The black and amber faithful celebrate a Stuart Elliott goal for the first time following the Northern Irishman’s debut strike against Southend United in August 2002.
There were a few raised eyebrows when Jan Molby signed Elliott for a fee of £230,000 from Motherwell in the summer of 2002, but the acquisition of the flying winger proved to be a shrewd bit of business.
After making an instant impression in a 2-2 draw with the Shrimpers on the opening day of the 2002/03 campaign, he went on to bag twelve goals in all competitions in first season as a Tiger. He bettered that tally to help the Tigers – managed by Peter Taylor – win promotion in 2003/04, scoring 14 times having played in all but four of the Club’s 46 league fixtures.
As Taylor’s side secured a second successive promotion the following season in 2004/05, Elliott’s strike rate soared. His finally tally of 29 goals from 40 appearances in all competitions was nothing short of remarkable – especially coming from a left-winger that had missed six weeks of the season through injury with a featured cheekbone! Everything the Northern Ireland international touched seemed to end up in the net.
He bagged another seven goals to finish as the Tigers’ top scorer in what was the Club’s return to the second tier of English football in 2005/06 but, sadly, problems with illness prevented him from setting the Championship alight, something the winger would surely have done with ease in his absolute prime.
What had been a terrific love-affair with Hull City and the Tiger nation came to an end in August 2008 when he left to join Doncaster Rovers on a permanent basis having finished the previous campaign on loan at the Keepmoat Stadium.
He departed having scored an impressive 68 goals in 211 appearances and, for those who watched Elliott during his purple patch in black and amber, what more can you say other than thanks for the memories.