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To be fair to the Allams , they arrived when the Football club, and thus the SMC, already ruled the roost and had an amount of scorn for their co tenants. History tells you it's the fault of the previous people who ran Hull FC as, when the Stadium was built, they were offered a 50% running of the SMC for a fee but seeing as they were effectively fly by nights they declined allowing the soccer team full control.
(By the way, you forgot to mention putting "Tigers" and "Tigress" signs over all the toilets at the stadium.)
Indeed the set up of the SMC was a farce of epic proportions and our board at the time showed a catastrophic lack of vision / ambition / strategic planning. However the "benevolent philanthropist of this parish" (for it is he), could have put things right when he took over. Instead, he went off on a mission to make the stadium his own & god forbid anyone that had the temerity to get in the way.
On your last point - I now use those "special pants"..... so it's not an issue!
Yet another little step on the road for the Allams in their attempts to push us out or make the situation so untenable that we walk of our own volition. First we had the "rebranding" of the stadium - which seemed to involve removing all references to RL. Then the charging for permission to display anything in the corporate suites. And now this. Oh and I hear on the grapevine that they're putting up the price of the flat, tasteless, yellow liquid that they have the audacity to call beer to £4.20.
It may well work for football, where I assume there are far fewer "walk-ups" - but it will do nothing but antagonise the RL supporters. Personally, it'll make it very hard for me to get to a game. I've got the M62 Friday Funhouse to contend with, which usually results in getting to the ground just before kick-off. I don't have a pass (as I can't guarantee getting to every game) - so how exactly am I supposed to get into the ground? Get the ticket posted to me? With our parlously inefficient postal service?
I would remind Mr Allam, that this was supposed to be a community stadium. Built for the people and the city of Hull. To benefit all of the sports teams that chose to use it. To bring a focal point to the community. To put Hull on the map by holding concerts, international sporting events. It was never, ever intended to be the plaything of the chairman of the football club. To do with as he wishes. It was never meant to be used in favour of the football team and to the detriment of the RL team.
What is happening there now is tantamount to discrimination in its basest form
This happened in a NWC final I reffed a few years ago. With a pretty strong wind behind them, Widnes St Maries dropped out from under their own posts. Ball bounced around halfway, got caught by the wind, bounced on the 25 & went dead at the other end. I had a long time to think about how to restart play & gave a drop out at the other end. My assessor said after the game that I could've restarted it however I wanted & nobody would've complained as it was so unusual.
It's not looking a bed of roses (white obviously) thats for sure. Falling crowds have wiped approxe £600k off the our income. The stadium management committee (otherwise know as the provisional wing of Hull City) patently want us out of the KC. They've tried to close the north stand to away spectators for next season & possibly close both north AND south from 2016. All this in what was meant to be a "community stadium for the people of Hull". Pearson issued a rallying call last night to get the missing fans back, but to me it came across as a veiled statement along the lines of "it's partially your fault". Nothing to do with the years of missed opportunity, over promise and under-delivery since 2005 / 2006 then. My enthusiasm for the new season has plummetted before a ball has been dropped.......