Pitch for Justice?


Last month, two groundstaff at the Circle were dismissed by the Stadium Management Company amid claims about the quality of the pitch.

Those two men, Darrell Cook and Mark Harrison, aren’t happy that their 55 years of combined experience at The Circle, Boothferry Park and the Boulevard has been publicly dispensed with, and have begun a crowdfunding project to take the SMC to an industrial tribunal.

They want to raise £5,000 to instruct Gosschalks (coincidentally, some time sponsors of City) to commence action. Their story and the opportunity to donate can be found here: Pitch for Justice


NEWS: Sky Sports inconvenience Palace travellers


Big thanks to the people at Sky Sports, who’ve moved Crystal Palace v City to 12pm on Sunday 14th May.

As City’s penultimate game in a season that’s likely to be still in the balance by that date, it’s an obviously important fixture, and as such has attracted the broadcasters’ attention.

However – it’s also massively inconvenient for City fans. Leave aside the short notice, a miserable 4½ weeks that may have left supporters with unusable train tickets for Saturday 13th, or the need to leave East Yorkshire at dawn. It also means that public transport is no longer viable, as the earliest train into London arrives just 27 minutes before kick-off – and Selhurst Park is a fair distance from London Kings Cross.

City fans are naturally accustomed to being treated with contempt by their own club, but there’s no need for others to start doing the same.




Mike Phelan has this evening been sacked by City.

The club are bottom of the Premier League following a summer of diligent, methodical sabotage by the Allam family, and Phelan – who has indeed erred on occasion but also got a ridiculously slender squad of middling Championship ability to be vaguely competitive and even sporadically entertaining, is that appalling family’s preferred scapegoat.

What a sordid, squalid, wretched shambles our club has become.

Thanks for giving it a go, Mike.

Fuck you Assem and Ehab.


HCST call for Swansea boycott


It’s been advocated by many in recent days, including us, and now the most influential fans’ group, the Hull City Supporters’ Trust, has now recommended a full boycott of next month’s FA Cup tie against Swansea at the Circle.

Their full statement can be found here. We’ll be returning to this next week, and we heartily endorse their call to give this game a miss if you possibly can. An empty stadium will hopefully demonstrate what the future holds if the Allams continue with their refusal to sell the club to somehow who will run it properly.


NEWS: City legend Brian Bulless dies


Former City winger Brian Bulless, who made more than 350 senior appearances for the club, has died at the age of 83.

His grandson Dan Lawrence announced the news via Twitter today.

Bulless was a local boy who joined the Tigers as a schoolboy in 1949 and made his debut as a 19 year old in April 1953, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Southampton. Over the next three years he was guided gently into first team football and became a regular throughout the late 50s and early 60s, winning promotion from Division Three in 1959.

His team-mates regarded him highly, praising his capacity for hard work and his technical ability. In an era when players often only had one position, Bulless was also unusually versatile, able to play as a  midfielder or left back as well as an out and out winger.

He suffered a knee injury in 1963 against Reading and his comeback proved futile, lasting just two games. At the age of just 30, he was forced to retire after 326 league appearances, scoring 30 goals and a further 31 games in the two domestic cups.

At the time, manager Cliff Britton felt City were on the verge of something great and such was his high opinion of Bulless, he bought Ian Butler to replace him.

Bulless worked as a joiner after his playing career ended, retiring in 1998, and continued to support City for the remainder of his life, even promoting the No To Hull Tigers campaign in recent years. Our sympathy is with his family.


NEWS: City draw Swansea in FA Cup


With the excitement of a League Cup semi-final still all-consuming, it’s time for City to begin focussing on another knockout tournament – the Football Association Challenge Cup.

Automatic third round entrants for the twelfth season in a row and the 2013/14 runners-up, our century-old quest for the competition will begin its latest attempt with a tie against our Premier League relegation rivals Swansea City.

It couldn’t have been less inspiring if it tried, really, though the consolation for City, assuming progress in the FA Cup is of interest to manager and club, is that Swansea are likely to be even less bothered by the tie due to the thankless long journey in the midst of a relegation scrap.

The game will occur anytime between January 6th and 9th, though you can bet everything that television companies will not be wanting to alter the kick off time of this one, so be prepared for a standard Saturday afternoon occasion.


NEWS: City draw Man Utd in League Cup semi-final


City have drawn Manchester United in the semi-final of the League Cup. The first leg will be played at Old Trafford on the week commencing January 9th, the return leg back in Hull on Wednesday 25th.

It’s a reward, if that’s quite the term, for last night’s thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over Newcastle, and is of course our first appearance in this stage of the competition.

It isn’t our first meeting with them in this tournament, however. City lost a two-legged second round tie 6-0 on aggregate in autumn 1987, which forms part of a record of twelve games without victory over the Red Devils stetching back to 1974.

Even allowing for Arsenal’s surprise defeat, there was no prospect of an easy tie, or even one City would be given much of a chance of winning. Nonetheless, we’re making history just by being there, and they have the potential to be memorable occasions – competition rules state that City are entitled to 10% of tickets for the first leg, meaning that the Tiger Nation should be 7,500 strong.

We’re 16/1 to win the competition, but then again we’ve routinely caused surprises over the last decade. Bring on another.


NEWS: City draw Exeter in League Cup (away)


City have this evening been drawn against Exeter away in the second round of the League Cup.

Now named the EFL Cup and evidently not regionalised at this stage, last season it gave us a hugely enjoyable trip to Accrington Stanley; this mammoth midweek trip is unlikely to see a repeat of the fun or quantity of City fans in attendance – though barring a similar draw in the FA Cup, it’ll be the only time this season we’ll have a terrace to stand on.

It’s our first trip to St James’ Park since a demoralising 3-1 defeat in August 2002, a match City led before Lee Sharpe (yes, him) levelled for the Grecians and everything went horribly awry when Greg Strong was sent off before half-time.

Exeter lost their opening game of this season 2-0 to Blackpool on Saturday before impressively overcoming Championship Brentford in the first round of this competition yesterday. They finished a doughty 14th in last season’s League Two.

The tie will be played on the week commencing Monday 22nd August, just days after the lengthy Premier League trip to Swansea. Ouch.