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27th August 2016 KC Stadium Saturday: The team whose fans can chant “we don’t need no players” almost pulled it off this afternoon by taking the game to the wire in denying the money bags, bloated squad of Mourinho what they wanted….a bloody goal.

The Red Devils got their goal in the 92′ but it was the home grown teenage football genius Marcus Radford  who got it for them not the expensive pony-tailed genius brought in by Jose Mourinho.

Curtis Davies…….Davies what a player he is; a man with the heart of a lion who just won’t give up. Battered and bruised at the heart of the Tigers defence he shut down Ibrahimovic time and time again.

But all the Tigers players were heroes today, not one let us down. Robert Snodgrass came very close to scoring a a couple of occasions and it wasn’t all one way traffic.

23rd August 2016 Tuesday St James Park: We expected a lot more changes to the team tonight because that is what we have come to expect from City.

However Mike Phelan kept his word and respect for the competition by putting out a competitive starting line-up. Not an easy thing for him to do under the current circumstances and he had every excuse to do a more wholesale change.

He did have reinforcements on the bench in Robertson, Snodgrass and Huddlestone…. they were needed.

Hernandez didn’t travel, which speaks volumes for him still wanting a new club, a deal which is close now.

Maguire was an obvious candidate in defence (for more than one reason) and there was no Curtis Davis.

Dusan Kuciak, Greg Olley and Jarrod Bowen all made a debut for the Tigers.

Exeter’s  Jake Taylor got the opening goal in the 24th minute with a strike from outside the box, but it was cancelled out two minutes later by Diomandé with a headed goal assisted by Maloney.

In the second half Diomandé struck again 77′ and finally Snodgrass 81′ sealed it with one of his free kicks.

Hull City: Dusan Kuciak, Ahmed Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, Harry Maguire, Josh Tymon (Andy Robertson 31), David Meyler, Shaun Maloney (Robert Snodgrass 77), Greg Olley, Adama Diomande, Jarrod Bowen, Greg Luer (Tom Huddlestone 57). Bench Unused: Will Mannion, Josh Clackstone, Harvey Rodgers, Ben Hinchliffe.

Exeter City: Christy Pym, Pierce Sweeney, Ethan Ampadu, Troy Brown, Craig Woodman (Connor Riley-Lowe 82), Jake Taylor (David Wheeler 82), Lloyd James, Jordan Tillson, Ryan Harley (Ollie Watkins 74), Liam McAlinden, Joel Grant. Bench Unused: James Hamon, Robbie Simpson, Matt Jay, Alex Byrne

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Adama Diomandé got two goals for the Tigers

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20th August 2016 Saturday Liberty Stadium: City are making a difficult season look easy and the pundits are all over the place in what to say and write. Two wins from two games  = 3rd place in the EPL below the Manchester clubs on goal difference.

The Tigers were well worth this win with goals from Maloney 79′  nudging in from a deflected corner (on for Diomande 73′)  and Hernandez 93′ after an assist by Maloney. Hernandez seemingly wants away from our club…..he may have a change of heart.

Another good stint from Robert Snodgrass who is repaying the club for the loss of his services after joining us. But to be honest all this group had good games.

City are putting away chances when they really matter. Although they had a lot of defending to do, still managed to find time and opportunity to create chance after chance.

Possession at 43% isn’t bad for a Hull City away game in the EPL.

It’s likely that Exeter beckons for a few of the young faces on the Hull City bench this afternoon.

Once again Mike Phelan has done a great job…..what is Ehab waiting for?

Mike Phelan post match:

“We still are short on numbers and have to be realistic. It was a tremendous performance and the character of the group has been brilliant from day one.

“The difficulty to come here was to see if we could go after them or contain them. The players stuck to their task and we created more chances than them.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Ahmed Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, Curtis Davies, Andy Robertson, Sam Clucas, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Robert Snodgrass, Adama Diomande (Shaun Maloney 73), Abel Hernandez. Bench Unused: Dusan Kuciak, Josh Tymon, Jarrod Bowen, Greg Luer, Greg Olley, Josh Clackstone.

