Meeting Reports

SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2016/17

We started the Senior Tigers season with our AGM in August and the launch of our Web site. The existing committee was re-elected for the coming season.

Two amendments was made to the constitution. Item 6 of the constitution makes provision for the committee to increase in size if required to allow further expansion of the Senior Tigers Club. Item 8 of the constitution states that whilst recognising other supporters groups the Senior Tigers Club will remain a stand alone social group.

Our Treasurer Barbara reported on the years accounts which was proposed and seconded and accepted by a unanimous show of hands.

It was agreed by a show of hands that the Senior Tigers would donate £500 to the fund that the Executive Club have set up specifically to assist in their endeavours to help some of the less fortunate Hull City juniors that are in the Academy.

Once again our football club provided a buffet lunch for our first meeting in September which was greatly appreciated by all our members. We also had the pleasure of ex player Dennis Booth as our speaker who kept us well entertained for the afternoon.

Our October meeting was sponsored by Acklam coaches of Beverley. We had the pleasure of the company of the Clubs Captain Michael Dawson for our guest speaker along with the Wembley play off trophy. Plenty of photos were taken by our members of the trophy and Michael.

Our first outing of the year was a trip to Flamingo Land, our thanks went to the club for their assistance in the cost and help, in making the trip a success.

November saw ex player Curtis Woodhouse give a open and frank response to his life as a professional footballer and professional boxer. We went on a day trip to Beamish. Everyone who went on the trip remarked that it took them back to their childhood and bygone days. The Senior Tigers had their first taste of walking football with 20 or so members taking part.

In December we enjoyed a three course meal for our annual Christmas lunch in the 1904 suite. To which we invited Ann Holland the fans liaison officer, Tom Rowell the new Commercial and Communications Manager and Head coach Mike Phelan. The lunch was attended by 136 members and guests as in other years a most enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

In January we learnt of the loss of 2 of our members Pamela Roberts the mother of Gareth the ex Captain of the Tigers she was also one of the founder members of the Senior Tigers. We also said goodbye to Graham Newdick. Graham was big in stature and in personality he was Hull City through and through and followed the Tigers home and away. We had the pleasure of Ryan France as our speaker who is one of the elite band of players to represent the same football club in each of the four divisions. Ryan was interviewed by Brendan Smurthwaite. Barbara organised a successful trip to the National Railway Museum at York which was well attended by our members.

February saw a couple of senior professionals leave the club Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass. We also signed a group of misfits which Marco Silva turned into a team. We welcomed John Hawley as our speaker who gave an insight into his time with the Tigers and his match day hospitality role for the club. Later in the month 45 of our members enjoyed a good day at the Black Sheep Brewery which included an excellent lunch and free drink from their well stocked bar.

March saw our walking football guys play in a tournament run by York City, apart from the freezing cold northerly wind and rain everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Later in the month Barbara took a group of 57 to the National Training Centre at St Georges then onto the National Arboretum this proved to be a fantastic day, the facilities at St Georges are world class and the staff at the centre made our members very welcome. The afternoon ended with a reflective and moving visit to the National Arboretum at Alrewas.

The guests for our Senior Tigers meeting was the football club head of medical services Rob Price and first team forward Will Keane. What a behind the scenes insight Rob gave us as to how the players are monitored and looked after, not only in their training but on their diet and match day assessment. Will Keane gave his account of life at Manchester United and the problems players encounter when faced with a long term injury. We asked for suggestions from members for features or activities that could benefit the group. Unfortunately non was forth coming. The menu for our May lunch was available.

April meeting was once again Sponsored by Acklam coaches of Beverley to which we extended our thanks for their generous support. We was informed that one of the founder members of the Senior Tigers Neville Powers passed away in March. We welcomed as our guest speaker the voice of the FA in the East Riding Adam Lowthorpe. Who delighted our members with his forthright answer to some difficult questions. We were made most welcome when we visited Liverpool FC Anfield ground. The quality of their new stand and boardroom certainly has the wow factor.

In May we held our end of season lunch which was attended by 133 of our members along with the following invited guests. Tom Rowell the clubs Marketing/Commercial and Ticketing Manager. Dean Windass the clubs Ambassador. Peter Smurthwaite Radio Humberside guest pundit and owner of Bridlington Town Football Club. Ollie Ezard and Quij (Cage) from Tigers Trust.

