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19 September 2019
With Hull City heading to Kenilworth Road at the weekend, we take a look at four players that have played for both clubs over the years…

1 // Garry Parker
There was always a feeling amongst Hull City fans that Garry Parker was destined to perform on a bigger stage, but they certainly enjoyed watching him while they had the chance.

After coming through the youth ranks at Kenilworth Road, Parker made a total of 54 appearances for the Hatters in all competitions, scoring four goals, before joining the Tigers in February 1986.

Parker spent two years at Boothferry Park and had everything you could want in a midfielder. Industrious and creative, he was a glorious example of midfield play at its best. His distribution talents covered the full spectrum from ‘one-twos’ to cross-field passes of – at times – sublime quality.

He made six appearances for the England U21 side during his time in black and amber which undoubtedly quickened his exit from the club, with the inevitable happening in March 1988 when the legendary Brian Clough moved to sign him for Nottingham Forest for a fee of £260,000.

Medals to match his talent followed during 152 appearances for the City Ground club, helping Forest to League Cup glory in 1989 and 1990 before coming so close to landing an FA Cup Winners’ medal in 1991 only to lose out in extra time against Tottenham Hotspur.

2 // Brian Horton
After spells at Hednesford Town, Port Vale and Brighton & Hove Albion, Brian Horton joined Luton Town in the summer of 1981.

Under the stewardship of David Pleat, Horton enjoyed a memorable first campaign at Kenilworth Road as the Hatters won promotion to the top-flight of English football as Luton claimed the Second Division title in 1981/82 by an eight-point margin. He was named on the PFA Team of the Year for the third time in his career, alongside team-mates Kirk Stephens, Ricky Hill, and David Moss.

He went on to make a total of 132 appearances in all competitions, scoring ten goals, in three seasons as a Luton Town player before making his move into the world of football management when appointed as the Tigers’ player/manager in July 1984.

On the playing front, Horton was a gritty and determined midfielder, who could also operate at the back, he led from the front and inspired greater things from those who played with him. He made 47 appearances for the Tigers in all competitions before hanging up his boots during the 1986/87 campaign, to solely concentrate on management.

Horton enjoyed success in his first year as a manager, guiding the club to promotion to the old second division which was followed by a sixth-place finish in the 1985/86 season – the Tigers’ highest league placing for 15 years.

However, the momentum was not maintained and after two disappointing seasons, Horton was relieved of his duties at the club by chairman Don Robinson in April 1988, finishing with a record of 82 wins, 60 draws and 62 defeats from his 204 games as manager of Hull City.

However, he returned to the Club 19 years later when appointed as Phil Brown’s assistant in 2007. The combination was a recipe for success as the club reached the top-flight for the first time in the club’s history in 2007/08 and helped the Club retain its Premier League status 2008/09.

3 // Frankie Bunn
Frankie Bunn was another product of the youth system at Luton Town to join the Tigers, seven months prior to the arrival of Garry Parker.

Whilst his time at Kenilworth Road had been moderately successful – with seven goals in 53 appearances – he obviously caught the eye of Brian Horton wheat he two played together for the Hatters, as it was he who brought Bunn to Boothferry Park ahead of the 1985/86 campaign.

The transfer created a little bit of history as Bunn became the first player to have

He was initially partnered with Billy Whitehurst in the Tigers’ attack but, with Whitehurst moving on to Newcastle a couple of months in the season, Bunn was forced to forge a new partnership with the likes of Andy Flounders and Andy Saville. He finished as the top scorer in his first season with the club, netting 14 goals.

However, his next two seasons with the Tigers were not as productive and in December 1987 he left the club to join Oldham Athletic for a fee of £90,000. In total, Bunn made 112 appearances as a Tigers and found the back of the net on 30 occasions.

4 // Sonny Bradley
Now 27-years-of-age, Sonny Bradley started his career with his hometown club – Hull City.

His first taste of senior football came during a loan spell at Harrogate Town and Aldershot, where he made 14 appearances in League Two during the 2011/12 campaign before returning to the KCOM Stadium to make his debut in black and amber when coming off the bench against Coventry City in Mach 2012.

A first start followed the following month – away at Millwall – before returning to Aldershot on loan for the entirety of the 2012/13 campaign.

His time with the Tigers came to an end following that season when joining Portsmouth on a free transfer in the summer of 2013, switching to Crawley Town a year later.

A successful two-year spell at Plymouth Argyle followed, winning promotion as League Two runners-up in 2016/17 – a campaign that also saw him win the Pilgrims’ player of the year award and selected in the EFL League Two team of the season. He totalled 96 appearances and scored 11 times during two years at Home Park.

He joined his current club – Luton Town – in July 2018, where he has again enjoyed success on the pitch. He helped the Hatters to League One title glory last term, making 50 appearances in all competitions, and has been ever-present in the Championship so far this term, scoring his first goal for the club in their opening game against Middlesbrough.