FanaticHull’s Jack Salt lists his top five games at the KCOM Stadium.
It wasn’t always so gloomy…
16th August 2008 – Hull City 2-1 Fulham
It was an achievement to even get to the Premier League, so to win the first game there was unreal. The anticipation since the final whistle from Wembley for the fixtures to be released was agonizing, with everyone hoping to be at home for the first game – so when Fulham at home came out, everyone was delighted. Giovanni cancelled out a Fulham opener with an absolute screamer from about 25 yards out, making the roof nearly come off the KC Stadium – what a first ever goal in the Premier League. As the game went on, a 1-1 draw was looking more and more likely, until the main man Caleb Folan slotted home to nick the game 2-1.
14th May 2008 – Hull City 4-1 Watford
After a brilliant 2-0 win at Vicarage Road, City had a good lead to defend going into the second leg. A full house at the KC were expectant of City to get to Wembley – the game got off to a terrible start with Watford scoring first. Local Lad Nicky Barmby then brought City level on the night and extended City’s aggregate score to 3-1 – a massive confidence boost. Caleb Folan then pretty much secured City’s play-off final place at Wembley, with goals from Richard Garcia and Nathan Doyle ending Watford’s torture and sparked the beginning of the celebrations for City fans.
4th February 2017 – Hull City 3-1 Liverpool
On the day when Assem Allam gave the infamous statement “You can die when you want”, City earnt their first ever win against Liverpool in style with a 3-1 victory. Jake Livermore opened the scoring for City before Steven Gerrard, the fella with the legendary back passes, pulled Liverpool level. David Meyler then sent city into a 2-1 lead before Martin Skytel ended a horrific game by scoring an own goal after a David Meyler shot – what a bad day for the Slovakian. But what a day for Hull City supporters.
3rd December 2011 – Hull City 2-1 Leicester City
What was brilliant about this game was the fact that it was the return of the Ostrich naming Judas Nigel Pearson to the KC, after he left city on not so nice terms. The game was a highly anticipated one, one which all city fans looked for when the fixtures came out. City got the upper hand in the game with Matty Fryatt scoring a penalty against his former club, which saw defender Matt Mills sent off after a foul on Aaron McLean – the KC erupted, with Nigel Pearson receiving taunts left right and centre. Leicester did get back into the game however, with veteran Paul Konchesky scoring a brilliant goal from 20 yards – one of those goals where you just have to clap. Into the second half. City carried on to dominate play, but it was until the 88th minute for city to grab the winner. Robert Koren’s screamer flew past Kasper Schmeichel, sparking absolute scenes in the KC.
18th December 2004 – Hull City 6-1 Tranmere Rovers
Now a tale from the ‘good old days’. City were flying high in League One when Tranmere visited the KC Stadium. It was one of those games which City knew they should win, but complacency couldn’t be an option. The game started in the way which City would have hoped, with captain Ian Ashbee shooting home. Stuart Elliot doubled City’s advantage just after half-time, scoring his first of the afternoon with a good header. Despite Eugene Dadi pulling a goal back for Rovers, Nicky Barmby re-established City’s two goal advantage with a tidy finish from a cross from Delroy Facey. Stuart Elliot then completed his hat trick with two goals in quick succession, with Danny Allsopp putting Tranmere out of their misery two minutes from time to put the cherry on top of a fantastic game. It was one of those games which gave City the boost they needed in order to ensure promotion to the Championship, which was eventually achieved.