CTWD and Tigers Co-operative Merger – A message from the Chairman to all Hull City AFC fans

First of all, welcome to the new CTWD website. We hope you like it.

CTWD is about to undergo some fundamental and exciting changes. Last summer the CTWD and the Tigers Co-operative committees asked their memberships if they thought we should merge our two organisations to form a powerful Supporters’ Trust, representing the views of a wide range of fans of Hull City AFC. Both groups gave their committees a resounding “Yes!”

Since then, the committees of both organisations have been working hard to make this a reality. We have listened to Tigers Co-operative members’ views on what we should do with the Co-operative’s funds, we have worked on a new constitution, we have explored our various options as an independent Supporters’ Trust. Now we are pleased to report that we are in a position to move forwards as a merged force, linked with the national reach and influence of the Supporters Direct organisation.

The two organisations will formally merge on 31st of December and then the first general meeting of the new organisation will be held During February 2015. This will be an opportunity to elect the new board, share your views on what you think we should be doing and meet your fellow Supporters’ Trust members. Further details of this will follow shortly.

What will the new organisation do? It’ll do what the Tigers Co-operative has always done and strive to ensure that the voice of our fans is right at the heart of the club. And it’ll do what City Till We Die came together to do and ensure that we protect the heritage of the club as we move forward with an ambition that honours our tradition. But it’ll do more than that. It will work with the club to improve the experience of Hull City fans on match days at The Circle. It will work with local businesses to provide deals that make being a member of the organisation attractive to you, with money off goods and services. And it will provide merchandise to celebrate the sheer mad enjoyment of being a fan of Hull City AFC.

Before we merge, current members of CTWD and the Tigers Co-operative have been asked for their views on the name of the new merged organisation and they will be asked to vote on this in the near future. We’ll also be opening up membership of the Supporters’ Trust to everyone. You’ll be able to join online and details of how to do so will be posted as soon as possible.

We aim for the Supporters’ Trust to be a place where all Hull City AFC fans can come together and celebrate their love for the club and its place in the City of Hull. It will be for people who love football and think that it belongs to the fans, not just owners and television companies. It will be a place where people can enjoy past memories and build excitedly for a better future. But it will only meet these aims if it has your support. We hope you’ll join us and help shape our future.

Mark Gretton, Chairman, City Till We Die