As far as the football club was concerned the season started as it finished very disappointingly. We said goodbye to our manager Steve Bruce the man who got us back to the Premiership. The pre-season was plagued with long and short term injuries. No movement in the transfer market. Mike Phelan was made care taker manager and with limited resources made a very good start to the season collecting 13 points from the first 7 games. Unfortunately the size of the squad caught up with the team and results started to decline, with just 7 points from the next 10 games.

December became a crucial month for the Manager with just 2 points from 6 games. Mike departed in January and Marco Silva and his crew took over, along with 7 new players, started to steady the ship and give us hope that some times miracles do happen with 29 points from 20 games. The task proved to great, with no points from the last 3 games and relegation to the Championship became a reality.

As chair of the Senior Tigers I have to say that the credit of this years success must go to my fellow committee members. Each and everyone has played a crucial part in making this past year a varied and interesting one. From secretary Allen keeping everyone updated with his emails and letters. Pat and John being the link between the Senior Tigers and the football club. Bill keeping the sound system functional. Rob in keeping our web site updated. Barbara for her time and energy in organising our excursions and looking after the Senior Tigers finances. Peter & Ernie who without their tremendous commitment our monthly raffle wouldn't be as fantastic and successful as they are. To each and everyone of you and on behalf of our members a big thank you to you all.

David Jackson (Chairman) August 2017


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2015/16

The Senior Tigers started the 2015/16 season with a completely new committee.Our first meeting in September started with a buffet lunch provided by the football club, with James Mooney the Marketing and Online Commercial Manager of Hull City as our guest speaker.

In October we had the pleasure of Tony Pennock the Manager of Hull City's Academy. We also had our first outing of the year to National Football Museum Manchester. 40 of our members had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

November saw ex player Malcolm Lord share his football experience with us and later in the month we had an outing to the Tigers Academy at Bishop Burton. We had a blustery hour watching the some of the young lads out on the pitches before going inside and touring the facilities that are available to the academy.

In December Dr & Mrs Allam, James Mooney & Dean Windass were guests at our Christmas Lunch in the 1904 suite.

January brought the double act of Assistant Manager Mike Phelan & Dean Windass. We were made welcome by Peter Smurthwaite when we organised a visit to Bridlington Town ground.

We had another double act in February Peter Smurthwaite Brid Town owner & Billy Heath North Ferriby Manager. We wish Billy good fortune in his new managerial position at Halifax Town. The Mature Millers gave a great day when we visited Rotherham United ground later on in the month.

March meeting started with a buffet lunch once again provided by the club. We had a very special guest speaker this month Hull City Manager Steve Bruce took time out of his busy schedule to talk about his career. To finish the month we had a nostalgic day at Grosmont to see the Flying Scotsman.

The format of the April meeting had to be changed at the last moment due to the unavailability of our proposed speaker. We had Charles Lewis explaining the aims of the Executive Club in trying to provide funding for young non contract Academy players. Followed by Rob Milner giving his views on the problems of standing at away fixtures. We then had an open discussion on the proposed new membership scheme which resulted in a letter from the Senior Tigers expressing our concerns to the club.

Later in the month a trip to Salford Quays & Old Trafford was arranged which 45 members enjoyed the day. There was an even split with 22 going to the Quays & 23 went on to the Old Trafford tour. We held an extra meeting on the 27th following a request from members in order to discuss further issues relating to the membership scheme.

We ended the year with our usual May end of season lunch in the 1904 suite. James Mooney, Dean Windass & Ann Holland were our invited guests.

The season for Hull City Football Club started on a low following relegation from the Premier League, as the season progressed the thoughts of automatic promotion was on everyone's mind, but this is Hull City we don't do things easy, we wait until the very last game of the season and win promotion at our second home Wembley. There is no better place is there to clinch promotion, and to witness a sensational goal from Mo Diame to take us back to the Premiership.

On a personal note can I extend my thanks to you the members and also committee in making my first year as your Chair such a memorable one, without your help and patience the year wouldn't have been so successful thank you all. I would also extend my thanks to James Mooney for the help he has given me and the Senior Tigers in the past year.

David Jackson (Chairman) August 2016


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2014/15

The season opened with news that the present Committee were to retire at the end of the season and the search began for a new Committee.

