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Good Afternoon all from a cold and snowy Tallinn.  The last so many winters we haven't had any snow to talk of until after New Year. This year is an exception, the last few weeks we have had a lot and apart from a few days it's been continually snowing with minus temperatures.  So much for global warming, anyway, I hope all who are travelling to Hull have a safe and hopefully a good time with perhaps three points being gained. I personally would be very happy with a draw, but I'm not holding my breath. So come on boy's, show some fighting spirit and do Hull.  COYR's

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5 hours ago, Jerseybean said:

Good day fellow City fans. Prior to considering the importance of today I invite you to sit quietly for a moment and recall memories of 24th May 2008, which remains the closest City have got to the top-flight. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Football_League_Championship_play-off_Final

Right, on to today, which is another very important game away at Hull City, aka the Tigers, who currently occupy 19th place on 22 points. They topped league one last season finishing with 89 points.  They are on a good run of form with 13 points from the last 18 available (won 4, lost 1 and drawn 1).

Our head-to-head record is impressive we have won 36, lost 28 and drawn 24. In the 2019/20 season we beat them @ home 2-1 and away 3-1. In 2018 at Ashton Gate it finished 5-5 with our goals coming from Pack, Diedhiou 2, Decordova-Reid and in the 90th minute Bryan.

Other than Danny Coles I’m not aware of any other players who played for us and them, although no doubt a few others have done so. NP managed them between June 2010 and November 2011.

Today is one of the furthest trips for the traveling Red Army, with 230 + miles between Bristol and the MKM Stadium, and the club have received an initial allocation of 1,222 tickets. In case you are a last minute merchant pay on the day will be available at the MKM Stadium. Tickets will be available at the Pitchside Bar from 1pm, which will be cash only. Be loud and proud and cheer the boys to three points.

Hull, or to give it its full title Kingston upon Hull, has made a return to the top 10 places described as the worst places to live in the UK. The annual iLiveHereUK list is compiled from public votes and this year Hull has come in at fifth place. Here's what some iLiveHereUK contributors had to say about Hull:

"Where else can you see humans acting in such a depraved manner and view original and authentic 50’s post-war brutalist concrete architecture?"

"It’s like God’s little experiment, if he put the worst of everything into one pot and stirred it up a bit."

"I personally recommend a day trip to Hull for all families, perhaps instead of a day trip to the zoo."

"Hull to chavs is what the Sargasso Sea is to eels, one endless spawning ground."

If you want more, here you go: https://www.ilivehere.co.uk/hull-again.html

Where to drink

For those making the trip to Yorkshire the titchy Hop and Vine is apparently the place for cider. According to East Yorkshire CideRed they usually stock a very good selection of local ciders from Colemans (co-founded by a Somerset exile): https://www.facebook.com/hopandvinehull

In the ground the Tigers Trust Arena Bar is open to away supporters.

The Brickmakers pub virtually opposite the stadium car park entrance is now open to away fans. Good atmosphere, friendly Hull fans, Big screen Sky Sports. There is also the nearby New Walton Street Social Club that welcomes away supporters.

There are a number of other pubs within a few minutes walk of the stadium, but these are all designated as being for home supporters only. Most Hull fans still seem to be heading for pubs situated around Boothferry Park. These are best avoided by away fans particularly the Silver Cod pub. Otherwise you can head for the nearby City Centre, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. The Linnet and Lark on Princes Avenue has lots of TVs showing Sky Sports, making it perfect to watch the early or late kick off games. It is a 15 minute walk away from the stadium. Also there are a number of other bars dotted along Princes Avenue, which should be okay for away fans to drink in. These include PAVE (http://pavebar.co.uk) which has a great selection of beers from all around the world and quality food. Closer to the stadium around a 15 minute walk up Walton Street, is the Avenues pub on Chanterlands Avenue, that welcomes both home and away supporters (https://www.sizzlingpubs.co.uk/findapub/yorkshireandthehumber/theavenuekingstonuponhull?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb)

If you are walking to the stadium from the City Centre there are several pubs on Spring Bank, or there is the Admiral of the Humber (a Wetherspoons outlet) https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/hotels/england/east-yorkshire/the-admiral-of-the-humber on Anlaby Road near Hull Paragon Railway Station. The Punch Hotel pub (https://www.facebook.com/ThePunchHotel) is situated in the town centre next to the Princes Quay shopping centre, so not far from the train station. It does great homemade food.

