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31st August 2012 – This is the last day of the transfer window. There are reports (HDM) that City has secured a done deal for Sheffield United midfielder Stephen Quinn. The 26 year old is being offered a 3 year contract; fee not known but expected to be in the region of £400k. It’s also rumoured the club are attempting to get a PL striker in on loan.

 However Cameron Stewart is the big story of the day so far, with the pacey ex-Manchester United winger released by Steve Bruce to Championship rivals Burnley, on a loan deal that will see the tricky wide man at Turf Moor until January at the very least, when further options could be taken if both clubs agree.

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30th August 2012 After a bit of Twitter activity Tigers Official site announced that Ahmed Elmohamady had been signed on a season-long loan from Sunderland.

His Wiki info header states …..Ahmed Eissa Elmohamady Abdel Fattah (born on 9 September 1987) is an Egyptian footballer who plays as a right winger for Premier League club Sunderland. He is widely regarded as one of the future stars of Egyptian football. Elmohamady was part of the Egyptian squads that won the 2008 & 2010 African Nations Cups. Sunderland completed the permanent signing of Elmohamady after he spent the 2010-11 season on loan from ENPPI. He is known for delivering excellent crosses and for his tireless work rate.

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29th August 2012 Tigers have agreed a loan deal of Danny East to Northampton Town until the end of September 2012.

30th August 2012 It’s reported that Portsmouth are pushing for a loan deal involving Liam Cooper. This excerpt from The News (Portsmouth 30.09.12)…….. “With their budget remaining tight during administration, Hull would be required to cover the majority of Cooper’s loan wages. That could also prove to be a problem, although it is understood manager Steve Bruce is happy for the deal to go through. However, it will ultimately be up to his Hull board to rubber-stamp the deal. Cooper made his Hull début at the age of 18 at Liverpool in the Premier League. He has since gone on to make 17 first-team appearances. In the second half of the 2010-11 campaign he made seven appearances on loan at Carlisle. Last season the central defender joined Huddersfield on a season-long loan”.

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28th August 2012 Tuesday City played Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium in the second Round of the Capital Cup. This prove a bad night for the Tigers with Paul McKenna getting Red Carded and worse still Tom Cairney suffering a horrendous tackle which damaged ligaments and means he will be out for 6 to 9 months. The perpetrator  (James Husband) was not even booked. All this after City had managed a 0-2 lead in the game. It also indicated the lack of a real leader and a surfeit of nice guys on the pitch. 

