Hull City A.F.C.


Hull City A.F.C.

Infobox Football club
current = Hull City A.F.C. season 2008-09
clubname = Hull City |

fullname = Hull City Association Football Club | nickname = The Tigers | founded = 1904 | ground = KC Stadium
Kingston upon Hull
capacity = 25,404cite web
title = The Kingston Communications Stadium - Facts
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publisher = Kingston Communications
accessdate = 2007-06-01
] | chairman = flagicon|England Paul Duffen | manager = flagicon|England Phil Brown
Astst manager = flagicon|England Brian Horton| league = Premier League | season = 2007–08 | position = The Championship, 3rd
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Hull City Association Football Club are an English football club based in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire. They play in the Premier League, with the 2008–09 season being the first time in their history participating in the top tier of English football. Founded in 1904, the highest position Hull City have finished in the English Football League was 3rd in the old second division in 1909–10, a feat they repeated in 2007–08 when they gained promotion from The Championship by beating Bristol City 1–0 in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Their greatest achievement in cup competitions came in 1930, when the team reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The club play their home games at the KC Stadium in Hull. They previously played at Boothferry Park, but moved to their current home in 2002, with Boothferry Park set for demolition. They traditionally play in black and amber, often with a striped shirt design, hence their nickname "The Tigers". The club's mascot is Roary the Tiger.

History

Hull City Association Football Club was founded in June 1904. For some years prior to this, attempts were made to found a football club, but this proved difficult in a city then dominated by respectable rugby league teams such as Hull FC and Hull KR and their dedicated fans.cite web
title = 1904–1915: The Formative Years
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED91&id=30224
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-19
]

Hull City's first season as a professional football club consisted only of friendly matches, as due to the time of founding, Hull were unable to apply for membership to The Football League for the 1904–05 season.cite web
title = 1905–6 Part 1
url = http://www.rivals.net/default.asp?sid=959&p=2&stid=244701
publisher = City Independent
accessdate = 2007-07-24
] These early matches were played at The Boulevard, the old home of rugby league side Hull FC.cite web
title = History Of The Tigers
url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/History/0,,10338,00.html
publisher = Hull City AFC
accessdate = 2007-06-15
] On 1 September 1904, Hull's debut match took place against Notts County; with 6000 in attendance at The Boulevard, Hull notched up an impressive start, holding the more experienced County to a 2–2 draw.

Hull's first competitive football game was in the FA Cup, but they were eliminated, after a replay, in the preliminary round against Stockton, the score was 7–4 on aggregate. After disputes with landlords at The Boulevard, Hull City moved to Anlaby Road Cricket Ground. After having played 44 friendly fixtures the previous season, Hull City were finally entered into the Football League Second Division for the 1905–06 season.cite web
title = HULL CITY
url = http://www.fchd.info/HULLC.HTM
publisher = Football Club History Database
accessdate = 2007-06-15
] Other teams competing in the league that season included the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, as well as Yorkshire rivals Leeds City, Bradford City and Barnsley. Hull faced Barnsley in their first game, a fixture which Hull won 4–1.cite web
title = English Division 2 (old)
url = http://www.soccerbase.com/results3.sd?gameid=57680
publisher = Soccerbase
accessdate = 2007-07-20
] Eventually, Hull would finish the season in fifth place.

The following season a new ground was built for Hull City across the road from the cricket ground. Still under the managership of Ambrose Langley, Hull continued to finish consistently in the top half of the table. They came agonisingly close to promotion in the 1909–10 season, recording what would be their highest ever finish in their history. Hull finished third, level on points with second placed Oldham Athletic, missing promotion on goal average by the slim margin of 0.29 of a goal.

Mid-20th century

The club's greatest achievement in cup competitions was in 1930, when they reached the FA Cup semi-final.cite web
title = 1919–1939: Inter War Promise Not Fulfilled
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED91&id=30225
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] The cup run saw Hull knocking out the eventual Champions of the Second and Third Division; Blackpool and Plymouth Argyle respectively. They then knocked out Manchester City, to meet Newcastle United in the FA Cup quarter finals. The first leg at St James' Park finished as a 1–1 draw, but in the replay Hull beat Newcastle 1–0. The semi-final match against Arsenal took place at Elland Road in Leeds, the game ended 2–2, and was taken to a replay. Arsenal knocked Hull out at Aston Villa's home ground, the game ended 1–0.

