I really like this… Watch for it on the TV coverage Sunday, and let me know if you spot it.
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.
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….
I withdrew my notice to step down.
New manager, new players next season and new procedures to lessen the workload; I can live with that.
Too much to look forward to!!!
As I write this, there is a battle taking place all round us. Not a physical one, but one of words, backed up by praise on one side and bitter abuse on the other.
I’m speaking of the reaction to the death of Baroness Thatcher, the most prominent politicians of recent times, the only female Prime Minister to date and possibly the most divisive figure of the last 35 years.
I grew up in the 80s, as the country was recovering after the economic disasters of the 1970’s and the Iron Lady was at the forefront of that recovery.
It all comes down to which side of the political spectrum you come down on. I know there are many hardcore socialists who will be singing and dancing tonight in response to her passing. And why? Possibly because she made it that the unions could never bring this country to the brink, like in the Winter Of Discontent in 1978-79. In that you hold the reason for the way the National Union of Mineworkers were faced down some years later. The power of the unions was later diminished, albeit hand in hand with the reduction in the manufacturing industry to what we have today.
During the 80s, this country recovered and became a country to be proud of again. No longer were we the ‘Sick man of Europe’ and that recovery lasted until the recent recessions we have suffered.
Although its to be expected, I find it disturbing that some hated the woman so much that they resort to massively disrespecting the person. To speak ill of the dead reduces the speaker and enhances the reputation of the dead person in my opinion.
Far better to go by the words I remember my Gran once saying “If you can’t say anything good about someone, then say nothing.” Although you can’t defame the dead, there’s no need to disrespect them.
This one will probably annoy others but heh, this is MY blog etc.
4: what I call The Buggy Mafia.
Picture the scene. A busy, crowded bus, not even any standing room. At the next stop there’s a mum with a buggy, who demands in a strident voice to get on… Demands that people move! No. Especially No if it’s between the hours of 7-30 to 9 am or 5-7 pm.
Only exceptions is for child care or medical appointment, that’s all. If a wheelchair user requires the space, they would get it, with no problems at all but to demand we move like some buggy-pushers do, no. As I said, child care and medical only.
Right, you can all abuse me now…
It’s all pretty quiet in the trenches of life so here’s some ravings…
1: Adults cycling on the footpath
Ok, if it’s shared access, that’s fair enough, no issues there. But where it isn’t and you belt along the pedestrian precinct or ordinary path, then you should be prosecuted. It’s dangerous for those on two feet, especially when the cyclist has all the protective gear on. It’s the pedestrian who needs protecting! If you don’t want to ride on the road or cycle path, THEN DON’T GET A BIKE!
2: People insisting on sharing music (no headphones!)
I have no objection to people playing whatever music they like through their headphones/earphones while traveling. However I can’t stand those people who still play their music FOR THE WHOLE BUS TO HEAR! It may be good music, but does that mean I have to hear it, even when I don’t want to?
Now, I was always told that there was no excuse to drop litter at anytime, and this was the days before widespread litter bins. You bagged it up and took it home if there was no nearby bin. Today, the attitude with some people says that it doesn’t matter as there are people to clear it up. The buses can be as bad with people using them as a mobile cafe, and then just dropping the litter where they sit. What impression does it give to strangers in town??
I might expand on this in the future…