Monsieur Salut writes: although we sometimes – OK, often – go back to familiar faces for the Who are You? series, we also search constantly for new blood. Kathryn Townsley, who chairs the Hull City Official Supporters’ Club, is a breath of fresh air with a terrific set of answers that work best if divided into two parts. Today, she reflects on the prospects for our clubs – prepare for some more gloomy thoughts on ours and who can blame her even though she offered her views before our humiliation at Cardiff? – and tomorrow, she’ll be back with some brilliant memories from four visits by her team to Wembley …
Best players you’ve seen in your colours?
I dare you to name the worst!
Sunderland: your thoughts on the club, the fans, the city and region, Chris Coleman?
Did you see our downfall coming?
Hand on heart, where will our two clubs finish this season?
The Niasse question: are the authorities finally getting to grips with diving or will players always try it on and blather about being “entitled to go down”?
Did your club benefit in any way from the UK city of culture year?
Will you be at our game? What will be the score?
Kathryn Townsley on herself: I’m a lifelong Hull City supporter – it’s in my genes. The first game I went to was with an ex boyfriend in the ’80s so when I was early 20s – and was at Boothferry Park where we drew against Shrewsbury Town – thank goodness as I was threatened with being sent to Shrewsbury if we’d have lost as I’d have been seen as a bad omen. I’d not been able to go to matches before that due to finances and where we lived / my parents business as we had a market garden and were busy working on weekends & we weren’t that near Hull.
Since then I got the bug for being at the game, rather than waiting for the videprinter on Grandstand, waiting for James Alexander Gordon to read the result on final score or listening to the match commentary on BBC local radio. I love the buzz. I love to hear the pounding of the football boots into the grass, the smack of the ball, the banter between the fans, that common bond you all have – the desire for your team to win.I’ve been a season ticket / membership holder for I don’t know how many years now and I will arrange my holidays abroad around games – we only have Sky Sports at home because I’m football mad, my other half has no interest in football, actually not really any interest in sport! It must be true what they say about opposites attracting.I’ve been involved with the Hull City Official Supporters Club for only the last three years – I volunteered to help whilst I was working away from home, and missed being part of a community. The OSC had some tasks that needed a hand which didn’t necessarily need to happen in / near to Hull – so it suited me. In July last year, I was chuffed to be voted chair.It’s hard work what we do, and as I say, we’re all volunteers and the majority of us work full time – but we’ve over the last year, we’ve held 2 x Meet the Player nights, with another one coming up later this month, we’ve raised over £3,200 for charities which have some connection to Hull City or their players, we’ve held a football tournament involving Ex Tigers, OSC members, our sponsors who are based in Iceland, been entertained by Dean Windass and other Ex players, produced 3 Tiger Mags – 40 page fan magazines, and hosted a KCOM Stadium tour.