In the 1948–49 season, managed by former England international Raich Carter, Hull won the Third Division (North),cite web
title = Final 1948/1949 English Division 3 North Table
url = http://www.soccerbase.com/league2.sd?competitionid=7&seasonid=78&teamid=1310
publisher = Soccerbase
accessdate = 2007-07-25
] and their newly built Boothferry Park ground saw a crowd approaching 50,000 for the Christmas Day game against Rotherham United, and exceeded by that for the FA Cup 6th round tie with Manchester United; the attendance of 55,019 still remains a record today.cite web
title = Boothferry Park
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED95&id=186699
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-14
]

'Yo-yoing' between the second and third tiers of English football, Hull City had promotion seasons from the Third to the Second Division again in 1959 and 1966, winning the Third Division in the latter season.cite web
title = 1939–1961: The Carter Era and Beyond
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED91&id=30226
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] cite web
title = 1961–1980: Rising under Britton then Decline
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED91&id=30228
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] Hull became the first team in the world to go out of a cup competition on penalties, which came against Manchester United in the semi-final of the Watney Mann Invitation Cup on 1 August 1970. [cite web | title = Shooting From The Hip | url = http://football.guardian.co.uk/news/theknowledge/0,9204,630747,00.html | accessdate = 18 May | accessyear = 2007 ] By the early 1980s, Hull City were down in the Fourth Division, and financial collapse lead to receivership.

The low ebb saw the arrival of unlikely looking saviours in the form of a chairman (Don Robinson) and manager (Colin Appleton) from the footballing outpost of Scarborough F.C. Promotion to Division Three followed in 1983, with a young team featuring the likes of future England international Brian Marwood, future England manager Steve McClaren, fearsome centre-forward Billy Whitehurst, and the prolific goal-scorer Les Mutrie. When Hull City missed out on promotion by one goal the following season, Appleton left to manage Swansea City.

Hull City, along with Grimsby Town were the only two professional teams which had official permission to play league football on Christmas Day because of the demands of the fish trade. That tradition has now disappeared following the dramatic reduction of their trawler fleets in recent years. [Cite web |url = http://www.fishupdate.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/6186/Grimsby_fish_market_to_open_over__festive_period.html | title= Grimsby fish market to open over festive period | publisher = FISHupdate.com | date = 21 December 2006 |accessdate = 2008-08-04]

Deterioration

Hull reached the Second Division in 1985 under new player-manager Brian Horton. They defied the odds to stay there for the next five years before finally going down in 1991, by which time the club's manager was Terry Dolan. Hull finished 14th in the Third Division in the 1991–92 season,cite web
title = Final 1991/1992 English Division 3 (old) Table
url = http://www.soccerbase.com/league2.sd?competitionid=7&seasonid=121&teamid=1310
publisher = Soccerbase
accessdate = 2007-07-20
] meaning that they would be competing in the new Football League Division Two the following season. In their first season in the rebranded division, Hull narrowly avoided another relegation, but the board kept faith in Dolan and over the next two seasons they achieved secure mid table finishes. Financial difficulties hampered City's progress, as key players such as Dean Windass and Andy Payton had to be sold to fend off winding-up orders.cite web
title = Club Profile
url = http://www.premierleague.com/page/hullcity/0,,12306~1324568,00.html
publisher = The Premier League
accessdate = 2008-06-07
] Terrible form in the 1995–96 season condemned Hull to relegation to Division Three.cite web
title = 1980–1997: Robinson the Saviour - Boring, Boring Dolan
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED91&id=30229
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-19
]

In 1997 the club was purchased by former tennis player David Lloyd, who sacked Dolan as manager and replaced him with Mark Hateley after Hull could only finish in 17th place in the table.cite web
title = Final 1996/1997 Football League Two Table
url = http://www.soccerbase.com/league2.sd?competitionid=7&seasonid=126&teamid=1310
publisher = Soccerbase
accessdate = 2007-07-20
] Hull's league form was steadily deteriorating to the point that relegation to the Conference was looking a real possibility. Lloyd sold the club in November 1998 to a South Yorkshire based consortium, but retained ownership of Boothferry Park.cite web
title = 1997–2000: Saved? and Future Prospects
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED91&id=30230
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] Hateley departed in November 1998, with the club anchored to the foot of the table. He was replaced by 34-year-old veteran player Warren Joyce, who steered the club to safety with games to spare. Hull City fans refer to this season as "The Great Escape".cite web
title = Following Tigers through thick and mainly thin finally pays off
url = http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/football/Following-Tigers-through-thick-and.4117591.jp
publisher = Yorkshire Post
accessdate = 2008-06-07
] After this feat, Joyce was perhaps unlucky to be replaced in April 2000 by the experienced Brian Little.

