Former City defender Paul Feasey has died at the age of 78.
Hull-born Feasey joined the Tigers as a teenager from non-league York Railway Institute and made his debut as a 19 year old in February 1953.
It took another three years – partly due to his national service obligations with the East Yorkshire Regiment – before he could establish himself as a first choice central defender but he did so, despite being under six feet in height, and made more than 300 first team appearances in the managerial eras of Bob Jackson, Bob Brocklebank and Cliff Britton. He was in the side that won promotion from Division Three in 1959 (and was relegated back down again a year later) and eventually played for City until 1965. Quirkily, he never scored for City once, making him the outfield player to have made the most post-war appearances for the club without ever finding the net.
Feasey went on to become a painter and decorator after leaving City while also enjoying the non-league game with a spell at Goole Town. During City’s centenary celebrations in 2004 he was named as one of the Top 100 Tigers in a fans’ poll. His death was announced on Saturday, and our thoughts are with his family. His funeral is in Hull tomorrow.