When you look at the Premier League fixtures for the first day of the season one game just doesn’t look right. You scan your eyes across the fixtures and then it hits you:
Chelsea v Hull City Tigers
I used to play for a team called Theale Tigers in the South Chiltern Minor League - but this American style naming for teams was not uncommon.
We also played against teams like Twyford Comets, Thatcham Tornadoes and Woodley Saints.
But in the Premier League it just looks odd.
"In the commercial world, the shorter the name, the better. The more it can spread quickly. My dislike for the word 'City' is because it is common. I want the club to be special. It is about identity. 'City' is a lousy identity. Hull City Association Football Club is so long.’’
Now if this was a foreign investor, with no idea about the significance of a name for a football team, he could almost be forgiven. But Allam has lived in Hull since 1968 - he has no excuse to be so narrow minded.
But for a bit of fun we thought we would take a look at the Premier League’s opening day fixtures, if every team took this tact.
West Ham have the biggest change to deal with, as I have a little play with that, while Spurs fans will wonder ... what is all the fuss about.
Fixtures complete with American style home-and-away format…
Stoke Potters @ Liverpool Reds
Cardiff Bluebirds @ East London Hammers
Fulham Cottagers @ Sunderland Black Cats
Everton Toffees @ Norwich Canaries
Southampton Saints @ West Bromwich Baggies
Aston Villains @ Arsenal Gunners
Manchester Red Devils @ Swansea Swans
Tottenham Hotspurs @ Crystal Palace Eagles
Hull Tigers @ Chelsea Blues
Newcastle Magpies @ Manchester Citizens
Anyway, better go put a beer or two in the fridge. The Red Devils are playing The Latics at 14:00.
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