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12 September 2019
With Hull City welcoming Wigan Athletic to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon, here are four players that have played for both clubs over the years…

1 // Pete Skipper
Seeing Pete Skipper in a Hull City shirt must have filled supporters with an enormous sense of pride, a feeling that Skipper no doubt shared.

A local lad playing more than 300 times for his hometown club meant he would always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the fans, and the fact that he scored a goal against Walsall in 1985 that secured promotion endeared him even more.

That came during his second spell with the Club, an altogether more successful period than his first which came to an end with Skipper unable to play regularly in his preferred central defensive position.

After a couple of years at Darlington he returned to Boothferry Park for a six-year stint, and even played a game in goal away at Southampton in 1986, before joining Oldham Athletic, Walsall and then Wigan Athletic in the early 1990s.

He played more than 100 games for Wigan across three seasons to give him a career tally in excess of 600.

2 // Shaun Maloney
Shaun Maloney was a class act on the field, playing in the top divisions in both England and Scotland during his career.

He joined Wigan Athletic from Celtic for a seven-figure sum in 2011 and helped the Latics to a 15th-place finish in the Premier League before one of the highlights of the creative midfielder’s career came the following season as Wigan won the FA Cup, Maloney scoring in the semi-final and playing the full 90 minutes in the Final as Ben Watson’s goal sank Manchester City.

Sadly, that success was accompanied by relegation in the same season and after a couple of years in the Championship he made the move to Hull City in 2015 and helped them win promotion to the Premier League in his first season.

The 2016/17 season proved to be his last as a player and he is currently a coach of the Belgian national team, working under his former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez.

3 // Amr Zaki
Amr Zaki enjoyed a flying start to life in English football when he joined Wigan Athletic from Egyptian side El Zamalek in 2008.

The striker scored on his Premier League debut against West Ham United and bagged 11 goals in his first 19 appearances, including a brace in a 5-0 hammering of Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.

The goals dried up after the turn of the year, though, and he hadn’t done enough to earn a permanent move, returning to Egypt before once again being loaned out to the English top-flight when joining the Tigers for the second half of the 2009/10 campaign.

He made little impact in black and amber, failing to score in his six appearances as the season ended in relegation.

Not surprisingly, there was little interest in making it a full time move and he has since had spells in Turkey and Morocco as well as back in his homeland.

4 // Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor was an experienced campaigner when he arrived at the KCOM Stadium in the summer of 2015.

Brought in by Steve Bruce to add to a squad that he hoped would challenge for promotion straight back to the Premier League following relegation a couple of months earlier, Taylor was in the starting eleven for the opening day victory over Huddersfield Town.

It proved to be his only league start of the campaign and he was a bit-part player during his year with the Tigers as the majority of his appearances came in the cup competitions.

There was little sign of the exquisite set-pieces that had punctuated his time on the books of Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United. Taylor spent three-and-a-half years with Wigan between 2005 and 2009, all of which were in the Premier League. He scored seven times for the Latics in 63 games.

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