On a very hot and sunny first Thursday in September, we held our monthly members meeting. Summer had returned after a rather cool and damp July and August.
We were delighted to welcome back a few of our members who have been unable to get to our monthly meetings for quite some time. The committee and especially Ernie, had made arrangements for a minibus to pick these members up and return them after the meeting. Those who took advantage of this service were highly delighted and we hope to be able to continue it so they do not miss out on catching up with friends and enjoying the social gathering.
Before our guest speaker, Barbara announced that Ann Holland, the football club’s Fans Liaison Office is retiring. Ann has been a great help and a friend to the Senior Tigers and as a thank you a floral presentation was made to her. Barbara was also pleased to announce that she is making Ann an Honorary Member of the Senior Tigers.
Barbara was also pleased to announce that Adrian Ellis, one of our members, has been nominated for this year’s Radio Humberside Make a Difference Award. We wish him good luck, it is well deserved.
Our guest speaker this month was Les Motherby who is a Hull City supporter and avid collector of Hull City football kit and memorabilia. Les is a third-generation supporter following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. His father even moved the family so they could live nearer to Boothferry Park.
The first game he attended was in 1983 and his first Hull City shirt was one from the 1983/84 season. By 1992 collecting Hull City shirts became an obsession and he now has 185 match-worn shirts some of which are signed. He is a traditionalist and likes to see white shirts worn for the 2nd and 3rd strip as originally worn in the early days of the football club.
Les gave a very interesting and informative slideshow presentation on the Hull City kit from the club’s conception in 1904 to the present day. He has done exhibitions and given talks, took part in the Senior Tigers Memorabilia Day and even held an exhibition at the Street Life Museum during the City of Culture year. Les, during his research of Hull City kits, discovered 3rd kits that were not known to exist. Les has also assisted in kit launches at the football club.
Over the years he has accumulated a lot of ‘laundry’ as he calls the Hull City kit and admitted he had a very understanding partner with regards to his obsession.
Following the talk, Les made the draw for the raffle which this month raised £260.00.
Shirley Cormack (Secretary)