Hull City

From The Archives: Dressed For Success

13 May 2020
Whilst circumstances currently mean there’s no live football to enjoy, we’re delving into the archives to feature a photograph from Hull City’s illustrious history. For the foreseeable future, we’ll provide an image each day for supporters to enjoy and reminisce.

John Kaye’s Hull City side of 1974/75 were certainly dressed for success after being kitted out with club suits by local menswear company Leonard Silver.

Posing for the camera in front of the team bus, Kaye and some of his players featured in an advertisement for the business, which at the time had stores in both Hull (Savile Street) and Beverley (Market Place).

Unfortunately, the stylish look didn’t help the Tigers on the pitch. Things were looking good at the end of November 1974, with the team’s impressive form propelling City to fourth in the Division Two table.

However, if November had provided a springboard for success, December proved to be more of a plank as no wins in five games and a blank Christmas in terms of points saw the Tigers drop back down to tenth before eventually finishing eighth in a campaign that saw two club records rewritten by Kaye’s men – only ten goals were conceded at home in the league, whilst they scored just 40 goals – home and away.

The full advert – featuring the photo – used by Leonard Silver can be seen below.

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