Archive for July, 2013

29th July 2013 Monday – The Tigers beat Peterborough 0-1 last night at London Road, care of a great 30 yard strike from Maynor Figueroa.

Hull City: Harper (Jakupovic 46), Chester, Davies, Bruce, Figueroa (Dudgeon 60), Elmohamady (Proschwitz 60), Meyler, Quinn (Cairney 60), Boyd (Brady 60), Aluko (McLean 60), Graham (Fryatt 60).

Goal: Figueroa 33

Peterborough (1st Half): Olejnik, Alcock, Ntlhe, Zakuani, Bostwick, Tomlin (Swanson 33), McCann, Sinclair, Rowe, Kearns, Barnett.
Peterborough (2nd Half): Day, Brisley, Swanson, Payne, Ferdinand, Mendez-Laing, Knight-Percival, McDonald, Grant, Richens, Gordon.

City go to Germany on Friday for two games before returning to England for the final preseason game which is the Andy Dawson testimonial match at the KC against Real Biris


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Following the Dresden friendly (kick-off now changed to 3pm from 3.30pm) City will play a further match in Germany against Bundesliga 2 side Eintracht Braunschweig on Tuesday 6th August (KO 7pm) at the Eintrachct-Stadion, Braunschweig, Lower Saxony.

Their full name is a bit of a mouthful…..”Braunschweiger Turn- und Sportverein Eintracht von 1895″.

The club was one of the founding members of the Bundesliga in 1963 and won the national title in 1967.

Since 1923 Eintracht Braunschweig have played at the Eintracht-Stadion. The club shares a rivalry with fellow Lower Saxon side Hannover 96. In addition to the football division, Eintracht has departments for several other sports, of which historically the field hockey department has been the most successful.


Stadium Germany friendly

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What is all this crap rebranding stupidity about and what right do the executive have to change the heritage of a club without consulting it’s customers.nick thompson linkedin



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15th July 2013 Sunday:

North Ferriby 1 – 3 Hull City

Winterton 0 – 6 Hull City

20th July 2013 Saturday (Portugal):

Sheffield Wednesday 0 – 0 Hull City

23rd July 2013 Tuesday:

SC Braga 0 – 0 Hull City

27 July 2013 Saturday:

Birmingham City 2 – 1 Hull City

Birmingham City: Darren Randolph, Neil Eardley, Paul Robinson, Dan Burn, Hayden Mullins, Callum Reilly (Reece Brown, 85), Andrew Shinnie (Chris Burke, 72), Tom Adeyemi (Wade Elliott, 60), Matt Green, Scott Allan (Koby Arthur, 60), Shane Ferguson (Mitch Hancox, 60).
Tigers: Allan McGregor, Ahmed Elmohamady (Matty Fryatt, 60), Maynor Figueroa (Paul McShane, 46), Tom Cairney, James Chester, Curtis Davies (Alex Bruce, 60), Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn (Sone Aluko, 46), Danny Graham (Nick Proschwitz, 60), Robert Koren (David Meyler, 46), George Boyd (Joe Dudgeon, 60).
Subs (Not Used): Steve Harper, Eldin Jakupovic.
Remaining Preseason Games to play:

29 July 2013 Peterborough United v Hull City (London Road, Peterborough) 7.45pm BST

3 Aug 2013 Dynamo Dresden v Hull City (Glücksgas Stadium, Dresden, Germany) 3.30pm BST

10 Aug 2013 Hull City v Real Betis (KC Stadium, Kingston upon Hull) 3pm BST

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26th July 2013 Friday – City’s Official website confirmed they had signed 25-year-old striker Yannick Sagbo from the french Ligue 1 club Evian Thonon Gaillard (TG) but did not disclose the fee. Earlier in the day Evian had been the first to announce the permanent transfer well ahead of City who waited to tie up all details.

He has signed a two-year contract with the Tigers and stated…

“I am so happy to have signed for Hull City, and I am very grateful for the opportunity,” he said.

“I can’t wait to get going, and I look forward to meeting my new team-mates this weekend.

“I want to show the coaches and the fans what I’m all about, but not just with my physical presence. I also hope that my mobility and technical skills can add to what is already a good footballing team.

“I was delighted when the call came through. I had a very good feeling from the manager, that he really wanted me to come to Hull. That feeling was mutual.

“I am excited to get started in the Premier League. It is a league that I’ve watched closely, and I know all about it. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and I aim to score many goals.”

Yannick played 20 games for Monaco before transferring to Evian in 2010 where he has played 90 games scoring 22 goals. French-born (Marseille) he opted to play for Côte d’Ivoire and represented their U23 team 5 times (2 goals) before winning his one senior cap, all in 2010.

Designated a striker he can also play on the left Winger or right Wing.

His career stats from 05/06 read 171 games scoring 40 goals.

Sagbo began his football career playing for his local side in Bouc-Bel-Air, which neighbors Marseille, before joining Monaco during the winter of 2004. He was a part of Monaco’s 07–08 CFA squad that won the reserve’s professional title (a championship that is reserve for the professional clubs reserves playing in the CFA) scoring 13 goals in 25 matches.

