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FINAL PODCAST: Allam Out

That’s it, we are no more. Have this final podcast on us, about everything that has happened since Amber Nectar began in 1998. We’ve had a good ride, and on this final occasion a good reminisce, and now we’re closing the door for the final time.

Thank you to all who appeared on the podcast, all who listened/viewed and all who responded to what we said, week on week, season on season. And we’ve been taken by surprise at the number of extremely charitable comments that have come our way via numerous sources since we announced our decision to bring this to an end. We’re extremely touched and indescribably grateful.

We’ll see you at City. We’ll always see you at City.

Allam Out.

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PODCAST: “Windmilling my compact todger…”

A final podcast to look at 2018/19 (we’ll do another one at the end of this week to say farewell…) and it includes…

* The closing game against Bristol City

* Farewell moments for Campbell and Grosicki

* Adkins’ status

* “Do A Deano”

* Staying up a decade ago after games against Bolton and Manchester United

Clicky-woo…

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PODCAST: “God bless the man’s gables…”

Our penultimate podcast of the season features our longtime friend and contributor Richard Gardham, whose book, The Decade, is now on sale and is already an Amazon best-seller. It focuses principally on the 2000-2010 era of Hull City and all the drama and success that went with it, and features contributions from nearly 200 ex-players, managers, owners, journalists and supporters.

Richard is best known on our forums as Officer Crabtree, and is responsible, among other things, for the exceptional tributes to Raich Carter, Ian Ashbee and Nick Barmby featured elsewhere on this website.

Aside from discussing his book (which makes the podcast more than an hour long, for which we do not apologise in the slightest!), we also discuss:

* the 2-2 draw at Swansea

* Jarrod Bowen’s return to goalscoring

* the forthcoming finale against Bristol City

* the EFL’s ludicrous award to City for “family excellence” – and their reaction to AN’s protest

* two games from 2008/09 – Villa away and Stoke at home

It’s all here, along with beer, flying pens, obscure references to 80s sophisti-pop and shirts that never existed … and a bit of swearing.

Richard’s book is officially launched this Saturday at Mr Chu’s in Hull, 7.30pm onwards, to which all fans are invited (although you are asked to book with Mr Chu’s in advance). Numerous ex-Tigers will be in attendance. Books will be on sale that night subsequently at Waterstones in Hull and the Cut-Price Bookstore in Beverley. The Dove House Hospice is the worthy beneficiary of all proceeds, and their shops will also be selling the book.

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PODCAST: Dedicated to Peter Skipper

peterskipperThe 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.

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PREVIEW: Derby v City

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In February 2008, City travelled to West Brom. Win that, we counselled ourselves, and this play-off push might actually be a real thing. It isn’t easy to perfectly recollect one’s decade-old thoughts, but that seems close enough to the 2008 reality.

In February 2019, City travel to Derby. Win that, we tell ourselves…and then find ourselves inescapably drawn back to THAT season, the one that changed everything forever.

The comparison isn’t drawn solely as a cheap way of recollecting the very best of days. There’s something tangible in it. Because like 2008, City have come from almost nowhere to be in the frame for the top six. To do that, we’ve already had probably the result of the season, a 2-0 win at then-leaders Leeds. But that win, just six short weeks ago, was about pulling clear of relegation. Now, wins count (we think) towards loftier goals. So as the motive for winning changes, so too does our pre-match thinking. Beat Derby…

Oh, but it’ll be tough. This has never felt a happy hunting ground, as recent 4-0 and 5-0 defeats testify. Then again, City famously hammered the Rams when it mattered most, a 3-0 win eventually sending the Tigers to Wembley in 2016.

City will have to do it without both Reece Burke and Jordy de Wijs, who are still injured; and you fancy that Derby will do a better job of exploiting City’s extremely makeshift back four than a leaden-footed Stoke did last week. A clean sheet here would surely be our best laundered of this season. If Nigel Adkins does decide that defensive reinforcement is needed, Liam Ridgewell could be in line for a City debut.

Ashley Cole could make his Derby debut, lining up alongside ex-City loanee Fikayo Tomori. Also formerly of this parish is Harry Wilson, whose superb loan spell last season was one of the reasons City are still in the Championship. Another ex-Tiger, Tom Huddlestone, doesn’t look an obvious starter.

Derby need the win: they’re 7th, albeit with a game in hand, and a play-off place was presumably the minimum requirement for Frank Lampard this season. They can’t drop lower than that this weekend, but with ten points separating them from second it’s likely that their only route to the top flight is via the play-offs and they daren’t fall behind that race as well. City could end the week anywhere between 8th and 13th depending on other results, a wide spread of positions for a season now two-thirds through. Even a draw could knock the Tigers back into the bottom half; but it wouldn’t be a bad point if we get it.

It’s a mark of City’s huge recent improvement that Derby aren’t odds-on for this game. You’d have struggled to get much better than 1/2 a few months ago, but the Rams are now generally 11/10 for a win. The draw is 13/5, but if you fancy City’s surge to continue then 13/5 is all yours. Not that we advocate gambling or anything.