Little breathed new life into Hull and managed to get good results out of the players, despite briefly being locked out of Boothferry Park by the bailiffs and with liquidation looking a real possibility. Hull qualified for the Division Three playoffs in the 2000–01 season, losing in the semi-finals. A boardroom takeover by former Leeds United commercial director Adam Pearson had eased the club's precarious financial situation and all fears of closure were banished.

Recent success

The new chairman ploughed funds into the club, allowing Little to rebuild the team. Hull occupied the Division Three promotion and playoff places for much of the 2001–02 season, but Little was sacked two months before the end of the season and Hull slipped to 11th under his successor Jan Mølby.

Hull began the 2002–03 season with a terrible start, which saw relegation look more likely than promotion, and Mølby was sacked in October as Hull languished fifth from bottom in the league. Peter Taylor was named as Hull's new manager and in December 2002, just two months his appointment, Hull relocated to the impressive new 25,400-seater Kingston Communications Stadium after 56 years at Boothferry Park.. At the end of the season Hull finished 13th.

The two seasons which followed the opening of the new stadium were hugely successful. Hull were Division Three runners-up in 2003–04 and League One runners-up in 2004–05. These back-to-back promotions took them into the Championship, the second tier of English football.cite web
title = Final 2003/2004 Football League Two Table
url = http://www.soccerbase.com/league2.sd?competitionid=7&seasonid=133&teamid=1310
publisher = Soccerbase
accessdate = 2007-07-25
] cite web
title = Final 2004/2005 Football League One Table
url = http://www.soccerbase.com/league2.sd?competitionid=7&seasonid=134&teamid=1310
publisher = Soccerbase
accessdate = 2007-07-25
] The 2005–06 season, the club's first back in the second tier, saw Hull finish in 18th place, a comfortable 10 points clear of relegation and their highest league finish for 16 years.cite web
title = Final 2005/2006 Football League Championship Table
url = http://www.soccerbase.com/league2.sd?competitionid=7&seasonid=135&teamid=1310
publisher = Soccerbase
accessdate = 2007-07-25
]

However, Taylor left the club on 13 June 2006 to take up the manager's job at Crystal Palace. Phil Parkinson was confirmed as his replacement on 29 June 2006,cite news
title = Parkinson confirmed as Hull boss
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hull_city/5129748.stm
publisher = BBC Sport
date = 2006-06-29
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] but was sacked on 4 December 2006 with Hull in the relegation zone,cite news
title = Hull part company with Parkinson
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hull_city/6206666.stm
publisher = BBC Sport
date = 2006-12-04
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] despite having spent over £2 million on players. Phil Brown took over as caretaker manager, and took over permanently in January 2007, having taken Hull out of the relegation zone.cite news
title = Hull unveil Brown as new manager
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hull_city/6228967.stm
publisher = BBC Sport
date = 2007-01-04
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] Brown brought veteran striker Dean Windass back to his hometown club on loan from Bradford City,cite news
title = Hull capture Windass in loan deal
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hull_city/6270951.stm
publisher = BBC Sport
date = 2007-01-17
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] and his eight goals helped secure Hull's Championship status as they finished in 21st place.cite news
title = Deano's Back!
url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10338~1054827,00.html
publisher = Hull City AFC
date = 2007-06-19
accessdate = 2008-02-08
] At the end of the season, another familiar face, former manager Brian Horton, rejoined the club as Phil Brown's assistant. [cite web | title = Brian's Back | url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/0,,10338~1028919,00.html | accessdate =19 June | accessyear = 2007 ]

Chairman Pearson sold the club to a consortium led by Paul Duffen in June 2007, stating that he "had taken the club as far as I could", and would have to relinquish control in order to attract "really significant finance into the club". [cite web | title = Statement from Adam Pearson | url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/0,,10338~1034818,00.html | accessdate =11 June | accessyear = 2007 ] He resigned from the board on 31 July 2007, thus severing all ties with the club.cite news
title = Pearson quits City board
url = http://www.sporthull.co.uk/football/hull_city/tigers_news/displayarticle.php?ID=1755
publisher = Hull Daily Mail
date = 2007-07-31
accessdate = 2007-07-31
]

