Hull City

Know The Score: 4-2

12 May 2020
Our look back at some of the memorable matches for each scoreline from the Tigers’ 116-year history continues with four 4-2 victories…

Cardiff City 2 Hull City 4
Division Two | Saturday 8th October 1966
The record books suggest that this victory was all down to one man – Ken Wagstaff – who scored all four of the Tigers’ goals.

However, the predatory front-man did receive a little bit of help from his team-mates in the shape of the following Tiger team: McKechnie, Davidson, Butler, Jarvis, Milner, Simpkin, Henderson, Wagstaff, Chilton, Houghton, Young.

It was Wagstaff’s second quartet of goals in a single game in the space of six months having achieved the same feat in an away game at Brentford in April 1966, a game which also ended 4-2 in the Tigers’ favour.

Hull City 4 Preston North End 2
Division Two | Tuesday 9th September 1975
Hull City never really had a good record in the League Cup until recent seasons when reaching the last eight and last four of the competition in 2015/16 and 2016/17 – but this was one of those nights when everything seemed to go right.

The Tigers were in the Second Division and fancied their chances against a team from the league below. Preston, though, would enjoy a good campaign, which would see them finally finish eighth and just eight points off promotion.

City had entered the competition at the second round stage while Preston had already beaten Blackburn, 2-0, over two legs in the first round. Just over 5,000 were at Boothferry Park to watch a pulsating game, which finally ended in favour of City thanks to two goals from Roy Greenwood, and one apiece from Alf Wood and Malcom Lord.

It meant City progressed to round three where they were drawn at home to Sheffield United. A solid 2-0 win led to dreams of Wembley, but those aspirations were shattered by Doncaster Rovers in the next round when they inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the Tigers in round four.

Hull City 4 Oxford United 2
Division Three | Saturday 17th January 2004
Promotion-winning seasons are usually marked with lots of goals – and this was one was no exception!

The Tigers had started the 2003/04 campaign as they meant to go on, with a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Darlington. And when Oxford came to the KC Stadium in January, Peter Taylor’s side had already beaten Kidderminster 6-1 and won 5-1 away at Northampton.

Oxford though were no mugs and would mount a serious play-off challenge themselves, finishing ninth, just three points outside the top seven. It led to an exciting game at the KCOM Stadium, watched by more than 21,000 fans.

The Tigers were pushed close but were always the better side as goals from strike duo Ben Burgess and Danny Allsop (2) – plus an Andy Crosby own goal – saw the team in black and amber claim another three points as they marched towards a first promotion in 19 years.

At the end of the season, City finished second behind champions Doncaster Rovers, but were the top scorers in the fourth tier of English football having scored 82 goals in their 46 league fixtures.

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Hull City 4
League One | Wednesday 8th December 2004
Two goals from Nick Barmby and one apiece from Michael Keane and Danny Allsopp gave the Tigers a stunning 4-2 victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

In front of 28,701, which included 8,000 Hull City fans, Peter Taylor’s side produced a terrific performance to claim all three points.

And they had to do it the hard way, coming back from the blow of conceding a Joey O’Brien goal after just nine minutes. But, City were soon back on level terms when Michael Keane netted from the penalty spot.

Barmby put City ahead in the 22nd minute, with a close-range finish and netted again two minutes before the break with a stunning right-footed volley, much to the delight of the travelling Tigers fans.

Jon-Paul McGovern pulled a goal back for the hosts on 80 minutes as the Tigers’ defence failed to deal with Paul Heckingbottom’s long throw into the box. However, any fears of an Owls comeback was put to bed by substitute Allsopp just three minutes later. The Australian striker showed great pace to get past Guy Branston and kept a cool head in front of goal to steer the ball past Wednesday keeper David Lucas and into the back of the net.

The Tigers’ first-ever 4-2 came in the club’s inaugural season of friendly matches against Grimsby Town in November 1904 thanks to goals from George Rushton (2), Peter Howe and Henry Wilkinson.

The last time the Tigers secured a 4-2 win came in a Premier League victory over Middlesbrough in April 2017. Goals from Lazar Markovic, Oumar Niasse, Abel Hernandez and Harry Maguire saw Marco Silva’s register all three points in an entertaining encounter at the KCOM Stadium in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Did You Know?
Three of Ken Wagstaff’s six hat-tricks for the Tigers came in 4-2 victories – against Brentford (April 1967), Cardiff City (October 1966) and Bristol City (February 1968).