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Government rejects Dean Windass statue plea

586 people signed a petition on the 10 Downing Street website demanding a statue of Hull City icon Dean Windass be erected in Hull.

Today, the Government said no, using such typically bureaucratic phrases that it’s guaranteed to make your eyes glaze over.

This was the wording of the petition, started by Jonathan Crumpton:

“For the people of Hull, Deano Windass is a living legend. For the past 15 years Deano, as he is affectionatly known by his fans, has graced the turf for many football teams in the north of England becoming an instant fan favourite. However he is not adored as much as he is by his home time fans of Hull City. Scoring goals and more goals for every club he has played for, Deano is considered one of the finest strikers to have played in the Football League in the past decade. In Hull he is a hero to all football fans and is still performing at a high level even at the tender age of 38. A great example to all youngsters for is hard work, self preservation, attitude and joy of the game. For these reasons I feel we should commemorate his hard work and achievements upon a plinth. Every Hullensian would welcome this and feel it due. So come Tigers, sign up!.”

And here, zzzz, is the Government’s response:

“Statues and memorials are not normally sponsored by central Government but usually result from private initiatives.  The promoters of a statue or memorial can achieve their aims by setting up a Charitable Trust, identifying a site and commissioning a designer, raising the necessary finance and obtaining the appropriate consents from the relevant planning authorities.”

So, that’s that sorted – who’s up for setting up a Charitable Trust to get a Deano statue?


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Dean Windass banned from blogging

A bit late but I just noticed this announcement on the ITV website from last month that Hull City have banned Dean Windass from continuing his blog for them.

Dean’s loan spell at Oldham has now been terminated and he has returned to Hull where he will be concentrating on coaching the club’s youngsters and playing for the reserves.

Sadly his deal to return to the KC Stadium stated he could no longer continue with his media work which means there will be no further updates to this blog. But stay tuned for an announcement of a new blogger.

Probably for the best, since it seemed to the cause of the fall-out between him and Phil Brown. But it’s a shame that the one footballer who was actually honest in his comments, rather than issuing the same old tired cliches, has been told to shut up.

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Could Dean Windass score the goal that keeps Hull City in the Premier League?

Dean Windass scored the goal that took Hull City to the Premier League – could he repeat the trick and keep us there?

Windass, though back at Hull City playing for the reserves and travelling with the first team to games, is still of course registered with Oldham Athletic until the end of the season.

However, the Latics have stumbled badly since Christmas and are now way off the promotion picture, eight points off Scunthorpe United in the last play-off spot having played two games more.

So it looks like Oldham’s season – and presumably Windass’ registration with them – will finish on May 2.

Hull City still have three games to play after that date – Stoke City at home, Bolton Wanderers away and Manchester United at home – and presumably 40-year-old Deano will thus be available for selection.

I say ‘presumably’ as there has been no official word on this on the club’s website, and the Football League rules online don’t say whether a season-long loan ends when the parent club’s season finishes or the receiving club.

Windass was way down the pecking order when at The Circle earlier this season, but with Marlon King gone, Daniel Cousin and Caleb Folan hardly unfamiliar with injuries, and the rift with Phil Brown seemingly healed, it seems almost certain he’d at least be on the bench for those crucial last three games.

Forget about Alan Shearer returning to Newcastle United – Deano back in the Hull City line-up would be the returning messiah moment of this season.

UPDATE With Hull City’s game at Aston Villa being moved to Monday, May 4 – after Oldham’s season finishes – it means Windass will presumably be available for this game too.

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