Hull owners press on with bid to change name

ASSEM ALLAM: remains determined to press on with wish for name change at Hull City.
ASSEM ALLAM: remains determined to press on with wish for name change at Hull City.
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HULL CITY have written to the Football Association to confirm the club’s intention to re-brand ahead of next season.

Chairman Assem Allam has been locked in a bid to change the Premier League outfit’s name to ‘Hull Tigers’ since the start of 2013-14.

The FA Council initially rejected the controversial move, which led to protests from supporters, a little under a year ago but Hull challenged the decision and it was set aside last month.

That left the way open for the East Riding club to once again apply to alter its playing name in time for next term.

To do so, however, City had until yesterday to make clear that intent and a letter was formally delivered to the FA’s headquarters at Wembley on the club’s behalf during the morning.

It remains unclear if City will table their original application or submit fresh paperwork, but the decision will again hinge on the vote of the FA Council after consideration from the FA’s Membership Committee. In last April’s vote, the bid was rejected by 47 to 27.

Meanwhile, Rotherham United have extended the loan stay of Daniel Lafferty from Burnley until the end of the season. He has made four appearances for the Millers.

Huddersfield Town will again be without Harry Bunn in Saturday’s derby clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The 22-year-old, who has netted nine goals for the Terriers this term, has missed the last two games with a hamstring strain.

Manager Chris Powell had hoped to have Bunn back against the Owls but has now admitted: “We have to make sure he is right.”

Leeds United will hold a minute’s silence ahead of Saturday’s clash with Blackburn Rovers to mark the 15th anniversary of supporters, Kevin Speight and Christopher Loftus, being murdered on the eve of a UEFA Cup semi-final in Istanbul.

York City are hopeful of having Michael Coulson and Stephane Zubar for Saturday’s crunch relegation clash with Cheltenham Town.

The duo have missed the last two games but manager Russ Wilcox, who will be without suspended goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik, has revealed they will be back to face Gary Johnson’s side.