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Hull City - There's No Place Like Home

A Yorkshire man, a dream and his home town club
Started on 27 January 2020 by OMGItsToddzy
Latest Reply on 1 March 2020 by Justice
OMGItsToddzy's avatar Group OMGItsToddzy
4 yearsEdited

A Yorkshire Mans Dream

Hull City Football Club, not such a house hold name outside of its city but nethertheless still an amazing football club only just beggining to turn heads. Founded in 1904 in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull City had to battle to establish a Football Team in the North East. A city built on Rugby League dominance Hull City were unable to apply to the Football Legaue until 1904, the team played their games at The Boulevard until the second world war finished when Hull moved down to Boothery Park.

Years to come would see Hull City battle to become an established team and fond memoriesw aplenty at Boothery Park captured the hearts of Hullians. Coming into the early 2000's playing their trade in the Third Division Hull encountered serious financial troubles. Facing certain Liquidation and being locked out of Boothery Park by Ballifs, Hull was rescued by the famous leisure centre and tennis enthuisiast David Lloyd, nicknamed the great escape Hull City would survive.

Still in a precerious financial position a board takeover was achieved by local rivals Leeds United commercial director Adam Pearson. Pearson although not welcomed by the fans steadied the ship at Hull, with money to challenge for promotion Hull bid farewell to memories at Boothery Park and moved to their now home The KCOM Stadium a 25,400 seater fit for a team on the rise.

Since then Hull began to establish themselves slowly, Hull in 2006/07 hired Phil Brown whilst unrest in the boardroom began to grow. Pearson sold the club as he 'Had taken them as far as they could go" and the club would be passed to a consortium led by Paul Duffen. Securing survival in the Championship would be the building blocks to heights Hull had never seen. Bringing in home town Dean Windass and players such as Fraizer Campbell, Hull managed to build impressively on their relegation scrap. Reaching the Play-Offs and pushing aside Watford 6-1 on aggregate Hull would have a shot at their first chance in the Premier League. Securing himself as a Hull City legend we can all remember the Dean Windass Volley which sent Hull City to the Premier League for their first time in History winning 1-0 against Bristol City.

Shortly lived Hull came crashing down after a hard fought season, only to return to the championship, Duffen resigned and Adam Pearson took the reigns once more, soon enough Pearson embroiled in contreversy left the club. Assem Allam bought the club and appointed Steve Bruce as manager who guided Hull to promotion back to the Premier League. Hull bounced up and down between the Premier League and the Championship but more noticably reached the FA Cup Final against Arsenal in which they lost a 2-0 lead but qualified for the Europa League the first of their history.

Since then the Allams have turned the club against them trying to rebrand the identity of the club and critising the fans openly to the media, for the last few seasons the Allams have sought to sell the club with the Hull fans urging the sale to any potential suitors. Such a toxic atmosphere has made a new buyer hard to find and Hull now locked in the Championship finished poorly in the 2018/19 season.

Well... now you're all caught up, thats me above you. Hull City is my home town, the air I breathe, the memories i've made and do you know what? There's about to be plenty more of them.
Good start bro
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4 yearsEdited


Pre-Treason... the word on the streets and on the lips of the supporters this season. Assem Allam is once again at the forefront of Hull City pitchforks as the a request for improvements to the clubs transfer and wage budget we're denied. Looking deeper into the investment which has been dramitcally reduced due to the desperate sale of the club has left Hull City with little room for menouver in the transfer market although that hasn't stopped Caville with making the best of a bad bunch of pennies.

It never looked realistic for Hull to splash the cash or even secure permanent transfers from other clubs due to the a budget of £0 in a desperate bid to balance the wage budgets. It may be wise for Hull to look to the developing youth team which is dotted with a few budding youngsters. Widely tipped to break into the first team players such as Robbie McKenzie, Brandon Fleming and Keane Lewis-Potter will be keen to make a good first impression for Caville as a team with a few key players could be a chance for the budding potential to play their tade in the second division.

