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DAD & LAD SUPER FANS; Hull City-mad father Ian and son Tom give their verdict on the footballing week.


BACK in 1983, at the tender age of 14, I set out to my first away game on my own. A Simon Gray special took us to the delights of Spotland, Rochdale.

So after much pressure from Tom, combined with a broken hand, a bout of man flu (enough to kill a woman!), not liking Hillsborough, and some general football apathy, I agreed to let him do the same last weekend. Albeit he had to pay for himself!

I stayed at home, constantly texting Tom, listening to Sky and the local radio. I may as well have gone, no use to anyone else at the time, lost in a world of my own.

man flu and mood swings I felt his joy at going ahead, anguish at trailing, and joy again with a late equaliser. Only fans can understood the mood swings.

Tom said he had a great day but would like to go with me on his next away-day. Not sure if he was feeling sorry for me or whether it was the fact he'd had to pay his own way. Meanwhile Lionel Messi signed a new contract worth about PS500k a week with a buyout clause of 700million euros. If only some of this would filter down to the fans a bit more.


LAST week I went to my first Hull City away game on my own, finally! Sheffield Wednesday away, and my mate Will and I, boarded coach 5 of Tiger Travel.

It must have been the earliest we'd ever gone into the ground with the huge lack of anywhere for us away fans to go.

The game was fairly dull. However going into half-time with a 1-0 lead and looking the much better side, we could but hope. As Hull fans though, we could only expect us to lose it again like we have done many times this season. Sure enough, Gary Hooper struck twice to crush our hopes of three points and it looked as if we were going home empty-handed.

That was until Michael Dawson 'struck' (it was more of a shin roller) in the 96th minute - only half of our fans were still there!

It also wasn't enough for our manager Leonid Slutsky, who lost his job. We went back to our bus only to find out, just like City, it had broken down!

I suffered man flu and mood swings Only half our fans saw us equalise

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2017
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