July 19, 2014

City to play FK AS Trenčín


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Barring an improbable comeback by FK Vojvodina, City will play FK AS Trenčín in the Third Qualifying Round of the 2014/15 Europa League. The first leg is away, meaning that hasty arrangements must be made for travel to Slovakia, so we shall return to this in greater detail, however for now here are the two most important things to realise about our European opponents:

It’s pronounced like this.

And they’ll be playing the game here.

Hope to see you out there…

Filed under: News — Andy @ 9:44 am

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NEWS: City’s first Europa League game is (pretty much) confirmed


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Who have we (almost definitely) got for our first ever European game?

Subject to their not losing a 4-0 lead from the first leg, we’ll be off there on July 31st. Excitement doesn’t even begin to cover it.

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July 18, 2014

Europa League pots announced


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Ahead of this afternoon’s draw for the Third Qualifying Round of the 2014/15 Europa League, the pots have been pre-drawn, and with City guaranteed to be seeded, we know which of the six ties will ultimately provide us with our first ever European opposition. With first leg scores and nationalities included, they are:

KF Laçi (Albania) 0-3 FC Zorya Luhansk (Ukraine)
Motherwell (Scotland) 2-2 Stjarnan (Iceland)
FK Metalurg Skopje (Macedonia) 0-0 FK Željezničar (Bosnia)
IF Brommapojkarna (Sweden) 4-0 Crusaders FC (Northern Ireland)
FK AS Trenčín (Slovakia) 4-0 FK Vojvodina (Serbia)
PFC Botev Plovdiv (Bulgaria) 2-1 SKN St Pölten (Austria)

We can probably remove KF Laçi, Crusaders and FK Vojvodina from the equation, leaving us with the prospect of visiting Ukraine, Scotland, Iceland, Macedonia, Bosnia, Sweden, Slovakia, Bulgaria or Austria. However, with FC Zorya Luhansk hailing from the eastern fringes and less than 30 miles from Russia, one suspects they may not be playing in their home town after yesterday’s events. We’d probably sooner avoid Motherwell, because Scotland isn’t really what you dream of when you enter European competition – the rest, well, it’s just brilliant isn’t it?

And even better: none of the twelve countries in that pot require a visa, which could have been a logistical nightmare with only a week’s notice.

Full draw at midday. Exciteable reaction thereafter.

Filed under: News — Andy @ 12:51 am

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June 30, 2014

Things We Think We Think #147


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1. That Hull City AFC’s summer can easily be divided between football and non-football issues will surprise no-one with even a passing acquaintance with the club; nor is a great surprise as to which is proving the happier. To the happier first, then…

2. Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass will definitely make us a stronger side. Livermore’s ability is already known, and with plenty of potential yet to be realised, even an eye-watering fee of £8m could still prove to be value. Without him last season we’d have been a poorer side; his permanent arrival gives our midfield a feeling of genuine quality. Whatever happens in 2014/15, with him, Huddlestone and Meyler at Steve Bruce’s disposal, we’ll have a midfield that few outside the top half will rival.

3. Forking out a similar sum on Robert Snodgrass has probably raised more eyebrows. He isn’t without quality, and will also add to our team and our squad, but that is a startling sum to pay. Nonetheless, his has been a career on an upward trajectory of late, he brings a formidable workrate and if he scores half a dozen goals while creating a similar number, in today’s transfer market you probably do need to part with £8m. So, two players of authentic Premier League pedigree are ours. Well done to all – yes, all – at Hull City for facilitating their arrival.

4. Farewell Matt Fryatt. Never a Premier League starter, but a scorer of many City goals in times both good and bad – he leaves with our best wishes and the knowledge that in a Forest side who are likely to do well next season, he’ll score a bucketload more.

5. To Brazil, briefly. It provided a thrill to see Nikica Jelavić involved in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup, and he was close to scoring its opening goal too. Despite his country’s generally unattractive performances, we enjoyed Maynor Figueroa’s contribution too. It will be many years before we tire of seeing Hull City AFC players participating in the planet’s most prestigious sporting event.