Swansea City: Lukasz Fabianski, Jordi Amat, Leroy Fer (Ki Sung-Yueng 68), Fernando Llorente, Wayne Routledge (Jefferson Montero 55), Modou Barrow (Nathan Dyer 85), Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jack Cork, Kyle Naughton, Federico Fernandez, Stephen Kingsley.
Bench Unused: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Angel Rangel, Jay Fulton, Mike Van Der Hoorn.

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13th August 2016: We knew it could happen, but no one expected it. Football is often unpredictable yes, but this result is against all the odds.

The seeds to the win are in the “everyone together” mold of a small group, the fact that the group have been playing together in pre-season and the undeniable fact that they are good players.

The big worry was that there would be injuries and a few ‘green’ players would take the field.

But the black and amber soldiers held on and at times ran the game….ok a bit strong, but they did hint at that.

Phelan has done himself no harm with this, his tactics being spot on….he would not let the Foxes play the game their way….ie, on the break and when they did manage it, closed them down fast

Diomande (45’+1 minutes), and Snodgrass (57′minutes) got the City goals and in between Leicester got an undeserved penalty by Mahrez on 47′.

Oh, and Mike Dean showed himself to be a useless ref yet again. Hand in your whistle Mike.

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Andy Robertson, Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez, Robert Snodgrass, Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore, Adama Diomande, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Dusan Kuciak, Shaun Maloney, Josh Tymon, Jarrod Bowen, Greg Luer, Greg Olley, Josh Clackstone.

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Luis Hernandez, Danny Drinkwater, Wes Morgan, Ahmed Musa, Jamie Vardy, Andy King (Daniel Amartey 68), Danny Simpson (Leonardo Ulloa 83), Demarai Gray (Shinji Okazaki 68), Riyad Mahrez, Christian Fuchs.
Bench Unused: Ron-Robert Zieler, Ben Chilwell, Marc Albrighton, Bartosz Kapustka.

Oh, and the stats say it all as well….more shots on target, more corners and more possession, not to mention more ‘proper’ goals.

And look at the foul count !!!

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As City fans looked forward to a tricky opening to a season back in the EPL, what happened next was unexpected and scary type weird. Here’s how it went…..

1 July 2016 midfielder Tom Huddlestone was awarded a new two-year deal with Hull City

1 July 2016 goalkeeper Rory Watson was loaned to North Ferriby for the season.

1 July 2016 goalkeeper Will Mannion signed from AFC Wimbledon with a three-year contract.

All pretty mundane, then….

15 July 2016, in a pre-season fixture  against Grimsby Town full back Moses Odubajo suffered an injury in the match, said to be a ruptured medial patellofemoral ligament. He will not be available for 6 months.

19 July 2016, in the pre-season fixture v Mansfield Town City captain Michael Dawson received an injury and was substituted. This turned out to be a medial knee ligament problem, which rules him out for about 3-months, leaving the team with only 13 fit senior players.

20 July 2016, the club announced that much vaunted takeover talks had been put on hold until after the close of the transfer window.

Bombshell….22 July 2016 the BBC reported that manager Steve Bruce had resigned from his job. The club confirmed this and put coach Mike Phelan in charge of the first team squad, said to be on a temporary basis. They will search for a new manager.

2 August 2016, City sacked the first team coach Keith Bertschin when he turned up with his travel bags to join the coach taking the squad to Austria for a friendly and training

3 August 2016 midfielder Momamed Diamé  turned down a new contract with City and signed a three-year contract with Championship side Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee ….said to be the 4.5m pounds release amount in his contract.

5th August 2016: It is reported that a Chinese Consortium led by brother and sister Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li is interested in purchasing Hull City.

