Hull City

Once A Tiger, Always A Tiger: Danny Allsopp

10 May 2020
With the break from football continuing, we’re looking back at past programme features with legendary or cult Hull City figures. Next up in the series is Danny Allsopp…

My transfer…
I was invited to come and have a chat with Peter Taylor and Adam Pearson, and take a look around the KC Stadium. All three really impressed me and I pretty much wanted to sign straight away! It was obvious the club was going places and I wanted to be a part of it.

My debut…
It was an absolute scorcher of a day! I think everyone at the club was a bit nervous as there was a lot of expectation on the team and it was important to get the season off to a good start against Darlington. If I remember rightly, I think it was fairly even in the first half. Ben Burgess opened the scoring but we still went in level at the break. As well as having a good side, we also had a good pre-season which helped us as we over ran them in the second half, going on to win 4-1 – I even managed to get on the scoresheet too!

My favourite-ever game…
There were quite a few memorable ones! I enjoyed the derby matches with our neighbouring clubs particularly against the likes of Doncaster Rovers, who were also doing well at the time. We beat them 2-1 at home in 2004/05 which was a game I enjoyed as it was an exciting match and a sell-out at the KC. Scoring away at Sheffield Wednesday is another game that comes to mind, although when we won promotion away at Yeovil in 2003/04 was a huge relief and a great trip home!

My favourite goal…
I scored a nice goal against Leeds United in a pre-season friendly when they were a Premier League side. That was probably my best goal in a Hull City shirt, although it was always good to score important goals in the league.

The best player(s) I played with…
We had quite a few players I really enjoyed playing with. It was great to see Boaz Myhill do so well – he’s obviously a fantastic goalkeeper. Ben (Burgess) and I had a great partnership up front as well and I was gutted when he did his knee. It was great to see a few of the boys from my time at the club play in the Premier League but I would say the best player I played with was Ian Ashbee. He was an uncompromising leader for our team and was great in his position. I was very lucky to have played in the same team as him.

My best friends at Hull City…
I still keep in touch with a few lads, albeit mostly with the help of facebook. We had a close group and it was a great time to be part of it. I was closest with Ben Burgess, Andy Dawson, Ian Ashbee and Stuart Elliott but that’s probably unfair because we had a great group of boys and I got along well with everyone so I apologise to any of the other guys I haven’t mentioned!

My best Tigers memory…
Winning promotion (in 2003/04) and all the celebrations afterwards! The parade around the city obviously stands out, as it was so important for the club and the supporters. It was also great to go out in the last game of the season against Bristol Rovers with the opportunity to enjoy ourselves as we had already wrapped up promotion at Yeovil.

I left Hull City when…
I left when we were heading for the Championship, though I had been struggling a little for form. That wasn’t helped by the fact that I was a little nervous that the groin trouble I’d had the previous season might return, so I held back a little in pre-season. A few other things had happened, and I reacted a bit immaturely, although in hindsight that’s easier to see now. At the time, I had the opportunity to come back to Australia, and I felt that I needed to do that, both for myself and for my family.

What Hull City means to you…
I’m still in touch with some friends from Hull and I have very fond memories of being a part of the club and the city and will hopefully come back and visit sometime in the future. Everyone was great to me during my time at the club, which meant a lot. It was fantastic to see the success the club has enjoyed since then too.

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