6. Anything happening off the field then? Ah, yes. The dismal conduct of the club’s owners is seeming never-ending. The new crest is awful, the broken promise about fans’ consultation a disgrace and the removal of the club’s own name an obvious signal that the Allams’ inexplicable obsession with violating our name remains alive and unwell.

7. Sadly it is entirely in keeping with the club’s open hostility towards its own supporters. Despite promises to the contrary, the club serially uses the term “Hull City Tigers” in explicitly footballing situations – the claim that it’ll only feature in corporate or commercial situations is a simply not true.

8. Quite what this is all intended to achieve is a mystery. No business ran by proper grown-ups would take such painstaking care to antagonise its own customers, nor seek to defy its industry regulator in so brazen a manner. Assam and Ehab Allam may be rich men, but there’s something of the rebuffed child about much of their conduct.

9. Ehab Allam affecting fondness for the club’s history at the launch of the new crest is one of the most nauseatingly insincere things we’ve ever heard. He must think we’re stupid.

10. This is having an impact, and while it’s one the club will not care about, it’s worth noting. Season ticket sales are likely to be down for 2014/15, perhaps not calamitously, maybe not even as gravely as could have been expected given the weighty price increase. So numerically we may not notice a difference But we worry for the quality of supporter that is being lost. Our forums are filled with those who stood forlornly at Boothferry Park walking away from the club at what should its zenith, all because of the actions of the club’s owners. Those are the ones who stand and cheer. Who go home and away whatever our league position. Who don’t much mind which division we’re in. Who Steve Bruce and his side most rely upon and most appreciate. We must sadly report that two of our three editors are not renewing, while a third remains undecided. That will obviously impact what we do here. We aren’t deserting our support for Hull City AFC, of course. We were here long before Assam Allam and his stupid ideas, and we’ll be here long after he’s gone to inflict his lamentable notions on someone else. But match reports on home games may become sporadic (unless anyone fancies volunteering?) We’re sorry about that, and we hope that, at the 11th hour, someone at the club will be able to persuade the Allams to drop this nonsense before serious, long-term damage is done to a support that should be booming, not brooding. Sadly, we do not have high expectations.

Filed under: Opinion — Amber Nectar @ 6:10 am

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June 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Hull City AFC, 110 today


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Happy Birthday Hull City AFC, 110 years old today.

We salute those who brought them into existence, and we promise to never let their achievement be sullied by those who would wipe our name from history.

Filed under: News — Andy @ 5:19 pm

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June 25, 2014

NEWS: Livermore joins City permanently


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Jake Livermore has joined Hull City from Tottenham Hotspur for £7m after his successful loan spell last season.

The 24 year old midfielder has signed a three year deal which could extend to four and has brought to an end a summer of speculation that he would come back to the KC Stadium on a long-term basis.

Livermore, who has one England cap, blossomed as a regular midfielder alongside his former Spurs team-mate Tom Huddlestone last season as City comfortably avoided relegation, reached the FA Cup final and qualified for Europe. He played 36 times in the Premier League – he only missed the games against his parent club – and scored three goals.

It is a piece of tremendous business by Steve Bruce, of course, and City can now boast a central midfield of recent international vintage with ambitions to win more caps for their country while wearing black and amber.

Filed under: News — Amber Nectar @ 3:57 pm

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June 20, 2014

Compare and contrast III


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On the club’s new crest…

Hull City AFC, 9th August 2013:

 

A new badge, to be used from the 2014/15 season, will be designed and created in consultation with fans over the coming months.

Hull City AFC, 20th June 2014:

 

consultation with the fans wasn’t possible

Filed under: News — Andy @ 7:43 am

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June 18, 2014

NEWS: City open with trip to QPR


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Hull City AFC will begin the 2014/15 Premier League season with a trip to newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers.

The fixture lists for the coming campaign were revealed today, showing that the Tigers have potentially a decent start, with games against Stoke City, Aston Villa, West Ham United and Newcastle United following the August 16th trip to Loftus Road.

