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As previously discussed, Hull City next manager odds are a common betting market. The Championship has a reputation for manager sackings throughout the season, and the turmoil that appears to be happening in the Hull City backroom means that bettors look out for the latest odds on the next Hull manager amongst other markets.

With Hull’s reputation of being a yo-yo club, odds on Hull to be relegated can also offer value. They were typically one of the favourites to be relegated from the Premier League, but there were value odds to be found before demotion in 2017. Equally, odds on Hull to stay up are offered widely, and again you could find value in this market, as are Hull City odds on being promoted.

Domestic trophy odds on Hull are usually long, for example odds on Hull to win the FA Cup. Hull don’t have a great history of doing well in this competition, despite being FA Cup finalists in 2014.

With their consistent rise and fall, when Hull are a Championship club they are typically one of the favourites for promotion. Now Hull find themselves back in the second tier of English football, look out for Hull to win the Championship odds, or odds for Hull City to get promoted. You could find a lot of value in these markets, and often they are subject to bookmaker enhanced odds offers and money-back specials.

Hull City odds can vary depending on who they’re playing and whether they are playing at home or away. Hull City at home odds are usually a lot shorter than Hull City away odds, particularly when they’re playing the better teams in the division or competition.

History

Hull City are a Championship football team based in the city of Hull, Yorkshire. Founded in 1904, Hull City have played at least one season in every professional league in the English football system.

Hull City AFC history begins in 1904. Earlier attempts were made to found a football club, but in a city where Rugby League was the favoured sport, no interest was shown. The club attempted to join the Football League for the 1904/1905 season but these attempts were refused, and so Hull City’s early games were primarily friendly matches, alongside FA Cup appearances.

Hull City’s first home was the Boulevard, then used by the Hull F.C rugby league side. The club then moved to the Anlaby Road Cricket Ground, and were finally given a place in the Football League, playing Second Division football in the 1905/1906 season.

Hull became an established top half Second Division side for much of the next two decades. They almost gained promotion on one occasion, but missed out on goal average. 

Football was suspended for much of the First World War, and when the Football League resumed, Hull began to struggle. In 1930, the club suffered relegation to the First Division North.

However, this season also led them to their best ever FA Cup run, reaching the Semi-Finals of the competition before eventually narrowly losing to Arsenal, after taking the Gunners to a replay in a 2-2 draw.

Over the next decade, Hull had a series of promotions and relegations to and from the Second Division. This yo-yo era continued after the Second World War, and after Hull moved into their new ground Boothferry Park. 

Their journey up and down the leagues continued up until the 1966/1967 seasons which began in the Second Division. This season led to 12 consecutive seasons in the second tier, Hull’s longest period in the same division since 1930. However, promotion to the First Division never came and they struggled to finish mid-table in most of their campaigns.

They were relegated again in in 1978, and three years later another relegation hit the club and they started their 1981/1982 campaign in the Fourth Division. Serious financial trouble also hit the club at this time and Hull entered receivership. Hull remained in the lowest professional tier for two seasons, before a second place finish saw them promoted once more.

Another promotion followed two seasons later, and Hull saw out the 1980’s as a Second Division side. However, the following decade began with yet another relegation added to the club’s history. When the Premier League was formed in 1992, the Football League divisions were renamed, with the First Division becoming the Premier League, the Second Division becoming Division One, Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division became Division Three. Hull’s Division Two status ended after relegation in the 1995/1996 season amid more financial troubles and they remained a Division Three side until 2004.

The following two seasons saw back-to-back promotions. They finished runners-up in the 2003/2004 season and gained promotion back to Division Two, now renamed League One. Another second place finish saw them gain promotion in consecutive seasons and the club started the 2005/2006 season as a Championship side.

Their first two seasons in the Championship were a struggle, and they narrowly avoided relegation both times. However, the 2007/2008 season culminated in a play-off win and promotion to the Premier League. This was the first time Hull City had ever gained promotion to top flight football, saw the club achieve three promotions in just five years.

Their reputation for yo-yoing up and down the divisions continued however. Hull were relegated from the Premier League after two seasons and they spent three years in the Championship before another promotion to the top flight followed in 2013. 

