Archive for May, 2013

31st May 2013 Friday – The Club have announced an update:-
Pre-Season Fixtures
Monday 15th JulyNorth Ferriby United (a) – KO 7.30pm
Monday 15th JulyWinterton Rangers v Hull City XI – KO 7.30pm
Saturday 20th JulySheffield Wednesday (n) – KO 8pm at Estadio Municipal de Albufeira
Saturday 27th JulyBirmingham City (a) – KO 3pm
Monday 29th JulyPeterborough United (a) – KO 7.45pm

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28th May 2013 Tuesday – Hull City  confirms they have signed their 2012/2013 loan player  George Boyd on a permanent deal. He has signed a two year contract after his contract with Peterborough expired.

The Scotland international joined City on loan in February and made an immediate impact at the KC Stadium, scoring four goals in his first five games. Although the 27-year-old couldn’t keep up that level up performance until the end of the season, he still played an important role in the City team as they secured automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Geo Boyd

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22nd May 2013 Wednesday – The Hull City A.F.C. official website announced that Raich Carter has been inducted into the National Football Museum‘s Hall of Fame. It published the following article:-
“A player of some pedigree, Carter had established a reputation as one of the finest sportsmen of his generation prior to his move to Boothferry Park in March 1948.
Enjoying a nine-year spell with Sunderland prior to the outbreak of WWII, the midfield maestro captained his hometown club to the First Division title in 1936, as well as the lifting the FA Cup the following year.
With the recommencement of the League following the war, Carter moved to Derby County, who he also led to FA Cup glory, and in so doing became the only player to have won a Cup winners’ medal either side of the conflict.
Although 35 at the point of taking charge of the Tigers, the silver-haired midfielder still had plenty to offer – both on the field of play and in the dugout.
Initially arriving in the role of player/assistant manager, Major Frank Buckley’s departure soon paved way for Carter to take the hot-seat at Boothferry Park.
Setting the standard for all of City’s player/managers that followed, Carter maintained his magical presence on the pitch whilst also leading the club to success, winning the Division Three (North) title in 1948/49.
Joining Carter in the latest batch of inductees to the Hall of Fame are Matt Le Tissier – possibly Southampton’s greatest ever player, Cliff Jones – member of the Tottenham double-winning side, and Mike Summerbee – one of the ‘Holy Trinity’ in the great 1968-70 Manchester City team, will all be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a prestigious award ceremony on 25 September 2013.
They’ll be joined by former Chelsea and Man Utd midfielder Ray Wilkins, Leeds United legend Eddie Gray as well as Sheila Parker, the first women’s England captain, and Jack Taylor, the first Englishman to referee a World Cup Final (1974) and first referee to take a place in the Hall of Fame.
Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel will also collect his Hall of Fame trophy whilst David Clarke, England’s record goal scorer in blind football completes the line up.
They all join a host of other famous football faces like Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Ball, Gordon Banks, Cliff Bastin, Jimmy Greaves and Sir Tom Finney, whose achievements are already celebrated with a place on the honour roll.
Inductees are chosen by a panel featuring some of the biggest names in football including the Museum’s President Sir Bobby Charlton, Vice President Sir Alex Ferguson, Gordon Taylor and Mark Lawrenson.es
These legends will have their achievements celebrated at a charity fundraising Hall of Fame induction celebration at the National Football Museum in Manchester on 25 September.
National Football Museum Director Kevin Moore said: “We are delighted to be able to recognise the achievements of these legendary players in this way. We really hope they can all attend the induction dinner in September and we’d love to see fans come along too – it’s a rare chance to be close to some of the biggest players in football history. We’re also extremely grateful to the PFA for their continued support of the event.”
And from our History Notes...
Raich Carter (Horatio Stratton Carter) was appointed in March 1948 as Asisstant Player/Manager, making his début 3rd April 1948. But he was then appointed Manager almost straight away as Major Frank Buckley walked out of the club. Carter converted Tom Berry from half back to left back; Dennis Durham from “jack of all trades” to left half; Ken Harrison from inside forward to outside right, and brought in England an International from Sunderland.

