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.


NEWS: Diamé leaves City for Newcastle


The transfer of Mohamed Diamé to Championship side Newcastle has been confirmed.

The news that Diamé, scorer of THAT goal at Wembley just 67 days ago, was potentially on the move was first reported on Monday when Rafael Benítez’s club met the puzzlingly low £4.5m release clause written into his contract and the deal has now been done, despite the Tigers’ ridiculously late counter-offer of a new contract.

Diamé had not flown to Austria with City ahead of this evening’s friendly against Turkish Süper Lig side Çaykur Rizespor, and he will never rejoin those who won at Wembley. He departs after two years in East Yorkshire with 58 appearances and 13 goals to his name. Erratic but prodigiously gifted, it’d have been hard to see him being replaced even without the crisis presently engulfing the club.

He spoke with great affection towards Steve Bruce following his departure from the club, and it’s clear that Ehab Allam’s inept handling of the ex-City boss and the club in general is continuing to have grave repercussions, highlighted by one of our best players deciding that life in the Championship is preferable to remaining in the Premier League with City.

What a mess.




The previously slow motion disintegration of Hull City AFC has seen a dramatic acceleration this afternoon, with the news that Steve Bruce has quit the club.

There’ll be much more to come on Bruce’s legacy as City’s manager, which by common consent has combined both unrivalled success with a faint air of underachievement.

However, it’s clear that following the Allams’ latest reneging on a sale, no new signings, rumours of no money to spend and Bruce’s own disappointment at not being appointed as the England manager, life has been made intolerable for him at the club. Whatever one’s views of Bruce, he’s been one of the few stabilising influences at a club torn apart by the Allams’ contemptible behaviour. Without him and with rumours of players “fuming” at developments, no additions to a squad ravaged by pre-season injuries and little prospect of any decent manager wishing to work for that ghastly family, our prospects look bleak.

Farewell, Steve. Thanks for everything.


NEWS: HCST confirm City’s concession intransigence


The Hull City Supporters’ Trust have confirmed that Hull City AFC are still refusing to comply with Premier League rules requiring member clubs to provide concessions on tickets for the forthcoming season.

HCST chairman Geoff Bielby, along with other Supporters’ Trusts, met the division’s executives yesterday and their report of that meeting states:

The Premier League confirmed however that Hull City do not accept they should have to comply with this rule. This remains an ongoing issue between the Premier League and the club.

Quite how this will be resolved is anyone’s guess. City and their wretched owners need the Premier League and its vast riches far more than the Premier League needs us, meaning that compelling the Allams to obey the rules ought to be fairly straightforward if they really wish to; and it’s hard to see why the Premier League will make an exception for City and set a dangerous precedent that clubs far more powerful than ours could exploit.

Either way, well done to HCST for continuing to press this issue on behalf of City fans, a qualifed thanks to the Premier League for at least listening, and continued shame upon Hull City AFC for their disgraceful attitude towards their own supporters.


NEWS: Huddlestone signs new deal


Tom Huddlestone has signed a two-year contract which will keep him at Hull City until the summer of 2018.

The super-skilled ex-England midfielder, who is 30 at the end of this year, put pen to paper on the very day he became a free agent after his previous contract expired.

Huddlestone, who joined for £5m from Spurs in the summer of 2013 after City’s last promotion to the Premier League, has made more than 100 League appearances for the Tigers with mixed results, occasionally showing why he is so highly-rated as a creative force while also drifting out of games and even going entirely missing.

However, it was clear that if he didn’t stay at City, another Premier League club would regard him as a sound investment, and his retention means that City have real experience of the top division at the helm of the midfield, with Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Mohamed Diamé all well versed in playing at the highest level.

City had always promised Huddlestone a new contract if the club were promoted back to the Premier League, and the midfielder made encouraging noises about accepting the new terms following the play-off final victory over Sheffield Wednesday, though he went immediately on holiday with his family after the game. He will now fly out with the rest of the squad to Portugal on Monday to begin pre-season training.

Huddlestone’s fresh terms mean that all of City’s out of contract players in 2016 have been either re-signed or freed, with Ahmed Elmohamady and Eldin Jakupović staying at the club and Ryan Taylor and Sone Aluko departing.

Manager Steve Bruce, who has been touted as an outside bet for the vacant England position, has also issued a statement pledging his future to City. This is despite prolonged uncertainty over who the owners will be, with the Allams still in control as rumours persist of whether they ever intend to make good their promise to sell up.


Happy “No to Hull Tigers” Day


It’s two years to the day since the Football Association wisely rejected Assem Allam’s ill-conceived idea of changing Hull City AFC’s name.

The FA would also reject the second application that Mr Allam made, but as that represented mere confirmation of their original decision, it’s the first occasion we think is worthiest of eternal celebration.

So as we depart for Huddersfield, a very happy No to Hull Tigers Day to the owners, staff, players and most of all, supporters of Hull City AFC.


NEWS: Stadium sponsor changes name. Meh.


The sponsors of City’s home ground have changed their name from KC to KCOM, meaning the official name of our stadium will now be The KCOM Stadium. Meh. While their board of directors will doubtless be hearing from Assem Allam about the folly of lengthening their name and the deleterious effects in Far Eastern telecoms markets, we’ll just carry on calling it The Circle, for reasons explained back in 2010


NEWS: City draw Arsenal in FA Cup Fifth Round


City’s reward for yesterday’s 3-1 victory over Bury in the FA Cup is a Fifth Round tie away to Arsenal.

It’s the third season in a row that City have drawn Arsenal in the FA Cup and the fourth time since 2008/9, losing 2-1 at the Emirates in 2009, 3-2 in the 2014 Final and 2-0 the season after. It’s both a desperately difficult and uninspiring draw, with City’s odds to win the trophy increasing to a colossal 150/1 this evening.

Subject to the whims of BT Sport and the BBC, the match will be played on Saturday 20th February; whether it’s moved or not, City’s home fixture against Nottingham Forest on that date will require rescheduling.