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23rd May 2014 – Hull City Official Site confirmed the season tick

2014/15 Season Card Prices
Cranswick PLC West Stand
£572 Adults
£358 Seniors (65+)
£325 16-22 Year-Olds
£156 Juniors aged 11-15
£60 Juniors aged 10 and under
Ideal Boilers East Stand
£514 Adults
£273 Seniors (65+)
£254 16-22 Year-Olds
£156 Juniors aged 11-15
£60 Juniors aged 10 and under
Smith & Nephew North Stand
£514 Adults
£273 Seniors (65+)
£254 16-22 Year-Olds
£156 Juniors aged 11-15
£60 Juniors aged 10 and under
MKM South Stand
£501 Adults
£260 Seniors (65+)
£241 16-22 Year-Olds
£90 Juniors aged 11-15
£30 Juniors aged 10 and under


Read more at http://www.hullcitytigers.com/news/article/201415-season-cards-1564859.aspx#22V0JDqGPIKKxBOt.99

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21st May 2014 Wednesday – Further to the announcement by the club of the 30% increase in season tickets, the Hull Daily Mail published this comparison with other EPL clubs this morning.

The full article can be seen at:

http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Hull-City-season-ticket-prices-Tigers-compare/story-21118379-detail/story.html?

 

 

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20th May 2014 Tuesday – We hear that the cost of a season ticket next year is subject to a massive uplift of 30% and also ticket prices are rising in a similar way.

Hull City new season ticket prices for 2014-2015

In other news visiting fans will no longer be housed in the North Stand, which will be reserved for home fans only.

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17th May 2014 Saturday Wembley Stadium – A tired Hull City team ran out of steam in extra time and conceded the goal that gave the Gunners a 3-2 win and the FA Cup.

Two very early goals by the Tigers put them in the drivers seat in this wonderful display of Cup football at a packed Wembley. But Arsenal clawed their way back with goals in the first half, second half and extra time to send 25000 City fans home disappointed, but proud of the way their team had fought and played. This was a real football match and a great FA Cup Final.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Ahmed Elmohamady, Alex Bruce (Paul McShane 66), James Chester, Curtis Davies, Liam Rosenior (George Boyd 102), David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Stephen Quinn (Sone Aluko 74), Matty Fryatt. Subs Not Used: Steve Harper, Maynor Figueroa, Robert Koren, Yannick Sagbo.

Arsenal: Lukasz Fabianski, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla (Tomas Rosicky 106), Mesut Ozil (Jack Wilshere 106), Lukas Podolski (Yaya Sanogo 61), Olivier Giroud. Subs Not Used: Wojciech Szczesny, Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Flamini.

City lined up like this in a 3-5-1-1

McGregor

Chester  Bruce  Davis

Elmohamady  Livermore  Meyler  Huddlestone  Rosenior

Quinn

Fryatt

City got on the score sheet in the 4th minute after they had won a corner on the right. Quinn took it and swung the ball out to Huddlestone who was standing beyond the ‘D’ and volleyed in the area to the right side of the Arsenal goal. This found Chester who had eluded his cover and was standing unchallenged 8 yards out. The ball had some pace on it and he simply guided it into the goal with the side of his left foot. 0-1 after 3 mins and 6 seconds!

It got better though in the 8th minute. Elmohamady took a free kick on the right. His cross reached Meyler – 6 yards out on the left hand side of the goal – he dives over Sagna to get to the ball. He heads it down and it bounces out to Quinn further out on the left. Quinn takes the ball wider away from Ramsay and cuts back in near the bye-line. His cross finds Alex Bruce who heads it down awkwardly, the ball strikes the right hand goal post and bounces out to Davies who stabs the ball into the net from 2 yards. 0-2 and the City end goes wild.

City were playing excellent football at this stage, quick and decisive and Arsenal struggled against it and a third goal from a third Tigers centre back nearly sealed things when in the 13th minute Alex Bruce sent a looping header over Fabianski into the goal mouth only for it to find Gibbs standing on the line and heading it clear.

On 17 minutes though Arsenal got a goal back and it was now City who started to worry the most about the outcome of this game. Alex Bruce was adjudged to have fouled Cazorla who took the free kick some 23 yards out to left of the Tigers goal. It was a wonderful kick and one which McGregor may well have saved on another day. The curving, dipping ball was swung over the defensive wall, and when it was halfway to goal the keeper took a step to his right which proved fatal. When the ball finally dipped  the keeper could only reach it with the very finger tips of his left hand glove as it crept into the top left hand corner of his goal. He looked furious with himself. 1-2.

