Hull City AFC will begin the 2014/15 Premier League season with a trip to newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers.
The fixture lists for the coming campaign were revealed today, showing that the Tigers have potentially a decent start, with games against Stoke City, Aston Villa, West Ham United and Newcastle United following the August 16th trip to Loftus Road.
Champions Manchester City visit the KC at the end of September, with tricky journeys to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United making up three out of four away games in October and November. We go to Everton and Chelsea in early December, meaning that five of the toughest six away games are out of the way before Christmas.
Everton represent this season’s ‘quick turnaround’ fixture, as they come to us on New Years Day, less than a month after our visit to Goodison Park. The festive period as a whole has been kindly again, with a jaunt to Sunderland on Boxing Day followed swiftly by the visit of Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City on December 28.
January and February will have already been highlighted by Steve Bruce as crucial months of the campaign, with return fixtures against West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, QPR and Stoke City – three home, three away – all squeezed together. The last ‘tougher’ away game, at Manchester City, is also during this period. Once again, there is no bumper Easter weekend of fixtures, with just an Easter Saturday trip to Swansea City on the schedule.
As it’s an odd-numbered year, the season drags on a bit, with four games in May. These include a home game against Arsenal, a journey to their big rivals Tottenham Hotspur and then, on Sunday 24th May, a final day fixture at home to Manchester United – a carbon copy of what happened in 2008/9, though hopefully this time City won’t be trying to stave off relegation by then, and will instead be putting out a kindergarten team to keep legs fresh for the Europa League final in Warsaw three days later. Our new favourite fixture in the world, the FA Cup final, is on Saturday May 30th.
As we are kindly souls, our instinct is to reproduce the whole fixture list for you here but, as you know, there are massive copyright issues over them and we’re saving up for our trip to FC Zestafoni or Asteras Tripoli or wherever next month. In the past we’ve directed you to the club’s website but as there doesn’t seem to be one for Hull City AFC any more, instead take a trip to the Premier League’s fixture list page.