Probably the memory which stands out over anything else in 67 years of watching Hull City would be the first game I attended at Boothferry Park. I was taken by an Uncle and Aunt, both of whom regularly attended matches.
It was in April 1949, the Third Division (North) match against Stockport County. The result was a 6 – 1 victory, which clinched promotion to the Second Division.
I don’t remember too much about the actual game although I am still able to recite the names of the team and know that Raich Carter scored two of the goals.
What I do recall quite clearly was the crowd, there were just short of 40,000 spectators, I had never seen such a crowd. But the abiding memory was of sitting on planks of wood placed on the running track around the pitch. Not only that but I was just to one side of the North Stand goal and was almost within touching of my all-time hero Billy Bly.
I was from that time a committed Hull City fan, I still have the Black and Amber scarf that my Aunt bought me for that game, and although there have been several more scarves since then I still treasure that one.
Over the years I have witnessed many highs and quite a few lows, but I don’t think any of them have quite matched up to my first Hull City match.