12 August 2016 Calaum Jahraldho-Martin leaves the club via a free transfer to Oldham Athletic.

13th August 2016, reduced to 13 fit first squad players and without a permanent manager City faced EPL Champions at the KC in the opening game of the season. The football world and journalists predicted a slaughter of the Tigers by the Foxes. Hull City rolled up their sleeves and promptly won 2-1 going straight to the top of the EPL.

17th August 2016, Hull City announced that midfielder Sam Clucas has signed a new 3 year contract.

18th August 2016, Tigers sign 18 years old centre back Bradley Maslen-Jones  from Peterborough United with on a one year contract following a pre-season trial period. There was no transfer fee; he never had a first-team appearance for The Posh and will be part of the Hull City development squad.

22nd August 2016, It’s reported the club have offered Abel Hernandez a new deal in an effort to fight off predator clubs.

30th August 2016, The Club announce the signing of 31 years old 6′ 3″ goal-keeper David Marshal from Cardiff City for £3.5m.  This can increase to £5.0m on appearances etc. He has got a 3 year contract.

Marshall played 264 league games for the Bluebirds and 24 times for Scotland. He was named in the EPL team of the 2013/14 season having made more saves than any other keeper

Later in the day it was announced that City hand completed the signing of 25 year old midfielder Ryan Mason from Spurs for a club record fee of £11m.

And to top it off we are told the signing of striker Will Keane is also complete. Manchester United agreed the transfer for £1m.

31st August 2016 Transfer Deadline Day: City sign another midfielder; Manchester United youngster James Weir is City’s fourth signing of this transfer window after agreeing a three-year contract. The 21 year old made one appearance for the Red Devils senior squad. A fee has not been disclosed.

Also  striker Dieumerci Mbokani on a season long loan from Dynamo Kiev.

1st September 2016. We didn’t know about it last night but discover this morning that instead of disappearing as suspected, attacking midfielder Markus Henriksen is a now a Hull City player. A loan deal is agreed with AZ Alkmaar for the 24 year old with a view to making things permanent in the January 2017 window.

8th September 2016. The takeover of Hull City by the Chinese consortium has collapsed during the ‘fit and proper’ persons review by the EPL.

9th September 2016; Mike Phelan, caretaker Manager at City is named Premier League Manager of The Month for August 2016.

13th September 2016: The club’s owners, Assem and Ehab Allam, have opened talks with the new group of investors which is being led by Chinese businessman Chien Lee.

22nd July 2016 Friday:

Steve Bruce has left his position as Hull City manager by mutual consent amid claims he became frustrated by a lack of transfer activity at the club.

Reports on Friday suggested Bruce – a candidate for the England job that eventually went to Sam Allardyce – had walked out following a failure to strengthen his squad, which has been hit by numerous injuries during pre-season.

And the club later announced the departure of their most successful manager, who oversaw a return to the Premier League via the play-offs last season.

“Following four incredible seasons with the Tigers including two promotions and our first ever FA Cup final, we can confirm that manager Steve Bruce has left the club by mutual consent,” read a club statement.

“The Board of Directors would like to thank Steve for all his efforts since his appointment in 2012 culminating in a glorious day at Wembley in May which saw the club bounce back into the Premier League.

“Steve has excelled in his role – both on and off the field – and will be remembered for being the most successful manager in our history to date.

“Steve Bruce wishes the club and the owners all the very best for the forthcoming Premier League season.

“Steve also wishes to place on record his thanks to the club’s supporters for their unwavering support and also to all the players and staff who have worked with him during his time at the KCOM Stadium.”

Assistant Mike Phelan, who is among the favourites to take over the job on a permanent basis, has been placed in caretaker charge as Hull continue their pre-season preparations.
Read more at http://www.fourfourtwo.com/news/bruce-leaves-hull-city-mutual-consent#xgOypKJD2ip1p5aX.99

1st July 2016 – Well done the Wales football team, what a result, and what commitment, energy, belief and total teamwork.  All the things the England Team lacked.

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