Following the season on 13 May 2008, he signed his first professional contract, agreeing to a three-year deal keeping him at the club until 2011. He officially joined the first-team squad for pre-season in July 2008, where he was handed the number 9 shirt.

Yannick made three appearances during the pre-season, starting them all including their opening friendly match against fellow Ligue 1 side Toulouse FC, Croatian side NK Zagreb, and Olympique Marseille. He proceeded to make his professional debut on 8 November 2008 in a 0–1 loss to Olympique Lyonnais, coming on as a substitute playing 17 minutes.

“We’re delighted we’ve got it done because he’s an exciting player,” Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail

“He’s a big, strong, powerful boy and he’s desperate to do well here.

“We’ve seen a lot of players come over from French football and adapt well to the English game.

“He’s got a lot of qualities that should help him to do that and also give us something a little bit different up front.”

Earlier during negotiations for the player Bruce had famously referred to him as Hull City’ answer to Christian Benteke!, the Zaire/Belgian goal monster. Lets hope so! 1.83m height and 78kg mass will help at speed.

We wish you the best of luck Yannick in the black and amber.

Yannick Sagbo

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15th July 2013 Monday:

North Ferriby 1 – 3 Hull City

Winterton 0 – 6 Hull City

20th July 2013 Saturday (Portugal):

Sheffield Wednesday 0 – 0 Hull City

23rd July 2013 Tuesday:

SC Braga 0 – 0 Hull City

Remaining Preseason Games to play:

27 July 2013 Birmingham City v Hull City (St Andrews, Birmingham) 3pm BST

29 July 2013 Peterborough United v Hull City (London Road, Peterborough) 7.45pm BST

3 Aug 2013 Dynamo Dresden v Hull City (Glücksgas Stadium, Dresden, Germany) 3.30pm BST

10 Aug 2013 Hull City v Real Betis (KC Stadium, Kingston upon Hull) 3pm BST

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15 July 2013 Hull signed their second goalkeeper in this window and agreed a one year contract with 38 year old Steve Harper, who was released by Newcastle United at the end of the 2012–13 season. Steve had been a Newcastle player for 20 years and appeared 199 times for the club (157 being league games).

The 6ft 2″ stopper is vastly experience having played in the Champions League and has 20 Euro games under his belt.

It is believed he has agreed initially to act as a back-up to City’s number one keeper Alan McGregor. He has in fact played as back-up to various first choice magpie keepers during his career and came very close to dislodging Shay Given. Steve played in the 1999 FA Cup Final, when Newcastle lost 2–0 to Manchester United. The Newcastle Manager at the time Ruud Gullit appeared to see Harper worthy of playing over Given.

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16 July 2013 Jack Hobbs went out on loan to Nottingham Forest until the end of the 2013–14 season. The popular centre back and erstwhile club Captain had fallen down the pecking order, as it seems Bruce does not fancy him against fast PL strikers. We wish him luck and a good season at Forest.

Jack Hobbs


19th July 2013 Friday – The Tigers website announced that Sunderland have agreed to the loan of 27 year old striker Danny Graham to the Tigers for the coming season. It is understood there is a call back clause during the January window.

Bruce and Thompson have pulled off a good deal here without reducing the transfer budget and have brought in a player with PL experience who if used correctly can be deadly in front of goal.

Being a Geordie never helped Graham at Sunderland (that weird hostility thing!) and he must be relieved to have got a move not too far from his home territory.

Gateshead born Graham started his professional career at Middlesbrough in 2003, making his debut for the club in a Premier League match against Manchester United the following year. During his four years at Middlesbrough, Graham made just one first team start. He was loaned out to clubs in all three divisions of the Football League, before joining his final loan club Carlisle United on a two-year deal in 2007.

At the end of his contract, he joined Championship side Watford, who were subsequently ordered to pay compensation. Graham was Watford’s top-scorer in both of his seasons at Vicarage Road, as well as Watford F.C. Player of the Season and the Championship’s overall top scorer in 2010–11.

In July 2011, Graham transferred to newly promoted Premier League team Swansea City for £3.5 million, where in his first season he was their top goalscorer with 12 league goals.

He signed for Sunderland on 31 January 2013 for £5 million on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut on 2 February, coming on as a substitute in the 79th minute to replace Stéphane Sessègnon in a 2–1 defeat away to Reading. Despite playing 11 games for Sunderland in his first half season at the club, Graham has been unable to score his first goal for Sunderland

Danny has netted 94 times in 303 league games for all the clubs he has played for; his Premier League records shows 23 goals in 94 games, so not prolific but indicates that given the chance with a good partner he will be a fine asset for Hull City this coming season.

He has a good disciplinary record and seems to be team player which is important knowing the already good atmosphere in the dressing room.

Danny was capped once by England at under-20 level, starting a 2–0 victory against Russia on 4 February 2005.

We wish him good luck in the Tigers shirt this season.

Danny Graham

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