It’s strange to think that the best team Brian Horton had in his time as manager of Hull City was probably the one that got him sacked. In 1987/88, the Tigers looked equipped to challenge for promotion to the top flight for the first time ever, only for an immeasurable collapse in form to obliterate Horton’s chances.
Horton’s time in charge, from the summer of 1984 to April 1988, was 80 per cent highs and the rest rotten lows. His first two seasons were excellent; his second two inconsistent and debilitating. And yet it was in the last of those two seasons when his chances of taking the Tigers to the promised land seemed greatest.
The signings Horton made during his time with the club were, by and large, a success. Taking on an excellent but demoralised team that had just missed out on promotion by a single goal, he kept the majority of the squad inherited from Colin Appleton but used his considerable knowledge of the young players at Home Counties rivals Watford and Luton Town to bolster his options. From or via those two clubs alone he brought in Frankie Bunn, Garry Parker, Richard Jobson, Neil Williams, Alex Dyer, Ray Daniel and Charlie Palmer. By 1987/88, these players were among the mainstays of the club. Read more