LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
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!
A BIT OF MONEY FROM THE SELL ON CLAUSE?
Best of luck to Tom Cairney
@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
STINGRAYS OWNER LIQUIDATES CLUB
A terribly sad day for local sport. Let's hope we see ice hockey back in the city very soon.
HUMBER STREET MARKET
It's bigger and it's back!
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
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.
HATS OFF TO THE LORD MAYOR
THE LORD MAYORS PARADE 2015
SATURDAY 20 JUNE
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
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
HOW DOES CLUB CRICKET COMBAT GEOGRAPHY?
An interesting article on the cricketyorkshire.com site highlighting the influence the geography of our sizeable county can have on club cricket.
LOCAL SPORTS ROUND UP WITH CHARLIE MULLAN
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!
'ONE HULLEVA SEASON'
REVIEW BY AARON KRYGIER
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 STUDS UP
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
THE SEASON'S RED CARDS
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.
SO WHO AM I?
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.
EPL ROUND TABLE
PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON REVIEW
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!
IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY!
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!
Hull - UK City of Culture 2017
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