On Thursday 6th April we held our usual monthly Members Meeting in The Dugout at the MKM Stadium. Barbara started our meeting with the following notices:

  • KCOM has invited the Senior Tigers for a coffee morning on Thursday 25th May in the Circle Restaurant at the MKM Stadium. All our landlines are going digital and KCOM is hosting this event so their team can tell us all about the switchover and answer any questions that we may have.
  • Acklams are offering the Senior Tigers members a 5% discount on bookings with them.
  • The Supporters Meeting which is being held on Wednesday 26th April will be attended by Rob Wilson as Barbara who usually attends on our behalf is unable to attend.
  • Barbara was pleased to announce that Liam Rosenior will be attending our End of Season Meal. The doors will open at noon and the meal will start at 1 pm.

Catherine Dowdy from The Warren Youth Project along with JJ Tatten her CEO attended this month’s meeting to thank the Senior Tigers for the £500 donation which we gave to them at Christmas. The donation was given in memory of Owen Knight, the grandson of Dave Gibson, one of our members.

Catherine explained that The Warren Youth Project offers a wide range of support services to the young and vulnerable in the area. To give them a better future in life.

The £500 donation will go towards a silent disco which they are planning. If there is any money left from this then they will put it towards football-related activities. Many of us wondered what a silent disco was and so Catherine explained that the attendees wear headphones listen to the music of their choice, dance and generally have the time of their lives. Thus ensuring no loud music!

Our guest speaker this month was non-other than our own Dean Windass, better known as Deano.

Deano talked about how as a 5year old his father took him to Boothferry Park for the first time and it was then that he told his father that he wanted to play for Hull City. That dream was one day to be realised culminating in scoring the golden goal that saw Hull City promoted to the Premiership for the first time. That goal cemented Deano in Hull City’s history and made him a Tigers hero.

It was in 2007 while still at Bradford City that he got the call from the then-manager Phil Brown to come to Hull City. He jumped at the chance as he always wanted to come back to his home city. It was Phil Brown who got him to bleach his hair blonde for Wembley. His blonde hair is something we will remember from Wembley other than the winning goal of course. Deano said what a great day it was, he has fantastic memories and something he will always remember.

Deano has a new book out called Deano: Life After Football in which he talks about the highs and lows both whilst playing football and about life after he stopped playing.

He now has a job as a delivery driver, and he told us how he gets stopped all the time when people recognise him and want photos and a chat with him.

Deano is a larger-than-life character and will always be our local hero.

Following the interview Deano made the draw for our raffle which raised £265.00.

An enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

Deano with Allen Bagshawe