HULL CITY A.F.C.
Founded: 1904





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HULL CITY A.F.C. (Association Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of HULL CITY FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Hull City Association Football Club was founded in June 1904; previous attempts to found a football club had proved difficult because of the dominance in the city of rugby league teams such as Hull F.C. and Hull Kingston Rovers. The club was unable to apply for membership of the Football League for the 190405 season and instead played only in friendlies. After having played 44 friendly fixtures the previous season, Hull City were finally admitted into the Football League Second Division for the 190506 season. Hull City and Grimsby Town were the only two professional teams which had official permission to play league football on Christmas Day because of the demands of the fish trade. That tradition has now disappeared following the dramatic reduction of their trawler fleets in recent years. Hull continued to finish consistently in the top half of the table. They came close to promotion in the 190910 season, recording what would be their highest finish until they matched it in 2008. Hull finished third, level on points with second placed Oldham Athletic, missing promotion on goal average by 0.29 of a goal. Hull regularly finished in the top half of the table before the First World War, but after the war the team finished in the bottom half in seven seasons out of eleven, culminating in relegation to the Third Division North in 1930.

Hull's greatest achievement in cup competitions until 2014 was in 1930, when they reached the FA Cup semi-finals. The cup run saw Hull knock out the eventual champions of the Second and Third Divisions; Blackpool and Plymouth Argyle respectively. After the Second World War, the club moved to another new ground, Boothferry Park. In the 194849 season, managed by former England international Raich Carter, Hull won the Third Division North championship. Hull City had promotion seasons from the Third to the Second Division again in 1959 and 1966, winning the Third Division in the latter season. Hull also became the first team in the world to go out of a cup competition on penalties, beaten by Manchester United in the semi-final of the Watney Cup on 1 August 1970. By the early 1980s, Hull City were in the Fourth Division, and financial collapse led to receivership. Don Robinson took over as chairman and appointed Colin Appleton as the new manager. Both had previously held the equivalent roles with non-league Scarborough. Promotion to Division Three followed in 1983, with a young team featuring the likes of future England international Brian Marwood, future England manager Steve McClaren, centre-forward Billy Whitehurst, and the prolific goal-scorer Les Mutrie. When Hull City missed out on promotion by one goal the following season, Appleton left to manage Swansea City.

Hull reached the Second Division in 1985. They remained there for the next six years before finally going down in 1991. Hull finished 14th in the Third Division in the 199192 season, meaning that they would be competing in the new Second Division the following season. In their first season in the rebranded division, Hull narrowly avoided another relegation. Financial difficulties hampered City's progress. In the 199596 season Hull were relegated to the Third Division. Despite briefly being locked out of Boothferry Park by bailiffs and facing the possibility of liquidation,[14] Hull qualified for the Third Division play-offs in the 200001 season, losing in the semi-finals to Leyton Orient. A boardroom takeover by former Leeds United commercial director Adam Pearson had eased the club's precarious financial situation and all fears of closure were banished. Hull were Third Division runners-up in 200304 and League One runners-up in 200405; these back-to-back promotions took them into the Championship, the second tier of English football. The 200506 season, the club's first back in the second tier, saw Hull finish in 18th place, 10 points clear of relegation and their highest league finish for 16 years. Hull City improved greatly on their relegation battle of 200607 and qualified for the play-offs after finishing the season in third place. Their ascent from the bottom division of the Football League to the top division of English football in just five seasons is the third-fastest ever. Despite being one of the favourites for relegation in the 200809 season, Hull began life in the Premier League by beating Fulham 21 on the opening day in their first ever top flight fixture.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Hull City A.F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Tigers
Year Founded
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1904 (111 years ago)
English County
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East Riding of Yorkshire
Current Ground
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KC Stadium
Ground Location
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Kingston upon Hull, England
Club's Owner
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Assem Allam
Club Chairman
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Assem Allam
Current Manager
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Steve Bruce
Current League
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The Championship
Last Season
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Premier League, 18th place
(relegated)


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KC STADIUM
The Circle, Walton St, Hull,
Kingston upon Hull, HU3-6HU England


OPENED: ......... December 18, 2002
SURFACE: ........ Rye Grass (3% artificial additive)
COST: .............. 44 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 25,450
RECORD: ......... 24,350 (2008 vs crystal Palace)
OWNER: ........... Hull City Council
OPERATOR: ..... Stadium Management Company
FIELD SIZE: ...... 125 x 81 yards (114 x 74 meters)



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