The 2014 season became the most successful in Hull City AFC history. The club played in their first ever FA Cup Final. They played Arsenal, and were 2-0 up after the first ten minutes but ended up losing the match 3-2 after extra time. However, this FA Cup Final appearance also led to the club qualifying for the Europa League, the first time the club had ever qualified for European competition in Hull City F.C history. However, they were eliminated from the competition after losing their play-off tie to Lokeren.

The club spent two years again in the Premier League, followed by another relegation in 2015. The club spent one season in the Championship before promotion immediately back to the Premier League for the 2016/2017 season.

However, once again the club couldn't sustain Premier League status. Instead, Hull finished in 18th position, ending their season in automatic relegation. Hull started the 18/19 campaign back in the Championship.

Crest 

The Hull City badge history is extensive. The first introduction of a Hull City crest was seen in 1935. The first Hull City A.F.C crest was a representation of the three crowns, part of the emblem of Kingston-upon-Hull. The 1935/1936 season was the only season in which this badge was worn on Hull City kits, and it wasn’t until 1947 when they club wore a crest again.

A Hull City new badge was created and worn from 1947 to 1957. This badge consisted of an image of a tiger’s head sat in an orange shield. In 1957, the badge changed again to just the tiger’s head. This badge was used for three years and then removed, and until 1971 the club again didn’t wear a badge on their shirts.

In 1971, the tiger badge was reintroduced and then dropped after four years, being replaced by the initials HCAFC - Hull City Association Football Club. 

After another four seasons, the club badge was changed yet again. This Hull City badge recalled the design of the tiger head in a shield with ‘Hull City A.F.C’ printed underneath.

In 1998, a new design appeared on Hull City merchandise. Still featuring a tiger head within a shield, the club name was printed above and the club nickname ‘The Tigers’ situated underneath.

In 2014, this badge was altered with the removal of the club name and the nickname, leaving the tiger head in an orange shield and the date 1904, signifying the year the club was founded.

A new Hull City badge is due to be unveiled in 2019, with the fans part of the design panel.

Colours

Hull City football colours for the majority of their history have been amber shirts with black stripes, which gave rise to their nickname the Tigers. This shirt has mostly been worn with black shorts and black or amber socks, although black and amber socks have also been worn.

However, in the 1921/1922 season, Hull wore white shirts with black shorts and black sock; the 1935/1936 season saw the club wear dark blue shirts with white shorts and blue and white hooped socks; and the 1946/1947 season’s kit involved a light blue shirt with white shorts and black socks.

The shade of amber worn on the shirts has also changed. Some shirts throughout the Hull City shirts history have been a darker shade and some lighter. The black stripes are also another feature that hasn’t always appeared, with most kits in the 1960’s and some since featuring either plain amber shirts or thinner stripes of different colours. 

From 1992 to 1995, the club’s home shirt featured a tiger print rather than black stripes, and has gone on to be ranked as one of the worst football shirts in English football history.

Hull City Stadium

The Hull City football stadium is called the KCOM Stadium. Previously known as the Hull city KC Stadium, the stadium name was changed in 2016 due to sponsorship reasons.

Hull City moved into the KC in 2002, after 54 years at Boothferry Park. Before their time at Boothferry, the club played their home games at Anlaby Road, after moving there in 1905 following one season at the Boulevard, which Hull City also used in the 1945/1946 season.

The Hull City stadium address is Kingston-upon-Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. As well as being the Hull City A.F.C stadium, the rugby league club Hull F.C also call this stadium home.

Known as one of England’s best football stadiums, winning the ‘Best Ground’ award at the Football League Awards in 2006, the KCOM stadium has a capacity of 25,400, making it one of the smallest venues in the top two English divisions.

Supporters

Hull City supporters enjoy a long standing rivalry with Leeds United. They also have a rivalry with Sheffield United, which seems to have originated in 1984 after the Sheffield club achieved promotion on goals scored instead of Hull. Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town are also known to be Hull City rivals.

There are number of Hull City supporters club. The Hull City Official Supporters Club is the only supporters club recognised by Hull City A.F.C, and as such the two have developed strong ties. There is also a new scheme for junior supporters, known as ‘Tiger Cubs’, established in 2014.

Owner

The Hull City owner is Assem Allam. Allam bought a controlling interest in the club in 2010, and since then has gone on to be a controversial figure with the majority of the club’s fans turning against him and protesting against Hull’s proposed name change.

