FA rejects Hull City name change
A Football Association panel has today rejected plans by Hull City owner Assem Allam to change the name of the club to Hull Tigers – much to the relief of its die-hard local support.
April 9th, 2014
Allam, who has held full control of the club since December 2010 in order to give back to the local area, which has seen his business interests thrive for several decades, made plans to remove the “lousy” and “common” ‘City’ designation from the club’s name.
This was in order to attract international partnerships and raise the club’s profile on a worldwide scale – eventually settling on a plan to christen them Hull Tigers – and sound rather like those American franchises we hear so much about in the news, when they’re threatening not to play an entire season due to disagreements over revenue splits.
It’s a tactic which he would’ve attempted anywhere in the world, apparently. In September he told the Guardian:
“City, Town, County: these are meaningless…By next year I will change the name to Hull Tigers. If I were the owner of Manchester City I would change the name to Manchester Hunter – you need power. In time I would suggest names for all the clubs called City, but I do not have the time.”
(Try it yourself if you have the time: Bristol Buzzards. You can have that one for free lads.)
Unfortunately the power which Allam has attempted to wield over the Tigers (which I am legally allowed to say when referring to them by nickname) did not pay off.The Football Association Council defeated the proposal with 63.5% opposed – despite a close majority of season ticket holders surveyed saying they were in favour of the plan, plus dubious caveat in the question that basically said “or else we walk”.
There’s no denying that Allam has kept Hull City alive. He claims to have put almost £75 million into the club and has made them a fully-fledged Premier League side; one of the big boys.
But there’s only so far you can go without hacking off an awful lot of people – just ask the likes of the Glazers, or Ken Bates, or Peter Ridsdale, or Vincent Tan – where should an owner draw the line? In no uncertain terms, by changing the strips from blue to red, Tan let the Cardiff fans know that this was now his show. Allam has been unsuccessful in trying the same approach – but what will this decision mean for his ongoing ownership of Hull City?