The September meeting saw a visit from LlAM ROSENIOR together with his lovely wife, followed in October by the Tigers Captain, CURTIS DAVIES. In November, we welcomed KEITH EDWARDS who had just had his book published, whilst December saw a well attended Christmas Lunch. In January, we were pleased to welcome NEIL MANN who was over from Australia. ALEX BRUCE provided a good meeting in February, followed by a welcome return of MARK GREAVES in March. By this time a new Committee was in the process of being formed. In April IAN ASHBEE paid a return visit and the new Committee was introduced to the members. The May lunch was again successful, with the outgoing Committee taken by surprise with gifts from the members which was much appreciated. We once again had the welcome sponsorship from Acklams Coaches, whilst donations of £500 each were made to the Teenage Cancer Trust and CRY (Heart Charity in memory of Josh Fell).

We must place on record the great help we have received from FRANK DONOGHUE in getting our speakers. The team from Tiger Events of DAN, HENRY and KATIE have looked after our meeting arrangements whilst we have had publicity for our meetings from GAZ (website) and ASH (PA and scoreboard). With a new Committee now in place, this will be my last review and I have to thank all the support we have had from you, the members, since Senior Tigers began. Last, but not least, I must pay tribute to all the retiring Committee who have helped so much, during the 15 years together, to progress the Senior Tigers. I am pleased to stand down knowing the Senior Tigers will be continuing and I look forward to sitting in the Audience in the future. Thank you all very much for your support.

GORDON TOWSE. May 2015.


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2013/14

Our first season back In the Premier League provided us with some good speakers and entertaining meetings.

We began in September with MIKE MATTHEWS, followed by the ever hilarious DENNIS BOOTH in October. In November it was the turn of the Tigers first team coach KEITH BERTSCHIN followed by the usual Christmas Lunch in December. In January JOHN HAWLEY stood in at the very last minute following a late back word, with TOM WILSON and DAVID BOND in February. March saw the visit of JAMES CHESTER who came back especially on his day off to give us an excellent meeting, as did DAVID MEYLER in April, when we had the 'touch of the Irish'. The season closed with a much better attended end of season lunch.

This season we had incoming sponsorship from Acklams Coaches for which we were grateful. Our outgoing sponsorship was, as usual, to the Youth Team and a very grateful BILLY RUSSELL. Now since they have moved to Bishop Burton College and the Club are at long last financing the Academy, our help should no longer be necessary. We also contributed to the continuation of the Downs Syndrome football team.

We gratefully acknowledge the help of FRANK DONOGUE in getting current players and staff to come to our meetings, whilst DAVID BOND assists with the past players. The events team at the KC of DAN, HENRY and KATIE have been a big help with meeting arrangements. We have had publicity for our meetings from GAZ (website) and ALYSON (P.A. and Scoreboard). My thanks also go to the Committee in playing their part in another successful year.

Finally, thanks to you, the members for your support and encouragement at meetings.

GORDON TOWSE August 2014


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2012/13

Another successful season for the Senior Tigers and a promotion to the Premier League for the Club in a very eventful year. We had more current players to speak to us than ever before.

We began in September with the visit of Jack Hobbs whilst he was out injured, followed by ex-Tiger Gary Hobson, who told us of his work arranging travel for clubs. In November Seyi Olofinjana gave us an interesting afternoon and was kind enough to donate a cheque for our funds. The usual Christmas Dinner took place in December, unfortunately without a guest. Then in January, Stephen Clemence, the Reserve Team Manager spoke of his work, whilst Liam Rosenior kept us entertained in February. Fans hero, Paul McShane was our March visitor and he spoke about his career and the difficulties of the last two seasons. April covered a different aspect, as Assistant Manager Steve Agnew told us about what goes on behind the scenes. The usual end of season lunch took place in May.

Our Sponsorship was, as usual, directed to the Youth Team, who so much appreciate our help. Billy Russell and his team took time out to arrange a visit to County Road to see the facilities and meet the players, but very few members took advantage of the opportunity. We very much hope we will be able to continue to help the Youth Team. We also contributed a voucher to be used as a prize for Andy Dawson's Testimonial event. To enable us to have our meetings, we have been greatly assisted by a number of people - Frank Donoghue has helped so very much in getting the players and backroom staff to come to our meetings. Dan, Katie and the events team have attended to our needs for meetings and lunches. Matt has given us publicity in the programme, Gaz has publicised meetings on the web site and Alyson has assisted with the PA announcements. Bill Shirley, as usual, has taken care of our PA system and in view of all his work was co-opted on to the Committee. Jo Fergusson has supplied information on our guests and assisted me with the quiz's at our lunches.

