The 1969/70 season was the last for Cliff Britton’s patriarchal presence in the Hull City manager’s chair and his talented side were dominated for so much of that period by the partnership of Chris Chilton and Ken Wagstaff up front. Their achievements are well-documented among City fans, of course, but as notable as anything is the number of times they both managed to score in the same game, as opposed to one having a better spell in front of goal than the other.
This is evident in this game, taken from our own TigerTube archives from ITV footage and featuring commentary from Gerry Harrison, as first the towering local boy Chilton and then his gobbier partner from Derbyshire put away tremendous headers; Chillo’s from a fine ball by long-serving midfield workhorse Chris Simpkin, then Waggy’s from a rare piece of creative footwork outside the box by Chilton himself.
Though the archive only shows these two goals, it was a closer and more eventful match than mooted, with Bolton also scoring twice before Chilton’s second, then a fourth of the season for mercurial winger Ian Butler (making him momentarily City’s top scorer for the season) clinched victory. It was a fourth win during the first five home matches of the season but wretched away form – including a 2-1 defeat in the return fixture at Burnden Park just before Christmas – scuppered any hopes of a promotion challenge and City ended the campaign in 13th, a fourth straight mid-table finish in the second tier following the Third Division title win of 1965/66.
Chillo and Waggy scored in the same game on eight more occasions during the season and equally shared 38 goals for the campaign. Britton, approaching 61, called time on his nine years in the manager’s office and Terry Neill arrived, all front and youthfulness, to usher in a more flamboyant new era for the Tigers. Bolton, for their part, were being managed by club legend Nat Lofthouse during this period but finished a lowly 16th in the table at the end of the season. A year later, they were rock bottom and relegated.
In recent times, the Tigers have had some memorable visits from Bolton Wanderers. Perhaps this one is less so purely because of its antiquity, but it never does any harm to remind oneself of our greatest goalscorers – as individuals and as a duo – especially as scoring goals is something of an issue for the current Hull City side.