He may have only spent 18 months at the KCOM Stadium, but Jon Parkin is a name that will evoke fond memories amongst Hull City supporters.
Nicknamed ‘The Beast’ (for obvious reasons), Parkin joined the Tigers in January 2006 following a prolific run of form for Macclesfield Town. Darryl Duffy was also brought in during that transfer window as then manager Peter Taylor looked to solve his side’s goalscoring problems.
Parkin hit the ground running in black and amber, scoring on his debut in the home defeat against Crystal Palace, and went on to score four more goals that season as Taylor’s side comfortably survived their first season in the Championship. His headed winner against Leeds United was a particular highlight as the Tigers recorded a first victory over their fierce Yorkshire rivals in 18 years.
Parkin started the following season under new boss Phil Parkinson in great form, netting five goals in eight games. His superb volley in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in September 2005 demonstrated that, although not the most agile of players, he could certainly finish. That campaign was one of struggle for City though and opportunities became limited for the big striker after Phil Brown replaced Parkinson in the Tigers’ hot-seat in December 2006.
As a result, he was loaned out to Stoke City in the latter stages of the season before making the permanent switch to the bet365 Stadium in the summer of 2007. The target man scored six goals in 39 appearances for the Potters as Stoke headed to the Premier League in 2007/08.
Parkin continued to impress in the English leagues following his time at Stoke and is still plying his trade in the game at York City in the National League North following spells at Preston North End, Cardiff City, Fleetwood Town, Forest Green Rovers and Newport County, along with loan spells at Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United.