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Minute’s Applause for Hull City Fan at Home Match against Millwall

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Minute's Applause For Hull City Fan At Home Match Against Millwall

An appeal has been made to honour a “massive Hull City fan” during today’s home match against Millwall. Jack Coupland put out a request on social media asking the crowd to take part in a minute’s applause in memory of his father, Andrew “Andy” Coupland. This tribute is scheduled to take place in the 54th minute, as Jack’s father sadly passed away at the age of 54 recently.

Jack, who resides in the Pontefract area, expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming support he had received, prior to attending the game. He shared, “It’s been lovely reading all the messages of support from the hundreds of City fans across social media platforms.”

Describing his father, Jack said, “My dad, who was born and raised in Hull, was a massive City fan all his life, from Boothferry Park to the MKM. He took me to my first game at the then KC Stadium, and I had the honor of taking him to his last game on Boxing Day against Sunderland. The result wasn’t the best, but being with my dad made it all worth it.”

Tragically, Andy suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on January 11 at his home in the Ackworth area of West Yorkshire. Despite the efforts of Jack’s mother, Angela, himself, his sister, and the incredible paramedics and ICU Pinderfields, Andy passed away on January 20 at the age of 54, coinciding with his daughter Amy‘s birthday. Jack and Amy will attend the match today to support both the Tigers and their father, alongside their partners, Alana Barlow and Joe Bennett. Jack added, “A win today would make the day even more special.”

The appeal for a minute’s applause has garnered support from various individuals, including James Hoggarth from Radio Humberside, who assured Jack of providing the recognition it deserves. Chris Blacksell, the Deputy Lieutenant of the East Riding and retired Humberside Fire and Rescue chief, conveyed his deepest condolences and expressed his intent to join the applause on the 54th minute along with the rest of the stadium. John Harrison, owner of Country Golf Hull, also offered his support, sharing, “My thoughts are with you Jack. No words will ease the pain. Will pay my respects along with the rest. Sending love pal!” Millwall fans also expressed their condolences and pledged to participate.

In addition to his love for Hull City, Andy Coupland dedicated himself to his local community. Jack explained, “Through his love of football and helping others, my dad established an entire girls’ and ladies’ football team, Ackworth Girls FC.” Prior to Andy’s involvement, there were no opportunities for women and girls of all ages to play football in their village. However, his dedication and hard work resulted in over 190 girls and women now playing football in the local community. Ackworth Girls FC became an FA registered club under Andy’s guidance, enabling them to secure funding for equipment and encouraging skill development while fostering friendships within the community.

Rachel Adams

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