Under Paul Duffen and manager Phil Brown Hull City improved greatly on their relegation battle of 2006–07 and qualified for the play-offs after finishing the season in third. They beat Watford 6–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals and played Bristol City in the final on 24 May 2008, which Hull won 1–0 at Wembley Stadium, with Hull native Dean Windass scoring the winning goal.cite news
first = Phil
last = McNulty
title = Hull 4–1 Watford (agg 6–1)
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7393756.stm
publisher = BBC Sport
date = 2008-05-14
accessdate = 2008-05-24
] cite news
first = Phil
last = McNulty
title = Bristol City 0–1 Hull
url = http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7416502.stm
publisher = BBC Sport
date = 2008-05-24
accessdate = 2008-05-24
]

Their ascent from the bottom division of the English football league to the top in just five seasons is the third fastest ever.cite web
title = The wait ends for Lyon and Hull
url = http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/statisticsandrecords/news/newsid=780472.html?cid=rssfeed&att=
publisher = FIFA
date = 2008-05-28
accessdate = 2008-05-29
]

Colours and crest

Football kit box
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Throughout the majority of the history of the club, Hull have worn black and amber shirts with black shorts. These black and amber colours are where Hull's nickname, "The Tigers", originated from. However, in the club's first match against Notts County in 1904, white shirts were worn, with black shorts and black socks. During their first season in the League, Hull wore black and amber striped shirts and black shorts, which they continued to wear until the Second World War with the exception of one season, in which they wore sky blue shirts.cite news | title = 1904–1939 | url = http://www.hullcityonline.com/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED94&id=197386 | publisher = Hull City Online | accessdate = 2007-06-14] Following the end of the Second World War, Hull spent another season wearing sky blue, but changed to plain amber shirts, which they wore until the early 1960s, when they swapped back to stripes.cite news | title = 1945–1968 | url = http://www.hullcityonline.com/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED94&id=197388 | publisher = Hull City Online | accessdate = 2007-06-14]

During the mid 1970s and early 1980s, the strip was constantly changing between the two versions of plain shirts and stripes. During the late 1980s, red was added to the kits but its duration went no further than this.cite news
title = 1968–1990 | url = http://www.hullcityonline.com/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED94&id=197389 | publisher = Hull City Online | accessdate = 2007-06-14
] The early 1990s featured two 'tiger skin' designs, which have since featured in a number of 'worst ever football kit' articles. The 1998-99 season introduced a kit with cross-fading amber and white stripes; another experimentation which proved unpopular.cite news | title = 1990–2000 | url = http://www.hullcityonline.com/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED94&id=197390 | publisher = Hull City Online | accessdate = 2007-06-14] After the turn of the century, the club wore plain amber shirts until 2004, when the club celebrated its centenary by wearing a kit similar to the design of the one worn 100 years ago.cite news | title = 2000–present day | url = http://www.hullcityonline.com/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED94&id=197392 | publisher = Hull City Online | accessdate = 2007-06-14]

Hull City did not wear a crest on their team shirt until 1947. This crest depicted a tiger's head in a yellow-shaded badge, which was worn up until 1955, when it was changed to just the tiger's head. This was worn for four years, when the shirt again featured no emblem. Then, in 1971, the club returned to showing the tiger's head on the shirt. This was used for four years, until the club initials 'HCAFC' were shown for five years. After this, a logo with the tiger's head with the clubs name underneath was used from 1980 until 1998. The next logo, which is currently used by the club, features the tiger's head in an amber shield which shows the clubs name, along with the clubs nickname, "The Tigers".cite news | title = Hull City | url = http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Hull_City/Hull_City.htm | publisher = Historical Football Kits | accessdate = 2007-06-18]

tadia

Between 1904 and 1905, Hull City played their home games at The Boulevard.cite news
title = Boulevard Ground
url = http://www.soccerbase.com/grounds2.sd?groundid=47
publisher = Soccerbase
accessdate = 2007-06-16
] This ground was used by Hull on a contract, where they would be allowed to use it when not used for Rugby League, costing £100 per annum.cite news
title = The Boulevard
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED95&id=186694
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-16
] Hull built their own ground, Anlaby Road, which was opened in 1906.cite news
title = Anlaby Road
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED95&id=186695
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-16
] With the threat of the rerouting of the railway line through the Anlaby Road ground, the club was convinced it needed to secure its future by owning its own ground. They negotiated the deal for land between Boothferry Road and North Road in 1929, which was financed by a £3,000 loan from The FA.cite news
title = A History of Boothferry Park
url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/BoothferryPark/0,,10338,00.html
publisher = Hull City AFC
accessdate = 2007-06-16
]

During World War II, Anlaby Road was damaged by the Blitz, with repairs costing in the region of £1,000. The Cricket Club had served notice to quit at the same time and in 1943, the tenancy was officially ended. Hull were forced to return to the Boulevard Ground from 1944 until 1945 due to the destruction of Anlaby Road by the German bombing, and the poor condition of the planned stadium at Boothferry Road.

