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18 June 2020
With Hull City welcoming Charlton Athletic to the KCOM Stadium at the weekend, here are four players that have played for both clubs over the years…

1 // John Pearson
John Pearson established his reputation at his home town club Sheffield Wednesday to earn a £100,000 move to Charlton Athletic in May 1985.

In the season they left The Valley for Selhurst Park, the big centre-forward made an immediate impact in South London as he finished top scorer with 14 league goals when Charlton won promotion to the First Division in 1985/86.

Pearson arrived at Boothferry Park on loan from Barnsley in January 1992 as the Tigers struggled to come to terms with the Third Division following relegation. His only goal during a three-month stay at the Club came in the Autoglass Trophy away at Preston North End.

2 // Colin Appleton
Best known to the Tigers for his two managerial stints at Boothferry Park, Colin Appleton was a hard-tackling wing-half who captained Leicester City in the 1961 and 1963 FA Cup Finals.

He left Filbert Street after over 300 appearances for the Foxes to spend the 1966/67 season at Charlton Athletic, during which he scored once in 28 league appearances for the Addicks.

Appleton then took up his first managerial post at Barrow before returning to his home town of Scarborough. His successful partnership with Don Robinson at Seamer Road led to his appointment as Tigers boss in 1982.

The success continued with promotion in his first season at Boothferry Park in 1982/83. He followed that up with an agonisingly close effort in his second season as the Tigers missed out on back-to-back promotions by juts one goal!

After further managerial stints at Swansea City, Exeter City and Bridlington Town, he returned to the Boothferry Park hot-seat in May 1989 but was relieved of his duties after only five months in charge.

3 // Norman Nielson
It’s often said that a football manager is never truly on holiday, and that’s how it proved in 1949 when Charlton boss Jimmy Seed was on a family vacation in South Africa.

The Valley legend spotted a lanky young centre-half from Johannesburg called Norman Nielson and, after some persuasion, brought him to London.

Although he was to spend two years with the Addicks, Norman was to make only one senior appearance before enjoying much more involvement at Derby County and Bury.

Standing 6ft 3ins but surprisingly quick, he joined the Tigers from the Shakers shortly after the transfer deadline in April 1957.

Norman made 28 appearances during his year at Boothferry Park under Bob Brocklebank with the Tigers proving to be his last Football League engagement.

4 // Tommy Wyper
The footballing term of ‘much travelled’ could well have been invented for Scottish winger Tommy Wyper.

Born in Coatbridge, in addition to his army service, he played for a total of 15 senior and non-league clubs either side of the border.

Signed by Bill McCracken from Accrington Stanley in February 1927, Wyper made 40 appearances on the right wing in a Hull City shirt before being released at the end of the 1927/28 campaign.

He had an unsuccessful trial at Arsenal before joining Charlton Athletic where he had the notable success of winning the Division Three (South) title in 1928/29.