1 // Mark Bonner
Never has such a short Hull City career proved so important, as Mark Bonner played just one game for the Tigers whilst on loan from Cardiff City.
With Hull City facing the real threat of relegation to the Conference, City went into the home game against Rotherham in January 1999 on the back of four straight defeats. But Bonner’s goal in a vital 1-0 win over the Millers helped to turn around the Tigers’ fortunes. Warren Joyce’s men went on to dig themselves out of the mire, all kick started by that one Bonner strike.
He began his career at Blackpool, a product of their YTS system, and went on to make 178 league appearances for the Tangerines before moving on to Cardiff City in July 1998.
Bonner soon established himself in the starting line-up at the Welsh club but injury saw him lose his place, which is why he was allowed out on loan to the Tigers. However, injury struck again when an ankle problem sustained in training meant that his temporary spell at Boothferry Park was cut short and led to a return to South Wales after just one week.
Once recovered, Bonner forced his way back into the Cardiff side and went on to play a key role in two promotion-winning campaigns for the Bluebirds.
He made 170 appearances in a Cardiff shirt in all competitions before being allowed to leave to join Oldham Athletic in March 2004, following a run of niggling injuries.
2 // Gavin Gordon
Despite only starting 24 games in a Hull City shirt at first team level, Gavin Gordon bagged himself ten goals, to suggest an impressive future in black and amber.
The striker made his Tigers’ debut in a League Cup tie at Coventry after just two months as a trainee at Boothferry Park.
However, after a couple of seasons as a professional, a series of niggling injuries prevented new boss Mark Hateley seeing the best of him and the promising striker was offloaded to Lincoln City in November 1997.
A regular goal scorer for the Imps, Gordon was soon catching the eye and Cardiff City splashed out over £500,000 to take him to South Wales.
However, injuries once again restricted his first-team appearances for the Bluebirds and, in four frustrating seasons at Ninian Park, he made just 56 appearances and scored 12 goals before moving on to Notts County in Summer 2004.
3 // Fraizer Campbell
A man who needs little introduction to Hull City fans, Fraizer Campbell enjoyed two spells as a Tiger – with a stint at Cardiff City sandwiched in-between.
After coming through the youth system at Manchester United, Campbell was brought to the KCOM Stadium on loan by Phil Brown in October 2007 and more than played his part in what turned out to be a historic season. Campbell scored 15 times – including two on his home debut against Barnsley – before setting up the most famous goal in the Club’s history – a Dean Windass Wembley winner in the Play-Off Final against Bristol City.
After returning to Old Trafford following the end of his loan spell, Campbell was on the move again as he joined Tottenham Hotspur for the 2008/09 campaign. First team chances proved hard to come by for the striker, and July 2009 saw him leave Manchester United on a permanent basis when signing for Sunderland.
Campbell’s performances in the North-East earned him his one and only England cap as he came off the bench in a 3-2 defeat against Holland at Wembley. He remained at Sunderland for three-and-a-half years before joining Cardiff City and helping them to win promotion to the Premier League, scoring against the Tigers on the final day of the season in a 2-2 draw that saw Steve Bruce’s side join the Bluebirds in the top-flight.
He made 52 appearances for Cardiff, scoring 16 times, before making the move to Crystal Palace in the summer 2014. His time at Selhurst Park came to an end following the completion of the 2016/17 campaign, which allowed the Tigers to bring him back to the Club on a free transfer in the summer of 2017.
The striker bagged six goals in 38 games in his first campaign back in East Yorkshire before netting 12 times in 39 games in all competitions – his best goal return in a single season since helping to fire the Tigers to promotion a decade earlier.
His time with the Tigers came to an end following the expiry of his contract in the summer, leading to the now 32-year-old joining his hometown club, Huddersfield Town, last month.
4 // Seyi Olofinjana
Seyi Olofinjana became the second Nigerian to play for Hull City, following in the footsteps of Jay-Jay Okocha.
Oluwaseyi George Olofinjana – to give his full name – first arrived in English football when signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2004 having turned down the opportunity to play in Holland and France. Following a difficult start to life at the club, he found his feet during the 2006/07 season to finish as top scorer as Wolves made the play-offs.
When Wolves missed out on the play-offs the following year, he handed in a transfer request and was subsequently sold to Stoke City after scoring 18 goals in 147 games for the Molineux outfit.
Goals against Everton and Arsenal saw him become a regular in the Potters’ side up until Christmas, but the New Year saw a different story as he struggled to hold down a place. His desire to play regular first team football saw Olofinaja look elsewhere at the end of the season, and after turning down a move to Monaco, he arrived at the KCOM Stadium in a £3million deal.
A regular in the Tigers’ side in the months leading up to Christmas, his brightest moment in a Hull City shirt came in November 2009 when he found the back of the net with a superb individual effort against former employers Stoke. But, after spending January 2010 with Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations, Olofinjana struggled to re-establish himself in the Tigers starting line-up, with first-team appearances few and far between as the Club suffered relegation from the top-flight.
In August 2010, Olofinjana departed the KCOM on a temporary basis to join fellow Championship side Cardiff City on loan for the entirety of the 2010/11 campaign. He made 42 appearances for the Bluebirds in all competitions, helping the Welsh outfit to reach the play-offs before being knocked out at the semi-final stage.
Knee surgery in the summer meant that the first half of Olofinjana’s 2011/12 season was spent in the treatment room and he made just five appearances in the entire campaign. He played a further 22 times for the Tigers during the club’s 2012/13 promotion-winning season – to take his overall tally to 40 – before being released in May 2013.