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  1. The Allams bought the club in the autumn of 2010 - following our relegation from the Premier League the club was financially crippled and administration was a real possibility. Their long term aim was to acquire the stadium and its surrounding land, and develop the area at a profit - the KCOM Stadium is actually owned by Hull City Council, the football club is one of the tenants. The Allams' view was that the Council would willingly part with the stadium and land at a reasonable cost, in part out of gratitude for helping resolve the club's money woes. The Council weren't open to such a sale however, resulting in an at times bitter dispute between themselves and the Allams that rumbles on to this day. A key reason for pursuing the name change was the similarity between 'Hull City AFC' and 'Hull City Council' - Allam Snr has stated in interviews that he believes (bizarrely) people get the two entities confused, and think that the Council owns the club rather than his family. In addition, the proposal naturally upset supporters - Allam Snr feels that we should have backed him without question in his dispute over the stadium, and in effect changing the name would be both a punishment and a demonstration of his power. And that's just the abridged version...
  2. 2018 FIFA World Cup

    When Adidas had to produce amber clobber for Hull City a few years back, they christened the bespoke hue 'sonic gold'. Quite what makes a colour sonic is beyond me.
  3. 2018/19 Soccer Kits

    A couple of Hull City-based kit notes, if I may... First, they're not that common a sight in Englandshire but we're sporting a commemorative patch on our shirts in the FA Cup tonight - marking 50 years since the Triple Trawler Tragedy... Also, I wasn't aware of this but it would seem that the Football League's new(ish) shirt font includes lowercase letters for certain applications...
  4. 2018 MLS Kits

    The Orlando kit is being unveiled at an event on the 23rd, apparently. Thus far they've done a good job of keeping it under wraps.
  5. 2018 MLS Kits

    Some leagues do have a ruling, but it can sometimes come down to a matter of contrast. Using FIFA's regulations as an example, if the colours of the stripes and hoops are deemed to be close enough that a number in a contrasting colour is clearly legible then they'll allow it at their discretion. Their current guidelines state; A Number Zone must be created on the back of the shirt unless, in FIFA’s discretion, the number appearing is clearly legible and distinguishable from a distance for all Players, Match Officials, spectators and media, from the Colours used for the respective Playing Equipment item... I would think that Minnesota's shades of grey are close enough to not be an issue with legibility, so I'd guess it's an MLS policy.
  6. It would be Happy Hour indeed.
  7. Clubs who are members of the FA have to abide with their various rules and regulations if they want to feature in their competitions - this includes registering their 'playing name' with the governing body. This is the name under which a team competes in FA sanctioned competitions, and which appears on league tables and the like. If a club wants to change its playing name, it has to apply to the FA for express permission to do so - the FA Council then vote on the matter. This rule applies to clubs all the way down to non-League level - I think right down to the eighth tier. The intention, I believe, is to help preserve the integrity and traditions of club identities over time - the FA don't want teams regularly changing names, especially if said changes are deemed to be frivolous. In some instances, proposed changes have been blocked where a new name would be too close to an already existing club's moniker, or where there's an attempt to incorporate a company's name into that of the club. On the other hand, some changes are approved where good reason is given and there's clear support from the fanbase - an example would be when Swansea was granted city status in the 1960s and Swansea Town was rechristened Swansea City. In the case of Hull City, the club's full name is 'Hull City Association Football Club' and has been since its foundation in 1904 - the registered playing name is simply 'Hull City', despite the two recent applications to change this to 'Hull Tigers'.
  8. Earlier this evening, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman arrived at a long-planned Supporters' Committee meeting - and immediately called said meeting off, and walked out in a huff. Their behaviour over the last few years has demonstrated that they have no interest in consultation with supporters - in their own words we're 'irrelevant'. The last crest redesign process - the one that removed the club's moniker after they were twice denied their 'Hull Tigers' name change by the FA - promised consultation with supporters but none occurred due to 'time constraints'. Needless to say, I'm highly cynical about their motives for promising it'll happen this time around. They've placed the club - which by and large refuses to use its own name - into a state of managed decline. Their departure is long overdue.
  9. 2018 FIFA World Cup

