Hull City Club Profile
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Hull City : Club Background

Hull City are the sleeping giants of the Football League. Not only is Hull the largest English city to host only one football side, which accounts for the 'giants' tag; Hull also has the (in)distinction of being the largest English city to host a club that has never played in the top flight of the English game, hence the 'sleeping' bit. For years they've been in the doldrums, falling ever more deeply into debt and playing at a ramshackle old ground half of which was closed off for safety reasons. But slowly, things appear to be changing. A new board has taken over, new money is being invested in new players, even a new stadium has been built, the fourth change of venue for the club in their history. Only time will tell as to whether this will be a new beginning for the Tigers long-suffering fans or yet another false dawn, but the initial signs are encouraging.

The club's history began in 1904 with some friendly fixtures. The following year they were elected to the second division of the football league and for a decade or so showed every sign of becoming a major success with finishes of fifth, fourth and third culminating in another third place finish in 1910, the club missing out on promotion to the top flight on goal average. But (and it's a J-Lo sized big 'but') that was as good as it got for the Tigers, never again have they got as close to the highest league in English football: So near and yet so far.....

They've had their triumphs since of course: They've won the third division title three times, the last time in 1966; reached the play-offs in 2001 and were runners-up in the old fourth division in 1983. They got to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1930 and the final of the Associate Members Cup in 1983, losing 2-1 to Bournemouth.

Money - or the lack of it - is the reason that the club's obvious potential for better things has never been realised. Apart from a period in the '60's when prosperity briefly beckoned the club have always led a hand-to-mouth existence and whenever decent teams have been built the better players have inevitably been sold in order to keep the club going. The 90's was a decade of almost perpetual financial crisis for the club, winding up orders arriving with monotonous regularity, players being sold to at least partially pay off the most pressing debts and culminating in the club being locked out of it's own home ground and the bailiffs being called in.

There is however light at the end of the tunnel for long-suffering Hull fans at last. Yet another new board has come in and the club are at last out of administration after reaching agreement with their creditors. The club are now playing in front of near-capacity crowds in a brand new all-seater stadium shared with the local rugby league club and owned and run by the local council for the benefit of local people. The manager, former Leicester and England u-21 boss Peter Taylor, has a bigger budget to spend than the vast majority of other division three teams and the future, for the time being, looks brighter than it has for a while.

Prediction corner:
Apparently every season people say that this will be the season for Hull, this will be the season that they start to fulfill all that potential and start making their way through the divisions to the prized goal, the holy grail of the Premiership...... No excuses either - this season they really ought to do it. Automatic promotion will be the target, the play-offs seen as a good second-best only if they come through them. Anything less than promotion will be unacceptable, to board and fans. So not much pressure there then! Number of Glovers fans at the new KC Stadium? We go there in late November on a Saturday and even though it's one of our furthest trips a lot of people will be looking forward to it.... 350 then, maybe 400.

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Hull City : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Hull City

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Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Hull City


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Hull City : Club News
Recent News For Hull City

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Hull City : Club Statistics




Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable


Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:

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Hull City : Club Information
Address : Kingston Communications Stadium
The Circle
Walton Street
Anlaby Road

Telephone Number : 0870 8370003
Ticket Office : 0870 8370004
Fax : 01482 304882
Clubcall : 09068 888688 (calls charged at premium rate)

Chairman : Adam Pearson
Press Officer : Brendan Smurthwaite
Fixtures Secretary : Phil Hough
Manager : Peter Taylor
Capacity : 25,404
Seated : All-seated
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 55,000 (Boothferry Park) v Man Utd, FA Cup 6th round 1948-49

Nickname : The Tigers

Ticket Prices : Adult £15, conc £8. Away fans are situated in the North Stand

Disabled Info : There are 174 spaces throughout the stadium for wheelchair users, 60 pitch-side and 114 elevated positions. There are also 192 seats for people with walking difficulties. Wheelchair users are admitted free, assistants pay usual rate. Ambulant disabled admitted at concessionary price, proof of being registered disabled required. Additionally the Kingston Communication Stadium has 3 wheelchairs for hire by disabled fans. For more information on disabled facilities contact disabled fan's coordinator Allan Chilton on 0870 8370003 on Monday's before matches or Carol Taylor in the ticket office 0870 8370004 any other day.

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Hull City : Directions To The Ground

Travel information from the Kingston Communications Stadium website.

By Road

From the West:
Approach Hull from the M62, which leads straight onto the A63. Continue on the A63 under the Humber Bridge. The road continues into the A63 Clive Sullivan Way.
Continue along Clive Sullivan Way. Turn off onto the slip road just before the fly-over, sign-posted ‘Local Traffic/Infirmary’ and for KC Stadium.
At the roundabout, take the second exit "Rawling Way".
At the next main set of traffic lights (and with the Hospital in front of you), take a left turn onto A1105 Anlaby Road. Continue over the fly-over. At the foot of the fly-over, take a right turn into Walton Street.
The Walton Street car park is located just over half way down this street after the Sports Arena.

From the Humber Bridge:
Once over the Humber Bridge, follow signs for Hull City Centre. The road follows round to the left to join the A63 Clive Sullivan Way and will take you under the Humber Bridge.
Continue along Clive Sullivan Way. Turn off onto the slip road just before the fly-over, sign-posted ‘Local Traffic/Infirmary’ and for KC Stadium.
At the roundabout, take the second exit "Rawling Way".
At the next main set of traffic lights (and with the Hospital in front of you), take a left turn onto A1105 Anlaby Road. Continue over the fly-over. At the foot of the fly-over, take a right turn into Walton Street.
The Walton Street car park is located just over half way down this street, after the Sports Arena.

From the North:
Take the A1079 towards Beverley then follow signs for the Humber Bridge and the A164. Take the A63 sign-posted Hull City Centre. Continue on the A63 under the Humber Bridge. The road continues into the A63 Clive Sullivan Way.
Continue along Clive Sullivan Way. Turn off onto the slip road just before the fly-over, sign-posted ‘Local Traffic/Infirmary’ and for KC Stadium.
At the roundabout, take the second exit "Rawling Way".
At the next main set of traffic lights (and with the Hospital in front of you), take a left turn onto A1105 Anlaby Road.
Continue over the fly-over. At the foot of the fly-over, take a right turn into Walton Street.
The Walton Street car park is located just over half way down this street, after the Sports Arena.

Park & Ride:
Alternatively, you could use the new Park & Ride facility on Priory Park near to Sainsbury’s. This is sign-posted from the A63 (Clive Sullivan Way) and will be open on matchdays. This provides up to 650 parking spaces with a frequent bus service to the city centre dropping off and picking up spectators outside the stadium on Anlaby Road.

By Rail

Paragon Station is a 10 minute walk from the stadium with a sign-posted pedestrian route via Londesborough Street.

New pedestrian facilities have been provided, safely lit, with traffic-calming measures and covered by CCTV, including; a new boulevard from the main entrance to West Park on Anlaby Road, a new link from the stadium through to Londesborough Street/Argyle Street, giving easy access to and from the city centre, and new pedestrian signage from the bus and railway stations, Pryme Street car park and from Rawling Way.

By Bus

There are excellent EYMS and Stagecoach bus services within the city, with most routes terminating in the city centre bus station off Ferensway, only a 10 minute walk from the stadium using the signposted routes.

Bus service nos. 2, 23, 24, 35, 48, 60, 61, 62, 64, 66, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155 and 350 pass directly by the stadium on Anlaby Road.

Bus service nos. 57 and 58 stop close by at Hull Royal Infirmary on Anlaby Road.

Bus service nos. 3, 13, 13C, 19, 23, 24, 33, 34, 44, 45 and 47 pass close by on Spring Bank West at its junction with Chanterlands Avenue.

Bus service nos. 18 and 15 stop on Spring Bank near Derringham Street (service 15A provides a direct link with service 51A to Bransholme and Ings Estate).

For up to date information, please telephone Bus Call on Tel: 01482 222222 or go to

Travel information from the Kingston Communications Stadium website.

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Hull City : Web Resources
Web Sites

Hull City AFC Official
Kingston Communication Stadium Official Website
Hull City Online
Amber Nectar
The Three O'Clock At Kempton
Hull City's Yesterdays
Tigers Co-operative

Web Message Boards forum - unofficial message board, registration required to post.
Amber Nectar forum - unofficial message board, registration required to post

E-Mail Mailing Lists

The Tiger Chat Mailing List has just over 400 subscribers at the time of writing and generates on average around 18 messages per day. Click here for subscribing/unsubscribing instructions.

Local Press

Hull Daily Mail

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Hull City : Food & Drink
Club Bar :

As far as we know away fans are not accepted in the Supporters Bar(s). However liquid in plastic cups at around £2.30 to £2.50, purporting to be lager and beer, is available on the concourse within the ground, including the away area. Food is the usual bugers and pies. Penny's Pies have been recommended - £2.20 last season, but much larger than the norm.

As to Kingston Upon Hull. It is a big place, with over 250,000 people within the city and another 200,000 in the suburbs. Surrounding Hull, for league after league in every direction, is either water, or villages of 30 inhabitants all carrying the same surname. Even since the opening of the Humber Bridge there's little need for anyone to go to Hull because it doesn't lead to anywhere else, unless you are in an articulated lorry bound for Scandanavia, and they have something of a reputation as a bunch of isolates who don't like the rest of the World much. Whether this is fair or not we shall soon find out.

Don't run away with the idea that Hull is like a large Boston though. It's not a backwater full of inbred retards, but has always been fiercely independent, taking the opposing line to whatever is the 'norm'. In the Civil War, whilst the rest of the North hadn't emerged from the Middle Ages and still tugged its forelock to the King, Hull shut its gates against him and withstood two sieges. This radical streak was maintained thereafter. Hull was distributing free medicine to the poor before anyone else thought the poor deserved more than regular beatings. William Wilberforce was a famous son of the city. And of course for many decades Hull was best known for proudly maintaining a completely separate - and much better - telephone system to the rest of the country.

The place is stuffed full of pubs - hundreds of 'em. Prices are some of the cheapest in the country. Those around the ground have a reputation of being rather 'home fans only'. Again as this is our first visit we can only go on reports from the fans of other clubs, but the general message is: use a bit of common sense, and if you must drink within staggering distance of the stadium have some discretion. Remember there are 15,000-20,000 of them, and a lot less of us. Some pubs fairly close to the ground are The Griffin, The George, Parkers, The Brickmakers Arms, The Steam Tavern, The Silver Cod. The last carries a severe health warning according to several sources amongst visiting supporters.

A bit further away from the stadium, 10 minutes or so walk, is the Spring Bank area. There are plenty of pubs here catering to different tastes, and we've listed a few below. This area is probably a preferable choice for away fans. The city centre is 20 to 25 minutes walk, or about a £4.00 taxi journey away. There are also plenty of buses. If you can't find a pub here that suits you amongst the dozens and dozens you aren't trying.

Local Pubs :

Admiral of the Humber: Did we say Hull was large and stuffed to the gills with pubs? This is one of four Wetherspoon outlets in the place and, at the far eastern end of Anlaby Road (A1105), the closest of them to the ground. The others, in order of distance, are Lloyds No.1, The Three John Scotts (the best of them, to be found in Lowgate) and The Zachariah Pearson. Be aware that JD Wetherspoon has a much trumpeted down on football colours. Though we've never had any problems before games there's always a first time, and we have been refused entry at a few later in the evening. All the Hull Wetherspoon pubs admit children - up until when is a bit of a lottery from pub to pub in the chain.
Admiral of the Humber, Anlaby Road, Kingston Upon Hull, HU1 2NT. Tel: 01482 381850. Map: Click Here.

Editorial Inn: Free house that usually has Tetley Bitter and three guest ales available. The food is well spoken of, but is not available on Saturdays unfortunately. Wheelchair friendly. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Editorial Inn, 48, Spring Bank, Kingston Upon Hull, HU3 1AB. Tel: 01482 327738. Map: Click Here.

