Do you trust what Hull City Tigers Ltd tells you? Ask senior members of the 500 Club – those fans who were the first to buy corporate seats at the KC.
The club originally said it would reduce the memberships by £100 for seniors, so they were paying the same as last season, but has now reneged on this and everyone will now have to pay £486.
Still think your direct debit will stay the same every month? Or might the club decide to hike up the price?
Well they might, because the club were boasting that they had had 4,500 membership sales at close of play on Wednesday. Sounds a lot, perhaps, but let’s put that in context. The membership scheme had been open for almost two weeks by then. Huddersfield Town sold 11,000 of their cheap season tickets in the first four days they were on sale.
Last season about 9,500 City fans had renewed by the cut-off period. Whilst the situation’s not the same – people who want to join the membership scheme but also want to move to cheaper seats can’t do so as yet – we reckon the club are at around 50% of last season’s renewals.
We estimated earlier (see the background information to our “Scrap the Scheme” statement) that the club would lose between 25-35% of its current 12,500 passholders, and at present the upper figure might well be correct. That would make the final membership scheme total to be around 8,000, around £1.75m less revenue than would have been taken if there was 100% take up.
Whatever the figures end up being, we can all agree that the club are going to take a big financial hit. From where can the club make up the deficit? Step forward, scheme members, and really earn your stripes.
There’s still time to get out of this mess – by setting the scheme to one side and selling cheaper season tickets all round, so you don’t exclude juniors or seniors. Ehab remains silent, of course, still steadfastly refusing to meet supporters, demonstrating what can only be termed contempt for his customers. So we’re still going to protest using red cards before the Rotherham match, the arrangements being as stated previously:
“Red Cards” will be available at The William Gemmell on Anlaby Road from 10 a.m., and we’ll be at West Park Gates from 11 a.m. Again, we’re calling for volunteers to help distribute them. If you want to bring your own stock of red paper and distribute it, we’d welcome that too!
If the club’s owners don’t change their mind, this farrago will end up as a disaster. Captain Ahab’s nemesis was the great white whale, Moby Dick. Ehab’s white whale is the membership scheme, and it could be his nemesis too.