Hull City Mad

Last updated : 03 July 2009 By Andy Beill
"Stick the Campbell money on this little beauty, Mr. Chairman"

As first leaked on the message board, City's new sponsors were revealed to be Tiger Beer Comet Thomas Cook Pepis Bar totesport (with a small "t" for some reason) at a press conference on Tuesday.

The 2-year deal is worth a 7-figure sum to City. Just don't go letting Browny put it all on the gee gees.

The annual stripes versus amber shirts debate was settled with the launch of the new shirt which is neither one nor the other.

The away kit, meanwhile, is "fusion" coloured, which apparently is the term for "horribly bright blue." Beautifully modelled by Jimmy Bullard for publicity photos, it will only be genuinely required once this season - Wolves away at the end of August, a game Bullard probably won't play in.

This number from Phil Brown's wardrobe was apparently Umbro's inspiration
This number from Phil Brown's wardrobe was apparently Umbro's inspiration

Paul Duffen is expecting the club to sell 50,000 new shirts. We expect the club won't.

With the transfer window now officially open, players could be on their way out as well as in. Sam Ricketts is rumoured to be interesting Portsmouth. Michael Turner might be a better target for them; at times he looked like the only player playing last season and if he joins Portsmouth he might well be.

Reports link City with Scott McDonald, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and anybody else surplus to Celtic's requirements when they sign Marc Antoine Fortuné. They're wide of the mark though, according to Phil Brown. And that from the man who signed Manucho!

Two surprisingly sensible announcements were made by the club:
- Hull area code phone numbers have replaced the 0870 numbers used for the past 7 years.
- Children's replica shirts will not have the new gambling firm sponsoring the club's logo on them.

Too right.

Win tickets to see Justin Whittle, Garry Parker, Duane Darby et al pull on the black and amber once again for the Masters tournament.

Breaking news last Friday which didn't make it into last week's Hull City Mad was the sell-out of gnomes in the club shop. In a disturbing news report in the Hull Daily Mail about fans taking their gnomes on holiday and to meet other ceramics, a Tiger Leisure sales assistant was quoted as saying: "It was madness. Some people wanted more than one."

We believe "more than" was a misprint.

From the message boardDean785: We sold out of the first batch and now they have the wrong kit on

After the bout of common sense suffered by the club, measures are taken to restore normal practice. It's decided that music will be played after every goal (with Phil Brown giving us a quick burst of whatever he fancies on Steve Jordan's roving mic), stock of 50,000 Hull City gnomes is ordered in at Tiger Leisure, and Manucho signs in a 10-year deal.

Hull City MadThis week's "Hull City Mad" written by Andy Beill.
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