The latest Amber Nectar podcast does talk about City’s recent disappointments against West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United, but we dedicate it in its entirety to Peter Skipper, and devote the first section of it to his memory.
Skipper, a Hull boy who signed from local football as a teenager, died suddenly over the weekend at the age of 61. He had two spells with City between 1979 and 1988, playing 327 senior games.
A hard-as-nails central defender, he formed a colossal partnership with Dale Roberts in the 1982/83 promotion season under Colin Appleton and later became known for his kinship at the back with Richard Jobson after Brian Horton became manager.
In 1984/85 he scored the goal at Walsall that earned a second promotion for City in three seasons, one of 22 goals he acquired for the first team, and in 1985/86 he started a Full Members Cup tie at Southampton in goal after regular keeper Tony Norman hurt his back on the coach journey.
Skipper was ousted at the start of the 1988/89 season by Steve Terry, and joined Oldham Athletic. He later returned to Hull and became a popular, hardworking figure with the Ex-Tigers Association, as well as doing hosting duties for many years at the KCOM Stadium on match days.
He will be sorely missed, and we dedicate this podcast to him. Our sympathy goes out to his family, friends and former team-mates.
Next week’s podcast will feature Amber Nectar writer and longtime contributor Richard Gardham, ahead of the launch of his new book The Decade, which is available now on Amazon.