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The irony and timing is almost perfect… Today, an FA delegation gather a long goal-kick away from Griffin Park to celebrate the memory of Ebenezer Cobb Morley, the man who is regarded as the father of both the Football Association itself and of modern football. They are there to respect the game’s heritage and traditions.

And where was Ebenezer born I hear you all ask…. at 10 Garden Square, Princess Street, in the CITY of Hull… He lived there for over 20 years before moving to Barnes in 1858, where he formed the Barnes Club, who were a founding member of the FA in 1862. Perhaps they would be called Thames Tigers today?

Perhaps, straight after patting themselves on the back for thoughtfully respecting one of their forefathers, the FA big-wigs should get straight on the blower and be somewhat less respectful to Assem Allam, the current Hull City owner, who is currently trying to meddle with the fabric of the game and pimp the club’s name to some ill conceived ‘sixth-form’ marketing experiment by renaming the club Hull Tigers. In addition, Allam told fans who protested against the change that as far as the is concerned, they can “die as soon as they want and leave the club to the majority who want to watch good football“.

Interestingly, QPR owner Tony Fernandez – a man who has had no qualms about the notion of buying success – believes that Allam and also the Cardiff owner Vincent Tan have got it completely wrong by not listening to the views of the fans.

Fernandez said “Although they may not physically own the club, the fans are part of the club. Without them there is no club, so I think their views have to be taken into consideration.

“I’d love to change (the kit) to red but we bought a club that’s blue, so we’ll stick with blue.

“I think QPR is a unique name but it’s like buying Harrods, why do you want to change it?”

Quite what Ebenezer would have made of today’s game would be fascinating to know but uncertain, however, one thing is for sure, the legacy of one of Hull’s most famous sons is astonishing. A legacy that should be protected by the game’s governing body from owners who care more for their own egos than the traditions of our great game.

Dave Lane