My thanks to all the Committee in playing their part in a very successful year.

Finally, thanks to you, the members, for your continued support and encouragement, let's hope this ~season will be a good one.

Gordon Towse August 2013.


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2011/12

Our season of meetings had a wide variety of speakers and some very well attended meetings. Sadly, the events at the end of the season cast a big cloud over everything involving Hull City.

We began in September with STEVE WALSH followed by a very interesting and entertaining visit from Seamus McDonagh, the then goalkeeping coach. This was followed in November by the then Chief Scout, DAVID MiLLS together with DAVID BOND, with the usual lunch in December in the company of ADAM PEARSON. January saw RICHARD GARCIA visit us, with the evergreen JOHN McSEVENEY in February. MALCOLM SHOTTON was the guest in March with KEVIN KILBANE in APRIL. Sadly, we did not have any guests at the May lunch due to the events off the field. However, the season gave us one of our best with excellent speakers.

Once again our Sponsorship included donations to the Youth team and to the Tigers Trust, which were much appreciated. We hope in the future we will be able to continue with these donations.

Our meetings have been greatly assisted by the help of a number of people. FRANK DONOGHUE has been our link in getting players and backroom staff to visit us, whilst the girls of the EVENTS TEAM have ensured our meetings and meals have gone smoothly. MATT has provided our news in the programme and GAZ. has helped on the website. As ever, Bill SHIRLEY has been a willing help with the PA system. My thanks also go to the rest of the Committee and to those who helped with the refreshments and raffle. Finally,I must acknowledge all the help ADAM PEARSON has given us from the Boothferry Park days until the end of the season events. The ready assistance he provided will be a lasting memory of his days with the Tigers.

Finally, to you, the members, thanks for your continued support and we hope this season will be a successful one.

Gordon Towse August 2012.


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2010/11

With the Tigers back in the Championship, 2010/11 was very successful for the meetings of the Senior Tigers. It saw the membership limited to 150 due to the constraints of the Wilberforce Suite.

We began with SEAN RUSH and MATT REEVES from the backroom team, to be followed in October by ANDY DAWSON, whilst in November we were able to welcome CRAIG SHAKESPEARE. Then, for the first time in our history, the Christmas Lunch had to be called off due to the snow. In January, JOHN EYRE, the kit man, visited us, followed by STEVE DEERE in February. In March we welcomed STUART ELLlOTT to be followed in April by past England legend, JOE CORRIGAN. The season closed with the End of Season Lunch at which ADAM PEARSON and CRAIG SHAKESPEARE were our guests, whilst JOE CORRIGAN and STUART WATKISS joined us for coffee.

Our Sponsorship included a donation to the Tigers Trust for kit for the Downs Syndrome team and assistance with the cost of providing covered accommodation for the benches at Ideal Standard for the Youth team. We also purchased a new dual microphone sound system for use at the meetings. Once again, we have to thank Hull City for their help with our meetings, together with KATY and SOPHIE of the Events Team who take care of our meetings and meals. MATT provided Senior Tigers news in the programme, whilst our own BILL SHIRLEY has been his usual helpful self with the PA system. Thanks also to all the ladies who helped the Committee with refreshments. Finally, thanks to Frank Donoghue for his valued help in getting speakers from the playing and coaching side of the club.

Finally, to you, the members, thanks for your continued support and to all members of the Committee for all their help. We look forward to another successful season.

Gordon Towse August 2011.


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2009/10

Despite a season which saw relegation back to the Championship, and financial problems, the Senior Tigers had a successful season of meetings and, once again, membership was almost to the limit.

We began in September with ANDY McMILLAN as our guest speaker whilst October brought ex-Tiger and new ERCFA Chief Executive, ADAM LOWTHORPE, for a really excellent afternoon. Then in November, it was good to see our ex-Physio, JEFF RADCLIFFE who told us of his Boothferry Park days. Christmas lunch in December saw returning Chairman, ADAM PEARSON, PHIL BROWN and BRIAN HORTON as our guests. The New Year began with injured skipper, IAN ASHBEE visiting in January followed by the irrepressible DENNIS BOOTH in February. In March, STUART WATKISS told us of his work with the young players and in April, JOHN ANDERSON told us of his career and his current involvement with North Ferriby United. As always, the season ended with the usual lunch.

