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Hull City’s strange, but successful, season

As the final whistle on Hull City’s 2011/12 season nears, you might expect fans to be rejoicing at one of the club’s most successful campaigns in a generation.

The previous nine months have seen many of the usual trials and tribulations – perhaps the most pressing of which was the departure of manager Nigel Pearson in November. His move threatened to seriously rock the boat and scupper the Tigers’ promising start to the season.

But City came through it – new gaffer Nick Barmby performed admirably in taking on a side he had not built and, with no prior experience … Continue Reading

We Are Going Up debut

This week I made my debut on the We Are Going Up podcast, discussing Nick Barmby taking on the manager’s job at Hull City.

You can hear my thoughts on Nick’s appointment, the departure of Nigel Pearson, and what it could all mean in the January transfer window here. The Championship section begins at the 20 minute mark, although there is plenty of interesting listening for all football fans – do check out the whole podcast.

Check out the excellent WAGU site here, and follow them on Twitter.

For more of my views on Barmby’s new role at the KC … Continue Reading

Radio Humberside: Talking JB, the JC and HCAFC

I was recently invited to appear as a guest on BBC Radio Humberside’s evening show.

Last week I joined presenter James Hogarth in the studio to discuss issues ranging from the rise of antisemitism in Britain to the fortunes of Hull City.

You can hear us discuss how the Jewish Chronicle represents British Jewry, why Jimmy Bullard’s days are numbered at the Tigers, and what happens when you wear a flat cap in London, here.

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Review of the week

It’s been a busy week with plenty going on at the Jewish Chronicle and on my Hull City Daring to Dream blog.

Here’s my review of the past seven days:

Saturday – City record an impressive 2-1 win at Watford, giving them a chance of sneaking into the play-offs by the back door. Read my match review here.

Tuesday – The Union of Jewish Students attack the election of two sabbatical officers linked to Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir at Westminster University Student Union.

UJS say their election is “unacceptable and deeply concerning”.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday – I blogged about … Continue Reading

A week is a long time in football…

Rarely is there a quiet week at Hull City these days.

The last seven days have seen plenty of action, both on and off the field.

I’ve written three blogs in the last 10 days, covering the departures of Kamil Zayatte and Jimmy Bullard for pastures new, as well as the battle facing Nigel Pearson to pick his best starting midfield.

You can read about Kamil here: http://daringtodream.footballunited.com/2011/01/18/au-revoir-kamil/

The blog on Jimmy, which went on to have the second highest single day hits of any of my Daring to Dream blogs, is here: http://daringtodream.footballunited.com/2011/01/27/ipswich-fans-dont-build-your-hopes-up/

And the midfield muddle piece here: http://daringtodream.footballunited.com/2011/01/25/stuck-in-the-middle-with-who/

With big games … Continue Reading

Daring to Dream – Hull City 2 – 0 Derby County

My latest blog from the Daring to Dream website, marking Hull’s 2-0 win over Derby at the KC Stadium, the match which saw the return of Jimmy Bullard:


Tony Blair – Lebanon war was fatal blow

My JC news story on Tony Blair’s memoirs – A Journey – and his recollections of how his support for Israel during the 2006 Lebanon war caused him substantial political damage and accelerated his departure as Prime Minister:


Daring to Dream – One in, one out

A new blog on Hull City’s deadline day activities: