1 // Alan Warboys
By the time Alan Warboys became a Tiger in September 1979, he had amassed over a century of League goals with his previous clubs, only his spell at Sheffield Utd proving barren.
He was an accomplished player, strong in the air and capable of warming many a keeper’s hands with a fierce shot. He had achieved some notoriety during his time at Bristol Rovers when, together with Bruce Bannister, their combined scoring exploits earned them the tag ‘Smash and Grab’.
He joined the Tigers from Fulham, having been at Craven Cottage only a matter of months and scoring just twice in 19 League outings. Warboys’ time at Boothferry Park lasted just short of two years and saw him produce nine goals in 50 appearances before joining Doncaster Rovers.
2 // Jack Acquroff
Jack Acquroff’s unusual surname owed much to the mixture of Russian and Scottish parentage.
Whilst his name would suggest a continental player, his style was that of a typical English centre-forward. This allowed his attacking partners to benefit from his strength in creating goalscoring opportunities, yet this did not stop him from acquiring his own fair share of goals.
His talent was sufficient for it to be displayed at a higher level with both of his subsequent clubs.
He also made ‘Guest’ appearances during World War II for several clubs, one of which was Fulham along with spells at Birmingham City, WBA, Wolves, Millwall, Fulham, Tottenham and Walsall. His playing career concluded in Australia at the tender age of 49
3 // Sone Aluko
A double promotion-winner and FA Cup Finalist during his time with Hull City, Sone Aluko had a memorable few years with the Tigers.
Arriving at the KCOM Stadium in the summer of 2012, he scored his first goal in black and amber in a 3-1 home victory over Bolton Wanderers in September. That was the start of a run of eight goals in 14 appearances, which included a satisfying brace against former club Birmingham, as he formed a decent partnership with Jay Simpson upfront.
However, just as he was hitting top form an Achilles injury came along to disrupt his season and despite his attempts to play through the pain, a 3-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in January proved to be his final game of the season.
It meant that Aluko missed the promotion run-in with the Tigers eventually being promoted to the Premier League on the final day of the campaign, but he was back fit and available for the top-flight campaign. His first Premier League goal was a stunner against Newcastle United that earned all three points and he also played a part in the Club’s memorable FA Cup run that season, coming off the bench during the final against Arsenal at Wembley and being inches away from sending the game to a penalty shoot-out.
The following season saw Aluko score the goal that took the Tigers past the first stage of a European adventure with a late winner against Slovakian side Trencin, and he played 31 times in 2015/16 as Bruce’s men won promotion via the play-offs before departing for pastures new that summer.
His next destination was Fulham, where he made 54 appearances in all competitions in 13 months at Craven Cottage. He scored nine goals in all competitions, eight of which came in league fixtures and was part of the Cottagers side that reached the Championship play-offs in 2016/17 before departing for Reading in the summer of 2017.
4 // Jimmy Bullard
Jimmy Bullard came relatively late into the professional game, with spells at Corinthians and Gravesend preceding a move to West Ham United.
Unable to make his mark with the Hammers he moved on to Peterborough United. At London Road, his goals and performances reignited interest from higher placed clubs and a hefty fee took him to Wigan.
His progress continued and another hefty fee returned him to London, this time with Fulham. Sterling performances for the Cottagers were cruelly interrupted by serious injury but he still managed to play a key role in helping the Cottagers survive relegation on the final day of the 2006/07 campaign.
He made a total of 41 appearances as a Fulham player before an ill-fated move to the KCOM Stadium in January 2009, becoming Hull City’s club-record signing in the process.
Whilst he did make an impact on the pitch, scoring six goals in 19 starts, injury and ill-discipline marred his time in East Yorkshire, which came to an end in August 2011.