Peter Taylor receives a warm reception from the 9,000-strong home crowd inside Boothferry Park ahead of the Tigers’ Division Three clash with Rochdale in October 2002.
Succeeding Jan Molby – who managed just two wins in his 17 games in charge – in the Hull City hot-seat, Taylor become the Club’s sixth manager in six years. During that time, the Tigers also had four owners and six chairmen!
However, Taylor’s partnership with Adam Pearson brought much-needed stability and success – and from the very first whistle! Taylor watched from the stands as his new side breezed past high-flying Dale with an impressive and fully-deserved victory.
Under the guidance of caretaker boss Billy Russell, the Tigers forced visiting goalkeeper Neil Edwards into a couple of smart saves before finally breaking the deadlock when Phil Jevons glanced the ball into the back of the net from Stuart Elliott’s knockdown.
And the home side doubled their lead moments before the break – with Elliott once again providing the assist. On this occasions, the Northern Irishman squared the ball into the path of Michael Branch, who kept a cool head to slot the ball into an empty net.
The Tigers continued to dominate proceedings in the second half but it wasn’t until late on that they finally wrapped up the points when Branch latched on to a weak back pass from Gareth Griffiths to score his second goal of the afternoon.