FEAT-SEATS

Art of Football giveaway

artoffootballsplashDefeat at Sunderland and the ongoing takeover saga have us all in a bit of a funk right now, but those kind folk at Art of Football have felt our pain, and want to remind us of happier times via the medium of arty prints and desirable tee shirts. They’re offering one Amber Nectar reader a gift card to choose an item they’d like.

We’ll let Art of Football  describe their wares in their own words…

“Our hand crafted designs try to emulate the beauty of those split second moments, the moments you never forget, as we look to capture the energy, passion and euphoria that erupts from that one magical kick of a football. We only produce a limited number of each design, so your T shirts, like any good piece of art, are exclusive and completely original.”

Look at these lovely garments featuring Deano volleying City into the Premier League in the 2008 Championship play-off final…

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Great aren’t they? Art of Football sent us one of the white tees which came beautifully presented in a box, and wrapped in high quality printed paper, lending a real sense that a work of art is being unveiled.

So, to be in with the chance to win an Art of Football item, you need to answer two questions. The first being…

Who replaced Dean Windass as a second half substitute in the 2008 play off final?

Since that’s easy to look up on the Web we’ll add a tie-breaker element. Tell us who or what you’d like to see on a future Art of Football print/tee (and tell us why).

We’ll determine the best answers, put them in a hat (literally, one of those awful Thriller at the Villa caps from 1999) and draw the winner live on the Periscope broadcast of the Amber Nectar podcast recording next week (indeed on tomorrow’s broadcast, one of the Nectarines will be modelling the white Deano tee). Then we’ll let Art of Football know who the winner is so the prize can be claimed.

Send your answer and suggestion to artoffootball@tigernation.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 27th.

Don’t want to leave owning such a fine item to the capricious whims of chance? Then head to Art of Football right now!

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PREVIEW: City v Fulham

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Victory this evening, and City could go top of the Championship.

Yes yes, it’s far too early to be troubled by League tables. They shouldn’t really have dashed lines added to them until the clocks change. And it’ll probably take a two goal victory anyway.

But still…wouldn’t it be nice? There isn’t quite a sense of gloom surrounding City at the moment, more a sort of pensiveness. No-one, including Steve Bruce, can be sure who’s actually going to be here when the table does become meaningful. Perhaps the fillip of going top does have something to be said for it.

However that’s assuming Fulham turn up and thoughtfully roll over for us. It’s hard to imagine that happening. Their start – and it’s barely even a start with 44 games remaining – has been modest, drawing at Cardiff before a home defeat to Brighton, sandwiching a League Cup win at Wycombe. You’d hope for more. But a victory at the KC tonight against a side favoured by many for promotion, and their opening to 2015/16 rapidly assumes a brighter hue.

Fulham haven’t prospered in East Yorkshire of late. After a lengthy separation we resumed occasional contact in 2008/9, and all three of their latest visits to Hull have been defeats, most notably and recently that 6-0 annihiliation in December 2013. Only once in six Premier League encounters did the Cottagers best the Tigers.

Adopting a wider view, the records are about level, City winning 33 to Fulham’s 29 of a total of 89 meetings since 1908. That may have little bearing on tonight, but team news will: City are awaiting fitness reports on Clucas, Meyler and Hayden – all suffered knocks in the draw at Wolves on Sunday, though most (if not all) are expected to be fit. Meanwhile, Abel Hernández is available for the first time this season after serving the suspension he picked up on the final day of last season, though whether the want-away striker is worth a place is another matter.

Fulham’s injury list concerns the longer-term unavailable, with Fernando Amorebieta , Luke Garbutt, Jack Grimmer, Scott Parker and George Williams all missing.

At a best priced 7/10, City are strong favourites to make it seven points from three games, while Fulham’s hopes of matching us on four are as long as 11/2. Equivocators can get the draw at 3/1. And are we allowed to mention that Derby’s moderate start to the season has pushed us back to second favourites for the title (7/1)? Oops.

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NEWS: City sign Moses Adubajo

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City have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Moses Odubajo from fellow Championship side Brentford.

It’s been something of a protracted saga, with City initially agreeing a fee with Brentford and personal terms with the player earlier this week, only for the Tigers’ coveting of his former Bees team-mate Andre Gray to complicate matters.

It did appear that a joint deal approaching an eye-watering £10m would be done for the pair, however it now looks as though City have decided to leave Grey for the time being and concentrated on wrapping up a deal for just Odubajo, one that is thought to have cost £3.5m.

The 22 year old Londoner spent the early part of his career in the east of the capital with Leyton Orient, turning out 93 times for the Os between 2010-2014 – including two FA Cup games and a League Cup match against City, all in 2013. It was reputedly in the latter game, which City won 1-0 thanks to a Robbie Brady goal, that Odubajo first came to Steve Bruce’s attention.

A year later he moved west to Brentford for £1m and continued to impress, playing virtually every game as his unfancied side made the Championship play-offs. Though eligible for the Nigerian national side, he’s also represented England at U20 level.

The deal was not completed in time for Odubajo to face Huddersfield tomorrow (which we’ll be previewing in the morning), but he can face either Accrington on Tuesday or, more likely, Wolves a week on Sunday.

Best of luck, Moses.

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Music Giveaway – Everliving by Steve Cobby

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Tuesday mornings are normally when we upload the weekly sonic assault that is the Amber Nectar Podcast, but that’s on close season hiatus until August, so we’re going to offer you the chance to listen to something far more beautiful than Matt’s dulcet tones…

Prolific local musician and City fan Steve Cobby a.k.a. The Solid Doctor, JJ Fuchs, one half of The Cutler and of course Fila Brazilia (whose track ‘The Hull Priests’ is the Amber Nectar Podcast intro theme), has just released the long player ‘Everliving’, and once again generously gives Nectarines the chance of some lovely free music.

No CDs this time though, we have ten download codes which can be redeemed at http://stevecobby.co.uk/, and to get one you need just to answer the following question, sending your answer to everliving@tigernation.co.uk by midnight Friday 5th June.

What was the name of Steve Cobby’s first long player, released in March 2014?  

We’ll send the winning codes out by email at the weekend, but if you don’t want to risk missing out, you can of course buy Everliving at http://stevecobby.co.uk/album/everliving and here’s a relegation pain soothing preview hosted on Soundcloud…

COMPETITION: Win a Savile Rogue cashmere football scarf in City colours

We have again teamed up with Savile Rogue to give you the chance to win one of the world’s finest cashmere football scarves in City colours

There’s no half-scarf inanity here, no  in-your-face logos and no cheap nylon, Savile Rogue favour a traditional bar design and the comfort, quality and warmth of top grade wool

It’s the sort of scarf you would be happy to wear even when you’re not at the match.

For the chance to get your hands on a rather fine black and amber scarf, just answer this question…

In 1982, a third colour was added to Hull City’s familiar black and amber scheme, and the tertiary trim tone featured on playing kits and supporter scarves up until 1990. What was that colour?

Email your answer (by 24th November) to roguescarf@tigernation.co.uk and we’ll announce the winner soon after.

You can follow Savile Rogue on Twitter or Facebook

 

PREVIEW: Liverpool v City

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And so to Anfield.

Those who are fit, anyway. For the first time this season, Steve Bruce is faced with selection issues caused by a problematic injury list rather than a surplus of available bodies. In goal, Allan McGregor is some weeks from fitness, while his understudy Steve Harper injured himself in the draw at Arsenal. That means third choice keeper Eldin Jakupović will start, with youngster Rory Watson summoned from the development squad to be City’s substitute keeper – and of course, one Matt Baker will always remember the time a young lad from the juniors sat on the bench at Anfield.

It gets little better elsewhere. Michal Dawson will be out for a month, our player of the season so far Nikica Jelavić is looking at a similar absence, while injury concerns now surround Andy Robertson and Tom Huddlestone. City do now have a squad that’s better placed to cope with an extensive injury list – let’s hope it copes.

Liverpool have started the season slowly, though successive League wins have lifted them up to fifth. Last week’s win at QPR, where Liverpool were narrowly the losers in that afternoon’s splendidly entertaining contest of Who Can Defend The Mostly Ineptly highlighted both their strengths and weaknesses – still a threat up front, but far from infallible at the back. Not entirely unlike City in fact, meaning an open and entertaining game is on the cards, and with only one clean sheet all season, City must think they can be the latest side to score against the Merseysiders.

Brendan Rodgers has to decide whether to include Mario Balotelli in the side. His dreadful form this season has largely been overlooked in favour of an odd furore over shirt-swapping. He ought to have tried biting someone or racially abusing them instead.

City’s record at Anfield is far from stellar. Only once in nine visits have we avoided defeat, a 2-2 draw in December 2008; and only once have we ever beaten Liverpool, last December. It’s not surprisingly that Liverpool start as strong favourites, with 4/9 the best you’ll get on a home win. A second successive draw for City is 4/1, while a third Premier League victory for the Tigers is as long as 8/1. There are causes to be optimistic – City’s goalscoring, Liverpool’s porous defence – but ooh, that injury list is long, isn’t it? Time for the squad to step up. Come on City.

PROMOTION SPECIAL – The Hounds of Hull (City)

Dogs aren’t just man’s best friend, they’re also amongst the best and most fervent football fans. Hounds around the world have been showing their love for The Tigers since City clinched promotion, and we’re proud to showcase some of them…

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Mike Carter’s mutt is keen to show thanks to the Allam family as well as the Egyptian trio of Gedo, Fathi and Elmo.  Read more

AGAINST ALL ODDS: The promotion odds

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“In the 2012/13 Championship season, which club went six points clear in second place with three games to go, yet failed to win promotion?”

That’s how quizmasters of the future will tantalise their audiences with a question whose answer everyone will instantly half-remember. It’ll only take a moment to come…the stunned expression of the fans on that night’s highlights. The distraught players. The inconsolable manager. It’s it’s…I’ll get it in a second…Hull City! And so those entrants into brainteasers yet to come will chuckle at the Devon Lochian collapse of a second tier football team in the past, and no-one will remember how a season of glittering promise unravelled at the end.

That sort of nightmarish scenario must have been tormenting more than a few minds in recent days, ever since City’s damaging draw against Bristol was compounded by Watford’s thumping, confidence-restoring victory at the weekend. Surely not? Surely we cannot throw this away? Yet no amount of logic can overcome the TypicalCity factor in our fractious minds.

What follows isn’t intended to make anyone feel better. But it’s worth taking a look at how the outside world, and in particular its bookmaking fraternity, view a race that sudden has two possible winners, yet one a several lengths clear with only two to jump.

For City are massive favourites to take second place. Massive. You won’t find anything better than 1/12 (BetVictor) on the Tigers finishing second, though the same odds are available (Bet365) on City being promoted by any means including the play-offs, if you want that insurance. Which we don’t.

We’re a whopping 8/1 to make the play-offs (Bet365) – contrast that to Watford, who are 1/14 (Bet365) They, incidentally, are tied with Brighton to win them (11/4 apiece, Bet365). The sheer improbability of City requiring them makes us the 25/1 (SkyBet) outsiders.

Much of this is because the bookies don’t seem to expect the race to last beyond this weekend. Anything short of victory for Watford at Leicester will probably do for them, yet they’re sturdy outsiders to win at the King Power Stadium. A Leicester win that’ll promote City is actually odds-on with most firms (Boylesports go evens), while Watford are 29/10 (BetVictor) to close to the gap to a point. They’re not fancied at all.

By contrast, City’s (theoretically) gentler assignment at Barnsley has them as favourites – 6/4 (Coral) is the best out there on a win that’ll guarantee promotion whatever the previous night brings, while a home win is as long as 11/5 (BetVictor).

Feeling better now?

No, thought not.