Son's appeal to Hull City crowd to honour his late dad
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. Jack has asked for this to happen in the 54th minute, as his dad sadly passed away at the age of 54 recently.
On his way to attend the game, Jack, who lives in the Pontefract area, said he had already been overwhelmed by the messages of support he had received. He said: “It’s been lovely reading all the messages of support from the hundreds of City fans across social media platforms."
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He added: “My dad, who was born and raised in Orchard Park, was a massive City fan all his life, all the way from Boothferry Park to the MKM. He took me to my first game at the then KC Stadium, and I had the honour 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.”
Andy suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on January 11 at his home in the Ackworth area of West Yorkshire. Jack said: “Despite the help of my amazing mum, Angela, myself, sister and amazing paramedics and ICU Pinderfields, my father sadly passed away on January 20, aged 54.
“Unfortunately this is also the birthday of my sister, Amy, a special bond she will share with my dad for the rest of her life. Me and Amy will be attending today, supporting both the Tigers and my dad. Also attending is my amazing partner, Alana Barlow, and my sister’s amazing partner, Joe Bennett. A win today would make the day even more special.”
Messages of support for Jack’s appeal included one from BBC Radio Humberside’s James Hoggarth, who said on X: “We're already allowing time on the show [this afternoon] to give this the mention that it deserves, Jack.”
Retired Humberside Fire and Rescue chief and Deputy Lieutenant of the East Riding Chris Blacksell said: “Deepest condolences Jack. I’ll be applauding on 54 minutes, hopefully along with the rest of the stadium.”
John Harrison, owner of Country Golf Hull, said: “My thoughts are with you Jack. No words will ease the pain. Will pay my respects along with the rest. Sending love pal!”
Many other people joined in sending their condolences, including a number of Millwall fans. One said: “I’m so sorry, mate. I’m sure all our fans will play their part.” Another Millwall supporter said: “Will get this shared round with all us Millwall.”
Aside from Hull City, Andy Coupland had other footballing passions in the local community where he lived. “Through his love of football and love of helping others, my dad set up an entire girls’ and ladies’ football team, Ackworth Girls FC.
“Before my dad, there was nowhere for women and girls of all ages to play football anywhere near us in the village. So, with his hard work and dedication, they now have over 190 girls and women playing football in the local community.
“My dad spent a lot of time getting Ackworth Girls to be an FA registered club, meaning they could finally get funding to buy equipment to help the girls better their skills and more importantly, make friends in the community.”