Hull City Supporters’ Trust are reluctantly withdrawing from any involvement with the club’s Hall of Fame.
This follows confirmation from Hull City AFC that they are not prepared to use the club’s actual name in the title of the Hall of Fame.
We were originally invited to be on the selection panel of what was then referred to only as a ‘Hull City Hall of Fame’ and we happily agreed. This was a perfect opportunity for the club and fans to work together in honouring some of our former players and perfectly embodies the Trust’s aims and objectives. However, once the initiative was announced by the club, the name had been changed to ‘Tigers Hall of Fame’. This will obviously upset a large number of supporters, particularly following recent claims from the club that it is not their policy to avoid the use of its actual name.
For these reasons it is with sadness that we have withdrawn our involvement in the project. Part of our work is to challenge the club’s rebrand by stealth; we cannot support an initiative which is clearly a part of that rebrand.
It is disappointing that the club and fans will not be be able to work together on what should be a rewarding project whilst rebuilding some necessary relationships. However the real shame is that ex-players who gave everything in Black and Amber will not be honoured by the name of the team they actually played for.
We will continue to liaise with the football authorities regarding Hull City’s refusal to use the club’s real playing name as part of our ongoing dialogue on the subject.