Hull fans in name change protest

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HULL CITY fans angered by plans to rename the club took part in a “slow march” to the KC Stadium ahead of the home Premier League win over Norwich City.

The club’s return to the league has been overshadowed by the row following comments from owner Assem Allam in which he called the name Hull City “irrelevant” and said he disliked the name City because it was “common”.

The Egyptian-born businessman – who saved the club from financial meltdown when he took over in 2010 – also said he would personally prefer the club to be known simply as Hull Tigers.

The Association Football Club part, which has stood since the club’s formation in 1904, was removed from the business name at Companies House in the spring – leaving Hull City Tigers Ltd – but confusion has reigned since Dr Allam’s comments over what the football club will be called.

Fans are divided over the rebranding exercise. However on Saturday many marched from West Park gates in Anlaby Road to the stadium to voice their opposition.

Andy Dalton, editor of Amber Nectar said the name change was “unnecessary meddling”.

Match report: Sports Monday, Page 2.