Predicted to occupy the final safety spot in the League it could be a tough season for Hull and they must keep things tidy on the pitch if they are to suppress the toxic atmosphere engulfing the club. Pre-Season is complete and it was far from easy for the Tigers battling for fitness but also building on some positives. As the anticipated first day approaches with Hull travelling to The Den to face Millwall it surely will be an interesting start to the campaign

It will prove tough for Hull playing 7 games in August facing teams such as Derby and Middlesborough which will be sure to provide an idea of how this Hull side can play football. To bolster the team its been confirmed that two new additions have arrived at the KCOM Stadium who offer experience and potential.

Jack Rodwell who has fine experience and is no stranger to playing top division football has found himself without a club. Begtginign his career at Everton and joining Manchester City when they meant nothing Rodwell has seen his experience grow playing at clubs like Sunderland and Blackburn and he will sure to know how to play in a team battling the drop zone. Rodwell has been told he will play an important part for The Tigers and will hope to reinvent himself in East Yorkshire.

Goals have not been in Hull's favour in recent times and who better to come and give Jurgen Klopp food for though than the highlyrated Rhian Brewster. Another hot prospect of Liverpool looking to break his way in to the Kopp, Brewster will be looking to take advantage of his time away from the club and gain some important game time in Hull. Caville announced he was delighted at the chance to bring Brewster across the east and hopefully find some much needed form for the season ahead. As they say the best form of defence is attack... right?
Best of luck here. Hull have a decent starting XI but not much in the way of depth. Jarrod Bowen will be absolutely crucial to any success this season, I think.

Both Rodwell and Brewster are decent additions. I'm interested to see how they fair.
Great start mate would have easily thought of you as a Hull fan such was the depth of the info you gave about the club :D
As a Liverpool supporter I'm really looking forward to seeing Brewster play and develop for you, especially since he'll be starting so much
A great start! Looking forward to following this and hope to see Brewster banging them in. Going to be a tough start to the league but Pre-Season went well and hopefully that can continue.
Two very decent signings in Brewster and Rodwell to improve an already good squad, I can feel big things are coming for Hull. Good luck.
A great couple of signings there, hopefully they can turn it on for you this season.
@Scott T - Bowen certainly will be crucial providing we can hang on, hopefully injuries don't plague us as the depth as a lacking

@walkinshaw - Home town club, go big or go home right?

@Aaron - Lets see if he lives up to the hype

@The LFC Fan - I'm exited to see what he can do, certainly some tough fixtures, lets see how it treats us!

@Im ThatSybGuy - Hopefully experience and quality can improve the first team

@Imagine - Thats the plan lets see what happens

Edit: Thanks for all who are watching and commenting :)
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4 yearsEdited

Nature vs Nurture

Its been no secret that Hull City will be looking toward elite winger Jarrod Bowen to provide quality for the Tigers this season but a pre-season injury has put the wanted talent out of action. Suffering a grade two Hamstring tear it was speculated Bowen would be out between 4-8 weeks when injured early pre-season. Hull City who are just days away from their trip to Millwall have confirmed that Bowen will not be fit to play for The Tigers posing the question of who will have a chance to cause a selection headache for the new 21-year-old manager. Options in the squad are looking thin but perhaps this may be a chance for David Milinkovic to make a start which seems to be an opportunity not provided under previous managers. It's not all doom and gloom in the changing rooms as Caville has announced that he will be handing opportunities to some of the promising potential in the squad. Below you can see comprehensive reports of three keen youngsters who will be looking to find themselves playing in the first team.

Robbie McKenzie

Harry McGuire the most expensive defender in the world played his trade at Hull City. Leaving the tigers to join Leceister and enjoying good spells of form and joining up with England, McGuire joined United for a world-record fee. Hoping to replicate that without the big club move is Robert McKenzie, a budding young center-half who has shown he has the ability to provide solid defensive work alongside a mouldable intelligence could prove to be a key player in Caville's plans this season. Only 20 years old given the right nurturing McKenzie could well go on to be an established defender and could provide an answer for the leak of goals flowing against the East Yorkshire outfit.

