As you will all know HCST has called for a boycott of the Swansea FA Cup game on Saturday in protest against the current mismanagement from the owners of the club. Obviously events of the last 24 hours have had a big impact on the club with Marco Silva’s appointment as the club’s new head coach. We would like to reiterate that we encourage City supporters to still not attend this game. The boycott was never taking place in protest of the efforts of the players or the manager and it still isn’t. The problem that has caused the decision to arrange this unfortunate but necessary action is still there.
Why are we boycotting?
The last few years has seen a total mismanagement of the club off the field. Unnecessary actions taken that has stopped the enjoyment of supporting our local football team and caused a slow but steady flow of supporters cancelling their season tickets/memberships which is in turn leading to a slow, painful death of the club we all love. Rather than watch fans dwindle away slowly a big impact of a significantly lower attendance will hopefully draw attention to the ongoing malaise at the club and show that Hull City Supporters stand together and united.
We are aware that there have been some questions asked as to why the Swansea game was chosen and not a more high profile premier league game or the League cup semi-final against Man Utd. Swansea was the only logical choice for th following reasons:
- Getting people to boycott a premier league match when they have already paid for their ticket will be too difficult and not have the required impact. It is important to remember that thousands are effectively boycotting every week already.
- the Manchester Utd cup game is a historically significant game in our history and one which will clearly draw a high crowd making a boycott impossible. Even if a lot of City supporters didn’t attend, their tickets would probably be bought up by away fans.
- given the reasons above, it is much easier to organise a boycott for a game where people need to buy tickets and with all due respect to Swansea and the FA Cup, it is probably the least important of our upcoming fixtures.
- The Swansea game in the 03/04 season you will remember had to be delayed as too many people turned up on the night! This was in Division 3 and despite 13 years of unprecedented success on the pitch for both clubs including cup finals, European football and stints in the Premier league, the action has been taken to close nearly 40% of the stadium before tickets are even on sale. Just ask why that is…
What can you do?
Don’t buy a ticket – simple as. As of yesterday according to the ticket website only 3,000 had been sold (not including corporate or away fans) so the crowd is clearly going to be unimpressive.
To try and bring something positive out of the situation we are also asking fans to donate their ticket money, or any amount they can afford to one of our 2 chosen charities.
To donate to H&EY Mind, please use the donation page here.
To donate to Launch Pad, please use the donation page here.
In summary, we understand that it is a difficult decision for some fans not to go to a City home game but we urge you, just this once, to show a united stand amongst Hull City supporters against the owners so that we can hopefully one day enjoy going to watch our team again.