Geoff Bielby (Chair)
Geoff has been a Hull City fan since the mid 1960s. In late 2013 he discovered that his family’s involvement in the club goes back to the original directors who formed Hull City in 1904. His involvement in helping organise the Huddersfield protest was his first of any kind with a fans’ organisation and it made him realise how under-represented Hull City fans were. Geoff previously worked in a bank locally and then undertook managerial roles in the North-east and the Midlands, finally specialising in Employee Share Plans for 25 years. He left full-time employment in mid 2015. Now being semi-retired he devotes time to HCST. Those close to him say he is obsessed with football, though he prefers to call it passionate.
First game: City 3 v Grimsby Town 3 13th March 1965.
All-time favourite player: Ian Ashbee.
Ryan Richardson (Vice-Chair)
Ryan has been a City fan since the late 90s. Before joining HCST he was involved with the Official Supporters Club and also worked on Andy Dawson’s testimonial events. He was a firm supporter of the No To Hull Tigers campaign from the beginning and strongly believes in fans having a greater voice at their clubs. Ryan has been a HCST director since it was formed and has briefly served as Interim Chairman before taking on his current vice-chairman role.
First game: Mansfield at home in either ’98 or ’99. I know I was 5.
All-time favourite player: Ian Ashbee.
Pete Fleming (Treasurer)
Peter has had an interest in football for over 40 years. His first Hull City match was the third round FA Cup win over West Ham in February 1973, but he quickly realised days like that came rarely.
Over the years he has supported sport in the city, being a Hull Kingston Rovers season ticket holder and going to see the Hull Vikings speedway team in their glory days of the 1970s. Football always drew him back though, when matches could be fitted around work commitments. A change in employment has freed up more time for him in recent years and so allowed greater involvement. He has been a West Stand season ticket holder for three years and when the team are not playing or are away can often be found supporting the local non-league sides.
Peter is interested in the sustainable development of football from grass roots up through the whole pyramid and the greater involvement and engagement of fans in running the game. He sees joining the Board as one way of being able to contribute to these activities.
He is a chartered accountant and has worked both in practice and industry in Hull and Grimsby. He is currently working for an industrial rope manufacturer in Doncaster but still lives in Hull.
He too is a member of CAMRA!
Richard Mathers (Secretary)
Richard’s allegiance to City began in 1977 and he got his first season ticket a year later. Seven promotions, five relegations, a FA Cup Final, and a trip to Lokeren later he’s still going strong.
In his work life Richard is the Group Loss Prevention Manager for the Northampton based Travis Perkins plc…so knows every junction of the M1!
Richard’s commercial and organisational skills help him in his role as the Secretary of the Trust, and he has admirably continued to maintain the high standard set by predecessor Mike Scott.
First Game: A 2-3 defeat to Charlton in 1971.
All time favourite player: My all time favourite player is a tricky one…….but for his impact on the club I’ll have to go Ian Ashbee.
Richard’s role as Secretary sees him monitor the progress of the other directors, and ensure the HCST action plan is followed as closely as possible.
Born in Goole in 1959 (not his fault), Graham has only supported Hull City for a few years, and so can be regarded as the ‘new boy’ on the team, but cannot now imagine life without City.
He has been interested in all sports since childhood and has been a member of Yorkshire Cricket Club for ten years.
Graham has worked in the IT industry for over thirty years, running his own consultancy for the past thirteen years.
Like many others Graham became involved in the CTWD campaign, seeing the importance of tradition in a sport which day by day seems to be getting more divorced from its fans.
Graham is very keen to build up the membership of the Trust to allow it to be a strong voice in representing the fans in discussions with the club.
He is not a member of CAMRA, but can navigate his way round a Balance Sheet and P&L account.
First Game: Home vs Norwich City, August 2013, 1-0. A Robbie Brady penalty and Sagbo sent off for ‘waving his forehead’ at Russell Martin.
All time favourite player: Paul McShane.
Sue has supported Hull City AFC since 1965 when she started going to games with a friend standing behind the goal on South Stand. Sue was following the family tradition instigated by her Dad and Uncle who were pass holders in the South Stand at Boothferry Park. Since leaving East Yorkshire to work in London in 1970, she has lived and worked in Surrey, Kent, Derbyshire and West Yorkshire. Sue always managed to get to some games every season until moving to Derbyshire in 1996 when she could finally be a regular again as a season ticket holder. Sue now lives back in East Yorkshire and is able to attend games as a passholder again.
Sue has worked in IT since 1984 and retired from her latest role as a Service Delivery Manager on the NHS IT programme in 2014, having been responsible for the delivery of the NHS WAN. As well as an interest in all things football, Sue’s many interests include art and crafts and a particular interest in all things Italian, having learnt Italian and travelled to all parts of Italy in the last 20 years.
Sue believes she can offer a different perspective on being a Hull City supporter as someone who has lived away and has a lot of friends who support clubs across all the Leagues and have different supporter experiences.
First game: I think this was at home v Oldham in October 1965 .
All-time favourite player: Ian Ashbee.
Steve has been a City fan and pass holder since the last days of Boothferry Park. After a couple of years admiring the work done by CTWD and the HCST he wanted to get involved himself.
Steve’s role as Merchandising Officer sees him developing a range of quality products for Trust members to purchase via the HCST’s official website. See the Trust’s shop for examples.
First Game:I think my first game was a friendly at home to Newcastle in about 1996.
All time favourite player: Nick Barmby
A third generation City fan, Peter has been a supporter for over 50 years. Peter lived away from Hull during the 80s and 90s, but his enthusiasm and passion never left him. Peter has worked with the Hull City OSC as well as establishing his own entity ‘Tigerlink’ which promotes all things Hull and Hull City. He was a member of the City Till We Die campaign group which fought successfully to preserve the name of our club.
Peter was initially co-opted onto the HCST board but has since been elected as a board member.
First Game: 1966. Ken Wagstaff was my boyhood hero and I was hooked as a lifetime tiger from the age of 7.
Ian is a lifelong supporter since being taken by his dad in 1977. He has since adopted the responsibility of taking his own son through the same journey. Together they achieved an ambition of Ian’s – to attend every match home and away in the 15/16 season. They even wrote a book about it called ’46 and Counting’. There ended up being 58 games that season including cups and playoff matches and although it culminated in a Wembley playoff final victory for City, Ian’s describes it as ‘the saddest promotion ever’ thanks to the off-field issues which overshadowed it. That feeling motivated Ian to get involved with the Supporters Trust and try to contribute to bringing about the change so badly needed at the club.
First Game: Home v Tottenham – October 1977. A midweek home game under the floodlights at Boothferry Park. City won 2-0 courtesy of two Alan Warboys goals. The whole experience was truly magical. Even at that tender age, I never wanted that feeling to go away.
Ever since attending her first match in 1986, Hull City has been a major part of Debbie’s life and for her the majority of weekends revolve around the football schedule. When Assem Allam announced his attention to change the club’s name, Debbie joined the City Till We Die campaign to help prevent it.
Since then, the fortunes of the club on and off the pitch made her eager to contribute further to the cause of Hull City supporters, leading to her joining the HCST board.
First Game: 1986 against Plymouth Argyle.