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Hull City

Formed 1904

Elected to Division Two 1905

Kit History

hull city 1904-05

1904-1907 s w y

hull city 1907-09

1907-1909 s y

hull city 1909-12

1909-1912 y

hull city 1912-13

1912-1913 y

hull city 1913-14

1913-1914 y

hull city fc 1914

1914-1915 s

1918-1919 c

1919-1921 a y

1921-1932 a c l y

Black central stripe also appeared
hull city 1931-32

1932-1933 s y

1934-1935 a y

1935-1936 b c s w y

1936-1940 a c s y

1946-1947 c o w

May 1947-1948 a o

hull city 1948-49

1948-1949 a m y

hull city 1950-53

1953-1955 y

1955-1957 y

1957-1960 a y

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1960-1963 a c

hull city 1963-64

Aug-Dec 1963 y

hull city 1963-64

Jan-May 1964 s y

1964-1965 a c y

1965-1968 a c

1968-1969 a c

1969-1971 a c

1971-1972 g

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1972-1975 a c


1975-1976 j q


1976-1978 a g j q


1978-1979 a j q


1979-1980 j q

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1980-1982 a p y


1982-1983 a k y


1983-1984 f k y


1984-1986 a


1986-1987 a e


1987-1988 a e


1988-1989 a r


1989-1990 e r


1990-1992 a e i


1992-1993 a c x


Aug- Dec 1993 a c x


Jan-May 1994 a c i


1994-1995 a c

Super League

1995-1997 a k y

Super League

1997-1998 c

Olympic Sports

1998-1999 c k i r


1999-2000 c i


2000-2001 c i t


2001-2002 c


2002-2004 d


2004-2005 d


2005-2006 d


2006-2007 b e u


2007-2008 b


2008-2009 b

hull city 2009-10

2009-2010 b

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hull city 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 b

hull city 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 b

hull city fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 b

hull city 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 b

hull city 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 b

hull city fc 2015-16 kit

2015-2016 b

hull city fc 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 b

hull city 2017-18

2017-2018 b

hull city 2018-19

2018-2019 b

hull city 2019-20 1st kit

2019-2020 b

hull city afc 2020-21

2020-2021 b

hull city 2021-22

2021-2022 b

hull city 2022-23

2022-2023 b

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hull city afc 1906-07The Tigers were formed in July 1904, too late to apply to join a league so the club played friendly matches during their first season, submitting an application to join the Football League the following year. At the time, the League's policy was to encourage the development of professional association football in Yorkshire, a stronghold of Rugby League. Hull's application was initially rejected but then it was decided to expand the two divisions by two clubs each, which resulted in four vacancies in the Second Division. On a second ballot, Hull were accepted.

It has long been thought that the team started out wearing white shirts in the 1904-05 season but research by Nicholas Turner published on the Hull City Kits website has conclusively shown that this was their change strip and they wore amber and black stripes from the beginning. According to a clipping from the Derby Daily Telegraph, Hull were granted permission to wear "black and white" in 1921-22 but this appears to be incorrect. The photographic evidence shows the team simply switched from black to white knickers that season.

hull city crest 1935The years leading up to the First World War saw Hull City's strongest League performances and in 1910 they narrowly missed out on promotion to Division 1 on goal average. Between the Wars, Hull carved out a reputation as formidable Cup fighters, reaching two quarter-finals and in 1930 the semi-final. Sadly this last achievement was marred by relegation to Division 3 (North) where they languished for three years. In 1935 hull city programe 1946-47the club adopted the city's municipal colours of ultramarine and white adorned with the coat of arms of Kingston upon Hull only to be relegated once again. The traditional stripes returned the following season.

After the Second World War Hull's new owner, Harold Needler, had wanted to rebrand the club as Kingston upon Hull AFC and adopt orange, blue and white but he could not obtain the new kits because of the rationing of clothing so light blue shirts were worn instead hull city crest 1947and the name change did not materialise.

