Premier League Preview: Hull City

Last Year-

Coca-Cola Championship: 21-12-13 (3rd, Playoff Champion)

Founded: 1904, after rugby’s popularity made it difficult to start a club until then

Manager: Phil Brown (English)

Stadium: KC Stadium (25,404)

Nicknames: The Tigers

Top Players: GK Boaz Myhill, M Geovanni, M George Boateng, F Marlon King, M Nick Barmby

Famous Fans: With rugby dominating Hull’s sporting landscape, the Tigers are lucky to have fans

Last year’s feel-good story in English football, Hull City was predicted to dwell in the relegation zone in the Championship, England’s second tier.  Instead, the Tigers finished third in the league and battled through the four team playoff to win promotion for the first time in their history, allowing them to shed the title of “Club in the Largest Town That Has Never Played in the Top Division”.  One of Hull’s prominent scorers last season was remarkably old, 39 year-old Dean Windass.  Because Windass probably doesn’t have the athleticism or quality to score in the Premiership, Hull had plenty of rebuilding to do for their first year in the top flight.  Most experts are picking them to go straight back down to the CCC next season, but at the very least, 2008-2009 should be a fun ride for the Tigers’ faithful.

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