Weekly News Update

September 16, 2017
Another week has passed and two more defeats have been suffered. A very forgettable Friday night in Derby was followed by an improved performance against Fulham on Wednesday however there was no improvement in the result. City have lost 4 out of their last 5 games now and a lack of preparation during the summer seems to be taking effect as City at times defensively look like a bunch of strangers rather than a well drilled unit. Hopefully Leonid Slutsky will be able to deliver an improved performance on Saturday, but more importantly a positive result, as another defeat could see City on the periphery of the relegation zone. Not that anything is decided at this stage of the season, however it is never a nice place to be. Here’s the update from the Trust this week…
HCST Statement re Premier League Rule Breach
On Friday the Premier League issued its verdict on Hull City’s concession pricing issue. The ruling was that Hull City breached Premier League Rule 8 by not offering concessionary tickets to senior citizens or junior supporters.

City have agreed that, should the club be promoted, they will offer 10% of match tickets at a 10% reduction. HCST doesn’t feel this is a sufficient outcome and will continue to push for meaningful concessions for junior, senior citizens and disabled supporters with the EFL. You can read our full statement here.

It is quite unbelievable and very sad that it has taken a Premier League investigation to force Hull City to offer concession pricing to supporters that have followed the club for decades and those that are the future of our club.

City were also in trouble with the Independent Football Ombudsman on Friday due to their failure to deliver promised “rewards” for supporters signed up to the membership scheme. Perhaps the most damning part of the report was as follows “it is unacceptable and unprecedented for a club not to cooperate with the IFO”. Again this shows the contempt which Hull City’s current ownership show to both the authorities and supporters.

Hull City Council Meeting
On Tuesday 12th September Pete Fleming (Treasurer) and Geoff Bielby (Chairman) met Councillor Stephen Brady and Matt Jukes (Hull City Council Chief Executive) at Hull Guildhall. This was in part the annual meeting between Stephen Brady and the HCST Chairman which was started by the inaugural Chairman Mark Gretton.

It was decided to include Matt Jukes as Geoff has been involved in various activities over the Summer relating to the Anlaby Road Tribute (ART Project) and the Lord Mayors Centenary Plaques Project which have both led to ideas and discussions over the KCOM Stadium in the future.

The meeting was cordial and both sides agreed to continue the dialogue.

Memorial Plaques Update
On Wednesday 13th Geoff Bielby returned to the Guildhall for the September Centenary Plaques Panel meeting. The three former Hull City players who will be commemorated with plaques, Billy Bly, Raich Carter and Andy “Jock” Davidson were agreed.

The official unveiling will hopefully be at The Tiger Rags exhibition at The Streetlife Museum later this month. Watch out for further information.

HCST Scarves
As you may have seen on Twitter and Facebook we have a successor to the “City till we Die” scarves released.

These have already proved to be very popular with many orders already received. Priced, if we may say, very reasonably at £5 plus postage & packaging (£2 UK) there’s no excuse not to be putting your order in here.

HCST Ladies Partnership
On the back of our announcement last week as kit sponsors for Amy Halloran from Hull City Ladies, we are delighted to announce a new partnership deal with the club. 

– Adult Trust members will receive a 20% admission discount to all Hull City Ladies home games (Just show your HCST membership card)
– Junior Trust members will receive a free season ticket for Hull City Ladies
All their home games are played at the Hull University Sports Ground on Inglemire Lane, Hull.
Their next home game is Wednesday 20th September against Leeds United – 8pm kick off.
We all look forward to any game against our West Yorkshire rivals……..the girls in the team would love your support!

Hull City U23’s at the KCOM
Following on from their first win of the season, 2-1 away at Cardiff City on Monday, the under 23’s next home game will be held at the KCOM Stadium this Saturday against Coventry City in the English Professional Development League.

The fixture is due to kick off at 5pm following the first team fixture against Sunderland. Why not stay behind and get behind the Development side, many of who played so well in the EFL cup tie at Doncaster Rovers last month.

Carol Thomas – Footballer
Following on from the HCST sponsorship of Hull City Ladies Goalkeeper Amy Halloran for the 2017/18 season as highlighted last week, HCST are happy to continue their interest in the women’s game and bring you a fascinating overview of one of Hull’s greatest ever footballers, who just happens to be a woman!

Carol Thomas first played for England in 1974 and became England captain in 1976.  She served her country for more than 11 years, along the way becoming the first ever woman to gain 50 caps and captain England for 50 times.  Sadly, HCST note that, despite a glittering career, battling prejudices and barriers to the women’s game in the 1970’s, the footballing establishment has not acknowledged, recognised or rewarded her for her commitment.

Her links with Hull City AFC run long and deep, with a couple of appearances for England at the old Boothferry Park, training at Boothferry Park with Hull City Minors alongside Andy Flounders and others (coached by Pete Sissons) for 5+ years in the early 80’s and being managed at England level by Martin Reagan (former Hull City winger).  Carol is a valued member of the HCST but like many, relinquished her season pass amid the aftermath of the club’s Membership Scheme.

For a full article on Carol please follow this link on our website.

City of Culture, we know what we are… or do we?
We’re a great city of sport, but is it culture?

Click here for an interesting take on culture from HCST Director Peter Johnson.

City fan reaches new heights.
HCST Member Russell Anson at the summit of Mount Toubkal.

Congratulations to HCST Member Russell Anson who has been flying the Hull City flag at the highest point in North Africa, approximately 4200m above sea level.

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 hosted by Ian Waterson.

You can listen to the latest programme here.

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 – Harpers Fish & Chips (Beverley) & Hemingway Bailey Ltd


Our first partner of the week is Harpers Fish & Chips (Beverley).

36 – 38 Lairgate, Beverley, HU17 8EU. Tel: 01482 867148


Harpers of Wetwang have been serving our famous fish & chips from our branch at Lairgate, Beverley for the last 12 months. We offer quality food in a restaurant and takeaway capacity, with a licensed bar and disabled facilities. Located on Lairgate in the heart of Beverley town centre, we are perfectly positioned for people visiting Beverley for the day, as well as the local community. We can accommodate parties of any size, any day of the week.

Our second partner of the week is Hemingway Bailey Ltd.

Hemingway Bailey Ltd, Chartered Management Accountants

01482 679333


Hemingway Bailey are Chartered Management Accountants based in Beverley, aiming to provide you with better insights into your business.  We provide the usual tax and accountancy services, with the help and assistance that aids you to improve your bottom line by working closely alongside you throughout the year. We are offering a 10% discount on our standard fees for Hull City Supporters’ Trust members.  Get in touch to find out how we can give you more time and help improve your business.

Merchandise Offer
As part of our pledge to bring you great HCST merchandise offers here’s our latest deal: Luxury Bottle Opener Key Rings (featuring the HCST logo) are now just £3 plus postage! Order from our shop 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 contact@hullcityst.com

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