 1948/49 (Div 3 North).(Promotion Season Champions) Raich Carter Manager. Hull City were unbeaten in first 11 matches in which the goals tally was 30 for and only 6 against. City then lost at home to Darlington 0-1, but then went 12 matches unbeaten. 49,655 saw City beat Rotheram at BP in that run. Two months later City played Manchester United in the FA Cup at BP and the attendance was another record 55.019 never to be beaten, City being beaten ?-?. City got promotion when beating Stockport County 6-1 with two games to spare. Out of a total of 40 games, 27 won, 4 losses, (only 1 away defeat all season) and drawing 9, one hell of a season! With Raich Carter instilling team spirit that could not be broken by injuries or the opposition.

 1949/50 Old Div 2  Raich Carter Manager finished 7th

 1950/51 Old Div 2 (10th) Raich Carter Manager finished 10th

1951/52 Old Div 2  Raich Carter leaves Sept 1951, finished 18th. Bob Jackson not appointed until June 1952.

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16th May 2013 Thursday – City are offering new contracts to Paul McShane, Liam Rosenior and Mark Oxley for the new campaign in the Premier League next season

Abdoulaye Faye has triggered a clause in his contract, and will receive a further one year deal for next season

Twelve players will be leaving the KC, these are  Andy Dawson, Jay Simpson , Seyi Olofinjana the most notable, plus Paul McKenna, Sonny Bradley, Lewis Clarkson, Mark Cullen, Jamie Devitt, Kealan Dillon, Daniel East, Daniel Emerton and Francis McCaffrey

In the academy, 6 players are being given professional deals and go to the development squad, but 3 will leave the club.
New contracts are: Daniel Chambers, Benjamin Clappison, Joseph Cracknell, Matthew Dixon, Paul McElroy and Sam Topliss.
Those leaving are: Thomas Davie, Bradley Ricketts and Joel Sutton

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9th May 2013 Thurs – These are the Fixtures arranged so far:-
Monday 15th July – North Ferriby United (a), KO 7.30pm
Saturday 27th July – Birmingham City (a), KO 3pm
Monday 29th July – Peterborough United (a), KO 7.45pm

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9th May 2013 Thursday – It was announced that both 21 years olds Sonny Bradley and Danny East have been released by the Tigers and will join Portsmouth on the 1st July 2013 after both agreeing two-year contracts.

Sonny Bradley was born in Hedon, East Riding of Yorkshire, and progressed through the Hull City youth ranks and has been with the club since the age of seven. The defender was offered his first professional contract at the club in the summer of 2011. In October 2010 he was sent out on loan to Conference North side Harrogate Town, making his debut in a 3–2 win over Worcester City. He made seven appearances for the Town, scoring in an FA Trophy tie with Witton Albion. In April 2011 he joined Swedish Division 1 Norra team IK Frej on a one-month loan, making five appearances, scoring once against Dalkurd FF. In January 2012 he joined Football League Two outfit Aldershot Town on a one-month loan deal. He made his professional debut on 7 January 2012, in a 3–0 defeat to Oxford United at the Recreation Ground. The loan period was later extended to 7 April 2012. He was recalled by Hull City at the end of March and made his début for Hull on 31 March when he was used as a half-time substitute for captain Jack Hobbs in the 0–2 defeat by Coventry City at the KC Stadium.Bradley returned to Aldershot ahead of the 2012/2013 campaign. He scored his first goal for The Shots with an 87th minute winner against Southend United to put them 2-1 ahead.

Danny East was born in Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire, and progressed through the Hull City youth ranks and has been with the club since 2003. He made his professional début on 9 August 2011, in the Football League Cup 2–0 defeat to Macclesfield Town at the KC Stadium. On 29 August 2012 he moved to Northampton Town on a month-long loan, this was later extended to 5 January 2013. On 7 March 2013 he joined Gillingham on loan until the end of the season from Hull City.

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4th May 2013 Saturday  KC Stadium Final League Game – However this automatic promotion season finally played out with Leeds not losing to Watford, you cannot argue that the Tigers didn’t deserve it. Having spent 40% of the season in 2nd place and overall 80% of the season in the playoff places, pressure and exhaustion had told in the last four nervous weeks, but a re-jigged team of young players and journeymen came through in the end with an exciting performance and should really have won 3-1.

History will recall though that Hull City never do things the easy way, they often feed hope to the fans before snatching it away, but it’s twice now (in 2007/08 and 2012/13) that this generation of supporters can rightfully believe we have reached a new chapter in the clubs history. One where good things happen, the sun shines and success is not a carrot you can never quite reach.

