TIGERTUBE: City edge Ipswich in seven goal ‘thriller’ (1990)

Ahead of City’s trip to Portman Road, here’s some epilepsy-inducing footage of the Tigers home encounter with Ipswich in the 1989/1990 season.

On a bright May Tuesday evening late in the campaign, City took a commanding 3-0 lead, with goals from Peter Swan (stolen from Richard Jobson), Dave Bamber (no really!) and Greame Atkinson (who completed a buccaneering run with a fine finish). Roused into action, Ipswich, not the bleeding Tractor Boys back then, responded with two goals from Scouse striker David Lowe, the first a header, the second a neat low finish past corpulent City keeper Iain Hesford.

Unmarked, Ian Redford headed Ipswich level with a close range header from a free kick near the corner flag and City appeared to have thrown a win away. Andy Payton however, netted a winner as late in the game The Tigers resorted to route one football, a Hesford goal kick was twice knocked forward, lastly by Bamber, and the mulleted magician Payton turned his marker smartly before slotting past Craig Forrest. Payton had missed a penalty earlier in the game, but that highlight has been omitted.

City ended 1989/1990 in 14th place in the Second Division under Stan Ternant, who had replaced Colin Appleton in October. Appleton’s second stab at managing City was a bit of a disaster, but the part time carpenter did at least upgrade the Boothferry Park dressing rooms.


TIGERTUBE: Rioch returns with Macclesfield to sink Tigers

We’ve never forgotten where we’ve come from, we didn’t forget even in the afterglow of glorious victories at Arsenal and Spurs or valiant draws at Chelsea and Liverpool. On the contrary, each of those results had Tiger Nationals juxtaposing the amazing current with the tawdry, hurt-filled past; “I can’t believe we’ve won at the Emirates, it makes enduring all those games against Macclesfield somehow seem worth it”.

That is where games against Macclesfield should remain, in the memory. The pain of defeats at Moss Rose and the angst from blundering along in Division Three like the Israelites wandering the wilderness for 40 years has largely been anaesthetised by eventually making it to the promised land. Tomorrow’s Carling Cup tie is enough to make the Kafka-esque despair of those days come back to life however, like RoboCop remembering being shotgunned to death by Clarence Boddicker’s mob.

Those who discovered Hull City upon their elevation to the Premier League will have no idea, no understanding of the torment suffered by some sitting near them at the KC Stadium. They are both despicable glory-hunters and enviably lucky. For them, here’s a small portion of past horror, of Lee ‘Banzai’ Bracey’s idiocy and Greg Rioch’s smug tosspottery. Nice goal by Colin Alcide though.

TIGERTUBE: City survive Blackpool fightback in 1992/1993

The KC Stadium hosts the first game of the 2011/12 season tonight as gobby conspiracy theorist Ian Holloway brings his freshly relegated Blackpool side to face City. Before that though, let’s look at a previous encounter between the Tigers and Seasiders.

The two clubs have met 92 times in the League, with City emerging victorious 37 times. One such instance was in November 1992, when both clubs were in the third tier, Division Two as it was then. City had lost their last 6 home games at Boothferry Park, but, resplendent (ahem) in their tiger stripe shirts, they took an ostensibly commanding 3-0 lead courtesy of goals from Graeme Atkinson, Dean Windass and Martin Carruthers (who scored with a fabulous diving header).

Then came Blackpool’s fightback, with David Eyres and Bill Warner making the score respectable, but City held on for their first win in 13 games. Blackpool exacted some measure of revenge the following March though, thrashing us 5-1 at Bloomfield Road.

TIGERTUBE : Rushden & Diamonds 3 Tigers 3

Rushden and Diamonds’ expulsion from the Blue Square Premier division (the Conference to those who abhor euphemistic descriptions of set-ups that are far from ‘Premier’) has somewhat reduced the chances of them playing the Tigers in meaningful competition any time soon. The Northamptonshire club, an unholy fusion of Rushden Town and Irthlingborough Diamonds who merged at the behest of Dr. Marten’s shoe magnate Max Griggs, were a Football League club for five years between 2001 and 2006. During that time they faced City four times, with all of those meetings played in Division Three (now League Two).

The first encounter, in October 2001, was arguably the most exciting of the four games and ended three apiece at Nene Park, a ground lauded by some pundits as the model for new lower league grounds, though in truth it is just a Nineties version of Scunthorpe’s ‘warehouse with the roof cut out’ Glanford Park. Gary Alexander opened the scoring with a fabulous strike that was missed by one Amber Nectar editor because of officious stewarding. The home side equalised after a cross from one time Hull City hero Duane Darby was unwittingly headed/faced by Mike Edwards into his own net.

An incredible/flukey strike from Burgess then gave the Diamonds the lead and he bundled home a third before half time to put them 3-1 up. City’s response after the break was swift, Hunter returned a favour by scoring an own goal on 46 minutes and a point was secured when Rodney Rowe thrashed in a close range shot after his first attempt from further away was parried. Two men involved in this game went onto better things, Caleb Folan was a second half sub (replacing Darby) for the home side, he would go on to become City’s first £1M signing and stray offside a lot for us in the Premier League. The referee that day was Howard Webb, who has progressed from policing bottom division denizens to resisting urges to send off every Dutchman in the 2010 World Cup final.

