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Championship Preview: Hull City

23 June 2015


Championship Preview: Hull City

23 June 2015

Preston North End travel to the KC stadium for the first time in four years to take on Steve Bruce’s Hull City at the end of August.

The Tigers, who were relegated from the Premier League last time out are currently the bookies favourites to go up with some members of the current squad also part of their 2014 FA Cup run where they reached the final before losing to Arsenal at Wembley.

And City, whose stay in the Premier League lasted two seasons will have aspirations of bouncing back up to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Head to Head

Preston: 24
Draw: 12
Hull: 17

You have to go as far back as 2007 for the last time North End got one over on the Tigers, but on that occasion they did it in style.

The 2007/08 season turned out to be a historic one for the Tigers – for the first time in their 104 year history they were promoted to the Premier League after a Play-Off final win against Bristol City.

But there was nothing memorable for the Yorkshire outfit when they came to PR1 in December of that campaign with Preston turning the screw in the last half hour of the game.

It took until the 60 minute mark for the deadlock to be broken through Patrick Agyemang, but once Alan Irvine’s side got going they didn’t stop.

Eight minutes later Simon Whaley made it two in favour of the home side, and with 89 minutes on the clock Lewis Neal steered the ball into the net to see North End take three goals and three points from the game.

The Stadium

In its 13th year since its opening, the KC stadium manages 34.2 acres of land and is the largest arena in the city of Hull.

The Tigers moved just a mile down the road from their old ground Boothferry Park in 2002 which had previously been their home for over 50 years.

Sharing the ground with Rugby League side Hull FC, the stadium can house up to 25,000 spectators with room for expansion should the Tigers need it in the future.

Played for Both

Plenty of players have featured for both Hull and Preston through time, with the stand-out name being goal machine Andy Saville.

Saville grew up in East Hull and started out for his home town team from 1983 to 1989.

But by his own admission, Saville’s short yet successful spell at Preston was the pinnacle of his career – scoring 30 goals during North End’s promotion winning season of 1996, the highest of any other player in that division.

Other notable names from the list also include Gary Swann, Graeme Atkinson and Kevin Kilbane who also played for both during their time.

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