Bob Brocklebank’s 1958/59 Tigers side celebrate winning promotion in the Boothferry Park dressing room after a 2-0 victory over Bury in their penultimate game of the season back in April 1959.
Brocklebank’s team were the top scorers in Division Three that year with their tally of 90 goals and it was that attacking ability, combined with a resolute rearguard that helped them secure second spot behind eventual champions Plymouth Argyle and a return to the second tier of English football.
The achievement was secured after goals from Bill Bradbury and Brian Bulless saw the Tigers claim all three points against the Shakers in front of a rain-soaked crowd of 16,447.
It wasn’t a great surprise to see Bradbury’s name on the scoresheet, as the striker enjoyed a memorable campaign in front of goal setting a new post-war League and Cup goalscoring record for the Tigers; his 30 goals beating the previous record set by Norman Moore (28) in 1948/49.
The Tigers’ last game of the season – away to Wrexham – gave them the chance to go up as champions, but a heavy 5-1 defeat scuppered any hopes of lifting silverware, as well as costing the players money: ‘talent money’, which was to be shared between the players of the club finishing top of the table, was set at £550 with the runners-up receiving £440.