They say, what’s in a name? But, try telling that to Hull City AFC fans.
On the brink of extinction just a few years ago, Hull City AFC fans can hardly believe that they are currently in the promise land of the Premier League, pitting their wits against the best teams in the country.
However, despite enjoying a fine season in the English top flight, all is not well at the KC Stadium and the reason behind the unrest is, ironically, the man who pumped millions into the club; owner Assem Allam.
The 74-year-old has angered many Hull City fans by his proposed plans of changing the club’s 110-year-old title Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers, in order to boost the club’s international status and revenue streams.
As a result, fans have vehemently displayed their displeasure at Allam’s plans by staging protests before and during the club’s matches.
Allam, however, is in no mood to budge and sensationally asked the fans who are against his plans to ‘Go to Hell’. The Egyptian owner has already applied for the proposed name change to the FA and is now waiting for the verdict from the Association.
Hull fans have still not given up hope in attempts to salvage the club’s name though and in a last-ditch attempt, the Hull City supporters’ group, City Till We Die (CTWD), have recently submitted a 21-page document to the FA to encourage them to take a moral stand on the situation. The CTWD have also presented a powerful video to the FA as part of the ‘No To Hull Tigers campaign’
Although, it might seem a bit silly at first for Hull City to oppose a man who has given so much to the club over such a matter, the video serves a reminder to us all that there is history, pride and memories attached to a particular club’s name and it should be certainly be valued so much more than money.
What do you think? Are Hull City fans shooting themselves on the foot by going against the man who has pumped millions into the club, OR are they well within their rights to oppose the plans in order to preserve the club’s 110-year old title?