The Senior Tigers started the 2015/16 season with a completely new committee.Our first meeting in September started with a buffet lunch provided by the football club, with James Mooney the Marketing and Online Commercial Manager of Hull City as our guest speaker.
In October we had the pleasure of Tony Pennock the Manager of Hull City’s Academy. We also had our first outing of the year to National Football Museum Manchester. 40 of our members had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
November saw ex player Malcolm Lord share his football experience with us and later in the month we had an outing to the Tigers Academy at Bishop Burton. We had a blustery hour watching the some of the young lads out on the pitches before going inside and touring the facilities that are available to the academy.
In December Dr & Mrs Allam, James Mooney & Dean Windass were guests at our Christmas Lunch in the 1904 suite.
January brought the double act of Assistant Manager Mike Phelan & Dean Windass. We were made welcome by Peter Smurthwaite when we organised a visit to Bridlington Town ground.
We had another double act in February Peter Smurthwaite Brid Town owner & Billy Heath North Ferriby Manager. We wish Billy good fortune in his new managerial position at Halifax Town. The Mature Millers gave a great day when we visited Rotherham United ground later on in the month.
March meeting started with a buffet lunch once again provided by the club. We had a very special guest speaker this month Hull City Manager Steve Bruce took time out of his busy schedule to talk about his career. To finish the month we had a nostalgic day at Grosmont to see the Flying Scotsman.
The format of the April meeting had to be changed at the last moment due to the unavailability of our proposed speaker. We had Charles Lewis explaining the aims of the Executive Club in trying to provide funding for young non contract Academy players. Followed by Rob Milner giving his views on the problems of standing at away fixtures. We then had an open discussion on the proposed new membership scheme which resulted in a letter from the Senior Tigers expressing our concerns to the club.
Later in the month a trip to Salford Quays & Old Trafford was arranged which 45 members enjoyed the day. There was an even split with 22 going to the Quays & 23 went on to the Old Trafford tour. We held an extra meeting on the 27th following a request from members in order to discuss further issues relating to the membership scheme.
We ended the year with our usual May end of season lunch in the 1904 suite. James Mooney, Dean Windass & Ann Holland were our invited guests.
The season for Hull City Football Club started on a low following relegation from the Premier League, as the season progressed the thoughts of automatic promotion was on everyone’s mind, but this is Hull City we don’t do things easy, we wait until the very last game of the season and win promotion at our second home Wembley. There is no better place is there to clinch promotion, and to witness a sensational goal from Mo Diame to take us back to the Premiership.
On a personal note can I extend my thanks to you the members and also committee in making my first year as your Chair such a memorable one, without your help and patience the year wouldn’t have been so successful thank you all. I would also extend my thanks to James Mooney for the help he has given me and the Senior Tigers in the past year.