Sponsorship this season was for the Juniors trip to Holland and the provision of an Honours Board for the Juniors base at County Road. The Senior Tigers are grateful for the invaluable help of both Chairmen - PAUL DUFFEN and ADAM PEARSON last season whilst SOPHIE HOUGH and CLARE HUNTER of the Events Team organised the meetings and lunches. We also thank MATT CARRINGTON for our regular notes in the programme and our own BILL SHIRLEY for his help with the PA system. Thanks also go to MARGARET OWEN and MAUREEN RIDSDILL for helping the ladies of the Committee with the refreshments.

Thank you to all our members for your continued support at meetings and to all the members of the Committee for their help. I hope we can keep up the standard this season.

Gordon Towse August 2010


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2008/9

For the first ever season in the Premier League for the Tigers, the Senior Tigers had a really successful season with well attended meetings and membership up to almost our limit.

We began in September with JOHN KAYE as our guest, followed by LlNTON BROWN in October. November saw SHAUN RUSH telling us all about the work of the Conditioner, with the usual Christmas Lunch in December when PAUL DUFFEN, PHIL BROWN and BRIAN HORTON were our guests. In January, NICK BARMBY was our first guest from the current playing squad. February brouqht the visit of BOB SHAW, who as Chief Scout, told us about the search for new players. In March, one of the "Great Escape" team, JUSTIN WHITTLE, gave us an insight into his career, before a packed Sports Bar in April had an excellent afternoon with PHIL BROWN. The season ended with the usual end of season lunch.

This season we were unable to afford kit sponsorship due to the high cost, but we did sponsorship of the Juniors trip to Holland at Easter. The Senior Tigers could not function without the help of the Chairman, PAUL DUFFEN, the Events Team for organising the meetings and lunches, in particular KATH WILLlAMS and KATIE WEST. Our thanks also go to STEVE JORDAN for his PA announcements and MATT CARRINGTON for our regular programme notes. In addition, the help of our own BILL SHIRLEY with the PA system is invaluable.

The Senior Tigers could not be as strong as we are today without the continued support of the members, many of you have been with us since our formation almost 10 years ago.

Finally, I must thank the members of the Committee for their ever willing help. I hope you will all enjoy our meetings this season

Gordon Towse August 2009


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2007/8

The season got off to an excellent start, when new Tigers Chairman, Paul Duffen was tile guest for the September meeting. Peter Swann followed in October with his usual down to earth comments, then in November, Brian Horton have an interesting talk on his career. A very well attended Christmas Lunch had Paul Duffen, Phil Brown and Brian Horton as our guests.

Look North's Simon Clark was January's guest followed by Steve Parkin in February. March saw Luke Cash explaining the mysteries of Prozone with Dave Fraser standing in at short notice with David Bond for the April meeting. The end of season Lunch in May enabled us to make the presentation to ADAM PEARSON for his help and assistance to the Senior Tigers during his time as Chairman.

The Committee are extremely grateful to all our Speakers for so readily giving up their time to come to our meetings.

During the season the Senior Tigers sponsored the kit of Damien Delaney (later Ryan France), Nathan Doyle and Richard Garcia. We also subsidised the liquid refreshments at both lunches.

The season's meetings had a regular attendance for around 100 which was no doubt helped by the success of the Club on the field.

I must also thank Paul Duffen for his help behind the scenes, the Events team for help with meetings and lunches, Steve Jordan on the P.A. and Matt Carrington for our notes in the Matchday Programme.

To you the members thanks for your continued support, many of you have been with us since our formation in 1999, and lastly thanks to all The Committee members and Bill Shirley for their ever ready help.

I hope you will enjoy the meetings this season.

Gordon Towse August 2008


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2006/7

We began a new season of meetings with Johnny Whiteley who got us off to a good start with a very interesting talk. Brendan Smurthwaite and Danny Pratt helped us out in October at very short notice, for which we were very grateful. November saw the visit of Peter Skipper with David Bond asking the questions. December was our usual well attended Christmas lunch.

The New Year began with goalkeeping coach, Mark Prudhoe entertaining us and showing his collection of jerseys. In February, we learnt all about the Youth set up from Billy Russell and Roy Greenwood gave us an excellent talk in March. April saw the visit of Leigh Palin, with the season ending in May with the usual lunch.

During the season the Senior Tigers sponsored the kit of Damien Delaney, Darryl Duffy, and Sam Ricketts and made the usual donation towards the cost of the Juniors visit to Holland at Easter.

