With Christmas just five days away, we thought we would take a festive spin for this week’s Hull City fans panel.

We asked supporters to say which three City players they would invite round for Christmas dinner and their reasons why. See the priceless responses below.

Robert Witham (@RetroKid1966)

So Christmas is upon us and there is every reason to feel festive. The owners are building bridges, money is being made available for transfers and there is even a pursuit for the top six.

With that in mind, which three Hull City players (past or present) would I have over for Christmas Dinner?

Obviously I’d have to invite Ian Ashbee, captain supreme who guided us from the top to the bottom. Not a local lad like Nick Barmby or Dean Windass, but this City clearly has a special place in his heart.

Ian Ashbee of Hull City celebrates scoring the second goal at Oakwell
Ian Ashbee of Hull City celebrates scoring the second goal at Oakwell

A true character and leader, I remember Watford away back when he was suffering from a serious injury, there was reports he may even lose the ability to walk and would need holes drilling in his leg to stimulate the bones. Did he sit at home and worry? No. Ian Ashbee was sat next to me in the away end cheering on his teammates and signing everyone’s match programmes. I think that sums up everything about who Ian is, and he is the first choice.

The other option is my hero, Nick Barmby. I’m sure we’d have plenty to discuss about the club he supported since a boy, and I will always respect him for dropping multiple divisions in order to play for us.

He was clearly on another level and sometimes his team mates didn’t initially pick up on his magic, but they learnt from him and this inspired the performances that catapulted us through the leagues.

The last choice is the hardest, Dean Windass or Andy Dawson? I’ve met Andy and he is a top bloke, as soon as he noticed me and my dad had our City jackets on, he came over for a chat.

But Deano’s wonder goal at Wembley cements his place in City folklore and also my Christmas Dinner!

Lee Mills (@LLMILLSS1)

Tom Eaves because I think he is hilarious in those podcasts and his interview with David Burns was good. 

Reece Burke, so I can tell him to pull his finger out and score a bloody goal so we can win our bet.

The third place on my kitchen table goes to Jordy de Wijs, because he is the messiah. 

If I could bring a fourth, it would be Jarrod Bowen, on the basis that he brought his other half along too.

Jarrod Bowen of Hull City acknowledges the fans after the Championship match at Charlton Athletic
Jarrod Bowen of Hull City acknowledges the fans after the Championship match at Charlton Athletic

Sue C ( @1280sue)

Well that’s not such a hard question. Ryan Tafazolli, I mean, as a lady what is there not to like about Ryan.

Secondly, I think Josh Magennis. I suspect there is a bit of a joker there and a few laughs around the table wouldn’t go amiss. 

And finally, probably Tom Eaves. He and Josh make a great double act and having read stories about him, he just wants to get the most out of life.

Finally, I would like to wish all at Hull City Football Club, and the fans a very merry Christmas and a great New Year.

Josh Magennis of Hull City scores from the penalty spot
Josh Magennis of Hull City scores from the penalty spot

John Uzzell (@Uzzell01)

Well, it would have to be Kamil Grosicki, Kamil Grosicki and Kamil Grosicki.

It would be a Christmas miracle, I know, but then we would have the three kings.

Kamil Grosicki of Hull City brings the ball forward at Oakwell, Barnsley
Kamil Grosicki of Hull City brings the ball forward at Oakwell, Barnsley

David Batte (@hullcity_pfa)

The three I would pick are: 

Tom Eaves – I have met him briefly once, a real funny, lively guy who will be the joker in the pack and make the meal go with a laugh. 

Jon Toral - A bit of Spanish sunshine around table. He’d be ideal for the festive Satsumas and Seville oranges. No crackers for Jon in case he pulls anything else. 

George Long - Safe hands. Quick off the mark with great distribution, ideal for carving up and passing out the veg and treats. Always quick to show his appreciation too. 

Hopefully Santa Ehab will call by with a new signing or two in tow.

Hull City goalkeeper George Long before match against Preston North End

Jamie Cowperthwaite (@jcthwaite)

My Christmas dinner is with the in-laws so I would have to choose players who have a thick skin, enjoy bickering at the dinner table and who don’t mind inappropriate comments, occasional wind and facts that aren’t facts but are presented in such a way that they become facts.

First up would be Jackson Irvine as he would inevitably turn up in board-shorts and flip-flops so our Christmas photos would look ‘exotic’.

Second would be Norbert Balogh because, much like Father Christmas, I don’t actually believe he’s a real person.

Hull City striker Norbert Balogh
Hull City striker Norbert Balogh

Finally, I would invite Jarrod Bowen, who I would lock in the shed until the end of the January transfer window!

Merry Christmas to all fellow City fans!

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