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Tigers on Tour: 1984

16 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…

After narrowly missing out on promotion to Division Two by a single goal, the Tigers travelled State side to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the second leg of the Arrow-Air Anglo American Cup.

Two months prior to their departure, Hull City had defeated the American side 3-0 in the first leg of the competition at Boothferry Park. Finishes from Garreth Roberts, Steve McClaren and Steve Massey saw the Tigers take a commanding lead heading into the second leg.

One major change from that first leg victory was the shock departure of manager Colin Appleton, who announced on the final day of the regular season that he would be leaving his role, recording 55 wins in 107 games played.

Club icon Chris Chilton took temporary charge of the team for both the semi-finals and final of the Associate Members Cup against Tranmere Rovers and Bournemouth respectively, before the appointment of player manager Brain Horton, who greeted the squad out in America.

Returning to the pitch, the Tigers faced two games out in the States. The first was a friendly fixture against newly formed side Fort Lauderdale Sun. A squad that included ex-England international David Watson and Leicester City legend Keith Weller amongst the ranks, it was the Tigers that would reign victorious with a 1-0 win, courtesy of a finish from Garreth Roberts.

A week later, the second leg against the Tampa Bay Rowdies came. Just under 5,000 fans attended the Tampa Stadium for the fixture. The Rowdies, managed by ex-Fulham, Manchester City, QPR and England forward Rodney Marsh, labelled their matchday programme as ‘The British Invasion’ with Stoke City scheduled to play them three days after the Tigers.

Despite losing the fixture 1-0, the superior aggregate score line from the first leg saw the Tigers win the Arrow-Air Anglo American Cup. It would turn out to be a successful preparation for the following season.

After playing in the North Ferriby United Golden Jubilee Match, and other pre-season fixtures against Goole Town, Scarborough, Barnsley and Scunthorpe United, Horton’s men would lead the club back to Division Two as they were promoted after finishing in third place.

(Picture: Programme Cover for Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Hull City)


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