NEWS – Goodison goes AWOL

If proof was ever needed that we are indeed a big club, then here it is: City have joined the ranks of Newcastle and Chelsea in having an international player go absent without leave. Jamaican defender Ian Goodison has failed to return to Hull after helping the Reggae Boyz defeat St.Vincent in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday, and club officials are at a loss as to his whereabouts!

Goodison was due back yesterday along with compatriot and housemate Theo Whitmore, both players were booked on the same flight back to England but only Whitmore caught that flight, he attended training yesterday and is fit and well for City’s trip to Leyton Orient. Manager Brian Little is less than pleased with events and said ”If there isn’t a good reason, Ian will be strongly disciplined. He’s missed two games anyway. It’s not good enough, not when we pay his wages. I’m very unhappy”.

NEWS – Jamaica win again

Jamaica are through to the final qualifying stage in their bid to reach the 2002 World Cup finals. The Reggae Boyz, including City pair Theodore Whitmore and Ian Goodison, saw off St. Vincent with a 2-0 win in their final home game of the semi-final round of qualification. That means they have booked a place in the final league stage, where six teams will fight to be among the three that go to the finals in Japan and Korea. Jamaica still have two CONCACAF Group D games left however, with away trips to Honduras and El Salvador ahead. Hopefully, with a place in the next round already secured, Jamaica boss Clovis de Oliviera (Clovis???) will let Whitmore and Goodison remain with City while the Boyz play games they can afford to lose.

NEWS: Marcelle to sign?

City have been holding talks with Trinidad and Tobago international Clint Marcelle with a view to him signing a contract. The ex-Barnsley striker, 31, trained with the Tigers squad yesterday and attended the 1-0 Worthington Cup win over Notts County. Marcelle joined Barnsley from Portugeuse club Felgueiras at the start of the 1996-97 season. He made 85 appearances for the Tykes, scoring 9 goals. He was loaned to South Bank tossers Scunthorpe in October last year, and returned to Oakwell after making 10 appearances for the Scunts.

Brian Little tried to sign Marcelle for West Brom in February, but the deal collapsed when his work permit renewal was rejected. The Port of Spain born forward turned out for Goole in a pre season friendly against a Tigers XI last month, it was believed that appearance was arranged so Brian Little could run the rule over the player, but a transfer embargo thwarted any attempts to sign him at the time.

NEWS – Tappa and Pepe to miss seasons start?

International call ups may force Jamaican’s Ian Goodison and Theodore Whitmore to miss City’s opening games of the 2000/2001 season. The Reggae Boyz take on those powerhouses of world football El Salvador and either Haiti or Honduras in the Semi Final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying stages. These games are scheduled to be played on the fifteenth and sixteenth of August, days after the Football League campaign gets underway on the twelfth.

NEWS – City to buy the Ark

Having just been evicted from Boothferry Park for non-payment of rent, City are set to buy the ground and the car park from current owner David Lloyd. He has accepted a £1.4m bid from the board, and is to sever all links with sport in Hull, probably to his immense relief. The price of £1.4m is his previous asking price, £1.3m, plus the unpaid rent, currently £103,000. Despite this move, the winding up order over the unpaid rent has not been removed, but Lloyd has altered his demands, allowing City to pay in two instalments. The first, due in seven days, is a deposit for £400,000, with the remaining £1m due in four weeks. The purchase of the stadium will leave the Council in a quandary. The new Council-built stadium cannot proceed without Hull City’s involvement, but City now have either a potent bargaining position, or the ability to strike out on their own by redeveloping Boothferry Park.

NEWS: Rams Raid Bolder

Adam Bolder has been sold to Premiership strugglers Derby County for £100,000. The nineteen year old midfielder, who has been a first team regular since making his full debut in December, today put pen to paper for the Pride Park club after passing a medical inspection. The deal is riddled with clauses meaning the initial figure could rise based on appearances made and if he is the first man on Mars etc etc…Good luck to the lad, you can’t stand in his way I suppose and of course the club needs the money. It’s just a shame we are so eager to part with a product of the club’s youth set up after barely a handful of first team appearances, expect Bradshaw to follow then.

Hull born Bolder has indicated that he didn’t really want to leave, telling the HDM “It won’t be easy leaving and I want to make it clear it wasn’t my idea to move…but everyone knows City are short of money and obviously they had no real choice but to sell me.” Makes you wonder what happened to the £500,000 our chairman generously offered to put in, doesn’t it?

NEWS: Wood Injury

Striker Jamie Wood is likely to miss City’s forthcoming fixtures against Carlisle and Leyton Orient, after picking up a groin injury in the home defeat by Darlington on Saturday.

NEWS: Harper Out

Steve Harper will be sidelined for at least a month after suffering a broken collarbone in the bore draw at home to Southend on Tuesday. The wing-back fell in noticeable agony after a midfield tussle on 53 minutes and left the field clutching his knackers (???). Harper was later taken to hospital where an X-Ray revealed a small fracture and the bone had to be reset into position.

NEWS: No news like bad news

City’s appeal against a £2500 fine for misconduct has been thrown out by an FA tribunal. City were found guilty of hindering an FA investigation into the clubs off-field affairs after failing to produce board meeting minutes when requested to do so. Not content to let the matter lie, Chairman Nick Buchanan has said he plans to go right to the top by writing to the FA’s chief executive Adam Crozier. Would it not be better to just take the punishment meted out gracefully? After all, if the FA’s investigation had highlighted Stephen Hinchliffe’s involvement with the club, the games governing body could have handed City a much stiffer penalty, the docking of league points for example. The paltry fine given was obviously just a shot across the bow, designed to let the board know the authorities are watching the club closely, so why incur the FA’s wrath further?

NEWS: Wood you believe it?

Jamie Wood’s two goal salvo against Rochdale on Saturday has earned him a place in the Carling-Opta Division Three Team of the Week. Wood racked up 1076 points in Opta’s player ranking system and partners Barnet’s Ken Charlery up front in the statistic based XI. Joining them is Rochdale’s Gary Jones, who’s own double strike on Saturday cancelled out Wood’s brace to earn ‘Dale a point at Boothferry Park.