Kit review – 2006/2007

Not since the late 1970’s had City played in unique, striped shirt kits three times in a row, but the release of the Diadora 2006-2007 kit saw a repeat of that sequence. In terms of club shop sales, the thin striped 2005-2006 shirt proved unpopular compared to the thick, bold striped 2004-2005 release that preceded it, so for City’s second season in the Championship, thick stripes returned.

This shirt (seen on Craig Fagan) had a black central stripe, giving the shirt front three black stripes and four amber stripes, the two outside amber stripes tapered at the bottom due to a piped seam on the bias.

Previously Diadora had outsourced the design of City’s kits to other companies, but this one was designed by them at their base in Giavera del Montello in north-east Italy, and it showed.

Raglan sleeves ensured a neat fit on the shoulders, but the narrow, tapering cut meant it clung to the less than athletic looking physiques of Jon Parkin and Dean Windass as well as those fans who are unashamed heavy consumers of pies and ale. Because of this, many chose to go one up from their usual replica shirt size.

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PHOTO SPECIAL – Hull City 1-2 Norwich

Friday 6th April 2007

Desperate for a win in the fight to avoid relegation, City played host to midtable Norwich. However, despite Andy Dawson’s fantastic free-kick, the Tigers fell to a Good Friday defeat that left us in trouble at the bottom.

Pictures by Dan Westwell.


Phil Brown greets the Tiger Nation, hoping to still be City boss next year.

Reliable left back Andy Dawson beats Dion Dublin to the ball.

Deano curls in a cross from the left, City fans hoped to see lots of this.

However we saw much more of this, Deano haranguing the official.

Premiership heavyweights once, Parlour and Dublin were off key today.

Huckerby bundles both ball and keeper into the net for Norwich’s first…

…to the disgust of Bo, who talked himself into a booking crying foul.

Deano just can’t resist an opportunity to remonstrate with the ref.

Just who is entertained by this guff at half time? Retards? Paedos?

Similarly, who thinks a fat, hexagonal headed Canary milling around is good?

Forsaken by the Lord, Stu’s 2nd half shot missed & he was instantly subbed.

His replacement Barmby watches as Etuhu makes it 2-0 to the visitors.

Proper Bo acrobatically stops Norwich increasing their lead.

Sub Vaz Te strikes the ball and an odd pose to show off his odd socks.

Andy Dawson gives City hope with a perfectly struck free kick…

…that flies over the head of Fulham reject Tony Warner and in.

Warner earns a Cock-Kick nomination after mugging Barmby.

Deano’s commitment to the City cause cannot be questioned…

…but it wasn’t enough today and he leaves the field a dejected figure.


PHOTO SPECIAL – Leeds United 0-0 Hull City

Saturday 23rd December 2006

The Tigers travelled to Elland Road for a Yorkshire derby with the threat of relegation hanging over both sides. Despite having the better of the game, the Tigers were held by the White Shite for a point that kept both sides in the bottom three.

Pictures by Dan Westwell.


Moments from kick off, the lads psyche themselves up for battle…

…watched by caretaker boss Phil Brown, who wants the job full time.

Impressive against Cardiff, Stephen McPhee starts again…

…and causes problems for Ugo Ehiogu, who wears gloves. The heem.

In the absence of Ian Ashbee, Danny Coles wears the captain’s armband.

City impress in the first half, here Bridges causes bother in Leeds’ box.

The impish Craig Fagan is a constant nuisance for the White Shite.

The boyish Jonathan Howson can’t stop Sam Ricketts clearing the ball.

At the back our defence is resolute, here Michael Turner foils Westlake.

Cheating bast Tresor Kandol thinks Turner’s head is a bowling ball.

In the 2nd half, Ryan France executes a perfect slide tackle to stop Lewis.

Ex Leeds man Michael Bridges was applauded by both sets of fans.

Despite his boyish charms, Howson can’t find a way past Andy Dawson.

Sam Rickett’s causes Ian Westlake pain. Excellent.

Outraged at further Kandol cheatery, Delaney is filled with righteous zeal…

…and is unperturbed by the Barnet loanee’s freakish bulging eye.

Leeds boss and renowned shortarse Dennis Wise admits Kandol is a meff.

Fagan’s performance and mockery of Warner makes him our MOTM.

‘Brownie’ reflects on the result, which gives the chairman plenty to ponder.

PHOTO SPECIAL – City 1-1 AS Nancy

Saturday 29th July 2006

The Tigers took on French UEFA Cup entrants AS Nancy at the Circle as the final part of their preparations for the 2006/7 campaign. This was new boss Phil Parkinson’s last chance to see his side in action before the new Championship season got underway…

Pictures by Dan Westwell.


New boss Phil Parkinson looks over his new charges

Left-back Andy Dawson wears the captain’s armband

Nancy’s Rachid Handani is congratulated after scoring the opener on 7 mins

Bo Myhill claims innocence as we trail 0-1

Dean Marney’s free-kick inspires freestyle dancing from the French

Duffy’s grimacing face was as ugly as this wasteful shot on goal

The captain passes, ignoring the French Minister of Silly Walks

New signing Michael Turner challenges for the ball

Craig Fagan rises to head the equalising goal on 58 minutes…

…and wheels away in delight…

…before getting some love from former Tottenham man Dean Marney

Our new two-sponsored jersey looks sober next to Nancy’s multi-branded monstrosity

Second half subs Nick Barmby and John Welsh test Nancy’s defence

Ben Burgess causes mayhem in the Nancy boys’ box

Barmby is outnumbered in the Anglo-French gurning contest

The scores stays this way for the rest of the game

PHOTO SPECIAL – Bradford 0-2 City

Sunday 10th April 2005

Although it wouldn’t be mathematically certain for another six days, victory at Valley Parade would effectively promote the Tigers for a second successive season. There’s always an extra dimension to games against Bastard City, in seasons past we have nailed shut the relegation coffin for Bradford and they’ve done it to us, and let’s not forget the 1996 riot at Boothferry Park in response to Bradford fans being given the South Stand. Indeed, there is always something more to these games between these sides than the 3 points at stake.

Earlier in 2004-2005, Bradford had visited the KC for a live Sky game and brought only their away kit, black with amber piping, leaving us to wear our away kit. At home. So to beat them at their place to all but guarantee promotion was especially sweet, and Bradford’s decision to house City’s 5,000 strong travelling support in a home stand added to the glee, and then of course there’s Dean Windass. Hull born, a City fan and former Tiger, now playing for the Chickens and forever being linked with a move back to Hull. Yep, this game had an edge, and a delicious outcome.

Pictures by Dan Westwell.


A fiercely contested Yorkshire derby begins with some dirty dancing.

Praise the lord! Elliott scores and celebrates in trademark fashion…

…before being mobbed by jubilant team mates.

Is that a City wristband on Deano’s arm?

Andy Dawson thinks not, and crunches the old timer.

The superb Damian Delaney ends a Bradford move.

A bird? A Plane? Nah, just some diving Bradford meff.

Halftime, and we’re treated to the sight of jailbait totty.

The action recommences, sub Marc Joseph puts in a challenge.

68 minutes in, Barmby doubles the lead and seeks adulation…

…from anyone but gangly hoon Junior Lewis.

The Tiger Nation go apoplectic with glee.

Despite his great height, Junior Lewis is great at limbo dancing…

…but alas not at football. Deano tells him he’s not fit to wear a City shirt.

Amber Nectar’s man of the match Craig Fagan strikes a celebratory pose.

Asked by the Tiger Nation, Deano tells us the score.

The scoreboard confirms it, and City are pretty much promoted.

The man responsible for back to back promotions salutes the Tiger Nation.

PHOTO SPECIAL – First game at the Circle

Wednesday 18th December 2002

Hull City kick off life at their new stadium with a bit of a bash. Bagpipes, novelty oversize keys, that Pippa bint, a hoarse Gift, Land of Hope and Glory, Sarah Whatmore executing Cruyff turns to show each stand her arse, and a musical firework display that played football chants with explosions! There was a game of football in there too, City pulling off a 1-0 against the Mackems to claim the Raich Carter trophy, presented by the Silver Maestro’s son. Right, so now we’ve got the fans, the chairman, the stadium, the manager, all we need now is a winning team and Tiger World Domination is ready to roll. Watch out Russia and USA, Peo is gonna snaffle your submarines.

