First-Half Fightback Secures All Three Points (2006)
A stirring first-half comeback saw Hull City claim all three points iv a five-goal thriller at Kenilworth Road.
The Tigers had been in dismal form going into the clash with four defeats from their previous five league games going into this fixture, and they looked set for another poor result when the Hatters came flying out of the blocks to take a ninth-minute lead through Keith Keane.
The hosts wasted two glorious opportunities to extend their lead – and paid the price when Peter Taylor’s side grabbed a 14th-minute equaliser. A move straight off the training ground proved decisive as a 25-yard free-kick was neatly laid off to Elliott, who drilled his shot hard and low into the bottom corner.
The goal knocked Luton out of their stride, but it was still a big shock when the Tigers snatched two goals in three minutes to earn a comprehensive half-time lead.
Darryl Duffy netted from close-range to make it 2-1 on 35 minutes and, before the Hatters had chance to regroup, Jon Parkin had added a third when producing a clinical finish from Kevin Ellison’s cross.
Unsurprisingly, the second half was pretty much one-way traffic as Luton piled forward looking for their own comeback, but the Tigers’ defence was well organised and the home side struggled to break them down until Chris Coyne netted an 86th-minute consolation for the hosts.
Tigers Thrash Table-Topping Hatters (2004)
Three first-half goals secured a convening win for Hull City against table-topping Luton Town in front of over 18,000 fans at the KCOM Stadium on this day in 2004.
Peter Taylor’s side grabbed their first goal of the game with just 11 minutes played – and it came about in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. The Northern Irishman did brilliantly as he embarked on a powerful run down the left before seeing his high cross completely deceive Luton keeper Dino Seremet and sail into the top corner.
However, Seremet could do nothing about the Tigers’ second goal 11 minutes later as team-mate Paul Underwood’s fluffed header put Delroy Facey clear on goal and the striker made no mistake from close-range despite the best efforts of Curtis Davies on the line.
Semeret was again involved as Elliott added his second goal of the afternoon on 33 minutes. Facey’s long throw was flicked on by Damien Delaney and the custodian flapped at the high ball allowing Elliott to nip and guide the ball into the back of the net with his thigh.
The visitors were reduced to ten men on the hour mark when skipper Kevin Nicholls was shown a straight red for an elbow on Elliott to put an end to Mike Newell’s side’s slim hopes of a staging a shock comeback.
Finishing With A Flourish (1951)
Hull City’s last game of the 1950/51 season was a home fixture against Luton Town on 5th May 1951.
It produced the highest total of goals – eight – in any game during the more than 50-year history of meetings between the two clubs; it also produced the most goals for an end of season League fixture involving the Tigers in the club’s history.
Although the goalscorers were shared equally between the two sets of players, the final score was 5-3 in favour of the Tigers.
The Tigers’ players to get their name on the scoresheet that afternoon were Alf Ackerman, Don Revie, Syd Gerrie and Ken Harrison, whilst the Luton players who also registered a goal in the game were George Stobbart, Willie Davie, Bobby Wyldes and Wally Shanks.
Unfortunately, for Wally Shanks, his ‘goal’ wasn’t quite what he was hoping for, as it contributed to the Tigers’ tally!