Tigers trivia

  • An account of their history is here: https://www.wearehullcity.co.uk/club/club-history/through-the-years/ and here: https://thebeautifulhistory.wordpress.com/clubs/hull-city/
  • Hull City is the only team in the Football League which hasn't got a single letter that you can colour in.
  • In 1984, Hull City declared they would play in the first ever football match on the moon. Then Chairman Don Robinson took the squad to NASA’s base in Cape Canaveral during an American tour but admitted he hadn't found a team to play against.
  • Hull City took part in England’s first ever penalty shootout – and lost. The Tigers were defeated by Manchester United in the semi-final of the short-lived Watney Cup in 1970, with George Best scoring the first spot-kick. Denis Law then became the first player to have a penalty saved in a shootout while City keeper Ian McKechnie became the first player to miss when he fluffed the deciding penalty.
  • A random set of celebrity Tigers fans are American indie heroes Pavement, who also once owned a racehorse called Hull City Tiger, which itself had a song dedicated to it by Hull based band Salako.
  • A film about Hull City has won an OSCAR. Well, kind of. See You At Wembley Frankie Walsh, a comedy about a fan choosing between a wedding and a cup final, was awarded best foreign film at the 1987 Student Academy Awards. The film's director, Mark Herman, has smuggled references to his beloved Tigers in most of his films since. In Little Voice, for instance, Ewan McGregor character's pigeon was called Duane after then star striker Duane Darby, while in Brassed Off the celebratory balloons were in black and amber.
  • London 0 Hull 4 wasn't just the title of The Housemartins' 1986 album, it proved to be a football prophecy. In October 2008 Hull City beat West Ham to take a fourth win out of four against London clubs having previously beaten Fulham, Arsenal and Spurs.
  • Nearly all rundowns of terrible football kits feature Hull City's tiger-stripe shirt from 1992/3, with a completely random pattern which meant no two were the same. But the mockery didn't stop the shirt breaking the club's shirt sales records - and they sell for up to £100 each now on eBay.
  • Up to the early 1960s, when league games were often played on Christmas Day, Hull City and Grimsby Town were the only two teams exempt from playing because fans in the fishing industry needed to be at work.
  • Ye Olde White Harte pub on Silver Street in Hull is believed to have played a key role in the start of the English Civil War. In the room now known as the Plotting Parlour, the decision was reputedly taken in 1642 to refuse Charles I entry to the town. This sparked the first siege of Hull, which was the first major action of the Civil War.
  • Not only is the George Hotel in Hull one of the oldest surviving pubs in the city, dating back to 1683, it also boasts what is claimed to be the smallest window in England. Originally a coaching inn, its window - which is more like a slit in the wall - is said to have been used by the porter to look out for stagecoaches and customers so they could be given immediate attention.
  • The Bounty, skippered by the infamous Captain William Bligh, was built and launched in Hull.
  • Daniel Defoe's famous fictional castaway, Robinson Crusoe, set sail from Queen's Dock in Hull on 1 September 1651.
  • The Rank Organisation, which owned five leading film studios including Pinewood Studios, was founded by Hull-born J. Arthur Rank in 1937. Who else on here has dire memories of the old Top Rank, and the immortal phrase ‘gentlemen to the stage please, gentleman to the stage.’
  • Used by generations of model plane fans to decorate anything from Spitfires to Boeing 737s, tiny tins of Humbrol paints were manufactured for many years in Hull. Humbrol, originally known as the Humber Oil Company, was founded in the city in 1919 and initially supplied bicycle oil. However, in the middle of the 20th Century, plastic model kits by companies such as Airfix became hugely popular. As a result, the firm began to manufacture "tinlets" of paint designed especially to make these models look as close to the real thing as possible.

Given their recent form and league position they will want to claim three points today. Pre-match Grant McCann said ‘They’re another team with a lot of experience in and around their team. If you go right through the middle of their team, they’ve got people like (Tomas) Kalas, (Chris) Martin, (Han-Noah) Massengo – who they brought in for quite a lot of money – Nahki Wells sat on their bench. They can mix it up, they can play short, they can play long. They’ve got the focal point of Martin and they’ve got good footballers in the middle of the pitch. Every team in the Championship have got real quality and Bristol City are the same. It’s going to be another tough game for us.’ Tom Eaves could return to the squad today post injury.

We are buoyed by the potential return of James and maybe Tanner and King although it’s unlikely they will be quite ready for today. NP has opened up in his presser about our limited goal-scoring and our limited creation of goal-scoring chances, in so doing acknowledging what we knew before the season started - we are going to struggle for goals this season. Let’s hope we score a few today!


Great job again JB..

2-1 to us.


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Good to see Tanner back.

Realistically just Baker & King short of a full squad now & as the latter has apparently been in training for a week, he must be pretty close too.

Baker probably not until Xmas due to concussion protocols.

Realised I had omitted Williams but realistically anything is a bonus there.

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Hull favourites due to their current form.

I wouldn't rule out an away win, but realistically Hull have a bit of momentum and I can't see us keeping a clean sheet.

We are struggling to score more than one so the best I can hope for is a 1-1, although I think the form and momentum that Hull have will be a bit too much for us.



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5 minutes ago, Major Isewater said:

Good afternoon from a sunny France.

I am optimistic, as always, but this is the Championship where if you aren’t ‘ at it ‘ you get beaten.

 I want to see a team who believe in what they are doing and give it their all.

As a small sign I saw a Robin beating up a tiger in my back garden this morning. 

I made the last bit up. 

A bit late Major - the war ended 70 years ago.

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My dad was a Hull born and bred so I should have a soft spot for them but as my dad was glad to get out of there and rarely returned in his 88 years, I don’t.

In fact it still holds the record the coldest game I’ve been to, it was at the old ground. I happened to be in York for New Years Eve and all games were off in the area except Hull v Brighton, so we went to that. Arctic to say the least.

Back to winning away today, 1-2 

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I reckon you can flip a coin to decide the result today. We're not great, Hull aren't great, suspect mistakes will decide things on the pitch. Nice to see James back to marshal the midfield.

On another note. Downsy has a penguin on his Christmas jumper. Of course the penguin, being a denizen of the southern hemisphere and being conspicuously absent from the Nativity story and all Dickens novels is clearly not a Christmas animal. I shall write a stern letter of complaint.

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