Under the watchful eye of new boss Cliff Britton and Club secretary John Adamson, Ken Wagstaff signs on the dotted line to complete his £40,000 move to the Tigers from Mansfield Town in November 1964.
Wagstaff earned the switch to East Yorkshire following an impressive spell with the Stags, where he was brought to the club by Mansfield’s then-manager Raich Carter. His prolific goalscoring feats for the Stags – 93 in 181 games – persuaded Britton to bring him to Boothferry Park, where he continued to be amongst the goals.
A goal on his debut – in a 3-1 victory over Exeter City – set the scene for his time in black and amber, during which he struck up a fearsome partnership with fellow front-man Chris Chilton.
A highly-gifted footballer, his impudent grin mirrored his footballing brain. His close control carried him through seemingly impossible situations and his turn of speed exploited many a long through pass or self-created opening. In 434 games in a Tigers’ shirt, ‘Waggy’ scored an impressive 197 times, before injuries brought a premature end to his playing days in January 1975.
His popularity amongst the Club’s fans was confirmed when he was voted as the club’s greatest-ever player of all-time as part of City’s Centenary celebrations in 2004/05. It was not a major surprise though as Wagstaff’s scoring feats for the Tigers were more than worthy of such a prestigious accolade.