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9th November 2013 ~ City got a first half hammering at St Mary’s Stadium and only a second half improvement ensured it didn’t get a lot worse. The Tigers hand on in 12th position with 14 points but need to get something after the international break when the entertain rock bottom Crystal Palace. The break should help City and some injuries may have cleared up by then.

Steve Bruce said “Sometimes you should hold your hands up and say you were beaten by the better team.You can see why Southampton are up there and why they have three of their players in the England squad. In the first half they made it very, very difficult. Congratulations to them. The better team almost blew us away today – you can see they are at top end of their division.”

Adam Lallana scored a fantastic goal on 37 minutes to put Saints three up .The England call-up man had a tick solo run 25 yards from goal and struck a precise finish. Morgan Schneiderlin headed in the first on 16 minutes, before Lambert scored a 30 minute penalty.

Yannick Sagbo got a well struck goal for City in the second half on 55 minutes but Steven Davis finished off a good day for Southampton in the dying minutes with an 88th minute goal.

 

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama (S. Davis 63), Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana (Cork 84), Rodriguez, Lambert (Osvaldo 76) Subs not used: K. Davis, Chambers, Hooiveld, Gallagher.

 

Hull City: 3-5-2 Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, McShane, Elmohamady (Koren 45), Boyd (Quinn 80), Meyler (Graham 73), Huddlestone, Livermore, Sagbo. Subs not used: Jakupovic, Bruce, Gedo, Proschwitz

 

Ref: Phil Dowd. Att: 30,022

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14th August 2013 Wednesday – After lots of speculation and leaks in the past few days it was officially confirmed by the club that 26 years old Tom Huddlestone has signed a 3 year contract to play for Hull City following agreement with Tottenham Hotspur. It is understood the transfer fee is club record £5.25m (but not disclosed by the club).

An agreement was also reached for the season long loan of midfielder Jake Livermore from Spurs. It is not known yet if a fee is involved. It is also rumoured that City have an option of a permanent transfer at the end of this season for £3.5m.

Tom Huddlestone played 209 games for Spurs scoring 15 goals since his move from Derby in January 2005. When he does score goals they are usually spectacular. He has represented England at every age level and has 4 full England caps. His last England game was for Roy Hodgson in November 2011, a friendly against Sweden.

A right footed defensive midfielder with wonderful passing ability both short and long-range which makes him also suited to an attacking role; plus he has a powerful shot, and is precisely the player Steve Bruce has been looking for. He can also play at centre back.

Tom has had injury problems however, requiring knee operations and an ankle sprain. Some critics have suggested that his true potential has not been reached due to these.

23-year-old Jake Livermore is also a right footed midfielder and is a full England International (one cap August 2012 v Italy). He has been loaned out to a host of clubs by Spurs during his career. He joined the clubs academy in 2006 and has played in 35 Premier League games for Spurs (56 appearances in all competitions). Jake plays central midfield and can also play defensive midfield.

Jake Livermore (top) and Tom Huddlestone below

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25th June 2013 Tuesday – Hull City‘s official website announced today it had agreed a three-year contract with 28-year-old Curtis Davies to play for the club.

Davies said, “I feel that I’m joining Hull City at an exciting time and the chance to play in the Premier League was also a huge attraction. It’s something that I’ve been lucky enough to do before and I wanted to get back to that level.”

And “Hopefully I can help this team to have a good season and push as high up the table as possible. I can’t wait for Chelsea on the first day of the season now.”

Curtis arrives after the Tigers agreed an undisclosed fee (but thought to be £2.3m) with Birmingham City for the 6ft 2″ central defender.

He has made two appearances for the England under-21s.

Davies was born in Leytonstone, to an English mother and a Sierra Leonean father. He started his football career with Wimbledon as a trainee at the age of 15. A year later, he was released. He wrote to every club in the local area, including Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall asking for a trial. Colchester United responded first, two weeks before any other club, and a trial was offered; after a couple of trial matches he was released. Luton Town were the next to offer him a trial. During the trial, he scored two goals in three games and was handed a scholarship straight away. He made his first-team début in 2003.

He made six appearances in the league during the 2003–04 season, with the away performance at QPR particularly good. The next season Davies achieved his first promotion as he appeared in 44 league games for the Hatters, scoring his first senior goal in the title-clinching win at Wrexham. As well as winning Luton Town’s Young Player of the Year award, Davies was named Football League One Player of the Year, and was selected alongside five Luton teammates in the PFA League One Team of the Year.

The next season Davies only managed six games, and one goal in his final game, at home to Millwall, before his impressive displays saw him signed by Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on 31 August 2005 for a fee of £3 million.

Davies made 35 starts and scored two goals in his first season with Albion, which ended with the club being relegated to the Championship. In July 2006 he pledged his future to the club by signing a new four-year deal, and was appointed captain on a permanent basis, having captained the team on several occasions during the previous season to become the club’s second youngest captain of all time. He was sent off for the first time in February 2007 after receiving two yellow cards for challenges on Middlesbrough striker Mark Viduka. A month later, he broke a metatarsal in Albion’s game against Crystal Palace, an injury that ruled him out for the rest of the season and made him unavailable for selection for the first game at the new Wembley Stadium, an England under-21 international, for which he had been named in the squad. Nevertheless, he was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year for 2006–07.

