I’m on to Part 2 of my favourite strikers who have graced Boothferry Park and the KCOM. In my more recent (failing) memory there is a few that spring to mind. Some brilliant, some bad and some in between.
Matty Fryatt was only at the KCOM for just over three years, but in his time with us he was a 1 in 3 scorer (31 in 94) is a decent record in anyone’s book. It didn’t take Matty long to endear himself to the Tigers faithful scoring on his debut coming of the bench against Portsmouth, scored a pen on his home debut vs Barnsley and within a month of been with us he’d scored a hat trick against the Scunny yellow bellies!!! Not a bad start, in fact Matty was top scorer that half season with 9 in total.
When fit Fryatt was a real threat and a proper goal scorer, he scored regularly during the next season with the Tigers but the real start of his injury problems came in an early fixture of the 2012/13 season when he got an Achilles injury that he never really recovered from, though he was fit enough to play a part in our second Premier League holiday and scored a semi final goal over the Blunts and started in the FA cup final. A genuinely nice bloke and top player.
During the early to mid noughties while Stuey Elliott was grabbing the goal scoring headlines, one of his partners in crime was another favourite of mine. Another 1 in 3 (24 in 70) player, Big Ben Burgess was another star in the lower leagues and he had the honour and I had the pleasure of watching Ben score the first Hull City hat trick in our new stadium in ’03 against Kidderminster. That season Ben and Danny Allsopp formed a great partnership with Ben finishing top scorer with 18 goals (he must’ve nicked Elliott’s boots that year) in our promotion year, but he got a bad knee injury late on and missed nearly all the next season. Even though we got promotion again and Ben was part of the squad he declined to accept a promotion medal because of his enforced inactivity, the sign of a real sportsman!!
Ben proved he could cut it at Championship level the next season when he scored against Brighton in our first home win over Brighton. Another honest pro who graced the Amber and Black who went on to play for a number of other clubs before studying at Uni and becoming a teacher, proving that not all strikers are as thick as bricks.
My third choice of the noughties has to be ‘The Beast’ Jon Parkin, a real marmite type of player who I think is still lugging his belly round the lower leagues. More in the Ronnie the Rhino mould then Ronaldo (fat or thin version), Parkin was with us just over a year but in that time he more than did a job. Another who scored on his debut but we lost 2-1 to the ‘Stripey Nigels’ (Crystal Palace) but he scored 4 more that year in 18 games and we finished in 18th in the Championship. Parkin’s game wasn’t always about scoring the goals but just his sheer size and physical presence caused enough problems amongst the opposition.
The start of the next season Parkin was the only City player to score a goal in the first five league games when he got 3. Not a prolific striker with 11 in 47 games but was a favourite sometimes just for his comedy value and the fact he could wind up any opposition team or fan with a quick shift of his belly!! I last saw Jon play live sticking one in for York City against North Ferriby.
Next issue I go back even further in time to look back on some more hotshots.