TIGERTUBE : Tigers topple Wolves in 1976/77

With City lying 19th in the Premier League table on 19 points, Saturday’s home game against Wolves, placed 17th on 20 points, assumes added importance. A win would see us leapfrog the men from Molineux and likely move out of the bottom three, defeat however would confirm we are worthy denizens of the trapdoor spots. With that in mind, here’s a clip of City vanquishing Wolves during the 1976/77 season, a 2-0 win at Boothferry Park with both City goals coming from noted amateur-professional and antique valuer John Hawley. Wolves wearing black shorts with gold socks in Hull is a bizarre sight, but back then City paired white shorts and socks with their black and amber striped shirts. The peerless Barry Davies commentates…

TIGERTUBE : Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

With the city’s streets carpeted in snow, it seems appropriate to show highlights of a game where the Boothferry Park pitch was similarly covered. When the game kicked off in the 1992/1993 City v. Fulham encounter, the Ark’s turf was relatively snow free, but a blizzard just before half time rendered the previously verdant surface a brilliant white, and necessitated the use of a rarely seen orange ball. The game ended 1-1.

TIGERTUBE : See you at Wembley, Frankie Walsh (part two)

Here’s part two of Mark Herman’s Oscar winning tale of a City fan fated to get married on the same day as the Tigers play in an FA Cup semi final. In this part we get to see Malcolm’s rather fanciable bride-to-be in her underwear. If they ever do a Hollywood remake that scene will probably feature Scarlett Johansson with her wabs out. Wabs.

TIGERTUBE : See you at Wembley, Frankie Walsh (part one)

Grab some popcorn and discover (or rediscover) the short film that got local director Mark Herman noticed (it won him a Student Academy Award) back in 1987. See you at Wembley Frankie Walsh follows the travails of City fan Malcolm, who foolishly planned his wedding to the lovely Carol on FA Cup semi final day, and with City somewhat improbably getting into the last four (rather than playing Reading away) he has a conflict of interests to resolve. The accents may be unfamiliar, but there is an obligatory white phone box shot to keep regular Hullensians happy, and Tiger Nationals can marvel at the fan garb of the day. Here’s part one, with parts two and three to follow on successive days.

TIGERTUBE : “Maybe Stoke looked ridiculous in the end” – The tiger stripe kit debut

Did you know that Stoke (bunch of jikes that they are) were the opponents when the most talked about City kit ever, the Matchwinner made tiger stripe affair, made it’s competitive debut? Yes indeed. It was 17 years ago, on 15th August 1992, and what is now ‘League One’ had just become ‘Division Two’, having previously been the Third Division until the inception of the Premier League prompted the first of two euphemistic nomenclature changes for the Football League’s remaining three tiers.

Stoke were the bookies favourites to win the Division Two title, but on opening day the poggy Potters began the season with a defeat at Boothferry Park, courtesy of a rare Paul Hunter strike. In this clip from Yorkshire TV’s Calendar teatime news show, several Tiger Nationals voice their approval of the new tiger striped togs, “it’s very appropriate” opines one scamp.

TIGERTUBE : 10 years ago, ‘Reggae Boyz’ debut for Tigers

It’s not often a 0-0 draw against Rotherham is notable, but a decade ago this week the Tigers and Millers played out a goalless stalemate at Boothferry Park that was relatively entertaining, and certainly full of talking points. The main note of curiosity was the first appearances of Jamaican international pair Theodore Whitmore and Ian Goodison, who just a year before had represented their homeland in the France ’98 World Cup. It took ‘Tappa’ and ‘Pepe’ a while to acclimatise to the rough and tumble of Nationwide League Division Three but when they did (and when Goodison was moved from full back to centre back) they livened up what was a fairly drab season, on the pitch at least, off it there were rumblings about financial misgivings that would reach a crescendo the following year. This game is also memorable for the actions of the Millers on loan defender Guy Branston, who after getting himself dismissed for flailing at David Brown, punched through the ref’s room door, a door with glass on the inside, and shredded up his arm. To compound his misery, City billed him for a new door. Heh.

TIGERTUBE : Jenks wins regional heats of the Rumbelows Sprint Challenge

Worrisome accounts, a boardroom resignation and a manager under pressure, it’s been a wearying week for Tiger Nationals. Time then for some light relief courtesy of the TigerTube archives…

Back in 1992, League Cup sponsors Rumbelows sought to determine who was the fastest footballer in the league and launched their eponymous Sprint Challenge on ITV’s Saint and Greavesie show. Each club was asked to nominate their nippiest player (some teams, such as curmudgeonly Leeds, declined) and regional heats would decide who would compete for the £10,000 winners prize at Wembley on League Cup final day.

The final was memorably won by ‘Flying Postman’ John Williams of Coventry, and more memorably for City fans lost by Leigh Jenkinson who came dead last at the national stadium. He did win the North/North-East heats held at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium though, as this video clip shows. In heat 1, City’s shuffle-fond winger finished behind Huddersfield’s Iffy Onuora but ahead of  Scarborough’s Simon Thompson and Wednesday’s Paul Warhurst in the 100M dash, yet won outright in the final heat, beating not only Onuora but also Rotherham’s Shaun Goater and Sheffield United’s Adrian Littlejohn.

His reward was not only a place in the final, but also a chance to show off City’s spiffing Matchwinner shell suit jacket on national telly. Huzzah!

TIGERTUBE – Pearson’s first game

Yet more reminiscent fun, courtesy of our ever expanding archive of City clips hosted by YouTube … In this clip, first shown on Look North in March 2001, we see Adam Pearson taking charge on the first matchday after he bought the club out of administration.

That game was a pleasing portent of what was to come, City beat Exeter 2-1 and went on a great run that culminated in participation in the Division Three play offs. Though promotion proved elusive that year, Pearson’s tenure was an unquestionable success, it began with City in the basement division and ended when we were an established Championship side. Our Premier League existence is just as much attributable to Pearson’s legacy as to the Duffen/Bartlett/Walker consortium that paid him £13M for the club.


TIGERTUBE – A kick in the Balkans (1990)

The Tigers’ recent trip to China to play in the Barclays Asia Trophy may be the most high profile pre-season tour in the club’s history, but it certainly wasn’t the first. Back in 1912 City travelled to Trondheim in Norway to face a local XI three times, and in subsequent years they’ve been to Ireland (1949), Israel (1950), Spain (1951), Sweden (1971), Gibraltar (1983) and Tampa Bay, USA (1984).

Nineteen years ago, Second Division City jetted to Bulgaria for three games against local opposition that would be largely forgettable had they not been documented by Yorkshire Television, who despatched respected mic man John Helm to narrate a half-hour televised travelogue. Helm was no stranger to covering City in foreign climes, he even played for the Tigers once during a winter trip to Bermuda!

Highlights of the innuendously titled A Kick in the Balkans include pre-game folk dancing, Dave Bamber’s critique of local cuisine, manager Stan Ternant worshipping the Almighty in a Russian Orthodox church, Paul Hunter’s Bart Simpson tee shirt and Don Robinson talking to camera topless. The lowlights are keeper Iain ‘The Flying Pig’ Hesford’s clearly scripted links counting down the days until the squad return to Blighty, and Phil Collins providing the somewhat patronising soundtrack.