Hull City have travelled far and wide to play fixtures over the years. Here, we take a look at how the Tigers got on abroad…
After previous post-season trips to Holland (1908 & 1910) and Sweden (1909), Hull City travelled to Norway and Sweden in May 1912 to play five exhibition matches which would see plenty of goals.
Finishing the 1911/12 season in disappointing fashion, winning only two of their last 10 games to see them claim sixth place in Division Two, Ambrose Langley’s men travelled to the Norwegian city of Trondheim to prepare for the following season.
One player that had featured in the final two games of the season against Clapton Orient and Bristol City was a young forward named Stanley Fazackerley, who became very prominent in this tour. Signed from Accrington Stanley for just £50 the previous month, he travelled with the team and made club history when scoring the most goals in a single game ever recorded, netting 11 goals in a 16-1 victory over a Trondheim & District XI. Charles Best got himself a hat-trick in the fixture, while Paddy O’Connell and George Arthur Temple also netted.
Two days later and the Tigers played their second fixture against Trondheim & District XI. The forward line had another productive day as Temple scored five, while Fazackerley and Best netted four and three goals each respectively in a 15-1 win. O’Connell would also get himself on the scoresheet for a second consecutive fixture, while Austin Fenwick and William McDonald also scored.
(Picture: Stanley Fazackerley)
Fazackerley would take his tally to 20 goals in three fixtures as in the third fixture between Langley’s men and Trondheim’s select XI, the Preston-born forward would net five in a 9-0 victory, which also saw Temple score a brace and Best and Jack Houghton claim one goal each.
The attentions would then turn to two fixtures against Swedish opposition in the form of Gothenburg. Fazackerley proved to be the difference in the first fixture, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win, before he netted again in a 4-0 win just two days later, with Temple securing himself a brace and Sammy Stevens also scoring.
In the 16-day tour, City had won all five fixtures, keeping three consecutive clean sheets and scoring an incredible 45 goals. Twenty-two of those finishes came from Fazackerley, who would go on to have a fantastic 1912/13 season, netting 20 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the club before he was sold to Sheffield United in March 1913 for a hefty £1,000.