Following Hull City’s latest update on ticketing, branding and the club crest, HCST would like to make the following comment.
As a Trust, we welcome the involvement of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF). We hope that their participation can result in meaningful dialogue, which can only be a good thing.
We don’t wish to dwell on the insinuations made towards us in the club’s statement. We’re only interested in seeking solutions to the aforementioned issues and will not get involved in further growing the divide between club and supporters.
Speaking of solutions to those issues, we’d like to refer supporters back to our proposed ticket model which was presented to the Supporters Committee back in December, and was drafted to ensure it was cash neutral to the club, based purely on membership income and estimated membership numbers. We are of the opinion that the vast majority of supporters would be happy with this proposal if it was implemented. There would only be relatively small increases for adults in some areas, offset by the full re-introduction of concessions for the young, old and disabled. The ticketing situation needs to be resolved with the utmost urgency. Continued delays in settling on a reasonable solution are just driving away more supporters all the time.
Also back in January, HCST and other supporters committee members were presented by the club with a one page document outlining the club’s branding guidelines. We produced an alternative in the same format and presented this to the club. We see no reason why this cannot be implemented immediately.
HCST also welcomes supporter involvement on the crest design. As a starter, how about this one…
We maintain that all of these issues can be addressed easily if the motivation is there from the club to do so. This needs to happen as soon as possible to prevent further loss of supporters and start bringing back some of those who have been lost over the last few years. By implementing a ticketing structure such as that proposed by us, ensuring that the club consistently refers to itself only by it’s real name or nickname, and reverting the crest back to one which is associated with happier times for the club (before the change which no one had asked for) would be an easy way for the club to take a big step towards achieving this.