The name change discussion is well advanced in the other thread, and I don't mean for it to spill over into here. Instead, I just wanted to ask a simple question: Would you support a team called Hull Tigers?
I've left the poll intentionally vague. It's up to the individual as the whether they'd define supporting as following the team home or away, or merely watching them with interest whenever they're on the telly.
For my part, I don't think I would. In fact, I'm committed to not supporting this football club if it stops being Hull City. I've been a supporter of this club as long as I can remember. My Dad took me, and his Dad took him, and he remembers when his Dad took him to see City play Halifax Town in 1936. Over my lifetime it's been tremendous fun, and a huge privilege to support this club.
But if the name change goes through, I'm packing the whole thing in. I'll probably go see my local non-league team in London every other week. A fundamental part of football is that, whatever the reality, the people on the terraces feel a sense of ownership over the club and a sense of belonging with the other fans and teams. My own view is that changing the club's name to Hull Tigers dismisses 109 years of history and is an explicit statement that the club doesn't in any way belong to the fans. I don't think I could support that club.
What do you hear?
Nothing but the rain.