    This is most pleasing.
  10. Leeds United New Crest

    Apparently 10,000 supporters were consulted as part of the design process. I'm assuming that they were fans of every other club in England, rather than Leeds?
  11. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    It’s happened a few times that I can recall - Andy Carroll in his first season at Liverpool for example.
  12. International Football 2017-2018

    Hmm - looks like I'll be cheering on Peru after England's inevitable elimination, and with their lovely sash shirts I'm fine with that.
  13. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Yep - the 2003-05 home shirt was the first to feature a star, and it appeared on the left sleeve rather than above the crest... If memory serves it was added after the FA bowed to a campaign initiated by Soccer AM, a football magazine show on UK telly.
  14. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    We do have a few clubs wearing stars in England, but there’s not a uniform system in place (pun not intended) as to what they signify. A couple have even adopted them purely for decorative reasons. The Premier League does currently have a star spangled club - Huddersfield Town wear three, to denote their trio of consecutive titles back in the 1920s. A solution would be to adopt the Italian system, where you get a star for every ten titles. If that practice were adopted here then Manchester United would only wear two stars, for their 20 titles. Liverpool and Arsenal would be the only other clubs to qualify, with a star each. That was just for a few shirts when Umbro stripped everything right back - they went back to contrasting stars after a couple of years.
  15. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    It's something you do see in Italian club football, a little quirk I'm rather fond of.
  16. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    The Italy shirt will apparently be debuted by Buffon tomorrow evening against Macedonia - the outfield players will be sporting the away shirt.
  17. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Argentine side Racing Club de Avellaneda going gloriously retro to mark the 50th anniversary of their Intercontinental Cup win... I wanna see the numbers!
  18. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Girona reminds me of a poorly received Newcastle away kit from a few years back - albeit that was striped rather than hooped. That said, I think the colours suit a Spanish side better than one from the far north of England... EDIT: So yeah, what Beantown reckons basically.
  19. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    No stripes on the home again? I suspect that won't go down well.
  20. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    I'm not classing it as an authentic throwback unless all players who wear it have their front teeth removed as well.
  21. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    The problem with having the red rose of Lancashire debossed into the fabric without colour is that you're essentially left with a white rose - the symbol of Lancashire's rival county Yorkshire. Mind, as a Yorkshireman I don't really see this as being a problem.
  22. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    No, Hull City Ladies isn’t officially affiliated with Hull City itself - Hull City’s owners did provide some financial backing for a year or two but that ended in one of their waves of football-based cost cutting. I think they updated their crest at that point in time (around the time City’s crest was redesigned to drop the club name) and the owners were encouraging them to rename as Hull Tigers Ladies, I strongly suspect that’s why ‘City’ has been snuck onto the snout. It would have been created entirely independently of the men’s side, though. The Tiger’s head we use has been on the shirt in one form or another since the late 1970s (aside from a brief and acrimonious spell at the turn of the millennium), so whilst it may not be the best looking of animals (or be frowning that much) it’s ours. I'd be interested to see what you come up with concept-wise, though!
  23. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Onwards... and upwards? On first impressions, not bad at all. The sponsor using their wordmark only is a vast improvement on what we had last season, the back is striped - always a positive - and there's not any fussy trimmings to detract from the colours. The badge will remain a bone of contention, and one thing I'd change would be on the back of the shorts - they carry the logo of WWF (this season's charity partner) in a circular patch, but I think it'd look much better just reversed white out of the black fabric. Mind, it probably wouldn't look like a proper panda then. The diagonal stripes on the sleeve are... interesting. Something different, I guess. They put me in mind of a prototype of the 2004-05 shirt where the sleeves had a similar treatment... ...on the final version though the stripes were straight. All in all, an upgrade from last season. Hooped socks would have been lovely, mind. EDIT: Hmm, looks like the crest has a parquet pattern behind the Tiger's head...
  24. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Where Scunny are concerned I can only applaud the board's profanity filter.
  25. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    I demand that they register those shorts as actual playing kit.