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Tigers on Tour: 1973

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…

Solidifying a seventh consecutive season in Division Two, as well as reaching the FA Cup fifth round and competing in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Terry Neill’s side racked up the miles in a lengthy post-season tour.

The first country the Tigers travelled to was Trinidad & Tobago to face a select XI of the nation’s finest twice over three days. Playing both fixtures in the capital city of Port of Spain, the Tigers lost the first fixture 2-1, despite Ken Knighton scoring, before Stuart Pearson’s brace secured a 2-0 win in the second encounter.

Hull City then travelled to the South American country of Guyana to play six games over the space of 12 days. The Tigers maintained three clean sheets in the first three games, scoring an impressive 24 goals in the process. Defeating Upper Dererara XI 7-0, Berbice FA XI 12-0 and a Guyana XI 5-0, Neill’s side headed into the sixth fixture of the tour against a Caribbean XI full of confidence.

Despite Pearson netting his eighth goal of the tour, the Tigers were held to a 1-1 draw in Georgetown, with a recorded 6,000 fans attending the fixture. The final two games came in the form of a French Guiana XI and Robin Hood FC, with John Hawley scoring a double in the first fixture, before Roy Greenwood netted in a 1-1 draw against the latter.

Two months would pass before the Tigers would travel again, this time on a pre-season tour to the Republic of Ireland. Facing then 10-time League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers at Glenmalure Park, the Tigers produced a professional performance as finishes from Ken Wagstaff and Roy Greenwood secured a 2-0 win.

The penultimate fixture was against Finn Harps, who would go on to win the FAI Cup later that season, with Neill’s side only managing a 1-1 draw as Wagstaff made it two in two games. The final fixture sadly ended in a 1-0 defeat for Hull City against Cork Hibernians as they headed into the 1973/74 season with a combined six wins from 11 fixtures over the three tours, scoring 35 goals.


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