Hull City fans to step-up campaign against name change

Plans to sing and hold aloft leaflets at a certain point during Hull City's game with Aston Villa.

Hull City fans are to step up their campaign to prevent the club’s name from changing during their game against Aston Villa today, Saturday. At 19 minutes and four seconds into the game, the club’s fans will be holding up a leaflet which says ‘1904’ – symbolising the year the club was founded – and singing a chorus of ‘City Till I Die’.

Organised by a community group of Hull City fans, ‘City Till We Die’ is reacting to comments made by the club’s owner Dr Assem Allam saying he would like to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers. Dr Allam was quoted as saying in August: ‘Hull City is irrelevant. My dislike to the word City is because it is common… City is a lousy identity.’

The group wishes to make clear that they support the continued ownership of Dr Allam at the club, and recognise the work he has done for both the club and the local community. The group believes that the change of the club’s name will ‘break with 109 years of history and tradition’ and are calling for consultation with the club over the proposed change of identity.

Andy Dalton from City Till We Die told Here Is The City's Ian Bolland: ‘The current name is very important. Hull City has been a hugely important part of the city for 109 years, and anything that fundamentally alters the essence of a community asset such as its football club is very worrying.

‘A proper consultation could take a variety of forms, but a possible example would be a referendum of all season ticket holders or club members.

‘Regrettably the owner’s standing among Hull City fans has taken a knock as a consequence of this issue, which is a great shame as he’s done many very positive things for City and the city of Hull – were Dr Allam to decide against changing the club’s name out of respect for the club’s fans, his reputation would certainly soar to the highest it’s ever been.’

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