In 1949, now wearing plain amber shirts with a bold tiger's head badge, City returned to Division 2 and enjoyed another stirring cup campaign, losing 0-1 to Manchester United in the quarter-final. There was little to celebrate during the Fifties and by the early Sixties, City were in Division 3.

hull city crest 1957The roaring tiger appeared without a background shield between 1957 and 1960 when it was dropped before it was reinstated in 1971.

After a period wearing stripes once again, an unusual all amber strip with black bands was introduced only to be universally derided by fans who called it the hull city crest 1975banana-strip. 1966 brought another FA Cup quarter-final and a return to Division 2 where the club stayed until 1978.

Stripes appeared once more in 1975 when white was introduced to the strip for the first time. The club's initials were embroidered onto these shirts until 1979 when the tiger's head hull city crest 1979appeared once more. The club always used the suffix "AFC" to distinguish them from the town's two rugby league clubs, Hull RFC and Hull Kingston Rovers RFC.

The Eighties brought disaster as the club slipped briefly into the Fourth Division. They recovered and climbed back to Division 2, finishing in sixth place in 1986 but then they hull city fc crest 1982 slipped down the leagues once again, alternating with some regularity between the lowest two divisions.

Hull have not been afraid to experiment with their playing kit, including a bizarre tiger-print design adopted in 1992 generally regarded as one of the worst strips of all time. hull city fc crest 1992Despite being met with widespread derision at the time, Hull fans became very attached to the outrageous design. When Matchwinner's contract was cancelled in late 1993, the company refused to hand over the design templates to Pelada, who had replaced them as Hull's kit supplier. As a result Pelada produced their own version with a finer print in a sort of dirty brown colour: supporters consider this version infinitely inferior to the hull city 1995original.

A return to a comparatively sober kit in 1995 featured the familiar tiger's head printed on a shield. The complicated Olympic Sports kit introduced in 1998 included white in the shirts and this was reflected in the redesigned crest, which was retired after one season.

In 1999 the club crest was given an overhaul with the addition of the Humber Bridge along with three crowns, the municipal symbol of hull city crest 1998Kingston upon Hull, as well as a slightly comical looking tiger. This proved unpopular and was retired in favour of a rather more traditional design in 2001.

hull city afc crest 1999In recent years, the club has often consulted fans when choosing a strip for the new season. Supporters have consistently favoured plain amber shirts in the belief that the little success the club has enjoyed has been when they played in plain shirts. Despite this, stripes regularly re-appear, including in 2004, the club's centenary season and a promotion season. Since then support has increased for the striped shirts, not least because they are unique in the top tiers of English football and when Hull gained promotion to the Premier League in 2008, they were adopted for their hull city crest 2001first ever campaign in the top tier.

The Tigers managed two seasons in the Premier League before they were relegated back into the Championship in 2010 but three seasons later they returned to the top tier after finishing in second place.

hull city centenary crest 2004In 2013, Hull City's owner, Dr Assem Allam, changed the name of the limited company that owns the club to Hull City Tigers and then announced his intention to change the playing name of the club (which requires the approval of the FA) to Hull Tigers. This led to peaceful protests from fans that infuriated Allam, who described them as hooligans. Chants of "City Till We Die" provoked an even more intemperate response and Dr Allam was quoted in the press as hull city crest 2014saying, "They can die as soon as they want." In April the FA turned down Allem's formal application to change the club's name: in an apparent response, a new crest was introduced in June that had no wording on it at all.

In 2013-14 Hull reached the FA Cup final for the first time and although they were hull city crest 2019narrowly beaten by Arsenal after storming into a 2-0 lead, they had the compensation of qualifying for the Europa Cup and playing in Europe for the first time. The following season they were relegated to the Championship but to their supporter's delight they bounced back via the play-offs in 2016, only to finish last and drop back down.

In 2018 Dr Allam appeared to have a change of heart and a consultation with supporters was organised that culminated in the introduction of a redesigned crest that restored the club's name.

Head coaches came and went as Hull struggled over successive seasons. The team started 2019-20 well but, in a season interrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak, they lost 16 of their last 20 matches including an 8-0 hammering at Wigan. In July they were relegated to League One after finishing last. Recovery followed the season after when the Tigers won the League One title with two points to spare.

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