A short agenda, a lengthy but productive session and almost a full suite of supporter representatives as well as Dr Assem Allam and Ehab Allam amongst other Club officials.
Worth noting that Ehab stated on more than one occasion throughout the meeting, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and that as a group, we should be “looking for a long term solution, not a quick fix”, but also that he accepted that whilst decisions had been made in the best interests of the Club, mistakes had been made specifically in terms of communications and in not fully understanding the fans’ perspectives, but that there is a desire to listen.
Much repetition of the points made at the previous meeting, (see prior report) with the main point being that the reason the membership scheme was brought in was to prevent the abuse that existed through the misuse of concessionary ticketing, and not to price anyone out of attending matches. The actions taken away were as follows:
All to re-review & feedback the offer of concessionary pricing proposed by Ehab last month – link attached:- https://www.hullcitytigers.com/media/6952/match-categories-and-ticket-prices-all-cat-2.pdf
Club to look to extend the above into the membership scheme, not just one off match ticket purchases.
Club to review a proposal handed out at the meeting from the Supporters Trust.
Club to investigate whether concessions only turnstiles would adversely impact “flow rates” which are a health and safety standards.
It was accepted that historically, the Club has not had good control over its brand and that many of the issues including email addresses, website name, have been as they are now since before the Allam family purchased the Club. Much discussion around the current crest / club badge – the owners do not like the current badge and are keen to involve supporters in making a change to it for the start of the 18/19 season.
Club to engage with fans around the design of a new crest
Club to send out summary brand guidelines to meeting attendees to aid feedback as to suggested amendments and in what circumstances to use what wording. All therefore to feedback accordingly.
Progress on Sale of Club - the Club remains for sale. The asking price reflects the investment made by the Allams and the current market rate. Since the Allams declared their desire to sell the Club, significant investment has been made including: renewed lighting at the ground, the purchase as opposed to rental of big screens, a new pitch and at the training ground, one of the pitches now has undersoil heating an automated irrigation.
There was interest at the beginning of the season around purchasing the club, but the results on the pitch have seen that interest wain.
With regards to prior interest, both Ehab and Dr Allam stated that deals had not fallen through on price.
Dr Allam however did state that should a buyer not be secured by the end of the current season, then the Club would be handed to a firm of accountants to legally run the Club on the family’s behalf until a buyer is found.
Match-day commentary – the termination of the arrangement with the BBC to provide match-day commentary is recognised to be unpopular with fans, however, Ehab stated that re-engagement with the Corporation is not out of the question in the future.
Supporters Committee – it was agreed the current representation continue in post until the end of the 2017/18 football season.
Next Meeting – will take place in early February following the transfer window activity.
Updated 14:04 - 4 Feb 2018 by Kathryn Townsley