FanaticHull editor Dan takes a look at our regions recent heroes and villains.
Hero: David Meyler. Despite being out of contract come the summer the Irishman has been fully committed to the City cause. He’s been left out, but didn’t sulk, and has come back into the team brilliantly, displaying all the fight and hunger we want to see from any player wearing a Hull City shirt.
Villain: After some fantastic results recently and Championship safety pretty much secured, there’s a realisation that further assets will no doubt leave the club come the end of the season, and whoever the manager is will see his squad dismantle quicker than L**ds United’s promotion campaign. The Villain? The Allams of course.
Hero: Kamil Grosicki. He’s took some deserved flack this season but his quality showed against Burton with two well taken goals. When he’s in the right frame of mind, there a few better larkers in the Championship.
Villain: When you consider City’s form of late, it does beg the question why they’ve been so shite at times this season. The contrast, for example, between the Birmingham away to Wolves away performances is so severe, it makes a post-defeat Neil Warnock meltdown look nothing out of the ordinary. Why is that? Well at Birmingham City looked they couldn’t care less. Against Wolves they looked like they were enjoying themselves. We all know the root cause to everything bad at the club, but the players cannot be blameless for the fact City have flirted with the relegation zone for most of the season. Apologists will blame protests, but in reality the villain once again is the Allams for creating the hostility that the fans have endured this season. Allam Out.
Hero: Abel Hernandez. He’s an absolute class act and City have been very fortunate to have him for the past few years. It’s an absolute necessity that Ehaw and his retched father keep him at the club.
Villain: And on that note, FanaticHull, like many other fed up fans sick of Ehab’s bullshit, just want to see proper concessions reinstated to the match-day pricing plan. Is it really that difficult? Or is the goal here just to alienate and piss off as many fans as possible? My money is on the latter.
Hero. City fans, as always. The away end at Burton was a cauldron of noise, and well before it became apparent that the Championship’s basement side were in for a good shafting. Refreshing, after what supporters of this club have had to put up with in recent years, and evidence that the Allams will not, despite their best efforts, succeed in breaking the supporters’ spirit. CTWD.
Villain: The Football League. Why not take further stance and be tougher against these repulsive tyrants taking the soul out of once proud football clubs? Blackburn. Blackpool. Sunderland. Hull City. The list goes on.
Hero: The loan kids. The less said about Michael Hector is probably for the best, but Fikayo Tomori and Ola Aina have showed signs of improvement as the season has endured. Great to see the former looking solid in City’s biggest away win since before Michael Dawson was born, and believe me, that’s a bloody long time ago.
Villain: The Sheffield Wednesday display. You just knew it had to happen. Very flat and not much going right. But City are staying up, providing a fuck up of Titanic-like proportions doesn’t occur.
Hero: To the rugby and there’s nowhere else to start but Hull FC star Josh Griffin. The flying in-form centre has hit top gear in the colours of the Airlie Birds now alright, and he was absolutely outstanding as they beat Widnes 39-20 on Thursday night. There was no stopping him as he made 228 metres and scored two tries in a Man of the Match display. Superb stuff.
Villain: I can’t talk about rugby league right now without having a rant. The game has so many issues. The officiating is a joke and the video ref is a farce. Take Thursday for instance, and Fetuli Talanoa being penalised for literally competing for a high ball. What’s he supposed to do? There are many more incidents like this and fans of all clubs feel the same. The games gone. If I wasn’t so devoted to one of the City’s rugby league clubs I’d have buggered off by now. The interpretations of the rules make it a laughing stock and Sky Sports don’t help the viewing experience. Get rid of Cummings, NOW. We’ll even have a whip round for his severance payment.
Hero: Shaun Lunt. The Rovers hooker is set to be out for three months after suffering a medial ligament injury in his knee. He put his hand up for the Robins cause in the Championship last season and deserves to be playing Super League week in, week out. Here’s to a speedy recovery. The same can be said for George Lawler.
Villain: The miserable sods still casting doubt over England’s mid-season test against New Zealand in Denver. For promotion, expansion and awareness of the game, especially in a country that is supposed to be hosting the World Cup in a few years time, this is an event that simply HAS to happen.
Hero: Last but certainly not least, Hull City Ladies. The Tigresses continued their surge towards promotion with another win, beating Chester-le-Street 1-0 on the road this Sunday afternoon. A penalty from Katie Thompson in stoppage time sealed the three points, with the girls just a handful of wins now from going up the women’s football pyramid. They face Brighouse on the 29th April, and FanaticHull urges everyone to get down to Hull University to support them. Admission is just £1 for pass holders of Hull FC, Hull KR and Hull City. Kids go free. Yep that’s right, there’s actually concessions available here.