed and we had too heavy a reliance on Abel Hernandez.
Leadership on the pitch was patchy with many longing for the passion of an Ian Ashbee type player during the all important run in.
Either Steve Bruce didn't get the best out of his players or maybe our highly rated squad wasn't as good as we thought it was. Most fans seem to think we have under achieved and enthusiasm for the play offs is a touch luke warm.
BEVERLEY RACES: SEASON OPENER
WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL
TOP NOTCH TONTO TEAM REACH FOR THE STARS WITH OREWA
Prominent owner Keith Brown feels he could have found 'the next Top Notch Tonto' ahead of Orewa’s debut at Beverley’s first meeting of the season on Wednesday. The two-year-old son of Helmet cost Brown 18,000 euro at Tattersalls Ireland last September and is one of eight declarations for the five-furlong Welcome Back To Beverley Novice Auction Stakes (2.35).
Brown’s silks are best known for Top Notch Tonto, the 2013 QEII runner-up who broke his maiden at the second attempt on the Westwood. His owner, who hails from Swanland, East Yorkshire, is also expecting big things from the Brian Ellison-trained Orewa. Brown said: 'He’s the most expensive horse I’ve ever bought, but he’s such a well-bred, lovely colt. All Helmet colts were making around £50k to £75k but this one came out at around 1.45pm, and by that time everyone was knocking back food and drink and I was the only left in the sales hall, so I think we’ve got a bargain.
He’s got quite a high action so I hope we don’t get too much more rain, but Beverley is obviously my local track and this looks a good race for him. From what we’ve seen so far, I’m hoping he could be our next Top Notch Tonto. He’s been working really well and is a smashing-looking horse.'
Top Notch Tonto, meanwhile, is reported in top form as the distinctive-looking six-year-old gears up for a return to the track in the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown on April 22. Brown told www.beverley-racecourse.co.uk: 'Tonto was really unlucky last year. He obviously won at York, but three other times he was beaten by such a short margin. We’ll start him out in the mile-and-a-quarter race at Sandown and then hopefully kick on from there. He’s as good as ever -Brian is thrilled with him - and I”m hoping for a big year with him.'
Beverley’s seven-race card on Wednesday is due to begin at 2pm, with the official going on Tuesday morning described as good to soft.
Feature race is the £11,500 NL Van Truck And Car Hire Handicap (3.10), won last year by 100-rated sprinter Pipers Note.
Beverley racecourse has invested over £800,000 on refurbishments in the close season, while chief executive Sally Iggulden pledged that no class five race all year will be contested for less than £6,000 in prize-money.
For full details of today's race meeting check out
HULL KINGSTON RADIO
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
Catch up (or listen again) and hear what the fans think ahead of our 'must-win' trip to West Yorkshire....
THE FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS' FEDERATION VISIT HULL
SATURDAY 2 APRIL
THE TIGERS LAIR, ANLABY ROAD
1pm - 2pm
Michael Brunskill (Director of Communications at the FSF) will be the guest of the Hull City Supporters Trust (HCST) at The Tigers Lair tomorrow.
Matthew Rudd of Amber Nectar will be compering the event, at which Michael will be talking about the FSF’s work and its campaigns, and fielding questions afterwards.
Full details can be found on the HCST website at
CHELSEA 2 HULL CITY 2
26 MARCH 1966
50 years ago one of the great Hull City games of all time. Waggy with two goals in the FA Cup Quarter Final against Chelsea.
Five days later City lost the replay 3-1 at Boothferry Park in front of 45,328 fans, Chris Simpkin with the only goal for the Tigers.
ONE NAME CHANGE THAT WILL GO AHEAD...
SO FAR SO GOOD
We had a wander around this afternoon and took a look at the work in progress at The Stage @ The Dock and the new C4DI building next door
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
Friday 11 March
Listen to the latest forum now at
HEADS UP FESTIVAL
9 - 19 March 2016
Check out the full programme at
HULL INDEPENDENT CINEMA
New March - June season of film now on sale!
40 films over 4 months, most of which are exclusive screenings
showing in Hull for the first time.
Some top picks include Love - The Movie, Youth, The Assassin (2015 film), Hitchcock/Truffaut, Anomalisa, Krigen/A War, Son of Saul/Saul fia, Victoria, Green Room and Mustang.
Tickets and full info and membership at
A WHOLE LOTTA HOCKNEY
Locally based artist the subject of exhibition to cover six decades
From the Daily Telegraph
By Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent
'Six decades of David Hockney's work is to be exhibited by Tate Britain...with a room left over for works yet to be created.
David Hockney is to celebrate his 80th birthday with the 'world’s most extensive retrospective' of his work, as he promises to produce a room full of new works for Tate Britain.
The Tate gallery is to honour Hockney with his first major British retrospective in 30 years in 2017, aiming to renew the artist’s popular reputation and bring new focus to his intelligent side.'
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