Allen welcomed everyone to the monthly meeting and introduced Chris Lowther from Tiger Events. Chris talked to the members about the Health & Safety Procedures for the Stadium. If the fire alarm is sounded then we all must leave the building and go to the emergency assembly point in the car park opposite The Dugout. The assembly point sign is situated on one of the car park lampposts opposite The Dugout. Everyone must wait there for someone from security, Chris Lowther or one of his team to inform us when it is OK to return to The Dugout.
If there was a threat outside then we should use the two exit doors on the opposite side to the outside door of The Dugout. Proceed down the corridor to the pitch side and congregate in the centre of the pitch.
If a defibrillator is needed Chris Lowther is trained in its use. It can be found just 30 seconds from The Dugout.
Shibden Hall: Full.
Coach leaves Barbara’s house at 8 o’clock and MKM Stadium at 8.30 am. We need to book in at Shibden Hall at 10.30 am.
Drax: There are 10 places left on Wednesday.
Meadowhall: Cancelled. Under subscribed.
Meet in Walton Street Car Park at Spring Bank West end. Coach leaves at 12 o’clock. (nb normal stadium car park is not available due to the Rugby League World Cup match at the stadium.
Held at Haltemprice Sports Centre on Thursday’s 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Seven people now go but there is room available for another ten. You don’t need to be disabled to join in. Contact Barbara or Dave Gibson for details. Janet Slater informed us that it was a very good session. It includes gentle aqua aerobics for the first half hour and you don’t have to swim just come for aqua aerobics.
Held at Haltemprice Sports Centre on Wednesday’s 2 pm to 3 pm. The standard is getting better!
1) At our next members’ meeting, we are hopeful that Tommy & Joe Coyle will be our guests.
2) Barbara advised us that she wanted names for the Christmas Luncheon. The cost is £25.00 and it will be held on Thursday 8th December. Please note, this is a week later than was originally planned.
AN AUDIENCE WITH JACOB GREAVES
Pat Betts made the presentation to Jacob Greaves for the Player of the Season Award for 2021/22.
Jacob was our guest this month and was interviewed by Richard Beachell who is one of our members and a long-standing friend of Jacob’s family. It was an informal and enjoyable interview. To our surprise, we found out that Jacob wrecked one of his parents’ TVs playing games on it and hoping his mother wouldn’t find out he hid it behind the garden shed.
Jacob was first spotted by Hull City at the age of 8 playing at North Ferriby. At his under 15s end-of-season review he was given a 2-year scholarship which he said was the best years of his life.
Under Grant McCann he was sent on loan to Cheltenham where he played 35 games. Apparently, his grandma saw the article in the newspaper about the loan before Jacob knew anything about it. His mother wanted to see him every week so he spent a lot of the time going up and down the motorway in his Corsa. He loved living away from home because he got more done for him than at home! He said it was a good experience at Cheltenham
Jacob came back to City during the pandemic when the team went down to League 1. It was during this time he showed a good attitude in training and as a consequence, he was promoted to the first team.
Jacob said that playing with no crowds during the pandemic was disappointing and was he disappointed that we didn’t see them promoted back to the Championship. For the first game back in front of a crowd, after the pandemic, he was very nervous and admitted there was certainly a difference between playing in the Championship and League 1.
At one point he was on the fringe of England under 21s but was disappointed not to achieve it.
One of our members asked what it was like playing at the MKM, Jacob’s response was, it’s surreal.
Jacob has been made vice-captain. He has been captain twice but unfortunately each time they have been beaten.
Another one of our members asked ‘Have you ever thought about not cutting your hair until you score? Memories here of Tom Huddleston! Jacob’s response was certainly not like Alfie Jones (Alfie has just had his long hair cut short) also Jacob’s girlfriend likes it as it is!
Bill Shirley another one of our members said that he listens to Burnsie & Swannie on the radio’s match day coverage and said that they bet on Jacob every match to score when there is a corner. Apparently, Jacob’s dad says he needs to be more aggressive.
Pat Ellis gave the vote of thanks to Jacob and stated that it’s been an absolute joy for us to follow him through his career so far. Jacob’s father, Mark an ex-city player gave 100% and we know he will do the same. Pat went on to say that Richard being a family friend must have been a great help during the interview. She went on to thank Richard for conducting what was such a warm and cosy fireside interview.
Richard Beachell made the raffle draw. Bill Shirley was the first winner, choosing a bottle of gin of very strong gin from the Minerva Distillery! A total of £232.00 was raised from the raffle.
Jacob Greaves, Player of the Season
with Pat Betts Bill Shirley wins the Minerva Gin
Jacob with Richard Beachall