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McCann Excited To Have Fans Back

22 July 2021

Head Coach Grant McCann cannot wait to welcome supporters back to the MKM Stadium.

This weekend’s pre-season friendly against League Two side Mansfield will be the first home match Hull City fans have been able to attend since February 2020.

And after 17 months, the boss is excited to see the black and amber faithful finally return home.

“We’re buzzing to see our fans again,” said McCann.

“The new lads – and even the players we signed last year – haven’t seen our fans yet.

“It’ll make such a difference having fans back in the stadium after a difficult 18 months or so for everyone.

“It was a tremendous shame they didn’t see us last season, but hopefully we can have another good season this year – with our fans with us every step of the way.

“Our home form is going to be key for us this year and the fans will play a massive part in that.

“We’re delighted fans will be back supporting us at the MKM Stadium this weekend and it’ll be great to see fans at both games.”

McCann will split his squad for the friendlies against Mansfield at 12 noon and away to Scunthorpe at 3pm.

Explaining the rationale behind playing two games on the same day, and on the pre-season plans as a whole, McCann said: “A lot of our friendlies last season took place in-house due to Covid, but it was actually really beneficial because you can control what you want to do with the players.

“The intensity in the 11 v 11s at the training ground is at a much higher level than you get on a matchday, and we’ve built the players up gradually to this point.

“On Tuesday, we played three 30-minute games with a seven-minute break in between, in the blistering heat. The lads covered between 14-15km, which is a lot higher than on a normal matchday.

“The boys have worked really hard at the training ground and everyone is ready to go and play 90 minutes.

“Playing the two games allows everyone to play a full 90 and we believe the way we’ve done things will put us in a really good place for the first game.”

 

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Tickets for both of this weekend’s friendlies remain on sale. Members can use their TeamCard points to purchase tickets for the Mansfield match. Scunthorpe tickets must be purchased from them in advance.

Memberships are also on sale now ahead of the new season and guarantee a seat for every home league fixture, while offering a range of other benefits.


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