1. Hull City without Andy Dawson. It’s been a decade since the two were separate. If you’ve not had the chance to read our tribute to the man himself, it’s here – and perhaps some day City and Dawson will be reunited. You suspect he has a lot more to give the game.
2. Of those featuring on the list of players released by the club, only one must have been a close decision. Jay Simpson can consider himself a little unfortunate to not be playing for City in the Premier League next season. His early-season partnership with Sone Aluko was blisteringly destructive, and it’s tempting to wonder whether Simpson’s pretty rotten goalscoring record may have been better had his preferred striking accomplice remained fit – indeed, would it have been sufficiently better as to tempt Bruce into renewing his contract?
3. We’ll never know. But for a variety of reasons, footballing and non-footballing, Simpson’s stay in the north never really hit the heights it could have done. If it’s of any solace to the player, his occasional brilliance was always supplemented by hard work – that’s always welcome, and it’d be nice to think he knows that his efforts here were appreciated.
4. Mark Cullen, meanwhile, should score a lorryload of goals in the Conference for Luton Town. While he was never going to make it at City’s level of the game, in whichever division, the lad evidently is a born scorer at the right level and we wish him well.
5. Ooh, look at all of the exciting names linked with City in the tabloid press! Actually don’t. It’s an unendingly tiresome ritual whereby lazy sports writers and grasping agents collude in creating fact-free “stories” for undemanding readers. Steve Bruce will have his targets, some of them will sign, some won’t, and very little we see in the Sun or the Mirror will come to pass.
6. The Leicester Mercury are reporting Nigel Pearson will remain The Foxes’ manager. Would that make a move for Kasper Schmeichel, who we are linked with, more difficult? We shall see, but whoever comes in it will be good for City have their own goalkeeper after a string of borrowed netmen.
7. Stephen Hunt, undeniably our finest player in 2009/10, has been released by Wolverhampton Wanderers. They say you should never go back, but Dean Windass gave us reason to query that school of logic. We’re going to have to take some punts, and signing Hunt on a free doesn’t seem that much of a risk.
8. Very soon we could see three City players – David Meyler, Robbie Brady and Paul McShane – lining up for the Republic of Ireland to play against England at Wembley. As the England team is both unlikeable and unremarkable at the moment, and the game itself is largely meaningless, one or two of us may find it within ourselves to support the Irish team.
9. His brief time in charge of City was and remains best forgotten, but kudos to Phil Parkinson for the phenomenal season he has just enjoyed with Bradford City, with success in the play-offs on Saturday following that bonkers run to the League Cup final. Decent man and a good gaffer at the correct level. The large ex-Tigers contingent at Valley Parade all deserve our warm congratulations – not just for their own successes, but for making Bradford quite likeable, which is some achievement in itself.
10. Two of the best days in City’s sparkling recent history came at Huish Park in 2004 and Wembley in 2008. The victims were firstly Yeovil Town and then Gary Johnson, manager of Bristol City, and both of them were class acts at the time despite being the bit-part in a day of Tiger glory. How richly they deserved their own victory at Wembley yesterday.