April 18, 2014

NOSTALGIA: Arsenal visit Boothferry Park for a ‘floodlit friendly’

180420141558In January 1953, the first set of floodlights were installed at Boothferry Park, an accessory that was a wild new concept to English football, mistrusted by the Football League. So upon their inauguration, City set about proving they worked with a clutch of night-time friendly games.

Dundee were the slightly left-field visitors for the old place’s first ever game by gaslight in January 1953. Over the next two years a number of clubs came to enjoy the new sensation of evening kickoffs, including Wolves, Portsmouth and Falkirk as well as sides from Sweden, Turkey and Austria. Then, on March 23rd 1954, Arsenal kept their appointment to bring a squad up to Hull for a late friendly game. (more…)

Filed under: Nostalgia — Matt @ 5:49 pm

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April 15, 2014


And so, the post-Wembley podcast is ready. We talk about Wembley (a bit). We discuss the quandary of wanting to beat Arsenal in the Premier League while also realising that defeat will do wonders for our European hopes. And then there’s a pleasant reminiscence about a certain Brazilian superstar.

Filed under: Podcasts — Amber Nectar @ 10:23 pm

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April 14, 2014

MATCH REPORT – City 5 Sheffield United 3 (FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium)


There is only one pertinent question when it comes to knockout football; Who wants it more?

Only, the answer can be different, depending on when the question is asked. At 4.07pm, the answer was Sheffield United, who were a rolling tide of desire, energy and heart in the first half. At 5.07pm though, it was Hull City AFC, chastened by an opening 45 minutes that ended with us trailing to a League One side, who dug deep and willed themselves back into a game that teased us with the promises of potential glory. (more…)

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April 13, 2014

Hull City AFC reach the 2014 FA Cup Final


Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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Hull City AFC play an FA Cup semi-final today

 City fans to our left (24-5-2008)

We just wanted to say that one more time.

See you all down there. Come on City.

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April 12, 2014


The FA’s decision, the ballot, the FA Cup semi-final, the passing of the man who represented City more times than anyone else … and more. It’s the 32nd Amber Nectar podcast, delayed in order to accommodate all of this week’s momentous events.

Filed under: Podcasts — Amber Nectar @ 7:00 am

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April 11, 2014

The Class of 1930 – FA Cup semi-finalists


Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Brown, Dawson, Garcia, Ashbee, Hughes, Barmby, Windass, Campbell, Fagan, Folan, Marney.

The men named above are history makers, as you know, being the 14 heroes who represented Hull City AFC at Wembley for the first time, changing the course of the club forever by taking us into the Premier League. They are trailblazers, woven into the fabric of our club and etched into every self-respecting City fan’s memory (even if it does require having to recall the insipid, megalithic twuntitude of Dean Marney). On Sunday 13th April, the names of at least 11 men will join the 14 on the played at Wembley for Hull City AFC roll call, they will also join the 13 that were part of another City first…

Gibson, Goldsmith, Bell, Walsh, Childs, Gowdy, Alexander, Starling, Mills, Howieson, Duncan, Bleakley, Cartwright.

Any guesses? There are no local heroes crowning an interminable career in one mesmeric, fairytale moment here. These gentlemen, many long since forgotten, will have new company on 13th April on the list of men to have played for Hull City AFC in a FA Cup semi-final.  (more…)

Filed under: Articles,Nostalgia — Amber Nectar @ 7:00 am

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April 9, 2014

HULL CITY AFC, 1904-forever


The name Hull City AFC, our cherished inheritance from those who went before us, remains ours to pass onto those yet to come.

Thank you all.

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April 7, 2014

Andy ‘Jock’ Davidson – 1932-2014

Our record appearance maker. May he rest in peace.

Davidson, Andy 1

Filed under: News — Amber Nectar @ 10:32 am

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Things We Think We Think #140


1. Perhaps because City have never looked in peril at any point this season, it’s easy to overlook just how strongly we’ve performed in the Premier League. We’d all have taken a gut-wrenching final day survival on goal difference; instead, City have ensured top-flight football at The Circle in 2014/15 with April just a few days old. A tremendous achievement.

2. It was guaranteed in a way that’s become something of a hallmark of City’s play this season: a narrow but effective home win with a clean sheet. The victory over Swansea won’t live long in the mind, but we about deserved it. City rarely looked troubled at the back and did about enough going forward to merit three points.

3. So, a potentially seminal week in the club’s history begins on the solid foundations of Premier League survival. This time next week, we could have succeeded in retaining our historic identity and qualified for a first ever FA Cup final; or we could be called Hull Tigers and bitterly cursing a defeat to Sheffield United. It’s not going to be a dull week, is it?

4. The name change first, then. All indications are that the FA will throw this nonsensical idea out, and that the Allam family will react with regrettably characteristic petulance. With all submissions to the FA in and the club’s owners remaining immune to good sense, all of that is now out of our hands. We pray the FA see sense and say no; equally, we hope Assem and Ehab Allam accept that decision with uncommon good grace. Continuing to lust after this idea even after it’s killed would be a bizarre form of ideological necrophilia.

5. The outcome of the ballot will probably be known by then, and what a shambolic, embarrassing affair it’s proven to be. A hopelessly loaded question. Only one side of the argument presented on it. The fact that voting intentions can be matched to individuals. The lack of transparency over an adjudicator. Attempts to vote by e-mail failing. People who’ve voted “No” (and can prove it) being invited to vote again. The whole thing is an utter sham, an affront to the supporters and we’re confident the FA and FSF – both of whom are aware of its multiple shortcomings – will pay it no heed.

6. Wembley. We’re the famous Hull City and we’re off to Wembley. To play in an FA Cup semi-final. We appreciate there’s little point to that, but it’s fun to say.

7. City are overwhelming favourites to reach the final, and given the two-division difference between the sides, that’s not a surprise. But it’s still possible to view this game with awesome trepidation. If we turn up, we win – we drew the long straw in getting the Third Division side, after all. Anything else, and a result we’ll be regretting for decades could be inflicted upon us. Ghastly.

8. Boyd to start at Wembley? Why not…he’s taken his chance in a way that Sone Aluko sadly has not.

9. Sheffield United have to play a South Yorkshire derby tomorrow. We do hope it’s not a tiring, injury-strewn match. That would be awful.

10. Cheering for Arsenal is a distasteful pursuit, but their collapse means we’re probably going to have to win the Cup now in order to play in Europe. Very selfish of them.

Filed under: Opinion — Amber Nectar @ 7:34 am

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