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TIGERTUBE : Tigers Host Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1984

You have to hand it to Don Robinson, he knew a few things about promotion. On the pitch, we rose from fourth division to second in just three years after he resuscitated a club that was in receivership in 1982, off the pitch the former wrestler was a marketing maven, launching a club branded cola, having the Harlem Globetrotters play in the club’s gym and boldly announcing Hull City would play on the Moon!

Robbo was in his element in 1984 when he persuaded North American Soccer League outfit Tampa Bay Rowdies to take part in two legged friendly tie dubbed the Arrow Air Anglo-American Cup (Arrow Air was a Florida based charter airline that sponsored City).

The first leg, shown in our video, took place at Boothferry Park on Sunday April 8th (City having played at Wimbledon in a Division Three match the day before) with the return game played at Tampa Stadium, a.k.a. ‘The Big Sombrero’ on June 13th. The Tigers won the first leg 3-0 with goals from Roberts, McLaren and Massey (Pen.) but the day’s talking point was the sight of the chairman riding around the pitch on a horse wearing a stetson! In the Florida game, the Rowdies won 1-0 courtesy of Serbian defender Refik Kozic’s goal, giving the tie a 3-1 aggregate score.

Pete Skipper challenges Roy Wegerle of the Rowdies at Tampa Stadium

NOSTALGIA/TIGERTUBE: Brightwell puts Scunts to the sword

Although Hull City generally have a decent record at Glanford Park, home of the primitive Scunthorpe United, one victory there always stands out because of the crazy circumstances in which it came.

In December 2000, City were sinking to their knees. Full details of the horrors were still to emerge, but the club’s debts were piling up, the bailiffs were having three Shredded Wheat in readiness for a busy few weeks and David Lloyd, former owner of the club but still very much in possession of Boothferry Park, was bleating about unpaid rent which had gone into six figures. And, within all this, manager Brian Little had assembled a squad that was hitting form within adversity that no professional should ever have to see in his footballing career.

City made the short trip to Glanford Park on a run of just one defeat in eight Division Three matches, and that was a single goal loss at leaders Chesterfield, whom the Tigers had pretty much matched all the way. However, four days before, the Tigers had been defeated humiliatingly by Kettering Town in the replay of the FA Cup first round. Scunthorpe were in a bit of League form too, beating Mansfield Town 6-0 in the League the previous week. Managed by the incontinent but effective Brian Laws, and featuring luminaries such as Alex Calvo Garcia, Steve Torpey and a youthful, bleach-haired Andy Dawson, they were hovering in mid-table and had experience of a successful promotion campaign courtesy of their win in the play-offs two seasons before. Naturally, they had come straight back down again, of course. Read more

TIGERTUBE : Post match manager interviews

Courtesy of the Daily Star, both managers give their assessment in the wake of Millwall’s 4-0 bumming of the Tigers. Nigel Pearson’s reflection starts at 1m 35s if you want to skip Kenny Jackett’s dreary platitudes.

TIGERTUBE: City smash Swansea in Hateley’s first win.

Tiger Nationals fretting about a shallow looking striker corps. ahead of Saturday’s opener might take heart from a home win against Swansea 13 years ago. City had fired blanks in their first three games of the 1997/1998 Division Three campaign, failing to trouble the keepers of Mansfield, Notts County and Peterborough under new boss and one time prolific AC Milan/Monaco/Rangers hitman Mark Hateley. After the drought though, came a deluge as the ‘Jacks’ got ‘jacked at Boothferry Park…

The first of 11 goals came after 13 minutes, when bullet-headed Brummie Duane Darby nodded in a ‘Tricky Dicky’ Peacock cross, though Swansea cancelled out  that strike within a minute. ‘Barrel chested’ midfielder Greg Rioch put the Tigers back in front on 36 minutes and the first half ended 2-1, with little suggestion that the game would go goal mental after the break.

‘Keepers Roger Freestone and Scott Thompson likely needed a Ralgex rub at full time after spending most of the second half arching their backs to pick the ball out of the net. Bird equalised for Swansea after 53 minutes but parity was short lived, as traitorous taff Glyn Hodges put the Welshmen behind once more. Darby grabbed a second on 62 minutes before future Tiger and man of many hairstyles Jason Price bundled home. Neil Mann (Mann Mann) then struck a brace, the second a delicious turn and chip over the befuddled Freestone.

Bob ‘The Butcher’ Dewhurst generously scored an OG before Duane Darby claimed the matchball with his third and City’s seventh. Greg Rioch completed the drama by elbowing Price in the face and seeing red in the final minute. Jan Molby, a man whose time as Tigers boss years later would match Hateley’s in its futility, was the Swans gaffer that day, he lamented  the result thus; “It was an unbelievable score. We had about 85 per cent of the game , and that’s being kind to Hull.” Heh.

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TIGERTUBE – Hawley thunderbolt sets up 1974 win over Sunderland

Let the TigerTube archives help you stave off the despair of impending relegation for 1 minute 18 seconds at least with this clip of a comprehensive victory over Sunderland from the Seventies. Here, antique loving professional amateur John Hawley scores an outrageous goal that was declared Tyne Tees/Yorkshire TV’s goal of the season to set the Tigers on the way to three points. A similar result is unlikely this afternoon, defeat against a Sunderland side containing former City heroes Michael Turner and Fraizer Campbell is likely to seal the Tigers’ tumble out of the Premier League.