Saturday saw the unveiling of plaques honouring three Hull City legends from yesteryear at an event led by Hull City Council (HCC) and Hull City Supporters’ Trust (HCST).
In Spring this year HCC’s Centenary Plaques Panel unveiled six plaques honouring three Hull FC and three Hull KR greats, but at the time no Hull City players were honoured.
HCST Chairman Geoff Bielby met with Councillor Mary Glew of the Plaques Panel who explained that while both Rugby Clubs had proposed their respective club’s players to be honoured and been very cooperative, the council had not received a response from Hull City despite calls and e-mails to the club.
Geoff offered to assist with the project in the absence of club involvement and joined the May meeting of the Centenary Plaques Panel. It was agreed that Billy Bly, Raich Carter and Andy Davidson would be the three Hull City greats honoured by the plaques.
The unveiling took place at the superb exhibition ‘Tiger Rags – The Fabric of Hull City AFC’ in the Streetlife Museum. Incidentally, this exhibition is well worth a visit and has just recently been extended until November 19th.
Former City players Ken Wagstaff, Malcolm Lord and Rob McDonald attended the unveiling event as well as a number of City Supporters. Dean Windass represented the club.
The occasion was enhanced by the work of poet Dave Osgerby who traditionally delivers a poem at each plaque unveiling. Dave is a member of the Plaques Panel and an avid City fan.
The event was a wonderful demonstration of what can be achieved through HCST working with the council, local media, fellow fans groups and the Club. We live by our strapline ‘Ambition and Tradition’ and we will continue to work for the benefit of members and the wider supporter base. This can happen without the club but it was great that despite their initial reluctance they did at least contribute through the attendance of Windass, particularly on a matchday when we’re sure he’ll have had other commitments.
The plaques will now need a permanent home. HCST have had a long-term aim to develop a memorial to the club’s first home ground on Anlaby Road. Part of the original ground is still visible close to the KCOM Stadium. The land is owned by Hull City Council who are supportive of the initiative.
The families of all three players who either played or trained on the Anlaby Road ground liked the idea that the three plaques will hopefully find a permanent home on that site.
HCST will continue to work with the relevant bodies to try to provide this permanent memorial to Hull City history and a fitting home for the new plaques.