At long last, the East Stand’s refit is complete and City will throw open its gates for the first time this season on Saturday. The Kempton has been deemed fit for use by safety officers after many delays and the visit of Torquay this weekend shall mark its reopening. Ironically, the Gulls were the visitors last time the beloved terrace was used, for the Tigers’ final home game of the 1998/1999 season, ten months ago. The terracing has been concreted over and new crush barriers installed, increasing the overall capacity at the Ark to 13,720. Best of all, Kempton dwellers will now enter the stand from the north side of the ground, allowing time to imbibe another pint before stumbling out of the Tuns to enter the Theatre of wet-dreams.
John Whitney has been handed a three match ban following his sending off in the 2-1 defeat at Peterborough last week. Whitney was adjudged to have elbowed Posh striker Jason Lee in the build up to a corner and was shown the red card just five minutes into the second half. He will miss City’s forthcoming fixtures against Rotherham, Rochdale and Halifax.
Theodore Whitmore’s hamstring injury is worse than at first feared. The talented Jamaican is likely to be out for at least a month and has been ordered to rest for the next two weeks, when the injury will be reassessed. Both Whitmore and Goodison came back from the recent Gold Cup in the USA with injuries and the club are considering filing a compensation claim with the Jamaican FA.
John Eyre looks likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a suspected compound fracture during today’s goalless draw at home to Shrewsbury. Eyre was stretchered-off on 54 minutes after a late challenge by Peter Wilding and appeared to be in great pain, clutching his upper arm. The incident infuriated player manager Warren Joyce who had to be held back by a couple of Shrews’ otherwise he could have been leaving the field along with Eyre.
Mick Rooker, promotions manager at Hull City has been enticed back to Brammall Lane to rejoin the club he left eight months ago for Hull. He will become Sheffield United’s promotions manager.
The first in a line? hmmm.
City have indicated that they will be interested in moving to a new stadium at the Circle. Chairman Nick Buchanan has stated that the Tigers will be supporting the venture. Hull City Council have said funding for the stadium will be withheld without a written statement from City declaring their intent to move home. Although that written confirmation has not yet been provided, it now looks likely that Boothferry Park, City’s home since 1946, has just two and a half seasons of service left. The new 30,000 all-seated stadium is expected to be ready for the start of the 2002/3 season.
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