Steve Bruce had to do something to bring about a change and his bravery paid off as a new look 4-4-2 Hull City took the field. With Robbie Koren still not available this formation must have begged the question in his fevered mind.

A wing-back up front aiding a striker who finds goals hard to come by and behind them a solid looking mid-field (that has attacking instincts) and behind them a solid back four of journeymen and a young blood as well.

Hull City: Stockdale; McShane, Faye, Chester, Rosenior: Boyd, Quinn, Meyler, Elmohamady: Brady and Simpson. Bench: Jakupovic, Hobbs, Fathi, Bruce, Evans, Fryatt, and Proschwitz.

Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Turner, Nugent, Conway, Kim Bo-Kyung, Noone, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Velikonja. Bench: Lewis, Whittingham, Lappin, Smith, Gestede, Maynard, and F Campbell.

City started brightly and the sun-shine reminded me of Wembley those few years ago, was that a portent!

A goalless first half ensued in which City did a lot of energetic attacking and got the crowd behind them. It was good (and a relief) to see most players back to form and the formation working well. Relief too in the news that Leeds had scored against Watford. Nick Proschwitz came on in place of Jay Simpson in the 45 min.

The second half saw a lifetimes worth of drama. Fraizer Campbell was brought on as a substitute for Etien Velikonja after the break and the scene was set for this unloved individual to do his once own club as much damage as he could have wished for. Watford scored first (in the 49th minute) and it was the little grabber Fraizer Campbell getting that goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner. Fraizer and his Dad seemed to think we where not good enough for him and they must have been laughing their socks off as he celebrated with his beloved Welsh fans. The turn-coat (shirt) club will suit him. Hull 0-1 Cardiff.

However by the 58th minute the Tigers levelled with a skilful goal via Nick Proschwitz from close range in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hull 1-1 Cardiff.

Then in the 63rd minute things got better with a goal from Paul McShane of all people. His third for the club! He picked a good time for this one, somehow knocking it in from inside the six yard box following a corner.

Then in the 88th minute Robbie Brady was substituted and Ahmed Fathi came on.

In the 90th minute it looked all over for Cardiff when Andrew Taylor was sent off for a tackle on Elmohamady.

Surely that was it and whatever was happening to Watford, Hull City are promoted….aren’t they? And deep into stoppage time (93rd minute) City get a penalty and a 3-1 scoreline looks likely. Up steps a German to take the penalty….and fails as the keeper gets to it. Shit, if only Brady had been on the pitch that 3-1 score may well have been reality. Not to worry,the game is practically over, we still lead 2-1 and the promised land beckons.

Not so of course, this is Hull City, so stop celebrating and watch spell-bound while holding your breath as the ball is kicked to our end, a throw in is taken by Cardiff, the ball is in our box and leathered against Faye’s arm/shoulder. A modern-day penalty of course, banged to rights for standing in front of goal. Up steps substitute Nicky Maynard in the 95th minute and the score becomes 2-2. Shit!

Two minutes later the referee can’t stand any more either and blows his whistle for full-time.

Down in Watford Town due to a goal-keeper injury in the 1st half the game still had 12 nerve jangling minutes to go, and the score was 1-1, that’s OK, but a look on Sky told anyone with even a West Yorkshire brain that Leeds where being held in the grip of a tight fist by 10 man Watford whose Italian mercenaries where besieging the Leeds fortress in waves, peppering the battlements with cannon fire and at any moment the thin 1 point with which we still led Watford in the table was being held to ransom and about to be raped.

But all that enforced pressure broke (or ran out of steam), and as often a breakaway by the team under the cosh led to a quick strike; bless you Ross McCormack for scoring that goal in the last-minute of normal time, and sending most of the North Bank of the Humber absolutely potty. But sorry also for the young 3rd choice Watford keeper whose up-stretched hands tipped it into his own net. Watford 1-2 Leeds.

Six minutes later it’s all over, Leeds win and Hull City get a second crack at the Premier League.

Stats: Hull City 52% possession: Shots, Hull 16 of which 12 on target, Cardiff 12 of which 4 on target: Corners, Hull 6, Cardiff 5.

Ref: Mr Stroud. Attendance: 23,812

MOM: Paul McShane (on Saturday night one of our cats gave berth to 4 kittens, one is a Ginger tabby, name to be given…Macca of course)

Praise to the Allams first in my book, Steve Bruce and his players.

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