Manager: – Steve Bruce
Captain: – Curtis Davies
Chairman: – Assem Allam
Rivals: – Leeds United, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town.
Nicknamed “The Tigers” Hull City AFC is a professional football club in England and plays their home matches at the KC Stadium in Kingston, Hull. Hull City was the first team in the world to get knocked out of a club competition via penalties (Vs Manchester United in the now defunct Wateny Cup)
Founded in the year 1904, Hull City’s crowing moment came in the 2013-2014 season when they reached the FA Cup Final, but ended as runners-up after they lost 3-2 to Arsenal in extra-time at the Wembley Stadium.
History behind Hull City A.F.C
Hull City played their first official match in 1904 against Stockton in a FA Cup preliminary clash and it ended up as a 3-3 draw. Hull City initially played their home matches at the “Boulevard”, which was then the home of Rugby Union team Hull F.C. The team moved on to the Anlaby Road Cricket Ground Stadium to play their home matches.
Hull wasn´t admitted to the football league at first and had to wait a season to finally get the nod. In the 1905-06 season, Hull City was added to the Football League Second Division and finished 5th in the division.
Hull was a solid Division-two team for much of the 1900’s and were in constant contention for promotion. However, after the First World War the team suffered a drastic dip that saw them relegated to the 3rd Division in 1930.
After the Second World War, Hull moved to their new ground “Boothferry Park” and played there till 2002. In the 1948-49 season they managed to win the Third Division and as a result got promoted back to the second division.
This started a series of seasons were they would move back and forth between the Second and Third Divisions of English Football. They won the 3rd division twice during this period in 1959 and 1966.
During the 1980’s Hull City was at the peak of their struggles as they further fell back to the 4th Division. They didn’t stay in the Fourth Division for long as they came back to the 3rd Division in the 1983 season. Two years later they managed to get promoted to the Second Division were they would spend another 6 years.
Premier League Era
At the end of the 1991 season, just before the league re-organisation, Hull got relegated to the Third Division but once the league re-organisation took place Hull City found themselves in the new Second Division of English football.
They could not stay there for long as they were relegated back to the new Third Division within a few years. There was a point in their history when they were on the verge of being relegated to the Conference (Semi-Professional football league) in the 1998 season, but under the management of Warren Joyce managed to perform what Hull fans fondly remember as the “Great Escape”.
From that point on Hull got stronger each season, they moved to the KC Stadium in 2002 ending there till today at Boothferry Park. Hull City managed to get Back to Back promotions in the 03-04 season as the 04-05 season and they were in the Championship.
They were relegation contenders in their first few years in the Championship and avoided the drop multiple times. Finally after years of struggle Hull City managed to earn themselves a place in England’s top division for the 08-09 season after winning the Championship playoffs in the 07-08 season.
They had a great start on their first Premier League campaign and found themselves top of the table nine games into the season. The season went downhill from there but Hull managed to avoid getting relegated in their first season of the Premier League.
They couldn’t do the same in the second season and got relegated at the end of the 2009-10 campaign. Hull however did get back to the premier league at the end of the 2012-13 season under the guidance of Steve Bruce.
The Season So Far 2014-2015
After getting promoted back in the 2012-2013 season Hull City had an impressive return to the top flight of English Football finishing the season in 16th place comfortably ahead of the relegation spots.
However, the 2014-15 season has been a struggle for Steve Bruce’s men and they are currently in one of the relegation spots with just 19 points from 21 games (As of January 10th, 2015). They are finding it difficult to put on a decent run of form and have won just 4 games this season.
The only thing Hull can be happy about is the fact that they are just one point away from safety and if they can find some of their form from last season then Hull certainly have more than enough of a chance and quality by their side to finish well above the relegation battle.
An 8 goal thriller between Hull City and Sheffield United in last year’s FA Cup Semi-Final :
Most Goal: – Chris Chilton (193)
Most Appearances: – Andy Davidson (520)
More Updates including the current squad details and other fun facts in February.
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