Once again we started the Senior Tigers season with our AGM in August. The existing Committee was re-elected by a unanimous shown of hands by our members.
Our Treasurer Barbara reported on the year’s accounts which was accepted again by a unanimous show of hands.
We had two major sponsors Acklam coaches of Beverley who again made a £300 contribution. We also received a £500 sponsorship from Tucker Mechanical and Building Services.
Again it was agreed that the Senior Tigers would donate £500 to the fund that the Executive club have set up to help some of the less fortunate Hull City juniors that belong and train at the Academy at Bishop Burton.
After the close of the AGM we had the pleasure of the Clubs Ambassador Dean Windass as our guest speaker.
Once again our football club provided a buffet lunch for our first meeting in September, which was greatly appreciated by all our members. Ex player Andy Saville was our guest speaker who told us of his experiences at the club.
We started our trips with a visit to the Grimsby fishing heritage museum and trawler Ross Tiger, finishing with a fish and chip lunch at Papas.
It was back to normal meeting in October. A trip to watch Hull City play Sheffield Wednesday was suggested and a keen interest was shown. Christmas lunch menu was available.
We were extremely fortunate to have two first team players as our guest speaker Jarrod Bowen and Frazier Campbell. As they did on the pitch both Jarrod and Frazier kept us well entertained.
Later in the month we thoroughly enjoyed a trip Manchester City Etihad stadium then onto the Velodrome Arena. Just to see how the top clubs look after their players, fans and young academy lads was well worth the visit.
November brought Leonid Slutsky and Oleg Yarovinsky as our guest speakers. What an afternoon that was both Leonid and Oleg at times had us in fits of laughter with the response to questions put to them. Leonid we was informed was a totally different person on the training ground to what we saw. In training very focused on the job in hand, away from football he is a fun loving easygoing person.
We had a most enjoyable trip to Sheffield United were the Senior Blades made us most welcome with an invitation to join them for lunch which was followed with an hilarious and magical routine by entertainer Billy Flywheel.
Our photo gallery was well advanced and would be launched in the New Year. We also announced that early next year we would be holding a memorabilia day.
Through the walking football 4 lucky people were fortunate to win free travel and tickets to watch England play Germany at Wembley.
December saw us hold our usual Christmas lunch at the KCOM. This year was different as due to the popularity with more than 150 people attending we was moved up into the Circle Restaurant for the afternoon.
Unfortunately due the changes taking place at the football club our invited guests from the club was some what depleted. We did welcome Ann Holland and Dean Windass from the club, also from our sponsors Tucker Mechanical and Electrical Building Services we had the pleasure of James Magee and Ben Thompson.
We also welcomed Peter Magee of Jupiter Web Solutions, Peter you will recall has given our Rob Wilson tremendous help in setting up and maintaining our web site since its concept.
The football club said goodbye to Leonid and Oleg and welcomed the new first team coach Nigel Adkins to the club.
Peters Christmas raffle once again provided another dazzling array of prizes to choose from.
We started our January meeting with presenting Janet Brown with 2 tickets to attend the Hall of Fame dinner, which was one of the prizes, donated by the football club at our Christmas raffle. A general request was made for everyone to check what memorabilia they had and could bring to our proposed Memorabilia day in February.
We asked Charles Lewis from the Executive Club to come forward to accept a cheque for £500 from the Senior Tigers, which went to help the lads from the Academy.
Our trip this month took us to the Hemswell Antique Centre, then onto the Dambusters inn in Scampton before finishing up at the new bomber command memorial at Lincoln. What a very special place that is if you haven’t been its well worth a visit.
Rob Wilson brought on stream to our website the new Hull City Photo Gallery with over 500 photos.
Our speaker who stepped in at the 11th hour was Brendon Smurthwaite who entertained us with his life in journalism and the media.
February was a very special meeting when we asked our members and invited guests for items of memorabilia that could be displayed and captured, which in due course will be shown in the memorabilia gallery on our website. We were over whelmed not only with the quality but also the amount that was on display on the day. A big thanks to all concerned for the time and effort that was given by everyone, which made the day such a success.
Later in the month we paid a visit to the Stadium of Light. The warmth of the hospitality we received from Sunderland made it a most enjoyable visit. We then went onto visit the National Glass Museum.
The March meeting started with a reflection on last months Memorabilia day. The menu was available for our May lunch. The Senior Tigers welcomed Nigel Adkins as our guest speaker who gave us an extremely enlightening insight as to how he has a personal input to all aspects of the playing side of a football club, and how training sessions are tailored to suit each individual player to get the best out of each one.
For those who went on the trip to see The Tornado arrive at Grosmont it turned into an eventful day, due to the snow, which made the descent into Grosmont, shall we say a little difficult. But it was well worth the effort in the end. We then finished up at Whitby for fish and chips lunch.
In April the football club provided a couple of speakers for today’s meeting Jackson Irvine and on loanee from Liverpool Harry Wilson. These two players gave us an afternoon to remember with their very different ways of making it as a professional footballer. We received a £100 donation from Gerry Ashton to which we hope to put to an interesting project in the future.
We held our usual end of season lunch in May in the Circle Restaurant, our invited guest were from people who have made a major contribution to making another successful year for the Senior Tigers. Unfortunately Peter Magee due to personal reasons sent his apologies for not being able to attend the lunch.
We welcomed Gary Eggleton from Tucker Mechanical and Electrical Building Services. James Smailes from Hull Daily Mail. Ann Holland, Joe Clutterbrook, Luke Cash from Hull City Football Club. Tiger Events provided us with an excellent lunch in great surroundings. The lunch was a fitting climax to another brilliant and successful year for the Senior Tigers.
Upon closing can I thank the members of the committee for the time and effort they have put in this year to make the Senior Tigers such a well organised club. It’s a pleasure to be associated with them.
But the most important part of any club is you the members without your support either by attending our monthly meetings or joining us on our trips or the contribution you make to our monthly raffle without this support the Senior Tigers couldn’t function. So the committee’s thanks go out to you the members, so please give yourself a round of applause.