This report from The Yorkshire Post the following day……

A dramatic stoppage-time strike from cricketer-turned-footballer Dave Syers left 10-man Hull City stumped on a bewildering evening at the Keepmoat. Syers, who before starting out in professional football with Bradford City played league cricket with Farsley, slotted home his second goal of the night from close range following a cross from James Coppinger – in possibly his final game for Doncaster Rovers – to seal a stunning comeback. Hull’s reputation as being parsimonious at the back and profligate in attack was shot to pieces on a see-saw evening which will have left the 1,057-strong travelling contingent scratching their heads. The evening was made worse when Steve Bruce confirmed afterwards that midfielder Tom Cairney could face a considerable spell on the side-lines after coming off with a knee injury in the first half – the Hull manager angered at the challenge from James Husband. A shortage of goals had proved the Tigers’ Achilles heel throughout last season and in the early stages of this, but they hit a rich attacking seam in a fluid opening against Rovers and took out their frustration on the hosts, racing into an early two-goal lead. Hull doubled their goals tally so far this term inside just 10 minutes with Aaron Mclean coolly firing home the opener after just 32 seconds. Jay Simpson added a second, reacting the quickest after Tom Cairney’s fine free-kick hit the woodwork. But Rovers, unbeaten on home soil against Hull since March 1985, hit back impressively. Rovers boss Dean Saunders, who lifted the League Cup with Aston Villa in 1994, made five changes, finding a place in the side for Coppinger despite ongoing speculation over his future ahead of the closure of the transfer window. Ex-Tigers striker Billy Paynter started on the bench, with his place going to veteran Robbie Blake – the 36-year-old handed his first start in a competitive game since last August – while James Harper started against his former side. Hull manager Steve Bruce, who won the cup in his playing days with both Norwich and Manchester United, made six changes with £2.6m striker Nick Proschwitz starting on the bench. Saunders cited tiredness as a major reason for their insipid weekend performance against Crawley and they carried on from where they left off against the Red Devils. Ponderous defending from Jamie McCombe, who failed to with James Dudgeon’s cross, enabled Mclean to swivel adroitly before firing coolly past Gary Woods. Simpson then doubled their account with a mere 10 minutes gone with the match resembling a training ground exercise for Hull in the first half-hour. Then out of nothing, Rovers pulled a goal back on the half-hour, with a sublime strike not in keeping with their performance. Coppinger’s header was latched onto by Syers 25 yards out and the midfielder struck a brilliant dipping volley into the net, beating Ben Amos all ends up for his first goal for Rovers. Moments later, the Tigers almost restored their two-goal cushion with Simpson glancing a header wide after nifty footwork and a pinpoint cross from the dangerous Cameron Stewart. Simpson, who posed Rovers problems with his movement, tested Woods twice in quick succession in the build-up to half-time before Hull spurned a glorious chance to restore their two-goal cushion moments before the break. Slick interplay in the box saw Mclean superbly deceive his marker before laying the ball on a plate to Corry Evans, who had started the move, but he screwed the ball wastefully wide from close range when it looked easier to score. Rovers flew out of the blocks after the interval and restored parity when defender Jones flicked home Tommy Spurr’s cross three minutes before the hour mark. On 67 minutes, a slaloming run from Mclean ended with the striker’s swerving shot being parried by Woods.  A night that began so comfortably for the Tigers then took a turn for the worse 11 minutes from the end of normal time. Paul McKenna was dismissed following an altercation with Jones, an incident which saw the Rovers defender cautioned. A grandstand finale saw both sides press for a winner with Simpson racing clear late on, only to see his shot come back off a post. It was left to Syers to have the final word to complete a remarkable night.

Doncaster Rovers: G Woods, McCombe, Jones, Spurr; Quinn (Cotterill 60), Coppinger, Harper, Keegan, Husband, Syers; Blake (Paynter 67). Unused substitutes: Sullivan, Meade, Middleton, Mullen, Binns.

Hull City: Amos; Chester, Faye (Bruce 90), Dawson; Stewart, Cairney (McKenna 37), Olofinjana, Evans, Dudgeon; Mclean (Aluko 74), Simpson. Unused substitutes: Oxley, Cooper, Devitt, Proschwitz.

Referee: S Rushton (Staffs).

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25th August 2012 Saturday, Hull City travelled to Charlton Athletic and drew 0-0. Another decent display by most accounts but the ball not going into the opposition net. Tigers are now 14th in the league after 3 games; equal 10th if you like, with 4 points. Blackpool top the table with 9 points. The only crumb of comfort is that Leicester (most bookies favourite for promotion) are 17th with 3 points. This great report then from Amber Nectar……

