What’s in a name? For Hull City Association Football Club, it would seem that less is more—and that history doesn’t count for much.
Last week, Hull City co-owner Assem Allam announced that his team would from now on be known simply as the “Hull Tigers.” Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Allam lamented the old name, claiming that City is too common.
Maybe so, but in choosing to be known as the Tigers, Allam is putting his club in some pretty common company. Simply put, the Tiger is one of the most widely used nicknames in all of sports.
So while Allam might think he’s streamlining his club’s name, he’s really just fixing something that wasn’t broken. And considering the fact that Hull City have used the full, longer name since being founded in 1904, the change feels a bit insensitive to the club’s long history.
For that, we’re naming Allam our world football idiot of the week here at B/R. For more, watch the video above, then be sure to add your thoughts to the comments below.