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Diary Dates for the 2017-2018 Season

These are some pictures from Amsterdam won in the Senior Tigers raffle. We were blessed with lovely weather, visited the Rijksmuseum and had a great time. We even got a free upgrade on our cabin! 

Doug Ombler

Welcome to a new season. On 3rd August the Senior Tigers gathered in the 1904 Lounge at the KCOM Stadium for their Annual General Meeting. About 100 members were present and once the business was over and refreshments had been enjoyed, our Chairman David called us together.

David began the open meeting began with one or two notices and in particular the details of our September meeting. This will be held on Thursday, 7th September and in the Circle Restaurant (the upstairs room overlooking the pitch). The reason for the change of venue is that the football club has very kindly offered, once again, to provide members with a free buffet luncheon. This is extremely kind of them and we so much appreciate it. The Circle Restaurant will better offer them the space to make this provision. Members were reminded that the lunch will be served from 1.00 pm and you are asked to bring your Membership card with you. Following lunch, we are delighted that former Tiger, Andy Saville, will be our guest speaker.

Now our guest speaker needed no introduction – it was the Legend himself, Dean Windass. He had been offered as a replacement speaker by the football club in the light of their announcement that match day commentaries would now be offered by Viking 2. We had presumed that ‘Deano’ was to be a part of the commentary team but he was very quick to make it clear that he had nothing to do with this new arrangement and that he would continue with his usual duties as Match Day Host. He commented how proud he was to be appointed the Club’s Ambassador and loves the opportunities to take the club into many areas of city life – especially to our schools. He is also responsible for making the arrangements to bring former players to meet our hospitality guests on match days.

He was asked how he thought the new manager had settled into the club. Deano mentioned that he first met him at the Kit Launch and immediately warmed to him – possibly because Leonid Slutsky knew exactly who Deano was! He certainly found a warmth in the new Head Coach and found him very laid back. Deano would later describe the new Manager as “Crackers!” This was said, however, with respect as he found him a refreshingly warm and open man, such a contrast to the sullenness of his predecessor.

Deano was asked what he thought about the return of Fraizer Campbell to the club. He appreciated that returning to a former club sometimes throws up difficulties but in his own return things had worked out perfectly. He had every reason to hope they would for Fraizer – after all, he had been the one to cross the ball that led to Deano’s wonder Wembley goal!

He was asked about the new season crackdown on diving. He was happy with the idea as it clearly was a response to a problem in the game, but he warned that it will only be successful if it comes with consistency from the referees.

Asked about the crop of young lads breaking through he saw great promise in Jarred Bowen and saw a possible big season ahead for him. He hoped that Greg Luer would have better luck this season without being dogged again by injury.

He was asked what he thought about the massive transfer fee for Neymar. His first response was “Jammie Bas...d” but then wished him good luck, stressing it was not his fault that so much had been paid for and to him. He mentioned that this is reflected in the constant raising of fees, especially at the top levels. He even mentioned that his son Josh now has a £3m clause in his Rangers contract. He shared how well things were going for him at the resurgent Rangers and that they recently took 13,000 to a friendly with Sheffield Wednesday. There is, however, an increasing disconnect between players and fans caused by the spiraling wages being offered. Deano, who has always stayed firmly connected was saddened by this growing trend in the game.

He expressed some regret that at the recent Club Open Day players had rationed their time among the fans and especially the children. Most had excused themselves long before the queues of signature hunters had gone. He could never condone that and regretted it had happened.

Deano was thrilled with the progress of the England Women’s team in the Euro Finals and offered them his congratulations.

Finally, he was asked what his pet hates were. He suggested two ...

-          Being called by your surname

-          Being winked at!

So, with a wink, we all thanked him for coming. Don’t we love our Deano - wink, wink!

Before closing the meeting the Chair invited two successful members of the Senior Tigers Walking Football to receive trophies from Deano. David Cormack, for scoring 7 goals in a recent match and David Beal who gave a brilliant display as goalkeeper and still managed to score a hatrick!

To close the meeting our resident Poet, David Osgerby, read his latest offering dedicated to the Walking Footballers. Brilliant and well received.

Allen Bagshawe

David Cormack and David Beel collecting their tropheys from Deano

September means we are ready to start a new season and over the coming months we have many exciting things to look forwards to. Our regular and always popular meetings at the KCOM, those fabulous outings organised by our Barbara and the encouragement to try something different – like ‘Walking Football’. The Senior Tigers are ready for it!

Once again the football club very kindly offered to provide us all with a Buffet Lunch to mark the new season and with approx 150 members gathered they all received a truly excellent and most generous lunch in the Circle Restaurant. A rapturous round of applause was sent back to the Events Team and Club.

David, our Chair, reported that following our AGM he and two other members of the Committee had met with Tom Rowell & Luke Cash. It was a good meeting at which we were thanked for our willingness to change our planned speaker at the August meeting. Having David Burns was considered to be too close to the change of Media partners. The Club have promised to provide speakers for four of our meetings during the coming season. They also confirmed that arrangements would continue as last season with regards to room hire, provision of tea & coffee and website hosting. They informed us, however, that they want us to change our logo which currently uses the official Tiger’s head. This was, of course, offered to us but they are now trying to secure the use of the image for the football club only. They have not pressured us to change immediately, appreciating that this would be difficult. They also offered us the free support of their Graphic Design Team to help us, should we request.