Brandon Fleming

Brandon Fleming is another Hull City youth prospect and tipped widely to follow the footsteps of his champions league winning former teammate Andrew Robertson. Fleming possesses good defensive qualities with the ability to make darting attacking movement. Fitness will surely be a key aspect if Fleming is given the freedom to play his box to box style and will certainly need to build some match experience. Stephen Kingsley currently is favorite for the position however in a long season Fleming may have plenty of opportunities to prove his pedigree.

Keane Lewis-Potter

Keane Lewis-Potter is the final budding talent who has a hunger to impress, improve and most importantly score goals. It's an unfortunate time for Keane due to the high number of strikers in the playing squad and ultimately in a bid for game time has made the switch to National League's Sutton Utd. Although a chance in the first team will be disappointing this will be a perfect time for KLP to gather match experience and work on his ability to make Caville think twice should he be here come the end of the campaign. Caville has spoken highly of Keane and believes that the opportunity to showcase his ability will certainly help the young lad mature and have a chance of leading the line for his hometown club.

It will all be left to be seen this season and its shaping up to be a cracking season, join us month by month for updates on Hull City's season and specially selected match specials and in-depth analysis of all black and amber. If you would like to get involved leave us a comment below and let us know what your predictions are, what direction you would like to see them go because we all know that the fans are always right... right?
All three of these guys should be very useful this season and I'm looking forward to seeing how they do
Great update to show a few of the youngsters who could potentially make an impact in the coming years, looking forward to see if any of these make it to the big time!
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4 yearsEdited

August In Review

August in review... Its been a busy month in August for Caville and The Tigers but hard work pays off or so we are told, you judge for yourself but over here we believe that August has been a nice treat for the people of Hull, something to take into the cold and dreary winter if you're a pessimist. Performing above expectations have been the talk of the City with Caville raising a few eye brows with some hard-fought games but ultimately edging out tough opponents in what has been a tough month.

September is sure to offer more surprises and the question of consistency will certainly be on the minds of all involved with The Tigers but more of that later, let's get into the results. 8 games packed into August has provided Hull with plenty of opportunity to prove a point in what has been a crammed schedule. Lets take a look at how Hull City faired under new manager Keiran Caville.

Millwall 2 - 0 Hull City

It was far from a dream start for Hull who were outclassed in every department by a strong Millwall side. The Den is never an easy place to play Football and missing the quality of star player Jarrod Bowen certainly wasn't unnoticed. Hull hardly troubled Millwall all game managing 2 shots on target in the 90 minutes. Caville mentioned you always need to take the positives out of a loss which will allow the squad to reflect and return to the training ground to fix their mistakes.

Hull City 3 - 2 Derby County

Reflection completed and the return of Jarrod Bowen saw The Tigers battle for 3 points in a 5 goal thriller at the KCOM Stadium. Much more quality in the final third showed just how well Hull could battle for 90 minutes although a few tense moments saw Derby lose a game which may not of merited the fine performance they put it. Rhian Brewster introduced himself to Hull with a tidy finish in 23 minutes, the lead would be short-lived with Martyn Waghorn capitalizing on a poor defensive error just 3 minutes later. Kamil Grosicki showed his quality in the 39th minute giving the home side the hope for half time. Robert McKenzie scored a leaping header in the 46th minute to put Hull 3-1 up only for celebrations to be halted a minute later by Jamie Paterson in 47th minute giving the game a 3-2 scoreline at the break.

The second half would be dominated by Derby but Hull were determined and resilient securing their first 3 points of the season in a hard fought result.

Middlesbrough 1 - 3 Hull City

The Carabao Cup First Round saw Hull City battle and look comfortable in their game at The Riverside Stadium. Boro who are no easy opponent looked to be lacking in their overall game and Caville's men took full advantage of that running out 3-1 winners. Robbie McKenzie scored a penalty on 28 minutes after Norbert Balogh was brought down. Middlesbrough would gather some hope just 10 minutes later with a finely worked goal from Ashley Fletcher but that would soon be in vain when Norbert Balogh scored on the stroke of half time. Dominant in the second half Jackson Irvine but the game to bed scoring the rebound from Balogh's shot securing a 2nd Round tie against Derby County at Pride Park.