It seemed to be all Arsenal now and they had discovered that scary passing rhythm which the two early goals had destroyed. City were magnificent though and it exciting to watch as the red and flood poured forward on to find black and amber shirts defending with head and foot heroics. As expected Davies, Meyler, Rosenior and Bruce stood firm, and little Quinn had to abandon his support of Fryatt to defend like a demented leprechaun.

Fryatt was put through to a one on one with Fabianski just before half time but was called back for a foul committed in the build up.

Half time and 1-2.

No changes by either team at half time. Arsenal did themselves no favours during most of the second half with some dubious appeals for fouls and terrible shots at goal. However City had few chances themselves and in the 71 st minute the feared 2nd Arsenal goal duly arrived. It came from a corner which should never have been awarded – as the replays show – and which we all noted at the time. It was only when the goal was chalked up that it became significant. Cazorla curled the corner in and Sagna got his head to it, the ball bounced off at least one defender and fell to Koscielny who was standing in front of McGregor. The Arsenal defender swiveled to hook the ball around the keeper and into the net. 2-2 shit!

In the 75th minute Aluko was sent on to replace the mighty Quinn who had had a monumental effect on his is sides first FA Cup final. His crosses had led to both goals and had been involved in most things all over the park. Aluko at his very best might have won it for us but not today. He did liven things up a touch, but full time came and went and the games was still tied.

In the 30 minutes of extra time City battled on but weariness took it’s toll. McShane had replaced the injured Bruce on 67 minutes, so City had only one more sub to introduce, and turned out to be Boyd for Rosenior in the 102nd minute. Arsenal on the other hand had two more changes left and this was the talented attacking pair of Wilshere and Rosicky for Ozil and Cazorla, both as late as the 105th minute.

And that was the difference between the sides. It seemed a energetic Hull City could combat the flair and skill of an Arsenal side, but an exhausted City could not, especially a gunners side bolstered by the likes of fresh players of that calibre. In the 109th minute Arsenal got the winning goal. A City counter attack broke down within their own half when Meyler tried a tired pass. Sagna picked it up and passed the ball forward for Sanogo and Wilshere to move the ball about. It was passed through to Giroud who cleverly back-healed to the in rushing Ramsay to fire it past McGregor in to the net from 10 yards or so. 3-2 and we were done for. Aluko had a good chance late on (116th minute) when Mertesacker slipped and gifted us the ball and Fabianski came out beyond his 18 yard line but the Aluko shot went across goal and out of danger. And then again a Aluko shot was saved in the 119th minute.

We came very close to winning this and I think a third goal would have sunk the gunners and maybe put some reserve of energy into those black and amber clad heroes.

Attendance 89345. Referee Lee Probert.

Ars v Hull FA cup stats after ET 3-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11th May 2014 Sunday KC Stadium – This game seemed a walking pace exercise for Hull City’s Wembley bound squad, with no-one willing to risk injury or red cards.

So much so that the two goals would probably have been avoided in a ‘regular’ game.

Certainly, any cards Bruce may have to play in the Arsenal game next Saturday where kept tight to his chest.

City end the season in 16th place on 37 points. The highest ever in our history, so nothing to complain about.

The City defence let James McCarthy into the left hand side of their box – after picking up a ball from Naismith – without any attention or marking and his unhurried shot, although parried by McGregor bounced off the keepers wrists and into the net after 9 minutes. 0-1 and we all knew what sort of a game we were in for.

Livermore, Jelavic and Figueroa and Aluko had chances and shots in the first half but Everton always had the upper hand and I was glad to see the first half end.

No changes of personnel at half time, and City were 0-2 down within 48 seconds of it starting. McShane couldn’t cope with the powerful Lukaku and he powered into the box and slotted home a shot from 6 yards that McGregor could not stop. 0-2.

Seven minutes later Fryatt replaced Jelavic and then in the 63rd minute Rosenior replaced McShane.

Rosenior did have a shot in the 72rd minute after a ball from Quinn which the keeper needed to save.

Aluko was replaced by Koren in the 73rd minute.

The home side picked things up slightly and we saw some possession which resulted in attempts from Huddlestone (blocked), Bruce (header over the bar), Livermore (blocked), Koren (blocked), and then in the 84th minute Curtis Davies rose above the defence and headed wide.

Another attempt by Koren late on and that was it. A bit disappointing but understandable. A game with no bite.

