Hosting a temporary pause on competitive league action, FC Humber turn their attention to a tasteful prospect against the Hull City Development Squad. Offering a challenging prospect, the fixture will no doubt provide valued experience to the Humber ranks in battling with the next generation of Hull City talent. With the arrival of Dave Haley, a revival of fortune will be on the cards, though the Gaffer will be under no illusions as to what needs to be done after his first game in charge, as Humber aim for improvement in a 7.30pm kick-off at the Roy West Centre.
Hull City’s development squad on the other hand, will aim to impress in the County Cup format. Led by City Legend Andy Dawson, the next generation of Tigers currently occupy third spot in group A of the Professional Development League 2 after collective victories against Millwall, Swansea, Crewe Alexandra and Barnsley’s development squad’s. Only Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United’s development squad better the City’s Academy after a draw on the road to Peterborough United.
With every thought tapped into the tasteful prospect against the Hull City Development, the opportune moment has come for FC Humber to learn from their efforts and continue to move forward. Quoting sources from Hull City, FC Humber extend an opportunity in viewing a brief history of the team they face Tuesday night:
“Hull City was founded in 1904, playing friendly games at The Boulevard (the home of the Hull Rugby League Club), Anlaby Road Cricket Ground and Dairycoates. A year later, they were elected to the Second Division of the Football League. While still playing occasional games at the rugby and cricket grounds, City also moved to a new home on Anlaby Road where it remained until 1941 when wartime games saw a brief return to The Boulevard. City finished their first league season in fifth place and remained in the top half of the table for much of the period up to the First World War.
1909-10 was the nearest the Tigers – a nickname adopted from their amber and black striped shirts – had ever been to top-flight football until the historic achievement at Wembley almost 100 years later. They finished in third place back in 1910, missing out on the runners-up spot on goal average to Oldham Athletic after losing 3-0 away to the Latics on the last Saturday of the season. The gap between City and Oldham was 0.29 of a goal, one of the slimmest margins to determine promotion in the history of the Football League. The following year, the club reached the last 16 of the FA Cup for the first time.
The outbreak of World War One had little effect on the Football League during the 1914-15 season and a full League programme was completed, the Tigers finishing seventh in Division Two. It was only in the following season (1915-16) that the full impact of the war on league football was felt…”
“The Hull City Academy develops talented young footballers from the age of eight to twenty-three. There have been significant developments at the Academy since the club achieved Category Two status in the summer of 2015. The Academy recruits players of outstanding potential that can be nurtured into future first-team regulars. In line with the Football Association’s charter of quality, the Academy prepares players of the future for the club and enables them to progress both on and off the field.
Since the move to Category Two status, the Academy had had in excess of eighteen players appear for the first team in competitive fixtures. Local players now make up a large proportion of the first team squad, which represents a tremendous achievement for both the players and staff alike. We are keen to build off this success through constant improvement and innovation, both in and off the field.” For further club history, we extend an opportunity to all in viewing the club’s official website: www.wearehullcity.co.uk
Ahead of a challenging proposition under the lights against Hull City’s next generation, Humber boss Dave Haley shared a thought on the task at hand: “Looking ahead, a midweek fixture against the Hull City Development Squad will prove a great experience for our players in playing against professional and potential professional players. Our opponent’s fitness and technical ability will be on a different level to ours so we will need to win the physical battle, be compact and disciplined defensively and take our chances to get a positive result.”
The Gaffer’s opposing number and Lead PDP Coach Andy Dawson, added: “It’s brilliant for the players as it will provide a different test for them. Are they going to go there and say this isn’t for me or are they going to roll their sleeves up and show us exactly what battling qualities they’ve got? We know the ability is there and we want to give the boys experiences and challenges to develop all areas of their game and that’s why this fixture will be a good game and a good test for us.”
Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United