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17 August 2017
We profile three players who have played for both the Tigers and Saturday's opponents Queens Park Rangers during their careersâ?¦

Damien Delaney
An experienced defender, Damien Delaney first came to prominence at Leicester City where he made eight Premier League appearances Peter Taylor, who signed him from Cork City.

With first-team opportunities limited with the Foxes, resulting in loan spells at Stockport, Huddersfield and Mansfield, Delaney followed Taylor to Hull City in October 2002.

After a rocky start to his career at Hull, during which time he was tried in midfield and at left-back, the Irishman was played regularly at centre-back and began to grow in stature and consistency. He was voted Player of the Year in the 2003/04 promotion-winning season, additionally, his strike against Rochdale was voted Goal of the Season.

He was once again a key performer as the Tigers secured a second successive promotion in 2004/05 and went on to make 239 appearances in a black and amber shirt, scoring five goals, before departing to join Queens Park Rangers in January 2008.

Delaney went on to spend 18 months at Loftus Road, making 59 appearances in all competitions for the west London side, before joining Ipswich Town in the summer of 2009. where he made more than 100 appearances for the club over three seasons.

Delaney came close to quitting football after leaving Portman Road but opted to remain in the game when joining Crystal Palace in August 2012.

It’s a decision that he hasn’t regretted as his exploits for Palace have since seen him pass the 600-career-game mark, and is nearing a double century of appearances for the Eagles.

Adam Bolder
Hull-born Adam Bolder started his career with the Tigers, making his debut in January 1999 when coming on as a substitute in a 4-0 win over Hartlepool United.

The midfielder went on to make 23 appearances in all competitions for City before joining Derby County, who were then plying their trade in the top-flight of English football, in March 2000. However, Bolder would have to wait over a year for his Rams debut and finally got on the pitch for Jim Smith’s Rams side in the 1-0 win at Manchester United in May 2001.

He struggled to nail down a regular starting berth in the top-flight but following Derby’s relegation to the second tier in 2002, Bolder became a regular fixture in the side, going on to make 181 appearances for the Rams, scoring 11 goals.

He moved on to pastures new in January 2007 when signing a two-and-a-half year deal with QPR, where he was reunited with his former Derby boss John Gregory, adding steel and bite to the Rs’ midfield. In his two years with the Rs, Bolder made 42 appearances, finding the back of the net on two occasions, whilst also enjoying loan spells at both Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall during his time at Loftus Road.

In the summer of 2009, Bolder joined the Lions on a permanent basis. He would spend two years with the club before joining Burton in 2010, following a brief loan spell with Bradford City, and enjoyed two successful years with the Brewers, scoring four times in his 89 appearances for the club.

Bolder dropped out of the Football League in November 2012 to join Harrogate Town, before joining North Ferriby United ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. His last playing role was Scarborough Athletic last season, where his brother Chris is assistant manager.

Ernest Shepard
Ernest Shepard was a winger not afraid to take on his marker for speed and dribbling.

He joined the Tigers in the latter stages of the 1948/49 campaign, which certainly to be an eventful one for him. He played for three different clubs during the course of the season as he also represented Fulham and West Brom. Fulham were promoted from Division Two as Champions with West Brom as runners-up whilst the Tigers claimed the Division Three North title.

However, Shepard missed out on a medal for all three clubs as qualifications for receiving medals in those days required a player to have appeared in at least a third of the relevant clubs League matches.

He made a scoring start to his time in black and amber, netting a first-minute goal in a 1-0 win at Darlington in March 1949, but was limited to just 15 appearances and three goals for the Tigers during his 16-month stay at the club.

He moved on to QPR in July 1950 where he went on to make over 200 League and Cup appearances in the remainder of his playing career, although it was during his time there that he experienced the disappointment of relegation for the first and only time in his playing career.

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