Given the assurances about our expenses with the football club the Chair told the meeting that we were now happy to release £500 to support some of the young boys of the Academy who have difficulty in providing basic equipment or travel expenses. As last year we will direct this gift through the Tiger’s Executive Club. The meeting was unanimous in supporting that proposal.

The Chair mentioned that, having taken advice, the Committee have taken out Insurance Cover to ensure that members are always fully covered on our activities.

Acklams have once again agreed to sponsor the Senior Tigers. They will be joined this season by new sponsors, Tucker Mechanical & Electrical Building Services. These sponsors have offered us generous donations.

The forthcoming trips were set to be great occasions. Manchester City (Oct) & Sheffield United (Nov) are already fully booked, although members can ask to be put on a reserve list should places become available. There were just 5 places left for the Grimsby trip later in the month.

Ernie introduced the idea of a Senior Tiger’s Walking Club and members are encouraged to let him know if they would be interested. Contact him via the website Contacts page.

Preambles over we were now ready to welcome our special guest, Andy Saville. Now working as a postman his arrival was delayed through work commitments but once with us we all received full value. Andy grew up in Hull and learnt the basics of football skills at Malet Lambert School, giving praise to his early mentor, Mr Huckstep. He was drafted into the City Minors at 16 years, encouraged by Pete Sissons, Arthur Perry & Mike Rawding, but no offer of an apprenticeship would be offered. From school he joined Reckitts and played as much football as was possible and at the mature age he was invited to join the professional ranks – albeit taking a pay cut to do so! He signed on and the rest is history.

He made his City debut in 1983 whilst still only registered as part-time. City beat Port Vale 1-0. His first goal for the club would not arrive until 1985 when Billy Whitehurst flick a ball through for Andy to round the Cambridge United goalie and score. He eventually made 101 appearances for the club scoring 18 goals. His highlight game was a ‘derby’ against Grimsby Town when he was introduced as a 2nd half substitute and the Tigers trailing by 2 goals. His two goals that afternoon would earn the Tigers a point and help the Mariners towards relegation!

He admits to being gutted when his time with City came to an end but life after the Tigers saw him play for Wallsall, Barnsley, Hartlepool, Birmingham City, PNE, Wigan, Cardiff & Scarboro. At the ‘Pool he banged in 20 goals in a season which then saw him transferred to B’rum and add a further 9 goals in just 10 games. Andy was top scorer that season for two different teams. At Preston he scored 30 goals in his first season and promotion. That was the first of three successive promotions, the other two being with Wigan. His colleagues at Preston included David Moyes, Russ Wilcox & Graham Atkinson.

Best team mate: Gary Parker

Best Captain: Ian Bryson (PNE)

Best Manager: Gary Peters (PNE)

Biggest ‘nutter’: Barry Fry!

Asked about today’s football he felt that players had rather lost touch with the supporters, they had become like film stars and were beyond the reach of the average fan. He expressed some hopes for the current City side although realised that they would take some time to ‘bed in’. He wqas disappointed to see the lack of local lads in the team – 6/8 when he was playing.

On match days Andy is often around the club as part of Dean Windass’ squad to entertain the Corporate Guests.

A report of the trip to the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre and Papa's will follow shortly

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

2 tours have been arranged for your enjoyment on this outing. First will the Etihad Satdium and then the National Cycling Centre. We are hoping that the timings will allow us to watch the GB cycling team training in the Velodrome.

The coach and the 2 tours will cost £25. It is recommended that you bring a packed lunch as eating places are a bit scarce in this part of Manchester. More details will be given by Barbara at our monthly meetings.

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

Senior Tigers Meeting on 2nd November at the usual time of 13-45pm in the Dugout. This is our regular monthly meeting following a similar format to last season. We are pleased to anounce the guest speaker for this meeting will be Leonid Slutsky.

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

PLEASE NOTE, this outing is on a Tuesday. There is a good reason for the change of day for this trip as we are going to be guests at the Senior Blades Club monthly meeting and they have their meetings on a Tuesday. First we will have a tour of the stadium and then on to the meeting. Their meetings include a 3 course meal and light entertainment.

The coach, stadium tour and the 3 course meal will cost £24. More details will given by Barbara at our monthly meetings.

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

This is the Senior Tigers Christmas Lunch in the 1904 Lounge. More details will appear here later in the year.

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

WALKING FOOTBALL

Venue: Airco Arena 10-00am - 11-30am

This is an ideal fit for Senior Tigers, targeting over 50s. Good exercise but with no running!

60 minutes of activity and 30 minutes of relaxation/ refreshments etc

£3 per session or £15 for the full 6 weeks

No experience needed, just turn up with a pair of trainers,

Shorts/trackie bottoms and tee-shirt will be ideal

Further details from Trevor Richardson or contact the Tigers Trust

Senior Tigers Meeting on 4th January at the usual time of 13-45pm in the Dugout. This is our regular monthly meeting following a similar format to last season. Guest speakers and more details will appear here nearer the time.

Senior Tigers Meeting on 1st February at the usual time of 13-45pm in the Dugout. This is our regular monthly meeting following a similar format to last season. Guest speakers and more details will appear here nearer the time.

Senior Tigers Meeting on 1st March at the usual time of 13-45pm in the Dugout. This is our regular monthly meeting following a similar format to last season. Guest speakers and more details will appear here nearer the time.

Senior Tigers Meeting on 5th April at the usual time of 13-45pm in the Dugout. TThis is our regular monthly meeting following a similar format to last season. Guest speakers and more details will appear here nearer the time.

This is the Senior Tigers End of Season Lunch in the 1904 Lounge. More details will appear here later in the year.