Hull decided to continue with the development of the stadium at Boothferry Road and plans were commissioned. The work did not commence until 1932 because of financial problems, after only the terracing was started and the pitch was laid out. Due to a proposal to build a multi-purpose sports stadium on the site, the plans were temporarily thrown into doubt. However, as a reasonable price was not offered for the site, Hull decided to continue with the plans and development restarted in 1939. The ground was opened under the name of Boothferry Park on 31 August 1946. The attendance of 55,019, which saw Manchester United F.C. play Hull at Boothferry Park in 1949, is the grounds record attendance.

Hull City, along with one of the city's rugby league sides, Hull F.C., moved into the newly-built KC Stadium in 2002. The KC Stadium was named 'Best Ground' at the 2006 Football League Awards. [cite web | title = Prestigious Award for The KC Stadium | url = http://www.kcstadium.co.uk/newsstory.asp?id=545 | accessdate = 27 September | accessyear = 2006 ]

tatistics and records

Andy Davidson holds the record for Hull City league appearances, having played 520 matches. George Maddison comes second, having played 430 matches.cite web
title = Appearances
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/news/loadfeat.asp?cid=ED93&id=212842
publisher = Hull City Online
accessdate = 2007-06-14
] Chris Chilton is the club's top goalscorer with 222 goals in all competitions. Chilton also holds the club record for goals scored in the League (193), FA Cup (16) and League Cup (10).cite web
title = Most Goals for Hull City AFC
url = http://www.tkne.co.uk/hullcitysite/records.html
publisher = Hull City Football Club
accessdate = 2007-06-17
]

The club's widest victory margin in the league was their 11–1 win against Carlisle United in Division Three in 1939. Their heaviest defeat in the league was 8–0 against Wolves in 1911.cite web
title = Find out about Hull City Football Club
url = http://www.bbc.co.uk/humber/content/articles/2005/02/17/hull_city_information_feature.shtml
publisher = BBC Humber
accessdate = 2007-06-17
]

Hull City's record home attendance is 55,019, for a match against Manchester United on 26 February 1949 at Boothferry Park.

The highest transfer fee received for a Hull City player is £1.25 million, from Crystal Palace for Leon Cort in June 2006. The highest transfer fee paid for a player is (in the region of) £2.5 million, for Anthony Gardner from Tottenham in August 2008. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hull_city/7560398.stm|title= Hull make Gardner record signing|date=2008-08-14|publisher=BBC|accessdate=2008-08-14]

Players

Current squad

:"As of 9 September 2008."cite web
title = Profiles
url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10338~19100,00.html
publisher = Hull City AFC
accessdate = 2007-08-08
]

Out on loan

Player of the Year

Managers

Only professional, competitive matches are counted." [Cite web
url = http://www.soccerbase.com/manager_history.sd?teamid=1310
title = Manager History for Hull City
publisher = Soccerbase
accessdate = 2008-10-05
]

Current staff

:"As of 25 August 2008."cite web
title = All Is Revealed!
url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/WhosWho/0,,10338,00.html
publisher = Hull City AFC
accessdate = 2007-06-17
]
*Manager: Phil Brown
*Assistant Manager: Brian Horton
*First Team Coach: Steve Parkin
*Goalkeeping Coach: Mark Prudhoe
*Fitness Coordinator: Sean Rush
*Development Director: Colin Murphy
*Under-23 Development Coach: Trevor Morgan
*Head of Youth: Billy Russell
*Youth Recruitment Officer: Neil Mann
*Centre of Excellence Director/FITC Officer: John Davies
*Head Physiotherapist: Simon Maltby
*Assistant Physiotherapist: Liam McGarry
*Sports Psychologist: Mark Nesti [cite web|url=http://www.sporthull.co.uk/football/hull_city/tigers_news/displayarticle.php?ID=8048|title=Brown plays mind games|date=2008-08-25|publisher=Hull Daily Mail|accessdate=2008-08-22]
*Kit Manager: Barry Lowe
*Chief Scout: Bob Shaw