The season's meetings were all well attended, despite the performances on the pitch being erratic to say the least.

As usual, I must thank Adam Pearson for his behind the scenes help, the Events Team for arranging the meetings and lunches, all our guests for their time to come and speak to us, Steve Jordan on the P.A. and Matt Carrington for the programme notes.

Finally, to you the members for your continued support and interest in the meetings and to all members of the Committee and Bill Shirley for all their help.

I hope you will enjoy our meetings this season.

Gordon Towse August 2007.


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF SEASON 2005/6

Our season opened in September, when TERRY DOLAN gave us an insight into his role of a referee's assessor. Then in October SIMON MALTBY explained his role as the Tigers Physio, to be followed in November by BOB DENNISON who spoke about his career. 2005 was brought to a close by the usual Christmas Lunch.

2006 got off to a flying start with our largest attendance to date, to hear DAVID BURNS of Radio Humberside speak about his life behind the microphone. MALCOLM LORD was a welcome guest in February followed by MIKE BOWERING in March. April also saw a good attendance for ANDY DAVIDSON's visit and the season closed with an excellent end of season lunch.

During the season we helped with sponsorship of three players kit (and as usual two of them left during the season) and the usual Juniors trip to Holland also Neil Mann's sponsored walk. In addition we provided the wine and fruit juice at the lunches. I cannot close without expressing thanks to the following:-

  1. Adam Pearson who's behind the scenes help is invaluable.
  2. Adrian Hunter and Claire Hunter from the Events Team for their help in arranging meetings and lunch arrangements.
  3. Our Guest Speakers who have provided us with entertainment throughout the season.
  4. Steve Jordan for the P.A. announcements and Matt Carrington for the programme notes.
  5. To you the members for your attendance and interest.
  6. My personal thanks for all the Committee members and to Bill Shirley (our sound engineer) who have all helped behind the scenes.

I hope you all will enjoy this season's programme of meetings.

Gordon Towse August 2006


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF 2004 AND JANUARY TO MAY 2005

We began in January 2004 with a visit from Neil Mann who helped us out as a last minute stand in, followed in February by Colin Murphy who gave a very interesting and different talk - until he ran out of time. March saw the visit of Ian McKechnie who had the members very amused and then we heard from Alex Burgess in April all about Radio Humberside and the commentaries.The first half of the year ended with a very successful lunch in May.

When our programme resumed in September, John Cooper regaled members with the behind the scenes stories of the pop concerts - particularly Elton John. Neil Thompson covered his career for the October meeting and John Hose explained his duties as Safety Officer in November. The traditional Christmas lunch brought 2004 to a close in December.

Following the Committee's decision to make our year match the football season, the period under review now covers to May 2005.

Ken Houghton got 2005 off to a rousing start when he paid us a visit in January whilst February saw the return visit, as promised, from Colin Murphy who again enlightened us with his different look at football and the Tigers in particular. In March, a new double act appeared when David Bond and Jeff Barmby told us all about the ex-Tigers. April saw the visit of Brendon Smurthwaite who explained the media background to the club. To end the season, following the news of our promotion, May saw a celebratory end of season lunch.

We are pleased to have been able to help with the kit sponsorship of three players and to help with the Junior teams visit to Holland. In addition the Committee have provided the wine and fruit juice at all the lunches. We have also purchased our own P.A. equipment for use at our meetings. Alan our Treasurer will explain any items on our balance sheet when he follows me.

The Senior Tigers owe a debt of gratitude to many people who have helped to make the Senior Tigers the success it has turned out to be. Who would have thought we would still be going in 2005 when we began in 1999?

I must thank the following:-

  1. Adam Pearson without whom the Senior Tigers would not have flourished. His assistance is very much valued.
  2. James Wood and the staff at FNC for their help in arranging meeting rooms and lunch arrangements.
  3. All our Guest Speakers who have so willingly agreed to come and speak at our meetings.
  4. Steve on the P.A. for announcements of our meetings and Matt for finding space in the programme for our notes.
  5. To you the members who have regularly attended our meetings in such numbers that the Whiteley suite was no longer large enough. With your support it makes it all worth while.
  6. Finally my personal thanks to all the members of the Committee who have helped behind the scenes and at the meetings.

Let us hope we shall again have another successful series of meetings during the present season.

Gordon Towse August 2005


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2003

This report covers our fourth year and the inaugural year at the K.C.