Hole in the Wall: A recent venture dating from 2001, the pub offers an ever-changing range of six beers, mostly from smaller independent breweries. It is divided into two main bars. The front one is drinking only, the rear bar has large screen TV and a pool table. Wheelchair access. Doesn't do food.
Hole in the Wall, 115, Spring Bank, Kingston Upon Hull, HU3 1BH. Tel: 01482 580354. Map: Click Here.

Old Zoological: Tom Cobleigh chain pub, the nearer of the two in Hull to the ground. The other is the Old Grey Mare, Cottingham Road, HU5 2EG. Open from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. with food served from 12 noon to 10 p.m. The pub has some real ales, a large car park, big screen TV with Sky, dartboard, baby changing facilities, welcomes children and is wheelchair friendly. Tom Cobleigh has recently been taken over by Spirit Group. It used to be one of the better chains around, with less bland and boring food and drink than most. Our opinion is that the takeover has pulled it down closer to the lowest common denominator, but then what does one expect from the muppets that dominate the pub trade and see more profit margin in bulk purchases of coloured water and cardboard food.
Old Zoological, Princes Avenue, Kingston Upon Hull, HU5 3DL. Tel: 01482 493998. Fax: 01482 341248. Map: Click Here.

Tap & Spile: Used to be called The Eagle. Top notch pub with more beers than you can shake a stick at - er, should that be what you want to do to your beer. Regulars are Taylor Landlord, Yorkshire Terrier, Black Sheep and Rooster's Yankee. Then there are up to eight guest beers on. One of the great Belgian beers, Hoegaarden, is available on draught. And if all this is not enough there's Weston's Old Rosie Cider. Divided into three, the main central core has a pool table and is flanked by two non-smoking areas. Full meals only available early evening. Not sure about now, but no children certainly used to be the policy. All day opening from 12 noon.
Tap & Spile, 169-171, Spring Bank, Kingston Upon Hull, HU3 1LP. Tel: 01482 323518. Map: Click Here.

The Hase: Many of the better pubs in Hull are well away from the ground further into the centre of the city anyway, so this one in Hessle may be a better bet. Both the A63 and the A15 pass through Hessle - which should account for about 99% of Yeovil fans. Close to the northern end of the Humber Bridge it is a fairly recent conversion. Usual beers are the excellent Taylor Landlord, Black Sheep, Flowers IPA, Tetley Dark Mild, and there is generally a guest. Food, including vegetarian options, is served lunchtimes and evenings. A bit of a 'beards and sandals' atmosphere at times as it has Celtic folk music some nights. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. weekdays and all day from 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
The Hase, 5-7, Swinegate, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU13 9LG. Tel: 01482 648559. Map: Click Here.

The Three John Scotts: Best of the four Wetherspoon pubs in Hull. Beers obviously vary, but Summer Lightning, Black Sheep Special, and Bateman Mild are regulars along with those rather tired Wetherspoon standards Directors, Spitfire and Theakston Best. There are usually a range of guests on, and cider as well. For those into kissing the brown with the pink Riley's Snooker Centre is virtually next door.
The Three John Scotts, Alfred Gelder Street / Lowgate, Kingston Upon Hull, HU1 1XW. Tel: 01482 381910. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

More chance if you speak Norwegian or Swedish really.

Top-Tip :

It's a long way so why not make a weekend of it? But stay in Beverley or Driffield, not Hull. In Driffield there's a pub with something like 100+ different types of whisky for sale. Strange, but true.

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Hull City : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

"Hull may not be the prettiest of cities, and if you've been here before you'll already know what a nightmare of a place it is to drive through (the City Council seems to be doing everything it can to force traffic off the roads and commit commercial suicide). But there are a few places worthy of paying a visit if you can manage to find somewhere to park your car..." Not our words, but a direct quote from Hull Net, a website set up to, er, promote the city. It can't be that bad can it? There's always the Humber Bridge to go and look at.

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