Related teams

Hull City A.F.C. Reserves

Hull City Reserves play in the Central League Eastern Division.cite web
title = Pontins Holidays League Table
url = http://www.football-league.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ReserveTableDetail/0,,10794,00.html
publisher = The Football League
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] The team plays home fixtures at the Church Road Ground, home of North Ferriby United.cite web
title = Reserves
url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/0,,10338~1053647,00.html
publisher = Hull City AFC
accessdate = 2007-06-28
]

In the 2006–07 season, Hull finished in fourth place in the league table after picking up 31 points from their 18 league meetings. They also reached the semi-final of the League Cup before losing 3–2 to Hartlepool United Reserves.cite web
title = Reserves results 2006–07
url = http://www.sporthull.co.uk/football/hull_city/reserves_results_2006_07/
publisher = Sporthull
accessdate = 2007-07-20
]

Hull City A.F.C. Juniors

Hull City Juniors play in the Football League Youth Alliance, playing their home fixtures at Winterton Rangers F.C.'s home stadium.

Recently the juniors have had a successful 2006–07 season, winning the league title by a 10 point margin.cite web
title = Juniors
url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Juniors/0,,10338,00.html
publisher = Hull City AFC
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] They also reached the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup, losing 2–1 to eventual semi-finalists Arsenal F.C. Juniors.cite news
title = Gunners' Hullabaloo
url = http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/TheFAYouthCup/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/01/HullArsenal.htm
date = 2007-01-18
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] In 2007–08 they retained the league title and also won the Football League Youth Alliance Cup. [cite web
title = Youngsters Finish On A High
publisher = Hull City OWS
date = 2008-05-07
url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10338~1306677,00.html
accessdate = 2008-06-09
]

Hull City Women A.F.C.

Hull City Women play in the Northern Combination Women's Football League. In the 2006–07 season, the team finished seventh in the table with 33 points.cite news
title = Hull City Ladies
url = http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Ladies/0,,10338,00.html
publisher = Hull City AFC
date = 2007-05-17
accessdate = 2007-06-19
]

Rivalries

According to a 2003 poll, Hull City fans consider their main rival to be Leeds United, though this is not reciprocated.Cite web
url = http://www.footballfanscensus.com/issueresults/Club_Rivalries_Uncovered_Results.pdf
title = Rivalry Uncovered!
accessdate = 2007-07-15
publisher = The Football Fans Census
] Much of this was due to the high numbers of Leeds fans living in the Hull area during a period when Leeds were in the upper and Hull in the lower divisions. The rivalry had increased further in recent times with the return of league meetings when both teams were present in The Championship.

Other rivals include their neighbours from across the Humber, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town. With Scunthorpe's promotion from League One, the 2007–08 Championship season saw the return of the 'Humber Derby'.cite news
title = Barmby excited by Iron clash
url = http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1823_2176567,00.html
publisher = TEAMtalk
accessdate = 2007-06-24
]

The club also has a traditional rivalry with Sheffield United, [cite web
title = Hull City Online Vote Interactive
url = http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk/polls/loadpoll.asp?pollid=7203
publisher = Hull City-Mad
accessdate = 2007-07-19
] chiefly from the 1970s and 1980s when the clubs spent several seasons together at different levels.cite web
title = Cut to the Blades
url = http://hullcity.rivals.net/default.asp?sid=959&p=2&stid=8451627
publisher = City Independent
accessdate = 2007-07-19
] In 1984 Sheffield United won promotion at Hull City's expense by the narrow margin of one goal scored,cite news
title = LEAGUE TABLES
url = http://www.sheffieldunited-mad.co.uk/footydb/loadlgt.asp?SsnNo=113&TeamNo=463
publisher = Blades-Mad
accessdate = 2007-07-16
] giving further credibility to this East and South Yorkshire rivalry, and 33 of their goals were scored by former Hull City striker Keith Edwards. City's final game of the season against Burnley had been rescheduled due to bad weather; they went into the game knowing a three-goal victory would mean promotion, but managed only a 2–0 win in front of a crowd made up of Sheffield United fans as well as those of the two teams playing.

Additionally Lincoln City and York City name Hull amongst their rivals.

Honours

See also

* Hull City Psychos
* Hull City A.F.C. seasons

References

External links

* [http://www.hullcityafc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Home Official club site]
*BBC Football Info|BBClinkname=h/hull_city
* [http://www.hullcity-mad.co.uk Hull City Online - the original independent Tigers site]
* [http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Hull_City/Hull_City.htm historicalkits.co.uk]


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