CITY OF CULTURE 2017: WILL HULL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH?
An interesting article from The Guardian - certainly share the sentiment that the old Rank Hovis Flour Mill would have been fantastic repurposed rather than demolishing it.
But hang on a minute - we definitely say 'Ull not Ol!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
LOVE HULL CITY AFC
LOVE KINGSTON UPON HULL
LOVE BEING TOP OF THE LEAGUE
STAGE @ THE DOCK
New 350 seat amphitheatre under construction - and it will be ready in time for the summer too!
HULL CITY FANS FORUM
Check out the latest edition of the Fans Forum - can we win at Turf Moor? Hear what Ian and the boys think...
It's been a year now since Hull Kingston Radio arrived on the airwaves and they have been celebrating today! Huge congratulations to all involved in what has been an amazing first year. It is a real privilege for us to contribute to the Hull City Fans Forum and Talking Balls and we can't wait to see what is in store in what is sure to be a bright future for the station.
Some real quality stuff guys, keep it coming!
A VIEW FROM HOLLAND #5
Great to hear from Dennis Matthijs.....
As we're approaching the business end of the season, City seem to have found back their best form just in time after having encountered a little wobble in December. All six games in January were
won by the Tigers and suddenly we find ourselves back top of the league. The future's looking very bright and as long as Abel Hernandez stays injury free, I don't think there's anything that can stop
us from winning automatic promotion.
I went to Fulham last week (long live Easyjet and their ridiculously cheap flights between Amsterdam and London). A great day, almost ruined by City dropping points at a bottom half team once again, but the Tigers had luck on their side as they somehow managed to produce the only goal in a game that could very much have gone either way. City fans were brilliant throughout the afternoon and especially in the last 25 minutes we produced loads of noise. A big contrast to the current situation at home games. Despite the great season we're having, the attendances and the atmosphere at the KC Stadium have been rather disappointing so far. The reasons for that are obvious as we all know, and with the abandonment of cash turnstiles and the introduction of the £2 "irrelevant fan tax", the situation is unlikely to improve. I can see why the club wants to shift ticket sales to the online platform, but the way in which they've done it has been a huge own goal (not their first one in the past couple of years).
Anyway, we have a good chance of automatic promotion to the top flight which means that the ground should be packed to the rafters again next season. Moreover, if we get promoted indeed, it's very likely that the club will change owners in the summer. We're hearing more and more rumours about Chinese investors willing to take the club over. Personally I can't see it happening before May. For both the buying and the selling party, it would be madness to agree a price without knowing which division the club will be playing in next season. Let's hope though that, whoever they are, the new owners will treat the fans with respect and do the right things for Hull City AFC.
Personally I would have liked to see an attempt made to make the club fan-owned, but I guess that's just unrealistic at the moment given the current financial situation and the ambition of the club to establish itself in the top flight. Nevertheless, it would give us fans a great feeling of pride and belonging, which to many might be worth just as much as success on the pitch. Of course I want City to be in it, but I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of the Premier League. I've been to a number games in England over the past few years, across all four divisions, and there's such a huge difference in many ways between the Premier League and the lower leagues. Sadly it's getting harder to find the real, typical English football atmosphere in the top flight. Ticket prices have increased massively and more often than not you find yourselves surrounded by tourists and plastics. Moreover it's a lot more fun to fight for promotion than to battle against relegation. So far I've enjoyed this season much more than last season. However, with the immeasurable amounts of money involved, it's simply crucial for City to get back to the Premier League as quickly as possible. It's the best thing for the development of the club and it brings huge advantages for the regional economy and international exposure of Hull.
I really enjoyed my visit to the Fulham game. City fans really are the friendliest bunch of people I've ever met. Sadly it was just the first game I've managed to visit this season. For various reasons it's been tricky so far. Not sure if I'll make another one this season, but I'll definitely be at the KC again next season, and of course I'll make sure I'll visit Hull in 2017 to enjoy our year of fame as UK City of Culture.
Hull - UK City of Culture 2017
'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.'
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