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20 August 2019
With Hull City hosting Blackburn Rovers at the KCOM Stadium, here are four players to have worn both black and amber and blue and white during their careers…

1 // Norman Moore
Although Norman Moore spent most of his early years at Grimsby Town, it was with the Tigers that he made his name, achieving folk hero status in the city of Hull during the latter part of the 1940s.

After ten years on the books at the Mariners, his usefulness was considered to have come to an end, which resulted in a free transfer move to Boothferry Park in April 1947.

Having spent the majority of his Grimsby career playing in the half-back role, a change of club also brought about a change of position with then Tigers’ boss Major Frank Buckley opting to play Moore as a centre-forward. Moore took to scoring goals in black and amber with such frequency and devastation that some on the south bank of the Humber queried whether the correct player had been dispatched.

In 1947/48, he was the Tigers’ top goalscorer with 13 goals in 25 games, a feat he repeated the following season with an impressive tally of 28 in just 37 appearances to Raich Carter’s City side claim the Division Three (North) title.

His goal antics continued apace, scoring 11 times in 27 games, but after an injury-enforced absence, he struggled to regain his place in the side which resulted in a £3,500 switch to Blackburn Rovers. However, after just one goal in seven league games, he left the Ewood Park outfit to join Bury in the summer of 1951.

2 // Billy Askew
Little was known about the small but extremely talented Billy Askew when he signed for the Tigers after a six-week trial in August 1982.

A Middlesbrough apprentice, he never established himself in the starting line-up in Teesside and enjoyed a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers before making the move to Boothferry Park. He went on to establish himself as one of the Tigers’ better players in the latter part of the 20th century. Never one to shirk a challenge, his flame-coloured hair often brought him to the attention of referees, perhaps unfairly on occasions.

An all-action midfielder – who also possessed the ability to take a more defensive role when required – Askew helped the Tigers to two promotions during his time at Boothferry Park (1982/83 & 1984/85) and left the Club in March 1990 with 300 appearances and 20 goals to his name in all competitions.

3 // Joshua King
Joshua King made a loan move to the KCOM Stadium from Manchester United midway through the Tigers’ 2011/12 campaign, having previously enjoyed temporary spells at Preston North End and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The Oslo-born winger, who can also operate in a more central attacking role, made 19 appearances in a black and amber shirt, scoring his only goal for the Tigers in a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough in April 2012, before returning to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Another loan switch followed in the 2012/13 campaign, joining Blackburn Rovers in November 2012, a move which was made permanent when he signed a two-and-a-half year deal in January 2013. He went on to make a total of 74 appearances for the Ewood Park outfit in all competitions, scoring eight goals, before joining current club AFC Bournemouth in May 2015.

4 // Ben Burgess
Ben Burgess spent four years as a Blackburn Rovers player but made just two league appearances for the Ewood Park outfit, with any regular football he played during that time coming via a number of loan spells with clubs from both the northern and southern hemisphere.

A move to Hull City in March 2003 brought about regular League football and – more importantly – goals. He became the first Hull City player to score a hat-trick at the KCOM Stadium in a 4-1 thrashing of Kidderminster Harriers in April 2003 and his goals the following season – 18 in total – played a key role in helping Peter Taylor’s side end the Club’s 19-year wait for promotion in 2003/04.

Unfortunately, ‘Big Ben’ suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury against Huddersfield Town during the second-to-last home game of that season saw him miss the majority of the 2004/05 campaign. The injury not only affected Burgess’ time as a Hull City player but also his footballing career as a whole. He went on to have spells at Blackpool, Notts County, Cheltenham Town (loan) and Tranmere Rovers before announcing his retirement from the game at the age of 30.

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