Debut Delight For Clucas & Akpom (2015)
Sam Clucas and Chuba Akpom got Hull City’s Sky Bet Championship season off to a strong start with debut goals in a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the KCOM Stadium.
Steve Bruce’s Tigers fully deserved the win after a dominant display, but it took until the end of the first half to finally break the Terriers down when Clucas netted from Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross. The winger was unmarked running in at the far post and when his first close-range effort came back off Alex Smithies he followed up to slot the ball into the roof of the net.
The Terriers played some neat football but were unable to create any clear-cut chances to trouble the home side with Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies in complete control at the back.
And Akpom became the second debutant to score as he thumped the ball in from close-range 19 minutes from time as the Tigers finally made their dominance pay.
This victory was Hull’s fifth win in six against Huddersfield and Town’s fourth consecutive opening-day defeat.
Tigers At The Double (1987)
Hull City produced a fine display of patience and panache to earn a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Leeds Road, with two goals that exemplified the all-round qualities that were making them into a force to be reckoned with in Division Two.
However, they needed all their resilience in the first half as Town showed their eagerness to impress new manager Malcolm MacDonald in his first home game in charge. But a back four of Charlie Palmer, Richard Jobson, Pete Skipper and Pat Heard were outstanding as they soaked up plenty of pressure.
After a goalless first period, the Tigers broke the deadlock nine minutes after the restart. Neat build-up play involving Palmer, Garry Parker and Andy Saville saw Neil Williams released inside the box – and his low cross was guided home at the back post by Les Thompson for his second goal in three games.
And the Tigers doubled their lead 14 minutes from time. Garreth Roberts put the home defence under pressure leading to Bully Askew winning possession. The flame-haired midfielder found Parker, who thundered home an unstoppable 25-yard drive.
The hosts were handed a chance of a route back into the game two minutes later when Jobson impeded Alan Cork inside the box, resulting in a Huddersfield penalty. However, Tony Norman preserved his clean sheet by throwing himself full-length to his left to save Malcolm Brown’s spot-kick in fine fashion.
Boxing Day Delight (1966)
Tigers fans were given a belated Christmas present on Boxing Day in 1966 as second-half goals from Ken Wagstaff and Chris Chilton secured a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.
On a bone-hard Boothferry Park pitch, Wagstaff opened the scoring before Chilton secured the win in spectacular style with his 150th league goal for the Club in the closing seconds.
The game was played in front of 35,630 spectators – the highest Division Two crowd over the holiday period that year.