Pete Skipper (1978-1980 & 1982-1988 – 338 apps, 21 goals)
Hull-born Pete Skipper first joined the Tigers in September 1978 after playing for Schultz Youth Club. The defender made his Hull City debut on 2nd March 1979 against Swansea City and went on to make 17 appearances in total in his debut season, scoring two goals.
Skipper would only make seven appearances in his second season and, after a loan spell with Scunthorpe United, made a permanent move to Darlington in 1980. After two seasons with the Quakers, Hull City manager Colin Appleton re-signed Skipper who was immediately placed into the starting XI, and missed no games over the next three seasons. In the first two seasons, Skipper helped the Tigers secure promotion from Division Three before narrowly missing out on back-to-back promotions by a single goal.
Helping Hull City come runners-up in the Football League Trophy in 1984, as well as scoring the promotion-winning goal to Division Two with a bullet header against Walsall at the end of the following season, Skipper made a further 149 appearances for the club.
One of Skipper’s 338 appearances saw him even play in goal. Following an injury to goalkeeper Tony Norman in the warm-up, Skipper played the full game between the sticks as the Tigers suffered a 2-1 defeat against Southampton in the Associate Members Cup in November 1986.
After a combined nine-season spell with the Tigers, Skipper made his last Hull City appearance on 3rd September 1988 against Plymouth Argyle, before going on to have playing spells at Oldham Athletic, Walsall, Wrexham, Wigan Athletic and Stafford Rangers, ending his career in his second spell at Wigan.
For many years, Skipper would grace the club with his presence on a regular basis, hosting events in the West Stand hospitality lounge prior to games and played for the ex-Tigers XI, before his sad passing in April 2019.