Did summer 2012 actually happen? This isn’t to bemoan the prevailing meteorological conditions through the non-footballing months, which were to vividly remain yesterday. No, it’s rather a slightly lazy way of suggesting that whatever else may have changed during a remarkable summer, City matches remain the same. That’s not all bad, of course. Last season was a success, even though a precise replication of its feats may be seen as slightly underwhelming this time around. However, the football was good, the entertainment level high, the application unwavering and the defence often unbreachable. But… But goals. The lack of them crippled our promotion hopes last season, and though we’d rather leave to others the dim practice of extrapolating three games into 46, familiar frustrations are already surfacing. Those three games have yielded one goal. The only positive we can take from such a disheartening statistic is that chances are at least being created – but you won’t find a League table that cares too much about that. Initially failing to score at a grey Valley were: Amos; Rosenior, Bruce, Chester, Faye, Dudgeon; McKenna, Evans, Koren; Aluko, Proschwitz. That was the same XI that lost a shade unluckily at Blackburn in midweek, once again arranged in a 5-3-2 formation. For Charlton, ex-Tiger Leon Cort was on duty as the home side aimed to build upon a promising opening to life back in the Championship that’s yielded four points from their opening two games. New signing Ricardo Fuller was judged not fit for inclusion in the squad. City began attacking the end furthest from us and had the afternoon’s first serious attempt at goal when Nick Proschwitz executed an encouragingly sharp turn to blat a shot at home keeper Ben Hamer – it was easily saved, but nonetheless a nice moment by the big German. Faye was called upon to block a shot from Bradley Pritchard at the other end, a solid intervention when the effort looked likely to cause Amos real problems. On a slick pitch, it was a bright opening by both sides, who exchanged chances again when Aluko and Bradley Wright-Phillips both had shots saved. Aluko really ought to have done better after being fed by Evans and moving into space – the covering defenders were of nuisance value only but his shot went straight at the keeper’s legs. As the half wore on Charlton began to dominate, forcing a sequence of corners that were well delivered and severely testing for the City defence. Cort headed one a couple of yards wide, while Amos had to make a smart save to prevent a Kermorgant effort from going in – a fine piece of goalkeeping. Cort headed another corner wide as City’s defence creaked, groaned but just about held on until the break – the referee’s whistle was a welcome one, and well played to the Tigers for repelling a pretty vigorous onslaught. That was nothing compared to what the weather had in store for us, however. It’d been lightly raining during the first half, but this thin drizzle yielded to fat, menacing drops during the interval. A storm was clearly approaching, and broke as the second half began. Huge cracks of thunder drowned out the sound of the game (and the virgin with a drum), while lightening wracked the leaden skies. The rain fell in huge sheets, instantly soaking the players upon their return and amassing in such quantities that the game itself began to look mildly threatened, with a couple of areas of the pitch no longer conducive to the ball running cleanly. However, the match recommenced safely enough, and with the crowd oddly invigorated by the weather. Save for the tedious bell-end with the drum whipping up the kind of hateful NuFootball drivel we’ve come to expect at placed such as this, plus a few half-hearted efforts from the inexplicably becalmed City support, it’d been pretty quiet in the first half. Quite why City’s away followings have been so insipid this season is something we can’t readily explain. The football grew more direct in the second half too – understandable really, given that the ball was difficult to control in the conditions. This seemed to suit Aluko, who really came to the fore. His pace and trickery is difficult to combat