Weekly News Update

August 17, 2018

If you had offered Nigel Adkins before last weekend a return from the Steel City with a league point against Sheffield Wednesday and progression in the Carabao Cup against Sheffield United then we imagine he would have been more than happy.

It was perhaps disappointing that City threw away leads in both games to draw however a point away from home is very valuable and it was pleasing to see some youth academy graduates play their part in the Cup victory. The team’s general play is of a reasonable standard and if a newly assembled defence can gel to start keeping clean sheets then things will start to look more positive.

City welcome Blackburn Rovers to the KCOM this Saturday, a game that will surely have a target of all 3 points. Nevertheless Blackburn have made a solid start to their return to the second tier and will provide a typical tough Championship test. City then have yet another Yorkshire Derby against Rotherham on Tuesday which is again a game City will be aiming to take points from.

Here’s your update from the trust this week…

Happy Birthday Ebenezer Cobb Morley!
Ebenezer Cobb Morley, regarded as the father of modern football, had his 187th Birthday honoured this week with a Google Doodle.

Morley was born in Hull on August 16, 1831. He is credited with codifying the laws of football as we know it today and organised the meeting in 1863 which led to the founding of the FA. More details on his life can be found here.

City Fan Ollie Harsley and City Fansite Tigerlink have been campaigning for a “Statue for Ebenezer” to be erected in his home town to commemorate him, a campaign which the Trust fully supports.

We hope that this international exposure will help to move the project forward.

Profits Without Fans
A recent BBC Sport article shows that City could have made almost a £20M profit in 2016/17 – even with an empty stadium.

More details can be found in the article here.

In the case of Hull City this is not the whole picture – Stadium Management Costs and Player Sales need to be taken into account. HCST Treasurer Pete Fleming has produced the following analysis which more truly reflects the sutuation:

Hull City vice-chairman Ehab Allam is quoted in the article as saying the fanbase is “crucial” to the club.

The Trust totally agree with this sentiment, and look forward to working with club to reverse the current trend in dwindling supporter numbers.

Development Review
It was a mixed weekend for the development squads.  On Saturday the under 18 side took on Coventry City at Bishop Burton College and were disappointing in the first half, leaving the field 0-2 down. 

The half time talk must have been inspiring as there was a marked improvement in the second half with Rob Guilfoyle getting one back for the young Tigers who created a few more chances but went down 1-2 in the end.  Their next match is on Saturday away to Crystal Palace.

On Sunday the under 23 side occasionally rode their luck but were well worth their 2-0 victory against Colchester United at the KCOM.  Both goals were excellent with Tyler Hamilton scoring in the first half and Callum Smith in the second.  It was good to see that a number of supporters took advantage of the free admission and particular the number of youngsters who turned up and enjoyed themselves.  The next action is on Monday when they travel to Ipswich Town.

Young goalkeeper Charlie Andrew continues to impress on loan with Pickering Town.  He kept a clean sheet as they won in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round 0-2 at Bishop Aukland.

Hull City Ladies
The Ladies begin their new campaign in the FA WPL Premier League with a home game against Stoke City Ladies.

As usual, the match is being played at the Hull University Sports Ground on Inglemire Lane with a 2pm kick off. Good luck girls!

Tiger Talk
The latest musings on all things City related from our Associate Writer Kathryn Batte.

Please follow the link  here .

Kathryn has reviewed tomorrows game against Blackburn Rovers, which you can read here on our website.

Membership Drive
We are calling on existing members to try and recruit a friend / work colleague / family member to increase HCST numbers.

Now more than ever HCST needs to increase our membership so that we cannot be accused of not being ‘representative’ of City fans.

To sign up a new member please follow this link  (If your membership is due for renewal, please do it here )

Amber Nectar
More wisdom from our friends at Amber Nectar.

Please follow these links for the latest Podcast and  Things We Think We Think.

Hull City Fans Forum on Hull Kingston Radio
More fan-focused chat from our friends at HKR.

You can listen to the latest programme here.

Tigers Down Under
The latest podcast from our antipodean friends. Available on YouTube and Soundcloud

Please follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

HCST’s Partners of the Week 
In this week’s Partner of the Week section, we have an in-focus look at two HCST partners – Aspecs Opticians & Wine On-Line.

Our first partner of the week is Aspecs Opticians

18 Savile Street, Hull, HU1 3EF, 01482 211115. Email here


Aspecs Opticians is your modern and independent optometric practice. Situated in the city centre of Hull we takes pride in providing you a totally fresh approach to your eye care. You have 4 qualified and registered Optometrists to choose from giving you the peace of mind when you choose Aspecs Opticians to manage your eyecare. Being totally independent we’re far placed from the “Production Line” world of optics. You’ll benefit from a friendly, caring and professional service – Personal attention that is combined with Value for Money.

Our second Partner of the Week is Wine Online


WineOn-Line, the new boys on the block.  Here at Wine Online we are specialists in buying and selling superb, different and interesting wines.  We believe that wine should be fun whether you’re buying or selling it but most importantly when you’re drinking it. Although there are plenty of places where you can buy decent wine we like to go the extra mile to find special wines that not only taste good and look good, but also have that extra quality to set them aside from the others. We love to share our knowledge with people when we recommend a wine and to allow you the customer to experience experimenting with wines. Our philosophy is very much that the hard work starts, rather than finishes, when the wine has been delivered.  We are continually looking forward to the next opportunity; tomorrow, next month, next year.  The thinking cap never comes off and the challenges never cease.

Merchandise Offer
For this week’s offer, our Luxury Keyring/Bottle Opener is only £3. Buy yours from the store here.

Stop the front page!
HCST are looking for new contributors to our website.

These can be articles about football in general, all things Hull City or match reports. So if you’re a sports journalist in the making or just fancy giving it a go as a hobby please let us know – you don’t need to be a professional – all articles will be welcome. There’s no requirement to produce words every week or month, just as and when you are able to. If you are interested please email us here.

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