League One Lowdown: Hull City

Last updated : 09 September 2020 By Jim Bonner

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1904

Chairman: Assem Allam

Last Season: Championship - 24th (Relegated)

Nickname: The Tigers

Rivals: Scunthorpe United, Leeds United

Major Honours


Hull City: A brief history

Formed in 1904, Hull struggled for be a significant presence in the city due to being dwarfed by the two Hull rugby sides and their only notable sliverware has been a trio of Division Three title wins in 1933, 1949 and 1966 respectively.

Hull have had periods of financial struggle in the late 20th century and were locked out of Boothferry Park at the turn of the Millennium as a Division Four side. Adam Pearson took ownership of the club and a rapid rise up the leagues saw Hull become a Premier League side in 2008.

Since then, Hull have had three stints in the top flight and lost the 2014 F.A. Cup Final to Arsenal despite taking a 2-0 lead. Under Assem Allam's ownership, a disastrous run of form in 2020 saw the club relegated back to League One. 

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Hull: Saturday, January 23rd (3pm)

Hull vs Portsmouth: Saturday, February 4th (3pm)

The Manager: Grant McCann

The 40-year-old midfielder spent most of his career at Cheltenham Town and Peterborough, becoming their manager in 2015 before being sacked in the following year. He was appointed at Doncaster and led them to the play-offs in 2019, losing to Charlton. He was then taken by Hull and oversaw an awful 2020 which culminated in relegation.

One To Remember: Hull City 1 Portsmouth 2 (Championship - 23/10/2010)

On a day when there were rumours that Pompey were about to go bust, the team put them to one side and showed some guts to win this one. David Nugent and Greg Halford were on target for Steve Cotterill's men, with Nicky Barmby pulling one back for the hosts.

One To Forget: Hull City 1 Portsmouth 0 (Championship - 17/09/2011)

The following season, Pompey lost to the Tigers thanks to an early Robert Koren goal having failed to muster a single shot on target in a truly dreadful game that saw Luke Varney sent off. Steve Cotterill apologised to fans at a service station that night, pacing outside the team coach as if contemplating suicide.

The Ground: The KCOM Stadium (Capacity: 25,400 - Away: 2,500)

The KCOM Stadium is much like most modern grounds (and there seems to be a lot of them around these days) which has an impressive exterior but is much more underwhelming inside.

Unfortunately my photos have been lost to time but if you've been to Reading, Southampton, Leicester, Derby etc then you've essentially been to Hull, too.