James Riach – The Guardian
You know, I’m supposed to be on Holiday.
This morning, I made the first draft of the press release for Non League Day, which is September 7th. There’s a fair bit going to happen that day down at the club so it was essential to get something down on paper. In addition to that, I did the same for the club’s ‘Matt Lovett Day’ for the 14th. This was a little more tricky to get the right tone but I’m just waiting for a quote from the man himself now.
A thought that has been spinning round mine and James’ (Deputy Press Officer) head was a Tumblr account for everyone who likes taking pictures while at the club or attending games. This has now been done (he set it up and I configured it), and we’ve started it off with a picture from the archives. The account can be found at http://hrbfc.tumblr.com/ and we will be seeing how much it will be of interest. It’s hoped a page in the programme will be reserved every month for the best ones, assuming people choose to use it.
I can see it becoming a place for reshowing archive pictures if we’re not careful.
Indeed, what IS in a name? We have seen the furore over Dr Allam’s proposal to change Hull City’s name, ultimately ending up with the club being just Hull Tigers by the time he’s done.
Some of the ‘supporters’ couldn’t care less what the club’s name is, which I think is a poor attitude to take and I think their attachment can’t be that certain.
Names are important, it’s how we identify things and places and to change without good reason unsettles people. And the reasons proposed by Dr Allam are only good to him. Few people of any common sense actually back the owner, and the majority of the football world think its a highly amusing joke.
Thankfully, as I stated below, the Premier league is not standing for it, stating they would only accept a name change on the basis of consultation with the fans.
That consultation, I can foresee it will be a sham. The only choices given will be for change with no option for the status quo. Indeed, Dr Allam has stated in a TV interview from Wednesday 14th that he will ignore any proposal to keep the current team name.
“I will not entertain the fans coming to me with ideas (of not changing the name). Only with alternatives.”
He’s even gone as far as to say that the fans were unimportant. “They don’t pay the bills.”
Hmm, 18,000 people buying season passes at £400 or so must surely be a nice little entry on the balance sheet?
So there you go, all those who think Dr Allam can walk on water and can do as he pleases. He cares nothing for you and doesn’t care what you do or don’t think.
Seems odd that a man from a nation that is currently striving for democracy, is acting in such an autocratic and dictatorial way.
Well that’s almost done.
I’ve had a little re-design of the old blog, some personalisation of the site and a little tidy round of things. It’s still not complete (still some work to do around the links and so on) but that will not be a big job.
I would have titled this post as “Rebranding” but as a Hull City supporter, that’s a bit of a sore subject. It rankles that there’s a body of apathetic ‘supporters’ of the club that believe the owner can do what he pleases, without a shred of consultation, just because he saved the club? Do these people actually care about the club, his history, the proud heritage dating back to the first board of directors in 1904? Sigh, probably not. These people seem to share the view of Henry Ford, who actually said “History is more or less bunk!”
For myself, the gratitude I have towards Assam Allam for sinking his money into saving Hull City does not extend to changing the club’s identity in this way.
Back after WW2, the Needlers bought the club and attempted to rename the club something along the line “Kingston Upon Hull FC”; in the end it didn’t happen and those who know their Hull City history will know that the Needlers ushered in one of the great eras of the club.
It seems odd that Assam Allam, whose country of birth has over 4,000 years of history, hasn’t appeared to understand the powerful link that people in Hull have had to their football club over the past 100-odd years. For a philanthropist of his local standing, this clearly cannot be said to an act for the good of the city of Hull. Clearly it’s a purely commercial decision.
In business, customers are fickle and need to be constantly wooed and persuaded with expensive advertising and similar. The supporters of football clubs have a great loyalty to ‘their club’, but in this day and age, the supporters come in second to sponsors as regards funding. In that respect the Allams are working with what they are familiar with. Unfortunately, a familiarity with football itself, its business idiosyncrasies etc seems to have slipped them by.
However, it is good that the vast majority of the media have, in effect, laughed in the Allam’s face. Indeed, the Premier League have effectively said that for this season, the name will stand, plus that any change for the future must be done in consultation with the fans. Given the apathy in some sections of the TigerNation, I’m not sure how that’ll go.
I am thinking of giving this a rebrand; new title, new classic view etc… Am even thinking of a change of angle/content, given that the football season is soon to take over my life again.
Any suggestions for a witty title?
There are some times which affect a person so much, they remain indelible in the memory.
I’ve no doubt yesterday at the KC Stadium will be one of those for me…
Apologies for the picture….