Fans hit out at Hull name change plans

first_imgThe fans group opposed to a name change for Hull City has accused club owner Assem Allam of bringing forward his plans and not consulting supporters. “This issue matters for all football supporters, not just the people of Hull, and the decision the FA makes will set a very important precedent. “We urge Hull City AFC supporters who wish to keep our historic name to continue the peaceful and dignified campaigning which has brought us messages of support from all around the world, to make their voices heard by the FA both this Saturday and over the coming weeks, and to sign our petition at citytillwedie.com/petition.” Confirming the move to change the name, a Hull spokesman told Press Association Sport on Wednesday: ”We have sent a letter to the Football Association this week asking for them to consider our request to change the club’s playing name from next season.” Allam has already changed the company name to Hull City Tigers but he needs the permission of the FA Council to change the club’s playing name. Allam has offered to refund any of the club’s season-ticket holders who are unhappy and has previously said he considers a Tigers brand to be more marketable, and the word ”City” to be ”lousy” and ”common”. The 74-year-old Egypt-born businessman, who moved to Hull in 1968, also caused controversy earlier this month by saying of the critics: ”They can die as soon as they want, as long as they leave the club for the majority who just want to watch good football.” Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Allam should be granted his wish. He said last month: ”I can understand [the unhappiness] because in our country especially we are really big traditionalists and a lot of people have supported the club since the year dot, where it has been Hull City AFC. ”But the owner has come in and he’s in a different culture and for the money he has put into the club if he thinks Hull Tigers is his way forward then we have to respect it. ”If he asks us to play in pink and white stripes on Saturday we have to do it because without him there wouldn’t be either a Hull City or a Hull Tigers.” The Barclays Premier League club revealed on Wednesday that they had applied to the Football Association to change the playing name to Hull Tigers from next season. But the City Till We Die group has once again stressed its opposition to Allam’s plans. In a statement released to Press Association Sport, the group said: “The City Till We Die campaign group is disappointed to learn that Hull City AFC has formally written to the Football Association requesting to change the name of our club to Hull Tigers, as of the 2014-2015 season. “When City Till We Die met with Hull City AFC owner Dr Assem Allam on 1 November, he assured us that any name change would not occur for two to three years, and that it would not go ahead without supporter consultation, or without the benefits being proven by research. No such research or consultation has taken place. “Commentators on the sport and experts in marketing alike have reacted to Dr Allam’s name-change plans with widespread derision, while his intemperate remarks about Hull City supporters have been roundly condemned. “Single-mindedness is not the only way to win respect; listening to the counsel of others and being prepared to concede that you may have made a mistake can also be a sign of strength. Sadly, the events of recent weeks suggest that our owner may not appreciate this. “This matter is now in the hands of the only people who have the right to make such a decision: the football authorities.” The campaign group revealed it had supplied the FA with a timeline dossier on Allam’s proposals and also met with representatives of the Premier League to voice concerns. The statement added: “The FA is an organisation with a rich and proud history; this year, it is celebrating its 150th anniversary. This Saturday, as part of those celebrations, numerous FA dignitaries will be at the KC Stadium to honour Hull-born Ebenezer Cobb Morley, one of the founding fathers of Association Football. “We remain confident that, with the eyes of the whole footballing world upon them, the FA will make the right decision, and act to protect not only the heritage and traditions of Hull City AFC, but also those of other clubs whose identities may come under threat in the future. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Jamaican doctor mowed down in Cayman

first_imgA Jamaican female doctor died in the Cayman Islands after being mowed down by a taxi in the British territory on Monday morning.Obstetrician and gynecologist, 62-year-old Vary Jones Leslie had just arrived in the Cayman Islands on an early Monday morning flight when the incident occurred.Reports from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service are that Jones-Leslie was struck down on Roberts Drive, near the Owen Roberts International Airport, while trying to leave the facility after arriving on a 10:00 am flight from Jamaica.Had practice in Spanish Town, Jamaica.The doctor, who has a practice in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Jamaica, was rushed to the George Town Hospital with what had been described as “serious injuries”.On Tuesday morning, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service issued a news release confirming Dr. Leslie’s death.Jones-Leslie reportedly arrived in the Cayman Islands on Monday to take up a temporary assignment at the Health Service Authority in the territory.According to the Cayman Compass, Jones-Leslie had filled in “from time to time as needed at the authority.”The driver of the taxi, a 69-year-old of Bodden Town, Grand Cayman, was treated at hospital Monday and has been released.The incident is under police investigation.last_img read more

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CAF Awards: Glo Presents 2015 Mercedes G-Wagon to Winner

first_imgNational telecommunications operator, Globacom, on Monday kept its promise as it presented a brand new 2015 Mercedes Benz G-Wagon to the lucky winner of the Glo-CAF Awards Predict and Win Big promo, Mr. Princewill Uzochukwu Nwosu.With the presentation of the top-of-the-range SUV valued at N35 million to Nwosu, life for the 39-year old transport manager with a major transport company in Iddo, Lagos, has jumped to a classy beat. “My life is made by Glo,” Nwosu said with a broad smile radiating his black oval face. Lucky Nwosu was picked through the draw conducted during the Glo-CAF awards ceremony which was held at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos last Thursday.President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick, before the live audience of over a thousand guests that attended the Glo-CAF awards, picked the winning entry. He was assisted by popular comedian, Bright Okpocha (Basket mouth)who compered the draw. Globacom’s Regional Chief Marketing Officer,Mr. Ashok Israni, formally presented the key to the exotic car to Mr. Nwosu at a ceremony attended by senior officials of the company, Globacom brand ambassadors, Naeto C and Helen Paul, as well as journalists from key news media, at Globacom’s Head Office, Mike Adenuga Tower (MAT) in Victoria Island, Lagos on Monday. Highly-elated Nwosu could not hide his joy as he shared his experience leading to the new status: “I couldn’t believe my luck,” he told reporters. “I put in only three entries and I forgot all about it.To be frank with you, I wasn’t expecting to win anything, not to think of winning the grand prize of a Benz G- Wagon,” he said. During the December 31, 2014 watch night service, Nwosu revealed he tabled two prayer points before God at his Church in Lagos: “One, a replacement for my old, rickety car, and two, prosperity in the New Year, especially as things had been tough in the outgoing year for me.” He expressed happiness that his prayer had been “answered through this favour from God which He has used Globacom to deliver to me eight days into the New Year.”Nwosu said when he first received the call that has changed his life, he doubted its authenticity and actually thought it was an attempt to defraud him. He said that Basket mouth, who placed the call, later passed the phone to the NFF president who assured him it was not a joke. The Glo-CAF Predict and Win Big promo was flagged off in December, 2014 as one of two promotions introduced by Globacom to spice up the 2014 edition of the annual awards organised by the Confederation of African Football and sponsored exclusively by the telecoms firm. The first promo, Reserve your seat at the Awards Event, afforded Glo subscribers who recharged with N5, 000 or more in December an opportunity to secure a seat as one of the company’s special guests at the event. The second promo, which Nwosu took part in, Predict and Win Big, required subscribers to correctly predict any of the winners in three Glo-CAF Awards categories: African Footballer of the year, African Female Player of the year and African Coach of the Year.Prizes offered included a Mercedes Benz G Wagon, 10 return tickets to Old Trafford, home ground of Manchester United, and over 1,000 prizes of free airtime of N10, 000 each.last_img read more

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