It isn’t healthy to dwell on the 1990/91 season, so bad did it turn out to be, but thanks to the best natural finisher some Hull City fans have ever seen, there was never a shortage of goals. Sadly, whatever Andy Payton managed at one end was usually surpassed by what the defence couldn’t manage at the other end, but this was one occasion where City managed to entertain, offer hope and emerge with parity.
In November 1990, City were struggling near the bottom of the second tier as Stan Ternent‘s team of young hopefuls and overpaid marquee signings simply failed to show they were collectively bothered. Ternent, who had rescued the Tigers from relegation the year before and held a sense of entitlement because of this, had packed the side with players who had been around long enough to not worry about affinities with clubs or supporters. This would be the downfall of Ternent and, ultimately, the downfall of the club.
But as Ipswich arrived at Boothferry Park, there was hope. This is City, we always have hope. This time it had cast itself as a victory the previous weekend over Newcastle United, arguably the division’s mightiest side although evidently not the best. Prior to that, however, there had been straight defeats against Plymouth Argyle, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolves, the concession of a two goal lead against Oldham to draw and, should you wish to know of further proof, a 7-1 humping by West Ham. City were losing, regularly and badly, and Ternent wasn’t ready yet to claim responsibility or admit they were even struggling at all. Read more