Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough has left Hull City‘s play-off hopes hanging by the thinnest of threads.
The race for the top six is not over yet, but with four games to go and sitting in ninth place with five points to make up, it’s looking like too big a mountain for Nigel Adkins’ team to climb right now.
While that may be the case, Adkins and his players are not giving up on the fight and Peter Swan doesn’t expect them too either in his latest column.
We’ll hear from Swanny, Adkins and Eric Lichaj on the play-off fight, we’ll have the latest news from across the Championship and a look at the key games to come.
You can follow it all in our live blog below.
What became of Hull City’s one start wonders
Ian Ashbee, Andy Dawson, Ken Wagstaff, Raich Carter, Chris Chilton – listing the players that have made a lasting contribution to Hull City down the years is a simple one.
From the stars of the Premier League era to the great sides of Peter Taylor, Cliff Britton and Terry Neil, the fans have been privileged to see some great names pull on the black and amber.
But for every star name, there are plenty that are easy to forget.
Since the turn of the millennium, 15 players have made just one league start for the Tigers making them less than synonymous with the most successful period in the club’s history.
While the contributions of some, no matter how small, still have a place in the heart of City fans, others have become more famous for what they did away from the pitch.
Here are the names and faces that may have slipped your mind over the last 19 years:
Hull City Psychos and the Monte Carlo Mob
Long gone are the days of mass violence on the terraces and city centre skirmishes before a football match – at least for the most part.
While football hooliganism is largely a thing of the past in England, it is still known to rear its ugly head from time to time.
Thankfully, trouble in Hull now seems to be consigned to the history books and most young fans of today will never have to witness anything like the disturbing scenes of the 70s, 80s and 90s when pubs were “besieged”, axes were found on away fans and inter-firm fighting was commonplace.
Throughout that time, Hull’s reputation for fan violence was among the most notorious in the country. Various groups spawned and re-spawned over three decades as fear and thuggery became the norm at home and away games where the Tigers were involved.
‘Firms’ including the Kempton Fusiliers and the Silver Cod Squad each had periods of dominance in the city, but one name continues to by synonymous with the troubled past – the Hull City Psychos.
The scenes at the full-time whistle were telling.
Fraizer Campbell, Jackson Irvine and Kamil Grosicki sat crestfallen on the Riverside pitch. Markus Henriksen, meanwhile, collapsed on all fours with his face buried in the turf. Dejection was everywhere.
Hull City ’s hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs have been written off before but surely a trip to Teesside has marked the end of the line.
Middlesbrough’s narrow victory saw the Tigers denied one more drink in the last chance saloon. A five-point deficit remains untouched but Bristol City, the only team they can now hope to catch, are close to disappearing on the horizon.
Four straight wins, an enormous task given the opponents left to play, might not even be enough.
There will be no shame coming up short in a race none expected them to be part of, but that failed to ease the sharp sense of disappointment felt by this gutsy group.
Again City had come on strong in an attempt to overturn a half-time deficit. Again they battled and fought until the end. Unlike the wins against Reading and Wigan, though, the comeback kids were all out of magic tricks.
Let’s catch up on some of the stories from the weekend you may have missed.
Hull City’s squad is the 11th most valuable in the Championship, according to Transfermarkt’s valutations.
A recent study featured in The Mirror has discovered that the Tigers’ squad value is £43.16 million, higher than both Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.
Despite spending frugally in recent seasons, Nigel Adkins’ squad contains two of the division’s most valuable wingers in Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki.
Whilst top goal scorer Bowen is valued at £7.21 million, Grosicki’s valuation of £4.5 million means that between them, their total valuation of £11.71 million equates to more than 27% of the squad’s total worth.
Here is how the website has valued each squad inside England’s second tier.
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