in the most benign circumstances, but on an utterly drenched pitch with underfoot conditions treacherous, he must have been a nightmare to contend with. He nearly created an opening early in the half after with a jinking run that ended with Cort rather frantically muscling him off the ball. Chances were continuing to arrive. Amos produced a fine shot to deny Wright-Phillips after he broke away on the right. His effort looped up to Kermorgant who expertly steered the rebound in from about 25 yards, only to suddenly see a flag to his right rule the effort out. We can only assume that Wright-Phillips had originally been offside. He hadn’t really looked it, though the Charlton protests carried little conviction. A let-off for City. Meanwhile, Nick Proschwitz was having probably his best afternoon in a City shirt (in this instance a black one, for all you kit-watchers out there). Yes, that’s perhaps damnation by faint praise, but at least he showed some improvement. He was the next to have a shot when another tidy turn fashioned half a yard of space that he used to fire a quick effort that Hamer saved. Dare we hope that our fearfully expensive Teutonic import is slowly getting to grips with the English game? Hm. With an hour gone Alex Bruce was replaced by Paul McShane after going down injured, then the substitution arrived that saw the game lurch decisively in City’s favour. Proschwitz was withdrawn to a hearty ovation for Jay Simpson, whose verve was to test a tiring Charlton defence. He nearly scored immediately when a Koren volley at the edge of the area flew off-target but just a foot away from Simpson, with any touch likely to open the scoring. With twenty minutes to go it was all City. Aluko had a shot blocked by Cort and McKenna thumped the rebound wide when perhaps he ought to have done better. McShane required treatment after a characteristically enthusiastic challenge with Kermorgant – it looked serious at first, but he’s nothing if not a tough player and declared himself fine to continue. The match continued onwards with Charlton now wholly on the defensive. Home boss Chris Powell is an appealing and articulate figure and certainly cut a dash with his smart suit and flat cap, but he’d missed a trick by not changing things when the game began to run away from his team. A substitution, a change of formation, something needed altering to cope with a resurgent City. Instead he left his starting eleven to it, a misjudgement that increasingly looked as though it could cost his team. It was nearly terminal when Simpson hit a shot just wide after some brilliant play by Aluko teed him up. Aluko was close to unplayable by now, but despite the 90 minutes being up we still weren’t finished. Referee Mr Hooper considered five more minutes necessary, and the Tigers had two more opportunities to win it. Aluko pierced a flat-footed Charlton defence with a cute pass to Simpson, whose turn and shot were immediate – Hamer made an excellent save to keep it out, then an even better one to squeeze Aluko’s follow-up wide of the post. Great goalkeeping. Still City came, with 94 minutes now played. A superb flick by Aluko found Simpson’s run, and he powered through two exhausted Charlton players to create a shooting chance on the edge of the area. His shot was sweetly hit but went straight at Hamer, and that was it. This was probably City’s best performance of this season. The win over Brighton was patchy, the defeat against Blackburn unfortunate, but this was the first time we’ve really seen the Tigers take control of a game in the way we saw in the final 25 minutes yesterday.The reasons can be mulled over. Did Bruce’s 5-3-2 formation allow us to provide a solid black wall and the foundation for an assault later in the game? Did his introduction of Simpson provide the impetus? Is Sone Aluko the greatest footballer of all time? Tricky. What’s certain is that we’re not scoring. But we look like we might. Three games into the season is a bit early to regard your glass as half empty, so let’s hope that one free-scoring afternoon is around the corner, and that – not the first three games – will determine the pattern for the season.