The move from Boothferry Park to the K.C. was traumatic to say the least, but very quickly everyone seems to have settled to life at our new home.

Because of the move, we were not able to arrange a meeting in January, but we got off to a good start in February when we welcomed. Stan McEwan as our first guest speaker to be followed in March by Chris Chilton(Part 1). To compensate for the loss of January, a lunch and stadium tour was held in March which proved very successful. Another Tigers favourite, John Hawley, addressed the April meeting whilst the then physio Mick Mathews spoke in May. After our summer break, we restarted with a visit from Shaun McCrae, who spoke about his Rugby League career. Then it was Chris Chilton(Part 2) in October and Chris Simpkin in November before it was time for Christmas lunch again. With Adam Pearson and Peter and Jenny Taylor as our guests, we had an enjoyable meal with a good attendance of members and their guests.

With the move to the K.C., the committee increased the members subscriptions to £7 for 2003, which will remain the same for 2004, and the extra revenue, improved takings from the raffle and the generously donated prizes, enabled us to increase our sponsorship. We have sponsored the kit of Damien Delaney, Paul Musselwhite, Justin Whittle and Ryan Williams to the tune of £350 and the Hull City Girls teams waterproof tops for £250. We were also able to provide the wine on the tables at the Christmas lunch. As usual Alan, our Treasurer, has produced a Balance Sheet which shows how we spent the funds, and he will be pleased to answer any questions.

To conclude, I must thank the following:-

  1. Adam Pearson for his assistance with the facilities here at the K.C.
  2. Adrian Hunter and James Wood of F.M.C. for help with arranging the meeting rooms and particularly with the lunch arrangements to meet our financial demands.
  3. Our guest speakers who have been more than helpful in agreeing to come to the meetings and giving us an insight into their careers.
  4. Martyn Hainstock (P.A. announcer)for regular announcements of our events and Rob Smith for our regular notes in the match programmes.
  5. To you the members who have attended our meetings so regularly, with average attendances over 80 and a current membership of ••••••
  6. Finally, my thanks to all members of the Committee for their willing help at all times.

Here's to what we hope will be the conclusion of a successful season.

Gordon Towse (Chairman) January 2004


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF 2002

This report covers the third year of our existence and the final season at our Bootnferry Park home.

The first meeting of the year had Dave Moore, the then Assistant Manager as our speaker giving details of his career. In February, John Cooper spoke on the new stadium whilst John Holmes gave members the views of the Commercial department. Ex-player, Manager and Secretary, Tom Wilson was the speaker to a very good audience in March. April was outing time with a visit to the Senior Blades of Sheffield United and the opportunity to enjoy a meal with them as well as attending their meeting. Hopefully, we will be able to return the compliment to them now we are at the K.C. stadium, although not at £6 for a three course lunch!

We resumed in September with Paul Haggath of the stadium consultants, Drivas Jonas, outlining the plans for the K.C. stadium. Popular ex- player, Garreth Roberts entertained a large audience in October, before James Wood and Adrian Hunter of S.M.C provided details of the corporate entertainment facilities in the K.C. stadium in November. Our final get together of the year was our Christmas lunch in the Business Club with Adam Pearson and Peter and Jenny Taylor as our guests. This well attended lunch saw the end of the Senior Tigers at Boothferry Park. The committee would like to thank the management of the club for the free use of the Tigers club as our meeting place since our inception.

The committee also assisted the Club with our very successful stall at the final Open Day at Boothferry Park in August.

The year has seen average attendances of around 70 members, which has been good. Once again income from subscriptions and raffle proceeds have provided the means to sponsor kit for Justin Whittle and Laurie Dudfield and to subsidise the Christmas lunch and the visit to Sheffield. Alan, our Treasurer, has produced a Balance Sheet which shows how we have spent the funds and he will be pleased to answer any questions. Due to the move to the K.C. stadium, we were unable to arrange a meeting in January, but we have now fitted in a lunch and stadium tour here at the K.C. stadium, the date has had to be revised - it will now be Tuesday March 25th, 12noon for 12.30p.m. More details later. Once again I can say the Senior Tigers have continued to flourish and we have made many new friendships. Finally, my thanks to all members of the Committee for their willing help during the year.

Gordon Towse (Chairman)


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF 2000/2001

Following our successful inaugural year the Senior Tigers have now reached the end of year 2.