After the game Bruce said: “It looks as if we have been enjoying the FA Cup for too long, in my opinion. It has been difficult since we won at Wembley to focus everyone’s attention on the Premier League.

“We have been like that for weeks. It has been so difficult to get people where they should be for the Premier League.

“We’re not a team that can just saunter around. Nowhere near. People tell me it is human nature and I can understand it to a degree. None of them have played in the Cup final before, so they’re desperate to play. And we have never been there as a club.

“But it is still disappointing. I have got no problems and we will prepare as best we can. I am just glad it is upon us because for the last few weeks we have been nowhere near the level we need to be.

“I hope we can reward those fans with a big performance at Wembley and make them proud.”

And “We are not just going for a day out. We are off to play the mighty Arsenal and see what we can do.”

“Let’s try and look forward to it and for eight months of the season we have been fantastic,” he added.

“We have been 11th, 12th or 13th for around 70 per cent of the season. That is where maybe we could have been finishing.

“If someone had promised me 16th at the start of the season and safety with two games to go, I wouldn’t have thought it possible. We have got ourselves in a decent position.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Maynor Figueroa, Alex Bruce, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Paul McShane (Liam Rosenior 63), Nikica Jelavic (Matty Fryatt 54), Sone Aluko (Robert Koren 73), Ahmed Elmohamady, Stephen Quinn. Subs Not Used: Steve Harper, George Boyd, Yannick Sagbo, Shane Long.

Everton: Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Aiden McGeady (Gerard Deulofeu 69), Steven Naismith, James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku (Lacina Traore 89), Gareth Barry, Leon Osman (Steven Pienaar 77). Subs Not Used: Joel Robles, Tony Hibbert, Antolin Alcaraz, Conor McAleny.

Referee: Howard Webb. Attendance: 24,848

FT stats Hull v Everton

 

 

 

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  • Jake Livermore wants to stay at Hull City and hopes Tottenham and City agree another deal, he’s quoted as saying “Of course I’d like to stay. I feel as though I owe the manager, his staff, my team-mates and the fans a lot. And “They’ve been good to me this season and I’ve been given the opportunity to play week in and week out. For that, I’m thankful. I’ve enjoyed my time here and I’d like more of the same.” – HDM
  • It seems that if we win at Wembley on 17th May we go straight into the Europa League Group stage. If we lose it’s entry via Qualifying stage 3.
  • Noises and rumours coming out of the KC are that Robbie Koren is not getting an new contract and neither is Abdoulaye Faye – HDM
  • Steve Bruce is quoted as saying he needs 4 or 5 more players on the staff for next season; it’s defence and midfield he is looking to strengthen as he’s happy with the strike force he is expected to have, ie Long, Jelavic, Sagbo and Fryatt (if he signs) – HDM
  • We understand former Grimsby keeper Steve Croudson is set to join the KC coaching staff very soon – Grimsby Telegraph

 

 

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8th May 2014 Thursday – We all know what a great season Curtis Davies has had for Hull City so it was no surprise that he received the Player of the Season award at the clubs end-of season awards last night.

We also discover that Elmohamady was voted into second place with Tom Huddlestone third.

Sone Aluko was said to have scored the Goal of the Season for his strike at Newcastle in the 76th minute on 21st September 2013. Which helped City to a great 2-3 win.

Young Player of the Year award went to Will Aimson

Steve Bruce said of club chairman Assem Allam:

“I’ve got a chairman who let’s me manage this football club. He’s done everything I’ve asked of him.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the chairman, along with his family, for their superb support during my time here.”

Andy Davidson, who died aged 81 last month, was remembered with a Special Contribution Award

Assem Allam spoke and said the achievement by Steve Bruce and his squad were “beyond the dreams” of his family when they bought the club at the close of 2010, saying…..

“I stand before you as the chairman of a team that is safe in the Premier League for another season. A team that has reached its first ever FA Cup final and will compete in Europe next term, an accomplishment never before achieved at this club.

“This year we created history; this is the greatest team this area has ever seen on a football pitch.

“I must express my thanks to Steve Bruce. In my opinion Steve Bruce is the manager of the season.He has done a remarkable job, as has his brilliant backroom staff and of course his squad of players.

“As a group, they have made an entire region incredibly proud with their achievements in the last two seasons.

“When we bought this club it was our dream to get back into the Premier League. Two trips to Wembley and the promise of Europa League football was beyond those dreams in this particular time frame.”

 

 

 

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