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24th August 2012 Report on the Tigers Club Site 23/08/12 states….The Tigers look set to be without striker Matty Fryatt until after the first international break as a result of an Achilles problem. Fryatt travelled to London this week to see a specialist and was given an injection in the area of concern, but City manager Steve Bruce says it will be a while before last season’s top scorer can resume full training. “Matty has seen the specialist and had an injection into his Achilles, which isn’t very nice,” said Bruce. “He’s got to stay off that Achilles for three or four days now and then it’s a matter of in two or three weeks’ time, seeing where he is then.”

Also a report 23/08/12 in the London Daily Mail that Bruce has made and enquiry to Sunderland about Fraizer Campbell which states…. Hull boss Steve Bruce has made an enquiry for Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell. The England striker, 24, has one year left on his contract and is available for around £3million. He has also interested QPR, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers.

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22nd August 2012 Hull City took on Blackburn Rovers at Eward Park tonight in what always promised to be a difficult game. This from the Yorkshire Post By Richard Sutcliffe at Ewood Park Published on Thursday 23 August 2012 08:23

So, no joint top spot in the fledgling Championship table for Hull City and no claiming of back-to-back victories for the first time since the League One promotion success of 2004-05. Instead, the Tigers’ poor record at Blackburn continued last night as under-pressure Blackburn manager Steve Kean was handed some much-needed respite from his terrace critics. The Rovers chief was bombarded with abuse throughout from the home fans in a crowd of 13,562, the lowest for a league game at Ewood in almost 20 years. Such is the antipathy felt towards Kean, in fact, that the locals even greeted the mocking chant from the away seats of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ with a huge cheer and a round of applause. However, thanks to the predatory instinct of former Sheffield United striker Colin Kazim-Richards with 14 minutes remaining, Kean was able to enjoy the sweet taste of victory for only the sixth time in 2012. As he basked in the rare afterglow of claiming all three points, the contrast could not have been more marked for those whose loyalties lay with the Tigers. Where the Blackburn manager felt only relief, the 1,000 or so City fans were instead left with an overriding feeling of ‘what if?’ Hull, employing a three-man central defence for the first time under Steve Bruce, was the better side over 90 minutes and created the better openings. Crucially, though, neither Nick Proschwitz nor Sone Aluko could apply the final touch to gilt-edged chances either side of Kazim-Richards’s predatory strike. The upshot was a disappointing trip back across the Pennines for the Tigers contingent after missing out on the chance of joining Blackpool, the only side who now boast a 100 per cent record after two games, at the top of the Championship table. During the first half, the prospect of City ending the evening empty-handed seemed remote as the new-look defence gave the visitors the solid look Bruce had called for in the wake of the opening day win over Brighton. So impressive were the Tigers that Ben Amos did not have a save to make and it was no surprise that the Rovers players left the field at half-time to jeers from the disenchanted locals.

Hull, by contrast, departed for the sanctuary of the dressing room with the appreciation of the travelling fans ringing in their ears. But for the agility of Paul Robinson, the Tigers would have had a precious lead to go with that richly-deserved applause. The former Leeds United goalkeeper had reacted smartly to the danger when Proschwitz had been played through by Aluko and raced from his line before pulling off a stunning block to deny the German. City also had a good shout for a penalty turned down on the stroke of half-time after Robert Koren, again fed by Aluko, was clattered to the ground by Gael Givet.

By then, the Slovenian’s heavy touch had seen the ball run towards Robinson but, even so, there could be little doubt that the Hull midfielder was brought down although referee Tony Bates merely waved the visitors’ appeals away. Rovers did improve marginally after the break with Danny Murphy, Kean’s marquee signing of the summer, seeing much more of the ball. Dickson Etuhu, another new arrival brought in on big wages from Fulham, also started to see more of the ball. However, even allowing for the former Craven Cottage duo’s increased involvement, Hull appeared in little danger as the game entered the final quarter. That was, however, until a deep cross from Etuhu was headed back across goal by Bruno Ribeiro.

Alex Bruce, making his first start for City following his summer move from Leeds United, reacted quickest but in attempting to clear the danger he could only fire against Marcus Olsson. As the Hull defence tried to scramble across the six-yard box, Kazim-Richards was then in the right place at the right time to fire through the melee. The jeers of the home fans – which had been growing with each passing minute of the second half – suddenly turned to cheers. Soon, though, the default setting of the locals had returned with the final stages being played out to the background of more anti-Kean chants. Hull, who had gone close before the strike when Joe Dudgeon headed a Liam Rosenior cross into the side netting, did have one final opportunity to pile the pressure on the beleaguered Blackburn chief. However, when Aluko was played through by Rosenior with nine minutes remaining on the clock, the former Rangers man scuffed his effort straight at Robinson. The relief on the Rovers goalkeeper’s face told its own story, as did his reaction deep into stoppage time when Aluko curled a free-kick from a hugely promising position over the crossbar. It meant there was to be no reprieve for City, whose miserable run at Ewood Park stretching back more than four decades now stands at just two wins from their last 15 visits.

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson; Orr, Givet, Dann, Olsson; Lowe, Murphy, Etuhu, Dunn (Ribero 62), Kazim-Richards (Pedersen 85), Fabio Nunes (Gomes 62). Unused substitutes: Kean, Jorge, Edinho, Hanley.

Hull City: Amos; Rosenior (Mclean 88), Chester, Faye, Bruce, Dudgeon; McKenna (Simpson 83), Evans (Cairney 73), Koren; Proschwitz, Aluko. Unused substitutes: Oxley, Stewart, McShane, Olonfinjana.

Referee: T Bates (Stoke).

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