Hull City still have an awful lot to play for when the 2019/2020 season is finally resumed, with relegation a real possibility for Grant McCann’s men.
EFL fixtures have been suspended until April the 30th at the very earliest after the FA extended the postponements of games last week. The suspension comes in to prioritise the health of the country following the breakout of the latest global pandemic with the safety of staff, players and supporters being the main concern.
Should the season be concluded following the break, Hull City will be looking to accumulate enough points that would see them retain their Championship status for another season. The Tigers have plummeted down the table since the turn of the new year with McCann’s side only managing to record one win in 2020 in the clash with Sheffield Wednesday on New Year’s Day.
The Tigers sit just two points away from Charlton Athletic, the Addicks occupy the final place in the bottom three as they aim to avoid an instant return to League One. Relegation would see the Tigers competing in England’s third tier for the first time 15 years, during that time the club have achieved Premier League status for five of those seasons.
With football enduring this break, we’ve opted to list TWO Hull City facts that you might not know…
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First ever penalty shootout participants
Hull City were the first participants, and subsequent losers, of the first ever penalty shootout that took place in a professional English game as they fell short to Manchester United. Back in August of 1970, Hull and Manchester United competed in the semi-finals of the Watney Cup, a pre-season competition that was formed for the sides who had scored the most goals in their division, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw courtesy of Denis Law’s late equaliser.
Hull goalkeeper Ian McKechnie made the first ever save in a shootout, but his performance would go downhill as he also missed his own spot kick. The victory for Manchester United was short lived though as they would eventually lose to Derby County in the final.
Significance of 2014 cup final
Hull City made an appearance in a major domestic trophy final for the first time in their history back in 2014, but that was as good as it got for the Tigers. They would meet Arsenal with Arsene Wenger’s side the clear favourites for the tie, but it was the Tigers who settled into the final first.
James Chester and Curtis Davies had Hull in absolute wonderland as the centre-back pairing put the underdogs two goals up within the first ten minutes, but an Arsenal comeback was brewing. Santi Cazorla halved the deficit before the break with Arsenal levelling the game before the 90 minutes was done through Laurent Koscielny. The game was taken away brutally in extra-time when Aaron Ramsey smashed home the winner with just 11 minutes to go which saw Arsenal lift their 11th FA Cup.