Ian Ashbee (2002-2011 – 264 apps, 12 goals)
With a total of nine seasons at Hull City, Ian Ashbee became a club legend after making over 250 appearances for the Tigers. The midfielder signed from Cambridge United in 2002, after starting his career at Derby County and spending time on loan at Icelandic side Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur in 1998.
Ashbee’s debut came in the season opener against Southend United on 10th August 2002 in Division Three, which ended in a 2-2 draw. A month later, Ashbee netted his first goal in City colours in a 4-1 away victory at Torquay United.
After making 33 appearances in his debut season, Ashbee captained the side to automatic promotion from Division Three the following year, scoring the winner in a 2-1 away victory over Yeovil Town in the promotion-winning game.
The next season followed with another promotion, this time from League One, as Ashbee made 40 league appearances and scored his goal of the season in a 6-1 demolition of Tranmere Rovers in December 2004. Sadly, Ashbee missed the majority of the 2005/06 season due to a degenerative bone disease, making only six appearances for Peter Taylor’s side.
After returning from injury, Ashbee continued to captain the side, making a further 77 league appearances over two seasons, before leading the team out on the hallowed turf of Wembley for the 2008 Championship play-off final. The midfielder played the full fixture as the Tigers secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.
Leading the team out on the opening day of the 2008/09 season, a home fixture against Fulham, Ashbee is one of only four players to have represented Hull City - and the only one to have captained the club - in all four senior divisions.
In March 2009, Ashbee broke another club record, becoming the only player to have scored in the top four tiers for the Tigers, netting against Blackburn Rovers. Later that season, however, the midfielder suffered a cruciate ligament injury against Aston Villa, meaning he missed the entire 2009/10 season.
The former England Under-18 international scored on his return from injury in the opening-day victory over Swansea City in August 2010. Ashbee went on to make a further 18 league appearances, making his final outing on 22nd January 2011 against Reading, before reuniting with former Hull City manager Phil Brown at Preston North End.