Champions Manchester City visit the KC at the end of September, with tricky journeys to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United making up three out of four away games in October and November. We go to Everton and Chelsea in early December, meaning that five of the toughest six away games are out of the way before Christmas.

Everton represent this season’s ‘quick turnaround’ fixture, as they come to us on New Years Day, less than a month after our visit to Goodison Park. The festive period as a whole has been kindly again, with a jaunt to Sunderland on Boxing Day followed swiftly by the visit of Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City on December 28.

January and February will have already been highlighted by Steve Bruce as crucial months of the campaign, with return fixtures against West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, QPR and Stoke City – three home, three away – all squeezed together. The last ‘tougher’ away game, at Manchester City, is also during this period. Once again, there is no bumper Easter weekend of fixtures, with just an Easter Saturday trip to Swansea City on the schedule.

As it’s an odd-numbered year, the season drags on a bit, with four games in May. These include a home game against Arsenal, a journey to their big rivals Tottenham Hotspur and then, on Sunday 24th May, a final day fixture at home to Manchester United – a carbon copy of what happened in 2008/9, though hopefully this time City won’t be trying to stave off relegation by then, and will instead be putting out a kindergarten team to keep legs fresh for the Europa League final in Warsaw three days later. Our new favourite fixture in the world, the FA Cup final, is on Saturday May 30th.

As we are kindly souls, our instinct is to reproduce the whole fixture list for you here but, as you know, there are massive copyright issues over them and we’re saving up for our trip to FC Zestafoni or Asteras Tripoli or wherever next month. In the past we’ve directed you to the club’s website but as there doesn’t seem to be one for Hull City AFC any more, instead take a trip to the Premier League’s fixture list page.

Filed under: News — Amber Nectar @ 10:25 am

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June 9, 2014

NEWS: Fryatt joins Forest


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Matt Fryatt has left Hull City to join Championship side Nottingham Forest on a free transfer.

The striker was out of contract at the KC but despite being offered fresh terms by Steve Bruce, has opted to return to the East Midlands in a bid to play regular first team football.

Though his last two seasons with the Tigers were spent mainly on the treatment table or the bench, his exit will sadden many supporters who witnessed a first-rate finisher that settled in very quickly after joining from Leicester City in January 2011. He scored on his debut in a 3-2 win at Portsmouth, rattled in a hat-trick at Scunthorpe a month later and ended that season with nine goals. In 2011/2, he was impressive throughout, scoring 16 times, including another hat-trick, this time against Barnsley.

He missed almost all of the 2012/3 promotion season with injury but impressed Bruce this season with his attitude and eye for goal, especially after a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday rejuvenated him. His form in the FA Cup, when he took over from the cup-tied Nikica Jelavić and Shane Long, made plenty of headlines as he stuck away four goals, including one in the semi-final at Wembley, which added to his brace of Premier League goals, made him the top scorer for the season. It remains a regret to many City fans that Bruce didn’t try him out earlier in the season instead of the palpably unimpressive Danny Graham, and the image of Fryatt stealing the ball off the untrusted Graham to score the opener at Southend remains one of the most stark of the Cup run.

An excellent professional as well as a natural goalscorer, Fryatt was in Steve Bruce’s plans for the forthcoming season as City prepare for a first ever European campaign, but to his credit, the lure of playing regularly has won him over and he becomes Stuart Pearce’s first signing as manager of Forest – a place where he scored the goal in March 2011 that ended their club record run of unbeaten games at the City Ground. It was one of many memorable goals he scored for the Tigers, and we wish him all the very best.

Filed under: News — Matt @ 9:34 pm

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June 4, 2014

Compare and contrast II


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Wednesday 26th March 2014:

      Ehab Allam admits no sponsors have approached the club purely on the strength of the name change.

     The Mail understands the Tigers had negotiated a deal with an IT company in the Far East that would have been worth around £2.5m a season. However, the completion of that deal was based on the club becoming known as Hull Tigers.
Err…
Filed under: News — Andy @ 6:07 pm

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