Bristol City 0 - 2 Hull City

Form continued making the trip to Ashton Gate which saw a rocky start for The Tigers. Hull found their rhythm half an hour into the game and began to control possession and pose a threat to the Bristol goal. Rhian Brewster reminded fans what they where missing after sitting out the League Cup game and netted in the 41st minute sending Hull into the lead at the break. More of the same from Hull in the second half saw smooth passing and attacking prowess. Brewster scored his brace in the 68th minute allowing Hull to see out another valuable 3 points in the League.

Hull City 1 - 1 Nottingham Forest

A cold Tuesday night at the KCOM would see Hull play 1 of 2 games at the KCOM Stadium this week against a Forest side aiming for the play-offs. In what was a tense game both teams eventually cancelled each other out. Brewster hit the net for the 3rd consecutive league game on 28 minutes only for concentration to be lost and conceding the equalizer some 30 seconds later courtesy of Sammy Ameobi. Chances came few and far between for both sides although a disallowed goal for Forest saw The Tigers escape with a point. Caville told the media he was happy with his sides performance and every point is crucial in such an unpredictable league

Hull City 0 - 0 Preston North End

Lackluster would be the only way to describe the scenes at The KCOM Stadium as neither side could find the net. Fitness may have been an issue in a game which lacked energy and little to shout about for either side.Nonetheless Hull City will be happy with another point extending their unbeaten run to 4 in the league and 5 in all competitions.

Derby County 0 - 1 Hull City

The Carabao Cup Second Round saw the anticipated rematch of a hard fought encounter just two weeks ago. Hull tarvelled to Pride Park with intentions to progress to the Third Round of the competition. Brewster would miss the game through a bruised foot with Balogh leading the line for The Tigers. On the half hour mark it would be a surprise goalscorer with Matthew Pennington lathering home the ball from the right corner of the box giving Hull the lead at the break. Josh Bowler picked up an injury 50 minutes in seeing him be on the sidelines for 7 weeks. Making way for Bowler would be David Milinkovic who would play a solid part in the attainment of Hull's lead. Perhaps the star man of the game would be Hull's budding youth goalkeeper Will Mannion who has started all games for Hull this season making 9 saves to see Hull into the Third Round. Hull will host League 1 Coventry City in the next round.

Sheffield Wednesday 1 - 1 Hull City

Ambitious would be the only way to describe Hull's end to August with a trip away to Hillsborough to face 6th placed Wednesday. With only 2 days rest since the result at Pride Park Hull would need to see out what has been a promising month in the North East of Yorkshire. Young Brandon Fleming would miss the game picking up a pulled groin but good news for Hull to see Rhian Brewster back in the starting line up. George Honeyman and Kevin Stewart would see their first start of the season due to tired legs in the Hull camp. It would only take 3 minutes for the deadlock to be broken by Adam Reach scoring a header to give the home side the advantage. Hull managed to regain some control during the first half but trailed at the half time whistle with plenty of food for thought going into the second half. In what looked like a more comfortable half for Hull it took until 72 minutes for Rhian Brewster to score a well placed header from Bowen's corner levelling the field with just under 20 minutes to go but ultimately no side could find a winner and shared a point each to cap off a tantalising month of football for both clubs.

Overall Hull City performed above expectations and showed great character after losing on the opening day. Hull leave August unbeaten in 5 in the league and 7 in all competitions with Rhian Brewster scoring 5 in the league showing that Hull are a force to be reckoned with. Caville will certainly have expectations to build on after reinventing a Hull team that are predicted to finish just above the drop zone. 9 points in 6 games is a good building block for The Tigers who currently sit 8th in the league and sit 2 points of the play-offs. You can see the current table below. Stick around as we follow City into September bringing you all the news, goals and drama its going to be one hell of a season.

Not a bad start in the slightest mate, roll on next month! Looking good!!

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