In 2013, Allam announced plans to change the club’s name from Hull City A.F.C to Hull City Tigers, as part of a marketing plan to extend the club’s image and fanbase worldwide. A supporters group called ‘City Till We Die’ was formed and protests against the name change have continued since then. In 2014, the Football Association rejected the plans for the name change, although Allam has since appealed this decision.

Stats

Andy Davidson leads the way in terms of all-time Hull City appearances. Davidson made 579 appearances for the club from 1952 to 1968, scoring 18 goals in the process.

Hull City stats continue with their all-time leading goalscorer. Chris Chilton scored 193 goals in 415 games for Hull from 1960 to 1971.

Hull’s record attendance came in 1949 at Boothferry Park when 55,019 spectators saw Hull take on Manchester United. At the KCOM stadium, the highest attendance to date is 25,030 against Liverpool in 2012.

The biggest win in Hull City history came in 1939, when the club beat Carlisle United 11-1. In terms of Premier League football, the 6-0 win over Fulham in 2011 remains their biggest victory. 

Hull City’s biggest defeat came against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1911 when they were defeated 8-0. In the Premier League, their biggest loss occurred in 2009, when they were defeated 6-1 by Liverpool.

To date, Hull City’s biggest transfer fee paid out was £13 million, purchasing Ryan Mason from Tottenham Hotspur. The biggest transfer fee received was the £17 million the club were paid for Harry Maguire in 2017.

Hull City Players 

Hull City currently have a first-team squad of 36 players, including those promoted this season from the Hull City development squad. 

The current Hull City player of the year is Jarrod Bowen.

The number of Hull City international players in the current Hull City squad stands at 17, with these 17 players playing or have played for their respective national teams.

Notable Hull City former players include Nick Barmby, who started his career at Hull before becoming a regular in the England national side; Ian Ashbee, who captained the side in all four divisions, and most importantly to their first ever season in the Premier League, Dean Windass, who had two spells at the club and scored the winning goal at in the play-off final to secure Hull’s first ever season in the top flight; Jackie Smith, the only Hull player to be the leading scorer in all European leagues; Andy Davidson, the club’s leading appearance maker; and Chris Chilton, the club’s all time leading scorer.

Hull City player wages are rumoured to be less average for a Championship club. With the club not yet ever establishing themselves as a consistent Premier League side, chairman Assem Allam is said to not want to expand the wage structure. This leaves it difficult for Hull to attract the top calibre of players. 

Hull City Manager

The current Hull City manager is Nigel Adkins. Adkins took over in December 2017, replacing Leonid Slutsky. Adkins is Hull's ninth manager in ten years, and 46th overall.

The longest serving Hull City A.F.C manager is Cliff Britton, who managed the club for 406 matches from 1961 to 1969. 

17 of Hull City’s list of managers have over 100 games in their Hull City managerial career. These are Ambrose Langley (318 matches 1905-1913); Billy McCracken (375 matches 1923-1931); Haydn Green (123 matches 1931-1934); Ernest Blackburn (117 matches 1936-1946); Raich Carter (157 matches 1948-1951); Bob Jackson (123 matches 1952-1955); Bob Brocklebank (302 matches 1955-1961); Cliff Britton (406 matches 1961-1969); Terry Neill (174 matches 1970-1974); John Kaye (126 matches 1974-1977); Mike Smith (117 matches 1979-1982); Colin Appleton (108 matches 1982-1984 and 1989); Brian Horton (195 matches 1984-1988); Terry Dolan (322 1991-1997); Peter Taylor (184 matches 2002-2006); Phil Brown (157 matches 2006-2010); and Steve Bruce (201 matches 2012-2016).

With the behind-the-scenes drama happening at the club, Hull City manager rumours are abound often. Odds for next Hull manager are widely available at most bookmakers, with Hull City manager odds being some of the more common to bet on in off-the-pitch markets.

Honours

Hull City have never won a top flight title, a second tier title or a major trophy. 

The list of Hull City honours include Championship runners-up (2012/2013); Championship Play-Off Winners (2007/2008 and 2015/2016); Third Division Winners (1965/1966); Third Division runners-up (1958/1959 and 2004/2005 - note that this division was then known as League One); Fourth Division runners-up (1982/1983 and 2003/2004 - note that this division was then known as Division Three); and FA Cup finalists (2014).

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