On 21 June, Davies had a transfer request rejected by West Brom, and he resigned the captaincy. The club was unwilling to allow him to leave unless their valuation was met, but Davies himself felt the asking price was too high for a player who had “been part of a relegated team”. On 30 August, Albion announced that they had given permission for Davies to speak to Aston Villa about a possible move.

On 31 August 2007, Davies signed for Aston Villa on loan for the season, with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer of 2008. He made his Villa début in a 1–0 League Cup defeat to Leicester City on 27 September, afterwards comparing his performance to that of a pub team player:

I was just awful. I didn’t contribute anything. I’ve been bigging myself up, saying I’m ready and obviously I’m not. I’m not good enough to get in the team yet. I’m honest with myself in every performance and that was rubbish – I looked like a pub team player.

Davies made his Premier League début with Villa in the 2–0 home victory against Derby County on 3 November, and scored on his first Premier League start, in a 2–1 away victory at Wigan Athletic in December. He then became a regular in Villa’s back four at the expense of Zat Knight.

On 1 March 2008, Davies suffered a ruptured achilles tendon against Arsenal and was expected to be out for at least six months.

Davies signed a four-year contract with Aston Villa to make the move permanent on 3 July 2008. The fee was undisclosed, but was reported at between £8m and £11m. Manager Martin O’Neill had said in April that he “[didn’t] expect to see him back until October or November time”, but Davies was fit to start Villa’s UEFA Cup match against Hafnarfjordur on 14 August. He captained Aston Villa for the first time on 6 November, in the 1–0 UEFA Cup win against Slavia Prague, with regular captain Martin Laursen on the substitutes’ bench. He scored his first goal of the season in January 2009, helping his team to a 2–1 win against his former club West Bromwich Albion.

2009–10 Davies started the opening game of the season, a 2–0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic described by The Guardian’s reporter as showing “shambolic defending and failure to play with any cohesion”, in which Davies “looked vulnerable every time Wigan attacked”. In contrast, a week later, Davies scored the second of Villa’s three goals away to Liverpool with a header from a corner-kick in first-half stoppage time, in what BBC Sport’s reporter called “an outstanding defensive display”. Davies’ recurring shoulder problems required surgery in September. During his absence, Villa brought in defenders James Collins from West Ham United and Richard Dunne from Manchester City. He returned to action as a second-half substitute in the FA Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion on 23 January, replacing Stephen Warnock. A suggested loan to Scottish Premier League club Celtic in order to gain match fitness was rejected by O’Neill, who felt the club could not afford to lose Davies’s services for the whole season. He made no further first-team appearances.

2010–11 Davies was transfer-listed in the summer of 2010. In August, Martin O’Neill resigned from his position at the club. Following this, Davies told journalists that he felt O’Neill had not given him a fair chance and that he hoped a new manager would give every member of the squad a clean slate. Davies appeared just twice before joining Championship club Leicester City on 15 October on a month’s loan. His debut, against Hull City the next day, was the first league game he had played in twelve months. The loan was extended until January 2011, and Davies played regularly until returning to Aston Villa when his loan expired.

On 28 January 2011, Davies signed for rivals Birmingham City on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He was given the squad number 32. He made his first-team début in a 3–1 home defeat to former club West Bromwich Albion in March, coming into the starting eleven in place of the injured Martin Jiránek. His first goal for the club came when he opened the scoring with a header from a Jordon Mutch corner on 6 August 2011 as Birmingham went on to lose 2–1 at Derby County. In Birmingham’s first match in major European competition for nearly 50 years, the Europa League play-off round first leg against Portuguese club Nacional, which finished goalless, Davies made a well-timed tackle from behind to prevent Mateus opening the scoring. In all Davies made 89 appearances for Birmingham scoring 11 goals.

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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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21st February 2013 Thursday – George Boyd today  joined the Tigers on an emergency  loan from Peterborough for the remainder of the season, and it is rumoured Steve Bruce will look to offer him a two year contract after the end of this season at which time he will be a free agent.

During Peterborough’s match against Millwall on Tuesday this week the 27 year old scored one goal and made three others. He has netted seven goals for Peterborough this season. He has scored 64 goals for Peterborough in 263 league appearances (74 goals in 295 total appearance).

There is mixed speculation on the fee City are parting with which ranges from £200,000 to a seven figure sum

It is reported that at least three other clubs showed interest in Boyd during the January transfer window and a deal with Nottingham Forest controversially collapsed when he failed an eye test. Peterborough have branded Nottingham Forest’s owners  “a disgrace to the game” over their handling of this incident.

Boyd started his career in the Charlton Athletic youth system, joining Stevenage Borough of the Conference National in 2001 and making his first-team début in 2002. He spent five seasons at Stevenage, scoring over thirty goals from midfield in all competitions. He left in January 2007 to join League Two side Peterborough United for a fee of £260,000, and won two successive promotions in the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons. In March 2010, Boyd joined Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season. On return to his parent club in July 2010, Boyd signed a new three-year contract at Peterborough.

He also played for the England National Game XI team, who represent England at non-League level, from 2005 to 2006, earning six caps and scoring one goal. Despite being born in England, his maternal grandfather comes from Scotland and he played for the Scotland B team in 2009.

Boyd is left footed and has been used on the left-wing throughout the majority of his career. He has describes himself as a winger, but has stated that he prefers to play “in the hole” because the position allows him to get more time on the ball.

While playing for his first Senior Club Stevenage he earned the nickname  “The White Pelé” due to his use of tricks, as well as the amount of flair Boyd brought to the team at such a young age.

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