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07 November 2019
With Hull City welcoming West Bromwich Albion to the KCOM Stadium at the weekend, here are four players that have played for both clubs over the years…

1 // Richard Sneekes
Richard Sneekes’ playing days were coming to an end by the time he joined Hull City during the 2001/02 season.

The experienced Dutch midfielder, who began his career with Ajax and represented his country at U21 level, had initially moved to England to join Bolton Wanderers but it was with West Brom that he spent the majority of his time in this country.

Remembered for his long hair, Sneekes became something of a cult hero during 253 appearances for the Baggies and helped them into the play-offs during his final season at the club.

A brief spell with Stockport County preceded his arrival at Hull City, although his time at Boothferry Park was also short. Signed by Brian Little in November 2001, Sneekes was heading back out of the door in May 2002 after making 25 appearances as the Tigers failed to seriously challenge for promotion from Division Three.

2 // Paul McShane
If Richard Sneekes achieved cult hero status at West Brom, Paul McShane certainly did the same during his time with Hull City.

Initially brought in on loan from Sunderland during the Tigers’ inaugural Premier League season, the deal became a permanent one in August 2009 and he would spend the next six season wearing the black and amber shirt.

His whole-hearted displays gradually became more and more influential in the Tigers’ back line and he scored a vital goal on the final day of the 2012/13 season as promotion back to the top-flight was secured. He went on to play for the Club in the 2013 FA Cup Final before leaving to join Reading in 2015 having made 136 appearances.

McShane began his career as a youngster with Manchester United, from where he joined West Bromwich Albion in 2006. He spent one season at The Hawthorns, playing 43 times as the Baggies missed out in the end-of-season play-offs.

3 // John Kaye
Born in Goole, John Kaye started his career at Scunthorpe United before joining West Brom in May 1963 for a fee believed to be in the region of £50,000 – then a club record.

He went on to become something of a Baggies legend, making 358 appearances and scoring 54 goals for Albion between 1963-1971.

He was a member of the 1966 League Cup and 1968 FA Cup winning squads and also picked up two League Cup runners-up medals during his time at the club in 1966/67 and 1969/70 campaigns.

He left The Hawthorns following Don Howe’s arrival as manager, joining Hull City and went on to play 87 times for the Tigers, scoring nine goals.

A knee injury forced him to retire in 1973, but he stayed at Boothferry Park as a member of the coaching staff before being appointed as manager in September 1974.

Kaye guided the Tigers to three mid-table finishes in the Old Division Two before being dismissed in October 1977.

4 // Jason Van Blerk
As well as playing in his home country, Australian international Jason van Blerk had also tasted action in Belgium and Holland by the time he signed for Millwall in the mid-1990s.

He then spent the majority of the 1997/98 season with Manchester City before joining West Bromwich Albion towards the end of that campaign, and it was with the Baggies that he enjoyed the best of his days in English football.

Playing 121 times, his final appearance came in a play-off defeat against Bolton Wanderers before a brief spell with Stockport County led him to join Hull City in January 2002.

The right-back had an eventful start at Boothferry Park, with his second appearance bringing a winning goal and a red card against Rushden & Diamonds. He played just ten times for the Tigers before being allowed to join Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer.