Hull City Live
Until recently, few would have imagined that watching live premiership football would involve Hull City. Yet live streaming of Hull City premiership matches is a reality since 2008/9 after their triumphant promotion of the previous season. Yes, the journey has been a long one but for fans of online live footy on the Humber, live Premiership football has arrived. You can catch all their games online through our dedicated member’s area here at Live Sport Network.
Brazilian striker Geovanni will prove to be the key player for Hull City this season if they are to embark on another successful year in the Premier League. The Brazilian midfielder was in top form during the first half of the season as Hull rode high on his performances to reach third in the league table.
However Hull's fall from the top to the bottom of the table coincided with the drop in form for Geovanni and manager Phil Brown will be hoping for some consistency from his main player if he is to keep his side in the Premiership for a third straight season.
Defender Michael Turner is attracting a lot of interest from a number of clubs in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur leading the chase but Brown revealed that it would take a very high offer even to consider selling his best defender. Turner put in some excellent performances last season and has impressed in the pre-season games so far and will be one of the key members of the squad this season.
All eyes will be on Jimmy Bullard who has failed to play a complete game since moving to Hull City in the January transfer window. The English midfielder proved to be the difference between relegation and safety for Fulham a couple of seasons back and should he remain fit this season, Hull should finish the season well above the drop zone.
Manager Phil Brown will be hoping for a far more comfortable finish to the season than the last one as he attempts to help his side maintain their Premiership status for another year. The Tigers had a dream start to their life in the Premier League, beating a number of top teams in the first half of the last season to sit as high as third in the league table but managed to just hold on to their place for another year.
Brown has made no secret to his desire of getting a new striker with the club actively pursuing Michael Owen last month. However Manchester United hijacked the move at the last moment and signed the player.
Since then Hull have been linked with a number of strikers including Darren Bent and Bobby Zamora and Brown revealed that they have had a bid accepted by Fulham for Zamora and the club is in talks with the player to thrash out personal terms.
Hull City History
Hull City Association Football Club was founded in 1904 in a city previously dominated by rugby league. Indeed, some of their first friendly matches were played at The Boulevard, then home to Hull Rugby League Club. It is ironic that Hull RLC also now play at the impressive 25,000 all-seater KC Stadium, a purpose-built arena in west Hull where Hull City play all their home live premiership soccer games.
They were elected to the second tier of the Football League a year after forming and eventually moved to a new ground on Anlaby Road where they played until WW2 when games returned briefly to The Boulevard. 1909/10 saw Hull achieve what was their highest ever league position, third in division 2. This unenviable record stood until 2007. The nearest they came to winning a trophy was during the 1929/30 campaign when they reached the FA Cup semi-final only to lose 1-0 in a replay with Arsenal - not the first nor the last team to lose by that score to that team. Unfortunately, the cup run took its toll and City were relegated to division three (North) at the end of the season.
Three years later, City returned in triumph to the second tier of English football winning the Division Three (North) championship scoring 100 goals and gaining 59 points along the way. During that season, a club record 41 goals were scored by Bill McNaughton. Hull City then bounced between the second and third divisions until the outbreak of the Second World War. The team withdrew from the war league in 1941 but, despite concerns for their future, the reappeared in 1946 with a new board, new manager and a new ground in Boothferry Park.
The early post-war period also saw the signing of one of Hull’s greatest ever players, Horatio Stratton Carter or Raich Carter as he is better known. However, despite setting several club records during this period, Hull City continued to struggle to match their more notable city rivals in the success stakes. For a full fifty years, the Tigers fought against relegation and financial ruin despite a number of high profile names taking charge. Terry Neill, Brian Horton, Eddie Gray, Mark Hateley and Brian Little all failed to bring the glory days to Humberside. Players came and went as Hull joined the list of less affluent clubs who survived by producing players and then selling them on at a profit. Andy Payton’s £750,000 transfer to Middlesbrough remains a club record and Dean Windass was another local boy to leave for what was to City a potential life-saving £600,000.
Financial troubles and irregularities almost led to the collapse of the club in 2001 but the Tigers were saved by former Leeds Utd commercial director Adam Pearson who has subsequently done what very few chairmen have done and delivered on his promises. In 2002, the club moved to their current home, the Kingston Communications Stadium, once again heralded another attempt on raising the bar for the round ball game on the Humber.
Brian Little’s reign ended and Jan Molby, the former Liverpool star, took over but only for a less than impressive 6 months. Then came Peter Taylor, the successful England U21 manager. After a steady start to the Taylor era, promotion to the second tier of English football finally arrived appropriately resulting in Hull City competing in the newly-named Championship 100 years after they had joined. This coincided with the arrival at the KC Stadium of local boy Nicky Barmby whose glittering career has included spells at Spurs, Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds not to mention a part in arguably one of England’s greatest ever performances - the 5-1 victory in Germany. An uneventful season passed only to be followed by an anything but uneventful summer.
Taylor departed for Crystal Palace and Phil Parkinson was recruited to fill the gap. Unfortunately, Hull struggled and a heavy defeat in early December 2006 ensured City were planted firmly in the bottom three and Parkinson was shown the door. This gave Parkinson’s deputy Phil Brown the opportunity to take the helm as caretaker with one aim - to keep the club in the Championship. This appointment, along with the loan signing of former hero Dean Windass, seemed relatively innocuous at the time. Little did the KC faithful realise exactly what was to come. Windass’ goal against Cardiff sealed Hull’s survival. Brown had succeeded and the prodigal son had returned to save his hometown club.
During the summer Windass signed on a permanent deal and Hull started the 2007/8 season with high hopes. With two home-grown hero’s in the squad Hull climbed up the league. The inspired on-loan signing of Fraizer Campbell from Manchester United gave fresh impetus to their toils and Hull finished that season in their highest ever position resulting in them reaching the play-off’s for the final place in the promised land - the Premier League. Many were surprised how easily Hull brushed aside pre-tie favourites Watford to reach the play-off final at the legendary Wembley Stadium. 90 minutes and the small matter of Bristol City now stood between them and dreamland.
Windass proved to be the difference between the two teams with his goal helping Hull beat Bristol City and get promoted to the Premier League for the first time ever in the club's history.
Hull had a dream start to their Premier League campaign and at one time were level on points with Chelsea at the top of the league table and held on to the third place for a considerable time. However just two wins in more than 20 league matches meant that Hull had to hope for better results in other matches to hold on to their place in the league. With Newcastle and Middlesbrough both losing their last games, Hull defeat to a weakened Manchester United side had a minimal impact, sparking wild celebrations at the KC Stadium as Hull managed to avoid getting relegated in their debut season in the Premier League.
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