Pictures by Dan Westwell.


Look at those curves! The KC Stadium is sex in concrete and steel

Roland apologises to Jonny again as early punters witness live cannibalism

What do you need to wear skirts and squeeze sacs? A big puff

A young lass demonstrates City’s new fitness routine…

…err, that’s not quite right lads.

Goodness gracious, great balls of fire as the teams emerge.

The lads and local dignitaries line up for a photo op.

Gary Alexander can’t believe he’s missed from close range.

Get in son! Melton rounds the keeper to score…

Steve looks bemused as a BP nostalgic joyfully swings a Kwik Save carrier.

The rest of the lads just celebrate

Ruddy cheeked Irishman Damien Delaney foils Marcus Stewart

Fishlips busts a move to beat Emerson Thome to the ball.

John Anderson gives chase to nippy French forward David Bellion.

Half Time…Sarah Whatmore entertains those not having a fag/piss/pie

The Cruyff turning songstress shows off her best features.

Peo cops an eyeful and considers signing her up on a season long loan.

In a dull 2nd half, Tiger Nationals entertain themselves making paper planes.

Full time, and City make a winning start!

Elvis makes people leave the building.

PHOTO SPECIAL – Boothferry Park’s last derby

Saturday 2nd November 2002

Peter Taylor’s first and Boothferry Park’s last Humber derby resulted in City contemptuously dismissing the Inbred Scunts to claim all three points. The Tigers left it late though, they may have dominated proceedings, but it wasn’t until the 85th minute that they went ahead, substitute Michael Branch blasting City in front before Gary Alexander wrapped things up in the last minute. Nonetheless, justice prevailed, and while City fans quaffed ale in Three Tuns, the travelling Scunts mulled over defeat, incarcerated in the North Stand while  rain fell upon their unsheltered heads. Hoho.

Pictures by Dan Westwell.


Tigers’ shortarse Ryan Williams amazes Martin Carruthers with deft control.

After a comical collision between keeper and defender, Evan’s thwarts Jevons

Justin ‘The Sarge’ Whittle causes mayhem in the Scunt box. He’s nails he is.

Gary Alexander plots another incursion of Scunny territory.

Second half, Jevons fires in a shot…

…Taylor and sub Branch watch transfixed.

Jevons puts in a cross despite the attentions of Andy Dawson.

Scunny’s cartwheeling carthorse Peter Beagrie shields the ball…

…but is promptly robbed of the ball by the Ash…

Branch comes off the bench to fire City in front…

…and races to the West Stand for some deserved adoration.

So excited to see City go two up, this chap sheds his clothes in delight…

…but fails to escape pursuing stewards, crashing into hoardings…

…while young fans laugh at his penis.

Meanwhile a fully clothed Gary Alexander…

…celebrates his strike with….

…a swan dive before an apoplectic Kempton.

the South Stand cheers the final whistle.


The Soul of Hull City – Part 2
August 2009
The second instalment in our round up of what makes Hull City unique.

Cousin Should Stay – For Now
September 2009
Daniel Cousin appears to have irreparably fallen out with manager Phil Brown, nonetheless Matt Rudd feels we’d be ill advised to jettison the  pinheaded Gabonese striker at this time.

Turner Sale Could Hugely Change Perception Of DuffMan
September 2009
On the eve of the 2009 transfer window closure, the sale of prize asset Michael Turner looked increasingly inevitable.  Les Motherby pondered  if the sale would mean an end to the honeymoon period enjoyed by Chairman Paul Duffen.

Pundits Fall Short In Final Analysis
August 2009
Les Motherby holds those paid to deliver insightful football analysis on TV to account.

Asia Trophy Diary – The Tigers in China
August 2009
If you think Plymouth is a long way to travel for an away game, marvel at the hardy bunch of Tiger Nationals who took a slow, err, plane to China to watch City play in the Barclays Asia Trophy.

The Soul of Hull City – Part 1
August 2009
What makes Hull City unique? What are the 100 things that make up the soul of our football club? Here’s the first ten.

2008-2009 in Tiger Attire
April 2009
From Phil Brown’s telesales headset to Jimmy Bullard’s oversized scarf. We look at the accessories and accoutrements used by Tigers personnel in 2008-2009.

No Punditry Intended
March 2009
Summarising a City game for live TV… How hard could that be? Amber Nectar’s Richard Gardham found out when asked to be mic’d up and give views for Setanta Sports.

Beastly Behaviour
August 2007
As Jon Parkin left the Circle for Stoke, Hugh Cornwell looks back at his time with the Tigers and consider the legacy of The Beast…

Brian the Blessed is back
June 2007
As Brian Horton came back to the Tigers nineteen years after leaving Boothferry Park, DMT considers the implications for City of his surprise return…

Survey 2007
March 2007
Amber Nectar undertook a survey of forum members to gather opinions and recollections of yesteryear – here are the results…

World Cup diary
June 2006
Amber Nectar headed to the land of weissbier, bratwurst, drei streifen turnschuh for the group stages of World Cup 2006. Here’s our day by day account of what we saw, who we met and what we ate…

Boothferry Park – A Sad Reminder of Troubled Times
August 2004
Driving past our former home on his way to the KC Stadium, Rich Burdett finds himself not in the least bit nostalgic for the Ark…

Saluting the Sarge INTERVIEW
July 2003

In the run-up to the 2003/4 season, Great Escape hero and iconic defender Justin Whittle invited Amber Nectar into his house to discuss Army life, oversized internal organs and the merits of Japanese football boots…

Hope Springs Eternal
March 2003
“I can endure my own despair, but not another’s hope” wrote William Walsh. Lugubrious CityChat forum regular Bristol Jim agrees, arguing that any hope of Tiger World Domination is misplaced and that ‘doing a Wimbledon’ is now beyond the reach of most, if not all Football League clubs.

The Thoughts of Charman PeoINTERVIEW
Amber Nectar Issue #15 – February 2003

As he entered the third year of his reign as Tiger’s supremo, Adam Pearson talked to us about the speculation that surrounded Peter Taylor’s future, the spat with the Hull Daily Mail and problem solving at the new KC Stadium.

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like AshbeeINTERVIEW
Amber Nectar Issue #15 – February 2003

Are City’s totemic, all action midfielder and occasional captain talked to Amber Nectar mid 2002/2003 season about that goal at Torquay, his partnership with Dean Keates and the aalure of Icelandic women!

Five Years On – A Different Kettle of FishINTERVIEW
September 2002

A lot of water has flowed under the Humber Bridge since Martin Fish’s long involvement with the club ended. Here, the affable accountant talks about the difficulties that beset his tenure as Tigers supremo.

An Unexpected Transfer-mation?
Amber Nectar Issue #12
Are the EU right to insist upon changes to the feudal transfer system? Steve Weatherill thinks so…

Till Death Us Do Part
Amber Nectar Issue #12
What if, when City went into administration, the club had actually been wound up? Just what would you do to satisfy your craving for a football fix? James McVie surveys the grim alternatives…

A Walk in the Park for Pearson?
Amber Nectar Issue #12
After the events of the last few years, it’s no wonder City fans greet any new faces in the boardroom with cynicism, Danny Lodge however, reckons we can leave cynicism behind this time round…

Another Plan Down the Pan
Amber Nectar Issue #12
Nick Buchanan’s five year plan went the same way as David Lloyd’s, it fell apart two years in. Ed Bacon wonders just how much thought goes into these plans…

I don’t like cricket…
March 2002
Writing for cricket fanzine The Corridor of Uncertainty, Les Motherby explains why he’s only got room in his life for one round-ball game…

Shocking Scientific Discovery For Scunts
Amber Nectar Issue #11 – September 2001
Geneticists have identified the gene responsible for the unpleasant traits by fans of Scunthorpe United. Les Motherby reports…

Power, Corruption and Chinese Food
Amber Nectar Issue #11 – September 2001
He’s not the first, and he won’t be the last, but Andy Downie is the latest to wonder if the HDM are doing a propaganda job for the ‘Sheffield Stealers’…

Vorsprung Durch Tactics
Amber Nectar Issue #11 – September 2001
Andy Dalton implores Brian Little to ditch the wingback system in favour of a more traditional formation…

Laws Unto Himself
Amber Nectar Issue #11 – September 2001
Is Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws the biggest tosser in English football? James McVie thinks so…

Conference Calling
Amber Nectar Issue #11 – September 2001
It’s long been said that the Conference is on a par with, if not better than, the Football League’s basement division. Andy Dalton, always one to go against popular opinion, begs to differ…

Hit & Myth
Amber Nectar Issue #10
Do you remember when 25,000 people would attend City’s reserve games? And when 15,000 would line the streets to witness Viggo Jensen pop to his local corner shop for a tin of Spam and a loaf of bread? James McVie, grand debunker of myths, doesn’t either…

Don’t Take the High Road
Amber Nectar Issue #10
The Scots, as a rule, hate the English. But why do our Celtic cousins hold particular disdain for Hull City? Richard Gardham investigates.

City in Not Much Happening Shocker!
Amber Nectar Issue #10
Although he’s not much of a football reporter, Mark Gretton reckons ‘big hearted’ John Feildhouse might make a good TV critic…

Buchanan – A Man with a Plan?
Amber Nectar Issue #10
Two years in, Danny Lodge wondered how Nick Buchanan’s five year plan was progressing…

The Mail – A Right to Reply
Amber Nectar Issue #10
Andy Dalton’s article about the Hull Daily Mail in issue 9 raised a few hackles at Blundell’s Corner. The HDM editor John Meehan, throwing toys out of prams with careless abandon, hits back…

Green with Envy
Amber Nectar Issue #10
The sight of 50,000 Dutch fans all wearing orange garb at Holland international games is undeniably impressive, and you would admire the attempts of any league club’s fans to emulate the sheer spectacle of the ‘Oranje legion’ wouldn’t you? Perhaps not, if that league club is Scunthorpe…

The Mail – Failing to Deliver
Amber Nectar Issue #9
Evictions, embargoes and fraud squad investigations. It was an eventful summer, not that you’d know if you only read the Hull Daily Mail. Andy Dalton wonders if our local rag is worth felling trees for…

Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Amber Nectar Issue #9
When asked about where our present decline started, most City fans will point to the sacking of Brian Horton. Richard Gardham casts his mind back to his appointment in 1984…

Amber Nectar Issue #9
For City fans, pre season is usually the happiest time of the year, when everyone believes it’s going to be ‘our year’. Close season 2000 wasn’t like that, Mark Gretton recalls the gloom that enveloped the onset of the new campaign…

The Crest is History
Amber Nectar Issue #8
After a year of pondering, Les Motherby still cannot decide whether the tiger on the new club crest more resembles a goatee bearded owl or a crab…

We’re Not Singing Any More
Amber Nectar Issue #8
A bit like the Moon, Boothferry Park has lacked atmosphere on occasion. Adam Reid sings his heart out for the lads…

Can’t Live With ‘Em…
Amber Nectar Issue #8
Picking up where he left off in Issue 7, Mark Gretton analyses the torso of the Tiger’s 1999/2000 season…

Men in Black
Amber Nectar Issue #7
Fatherless, compulsive masturbators, they are footballs equivalent to traffic wardens, only less popular. Danny Lodge blows the whistle on referees…

It’s a Goooaaalll!
Amber Nectar Issue #7
They’ve been few and far between in recent years, but their appeal remains undiminished. Kevin Sargeson describes the unforgettable experience of a City goal…

How Was It For You?
Amber Nectar Issue #7
Following the ‘Great Escape’, surely the last campaign of the second millennium would herald the dawn of Tiger world domination? Or maybe not. Mark Gretton analysed City’s start to the 1999/2000 season…

Egg-chasing Returns
Amber Nectar Issue #6
It is sick, subversive and live on Sky. Once a year the child corrupting game of egg chasing, better known as Rugby League, returns to the horror of sane people everywhere. Craig Ellyard crosses enemy lines to report on the actions of those who follow ‘Ulleffsee’…

Don’t Look Down
Amber Nectar Issue #6
As 1998 drew to a close, things were looking decidedly dodgy for City. Six points adrift at the foot of the entire league, the prospect of relegation into the Conference was a very real prospect. Just one question occupied the minds of the Tiger Nation at this time: Where the fuck is Forest Green? We asked someone who knew, Unk from the Halifax fanzine Shayven Haven, what the Conference was like…

Villa – What The Papers Said
Amber Nectar Issue #5
City’s FA Cup third round clash with Aston Villa not only generated wads of cash, but it also thrust the club into the national spotlight. The possibility of the League’s worst team toppling the Premiership leaders ensured that the national press were well represented at Villa Park. Craig Ellyard reads all about it…

Radio Gaga
Amber Nectar Issue #5
If video killed the radio star, then someone should send David Gibbins a pack of VHS Cassettes every day. During his tenure as Radio Humberside’s Head of Sport, he riled fans no end with his South Bank bias and inflammatory remarks about our club. The Platted Muff tunes in…

The Needlers – A Sweet Aftertaste?
Amber Nectar Issue #5
Ever wondered why we are so shit? Craig Ellyard thinks he knows why, and he points an accusing finger at the Needler family, and the legacy they left behind…

Warren Joyce – Hobson’s Choice?
Amber Nectar Issue #4
Mark Hateley’s reign as player-manager was an unmitigated desaster. We were six points adrift at the foot of the league when he received his P45. The fans were expecting an experienced man to replace Atilla, so the appointment of captain Warren Joyce raised a few eyebrows. Craig Ellyard gave his gut-reaction to the decision…

A Few Good Men
Amber Nectar Issue #4
Mark Hateley’s reign as player-manager was an unmitigated desaster. We were six points adrift at the foot of the league when he received his P45. The fans were expecting an experienced man to replace Atilla, so the appointment of captain Warren Joyce raised a few eyebrows. Craig Ellyard gave his gut-reaction to the decision…

Amber Nectar Issue #3
It was 1990 when Peter Swan last rampaged across Boothferry Park’s lush turf, so we met up with Swanny to discuss his time at Hull, money wasting managers and Dani Behr’s breasts…

Watney ‘ells that?
Amber Nectar Issue #3
On the 5th August 1970, footballing history was made when the Tigers and Manchester United contested the world’s first penalty shoot-out. Despite not being born at the time, Les Motherby recalls City’s first foray into the Watney Mann Invitation Cup…

Who Is Tom Belton?INTERVIEW
Amber Nectar Issue #3

When David Lloyd’s ‘three year plan’ fell apart just one year in, City fans once again found themselves praying for a new saviour. We interviewed Tom Belton in July 1998, six months before he became chairman, to ask him his intentions…

Fatty Flagstaff
Amber Nectar Issue #2
We broke into the Hull Daily Mail’s safe and stole an unused draft of City legend Fatty Flagstaff’s Sportsmail Column…

Annual General Bleating
Amber Nectar Issue #2
Four months late, Hull City’s 1997 AGM finally took place on Friday 27th March, 1998. Geoff Bradley, our man at the Grange Park Hotel, attempted to make sense of the goings on…

Annual General Bleating II
Amber Nectar Issue #2
Just when you thought it was safe to enter the Grange Hotel, the Hull Sharks go and hold their AGM on the same day as ours. AMBER NECTAR infiltrated enemy lines to investigate:

Aye Aye SkipperINTERVIEW
Amber Nectar Issue #1 – February 1998

For our inaugural issue we sent Ian Farrow to interview ex-Tiger turned publican, Pete Skipper. “Just don’t mention his dodgy knee”, we told him. Did he listen? Did he hell!

AGAINST ALL ODDS: City named as favourites, again

City have been named as favourites to win the Third Division next season by bookmakers Victor Chandler. The Tigers are 6/1 to claim the 2002/3 championship. Last season, City were 4/1 favourites, but of course finished miles behind surprise winners Plymouth. Defeated play-off finalists Rushden are second favourites (7/1), Kidderminster are rather surprisingly third (8/1) then Bournemouth and Scunthorpe at 11/1. Conference champions Boston are rated as 20/1 shots, York at 25/1, play-off semi-final losers Rochdale and Hartlepool both at 14/1. Tipped to struggle are outsiders Exeter, Torquay, Carlisle and financially crippled Lincoln, all 40/1.