Hull fans’ group challenges Allam

first_img The company name has been already changed from Hull City AFC to Hull City Tigers and plans to change the name of the team are expected to be finalised early next year, although the FA would have to ratify any switch. Rule 3L in the Association’s rules states: “Any application for a change of playing name must be received by The Association before 1st April in any calendar year in order for it to be considered by Council for adoption in the following playing season. Council will use its absolute discretion in deciding whether to approve a change in a Club’s playing name.” The City Til We Die group are hoping that would mean an intervention and have accused Allam of not knowing the difference between the holding company and the football team. In a statement on its website on Monday night, the group said: “We remain puzzled that Dr Allam cannot distinguish between the name of his holding company and the football name of the club he owns. “Until he registers a new name with the Football Association, the club remains Hull City AFC. His belief that we are already called Hull City Tigers, a name ripe for shortening, is therefore spectacularly ill judged and erroneous. “Our group has already had extensive contact with key figures at the FA, and we anticipate they will take a dim view both of this announcement and of Dr Allam’s rubbishing of our club’s proud history at the meeting we had with him last week. “Let us be clear – Dr Allam CANNOT change the football name of the club without approval of the FA, who in turn require consultation with fans of the kind promised by Dr Allam when we met. By claiming we are now called Hull City Tigers, he has announced a new name and gone back on that promise – it took him 10 short days.” Allam met with the group, as well as other fans, 10 days ago to discuss the controversial move. Hull fans’ group ‘City Til We Die’ has challenged club owner Assem Allam over his continued plans to change the side’s name, telling him they believe the Football Association will take a dim view of any move. Press Association At the time, the talks were hailed as “essentially positive”, but Allam on Monday confirmed his plans to back his original idea. He said: “Having been deprived of opportunities to acquire the stadium freehold, which would have enabled us to create the infrastructure in the surrounding area, we will now need to focus on generating commercial income from elsewhere. “A shorter club name will hopefully enable us to do so, with a stronger, quicker marketing impact all over the world.” The statement went on to say that while Allam’s preference remains ‘Hull Tigers’, he will first ensure the financial benefits of making such a switch stack up. Allam also added he felt fans understood his need to generate new income streams, saying: “I believe the representatives at the meeting accepted that there is a wider issue at hand, in that we need to ensure the club can sustain itself through commercial income.” A statement released through the Premier League outfit by Allam on Monday night said he remained in favour of changing the club’s name from Hull City to Hull Tigers, despite protests from the fans. Allam has claimed that owing to the fact the club do not own their KC Stadium ground – the council do – that he has to find other income streams and believes that a ‘Tigers’ brand will be more marketable, having previously said he considers the word ‘City’ to be “lousy” and “common”. last_img read more

Marcus Stoinis slams highest-ever individual score in BBL

first_imgMelbourne: Melbourne Stars’ opener Marcus Stoinis rewrote history books on Sunday as he slammed his maiden century during his team’s Big Bash League (BBL) encounter against Sydney Sixers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Stoinis played an unbeaten cameo of 79-ball 147, which is now the highest individual score in BBL history.With the scintillating knock, he surpassed D’Arcy Short, who had a 69-ball unbetaen 122 two years ago.It was Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright (59) heroics which powered the Stars to mammoth 219/1 in the allotted 20 overs. The duo shared a 207-run partnership for the opening wicket to hand a perfect start to their side.Stoinis knock was laced with 13 boundaries and eight sixes.The 30-year-old will ply his trade for Delhi Capitals in the upcoming editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Soon after his blistering knock, the Delhi-based franchise were quick to take note of the right-hander’s heroics and tweeted: “Absolutely outrageous! Marcus Stoinis finishes with an unbeaten 147 off 79 balls, the highest ever individual score in BBL history.”Stoinis meanwhile, also leads the charts for leading run-getters in this year’s edition of BBL after amassing 331 runs from eight innings, averaging over 55. IANSAlso Read: BBL: Marcus Stoinis fined for making personal abuse at Kane RichardsonAlso Watch: Two Bike-Borne Miscreants loot cash Rs 4 lakh near United Bank of India in Digboilast_img read more

Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger joins FIFA as global development chief

first_img(REUTERS – Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been appointed as FIFA’s new chief of global football development, with the Frenchman set to oversee the growth of the sport plus technical matters, soccer’s world governing body said on Wednesday.The 70-year-old was recently linked with the Bayern Munich job following the sacking of Niko Kovac but said that while he was approached he was never a candidate for the job.Wenger will be the leading authority on technical matters on FIFA’s Football and Technical Advisory Panels involved in the International Football Association Board (IFAB) review and decision-making process on potential changes to the game’s laws.He will also be the chair of a technical study group.“I look forward to taking on this important challenge, not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA’s mission… is truly global,” Wenger said in the FIFA statement.“I believe that the new FIFA we have seen emerging in recent years has the sport itself at the heart of its objectives and is determined to develop the game in its many different components. I know I can contribute to this objective and will put all my energy into this.”Wenger will also focus on educating coaches and contribute to the development of an executive programme that will help former professionals enter management.Wenger left Arsenal in May last year after a reign of 22 years during which he redefined the Premier League club and became their most successful manager.He led the Gunners to three Premier League titles — including in 2003-04 when his ‘Invincibles’ team went unbeaten for an entire season — as well as seven FA Cups and took Arsenal into the Champions League for 20 years in a row.last_img read more

Margaret Holman, 97, Oxford: Nov. 11, 1917 – March 26, 2015

first_imgMargaret Holman, 97, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Joy Home in Oxford, KS.Margaret HolmanFuneral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 1 until 6 p.m., no family night is scheduled. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery.A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church in Oxford and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Margaret Lucille was born November 11, 1917 in Drumright, Oklahoma the daughter of Oliver and Sarah (Spray) Mastin. She graduated from Winfield High School. Margaret was united in marriage to Maurice Holman on May 26, 1934. She was a homemaker all her life. She enjoyed crocheting and needle work. Margaret also enjoyed listening to Fox News, and keeping up on politics and world news. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oxford.Margaret is survived by her grandchildren: Tammy Holman and Anthony Holman and wife Enya; and one great grandson, Jade Holman all of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son, Leslie Holman, a brother Ollie Mastin and two sisters, Opal Martin and Lena Cope.last_img read more