Hull Owner Submits Name Change Application
Thu 12th Dec 2013 | Marketing & PR
The Football Association have received a formal request from the owners of Hull City AFC to change the club’s name from next season.
If approved, the club will be rebranded Hull Tigers in a bid to make the Premier League club appeal to a wider international audience.
Owner, Dr Assam Allam announced in August that the business that runs the club had already been changed to Hull City Tigers but any attempt to change the club's name must be approved by an FA council.
The change has displeased the club’s fans who set up City Till We Die to represent various fans' groups and websites.
Recent meetings between the group and Dr Allam have failed to stop the proposed change despite assurances 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.
A statement on the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) website from representatives of City Til We Die read: “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.
“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.”
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