As the season begins to take shape, we welcome Hull City “Tigers” to St. James Park a side whom we haven’t played too many times in our recent history or our distant past. The two clubs from the North East coastline have met each other more times in cup competitions than in the league and The FA Cup is where our first and most recent meeting with Hull on Tyneside has occurred, the third round in 1911 in which The Magpies ran our 3-2 winners on their way to the final with skipper Colin Veitch getting on the score-sheet in the same year he co-founded The People’s Theatre in Newcastle. 98 years on from that and Hull were again the visitors in the third round, this time Newcastle ended up being unceremoniously dumped out of the cup, a Daniel Cousin goal separating the two sides in a match best remembered for Joe Kinnear once again embarrassing the club by getting involved in a touchline bust up with the equally as odious, perma-tanned Mackem sympathiser Phil Brown.
Perhaps our most memorable encounter with the men from Humberside in recent years was the 2-1 defeat in September 2008, the first match since Kevin Keegan’s departure amidst the debacle that surrounded Newcastle’s activity in the transfer market, those present that day will remember a toxic atmosphere with discontent shown vocally and through banners from the Geordie faithful, all of which transmitted onto the pitch none more so than when Danny Guthrie mindlessly booted the shins of Craig Fagan and was subsequently shown a red card. The two sides met in a League Cup game back in 1997, when two new signings of Kenny Dalglish both getting their first goals for the club, Des Hamilton and Ian Rush the latter equalling Geoff Hurst’s goalscoring record in the League Cup in the process. The Tigers visited St. James Park twice back in the early nineties, the first occasion in 1990 ended in a 2-0 victory for The Magpies with Mark McGhee bagging a brace that day. A year later a youthful United side were beaten 2-1 on the final day of the 90/91 season with Lee Clark scoring in a game which saw the likes of Pavel Srnicek, Steve Watson and Robbie Elliot making early appearances in their respective Newcastle careers.
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