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FA rejects Hull City “Tigers” name change

Apr 9, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

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What’s in a name? According to the FA, plenty.

Hull City owner Assem Allam has failed in his attempt to rename the club to “Hull Tigers” after the Football Association rejected the proposal.

The decision follows the unanimous recommendation by the FA’s membership committee, who voted last month.

Hull’s proposed name change, according to Allam, was to include the nickname in order to better market the club around the world.

Allam, as well as the club itself, have hinted on many occasions that if the name change was rejected, he would pull out of club ownership. Prior to the vote, Allam’s son Ehab wrote an open letter to the FA which stated his family “had put in £74m to the club and had nothing left to give.”

His threats were supported when the club issued the findings of its own informal poll done of supporters to find support for the name change. The club poll offered supporters the following choices, word for word:

  • “Yes to Hull Tigers with the Allam family continuing to lead the club”
  • “No to Hull Tigers”

The inclusion of Allam’s ownership status in the first option was seen by many as a threat, as well as a manipulation of the results to play off supporter loyalty. The findings, according to the club’s release, resulted in 2,565 voting for the change and 2,517 against it.

The club issued a statement to say they will not be commenting on the decision…which seems oddly similar to a comment. Oh well.

  1. mdac1012 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    I thought the proposed name change was to Hull Tigers not Hull City Tigers, which they are sometimes referred to already. Allan wanted to drop the “City” part from the official name.

  2. quizguy66 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Yes, the proposed name change was simply to “Hull Tigers”

    Allam has commented on having City in there as somehow being confusion or detrimental which is just dumb.

    Very happy they are leaving the name alone.

    The sad part is that Allam doesn’t get that success on the pitch will be the biggest boon to the team’s profile. Especially if they are winning in those sharp orange and black striped kits. On the football side of things, there ownership has been great and if it weren’t for this stupid name change things they’d be building a statue the owners by now. It’s a shame really.

  3. chadmoon1 - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    That’s one thing the FA has gotten right this year.

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