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Tigers on Tour: 1950

15 July 2022

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…

A season where Hull City were flying high in Division Two, a run of one win in their last 15 games saw the Tigers drop from second to seventh position as they entered into a post-season tour of Israel and Türkiye.

The Tigers first fixture came a week after the final game of the regular season against Cardiff City as Raich Carter’s men travelled to the Bloomfield Stadium to face then five-time Israeli Champions Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

The result saw the Tigers claim a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a goal from Fred Smith, who scored his only competitive goal for the club in a 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur a month earlier. Three days later, Ernie Shepherd’s finish was enough to secure back-to-back 1-0 victories, with the second fixture coming against a select Israel XI.

Carter’s side travelled to Türkiye for two games in two days as they faced Ankara Demirspor and Gençlerbirliği. Playing both fixtures at the now named Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium, the first fixture against Ankara saw the Tigers dismantle the Turkish side 4-0 as Smith netted a brace in-between finishes from Shepherd and Frank Varney.  

Shepherd would play a big part in the final fixture against Gençlerbirliği netting the Tigers’ second goal in a 3-1 win over the then Ankara Football League winners, with Ken Harrison scoring the other two. Four wins from four, nine goals scored and three clean sheets saw the Tigers close the 1949/50 season strongly.

Four months later, the Tigers would welcome Turkish opposition on their own patch, welcoming Galatasaray to Boothferry Park. The Tigers would reign victorious over the Gala, winning 2-0 courtesy of strikes from Gordon Inwood and Alf Ackerman in front of 13,000 fans.

Since 1950, the Tigers have since only played Turkish opposition three times, welcoming then six-time Turkish National Division winners Fenerbahçe to Boothferry Park in 1953, as well as travelling to Austria to face Çaykur Rizespor in pre-season of 2016.

Against Fenerbahçe, Terry Murray scored for Bob Jackson’s side in a 2-1 defeat in the floodlit friendly, in which 13,366 fans attended, before in Steve Bruce’s penultimate game in charge of Hull City in 2016, they ran out 3-1 victors against Çaykur Rizespor, courtesy of a brace from Abel Hernández and volley from Robert Snodgrass. The third time came very recently, facing Fenerbahçe a few weeks ago, suffering a 2-0 defeat.

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