The year began with Mark Robinson giving his football and cricketing views in January to be followed in February with our first AGM, all the committee being re-elected, and a fun quiz. In March, our last minute stand ins, Mark Greaves and Neil Mann(that well known music hall act) kept us very well entertained with their talk and answers to members queries. Aprils meeting took the form of a visit to the Stadium of Light at Sunderland for a Stadium tour which proved interesting to members in the light of the new Super Stadium in Hull. We were able to meet up with the Sunderland Senior Supporters Association and forge a good friend ship for the future. At the last meeting before the summer break, John Cooper our Stadium Manager explained the problems of his job particularly in the difficult days of the "lock-outs". At this meeting I had the pleasure of introducing our new owner & Chairman Adam Pearson to the meeting.

After our summer break, we resumed in September with youth team coach Billy Russell addressing the meeting whilst in October PA announcer Martyn Hainstock spoke about his acting career in the TV soaps. David Bond gave a journalist's point of view to the November meeting and December saw our second Christmas lunch. This was held in the Business Club at Boothferry Park with some 70 members and guests present. We were pleased to welcome Adam Pearson, Brian Little and his wife Liz as guests to a lunch which everyone enjoyed even if it was a little cold.

The annual membership fee of £5 and the proceeds from the raffle represents our income and we have been able to sponsor kit for Mark Greaves, Neil Mann and Matt Glennon and to subsidise the Christmas lunch. Alan our treasurer has produced a balance sheet which will show how we made use of our funds. Alan will be pleased to answer any questions you may have in a moment.

I should like to thank the football club for the use of the Tigers Club for our meetings and Gallaway Electronics for the use of their PA equipment. Thanks also go to all members of the committee for their time and efforts to make the Senior Tigers Club function. With further meetings planned for 2002. I feel I can say the Senior Tigers is continuing to flourish and many friendships have been made.

Gordon Towse (Chairman)


SENIOR TIGERS - REVIEW OF FIRST YEAR 1999/2000

The Senior Tigers was created by the football club as their Contribution to the ITV Year of Promise. It was launched at the home game with Exeter City on 4th December 1999, when seat tickets were made available to Senior Citizens free of charge.

There was a great response for membership and a volunteer/volunteered committee of 8, consisting of match day workers for the club and long serving pass holders, was brought together. The Committee and the club then made plans to launch the club.

The inaugural meeting took the form of a lunch held on the 3rd February 2000 and hosted by the club. From then onwards the Committee took over and have arranged subsequent meetings.

In March we had the pleasure of listening to John McGovern's frank views on his football career. April saw a different approach when our PA announcer Martyn Hainstock presented a fun quiz which proved very popular. The final meeting before the summer break had John Davies speaking on his work with the school of excellence and football in the community, proved very enlightening.

Summer over, we restarted in September with a visit from Mike Morris from Radio Humberside who spoke about the stations involvement with local sport. October was very successful with Stadium manager John Cooper and Acting Chief Superintendent Paul Cheeseman of Humberside police giving an insight into match control and I'm sure everyone found the opportunity to visit the control room very interesting. October saw our first outing when we took a party of 48 members to the McAlpine Stadium at Huddersfield to view the facilities. This provided very popular and we hope to arrange a further ground visit during the spring of this year.

Novembers meeting brought ex-player Steve Moran to give an insight into his career. The final meeting of 2000 was a Christmas Lunch when the Committee invited members of the Club as an appreciation of the help given to the Committee in arranging the Senior Tigers events.

Last month saw the visit of cricketer Mark Robinson to round off the first year of Senior Tigers.

The annual membership fee of £5 covers each calendar year from January to December. Anyone who has not yet renewed, please do so today as the membership fee is our main source of income. The monthly raffle has proved popular with many prizes being donated, and the profits have given us the opportunity to sponsor the training of Mark Greaves (£50) and to donate £100 to John Davies Football in the Community and £25 to the Radio Humberside Hospice Appeal.

Alan our treasurer, has produced a balance sheet which will show you all how we have made use of our funds. Alan will be pleased to answer any questions in a moment.

Finally it is the fervent hope that we the Senior Tigers Club will continue to go from strength to strength and we hope members will enjoy the programme of meetings in the months ahead.

I should like to thank the Football club for their assistance in the administration of Senior Tigers and also for the use of these facilities for our meetings. Thanks also to all the committee members for all their work to make the Senior Tigers a success.

Gordon Towse (Chairman)