List of Hull City A.F.C. seasons

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Hull City players and staff celebrate promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history, which was achieved after victory in the 2008 Football League Championship play-off Final.

Hull City A.F.C., an English association football club based in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, was founded in 1904. The team's first competitive matches came in the FA Cup, being beaten 4–1 by Stockton in a replay following a 3–3 draw,[1] before they were elected to the Football League Second Division ahead of the 1905–06 season.[2] Hull missed out on promotion in the 1909–10 season, having an inferior goal average to Oldham Athletic and finishing in third.[3] The 1929–30 season saw Hull relegated to the Third Division North after 21 seasons in the Second Division while reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup, where they were beaten by Arsenal after a replay.[2] Promotion back to the Second Division was achieved three years later, with the Third Division North championship becoming the club's first major honour.[2] However, they were relegated in the 1935–36 season and it was 13 years before another return to the Second Division was made, when, under the player-management of former England international Raich Carter, the Third Division North title was won.[3] Relegation back to this division came in the 1955–56 season and following League reorganisation implemented for the 1958–59 season Hull won promotion in the Third Division's inaugural season, although they were relegated after one year.[2]

The Third Division championship was won in the 1965–66 season and Hull remained in the Second Division for 12 years before relegation in 1978.[3] Hull reached the semi-final of the Watney Cup in the tournament's inaugural staging in 1970, where they were beaten by Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out; this was the first game in English football to be decided by this method.[4] The Final of this competition was reached in 1974, where Hull were beaten by Stoke City.[5] Relegation to the Fourth Division for the first time in the club's history came in 1981 and a return to the Third Division was secured two years later in the 1982–83 season.[2] The season after, Hull reached the final of the Associate Members' Cup in its inaugural season and were beaten by Bournemouth.[2] Promotion to the Second Division came the following season, although relegations in the 1990–91 and 1995–96 seasons saw the club return to the fourth tier.[3]

Hull's first play-off campaign ended unsuccessfully, being beaten by Leyton Orient in the semi-final in the 2000–01 season.[3] However, successive promotions in the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons saw Hull rise from the fourth tier to the second tier in a space of two years.[2] After 104 years of existence, Hull were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history, beating Watford in the play-off semi-finals and Bristol City in the 2008 Football League Championship play-off Final.[3] Hull's first Premier League season saw safety from relegation ensured on the last day of the season,[6] although the club was relegated the following season after finishing 19th in the league.[7] Three years later, Hull returned to the Premier League after finishing the 2012–13 season as Championship runners-up.[7] In the 2013–14 season they achieved their highest ever league finish of 16th[7] and were runners-up to Arsenal in their first ever FA Cup Final appearance.[8]

Since their election to the Football League in 1905, Hull have spent 3 seasons in the first tier, 56 in the second, 30 in the third and 10 in the fourth.[2][7] The table details Hull City's achievements in senior first team competition from the 1904–05 season to the end of the most recently completed season.

Key[edit]

1st 2nd
Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

Top scorer shown alongside # when he was also top scorer in that division.
Division shown alongside † when it changes due to promotion, relegation or reorganisation.
League results shown in italics for competitions abandoned due to war.

Seasons[edit]

Season League[2][7] FA Cup[9] League
Cup
[2][10]
Other competitions[2][11][12] Top scorer(s)[A]
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1904–05 Hull City did not play league football until 1905–06. PR George Spence 2
1905–06 Div 2 †[B] 38 19 6 13 67 54 44 5th R1 Joe Smith 16
1906–07 Div 2 38 15 7 16 65 57 37 9th R1 Jackie Smith 19
1907–08 Div 2 38 21 4 13 73 62 46 8th R2 Jackie Smith #[C] 32
1908–09 Div 2 38 19 6 13 63 39 44 4th R1 Arthur Temple 18
1909–10 Div 2 38 23 7 8 80 46 53 3rd[D] R1 Jackie Smith #[E] 32
1910–11 Div 2 38 14 16 8 55 39 44 5th R3 Tommy Browell 16
1911–12 Div 2 38 17 8 13 54 51 42 7th R1 Tommy Browell
Arthur Temple
16
1912–13 Div 2 38 15 6 17 60 56 36 12th R2 Stan Fazackerley 20
1913–14 Div 2 38 16 9 13 53 37 41 7th R1 Sammy Stevens 26
1914–15 Div 2 38 19 5 14 65 54 43 7th R4 Sammy Stevens 30
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the First World War.
1919–20 Div 2 42 18 6 18 78 72 42 11th R1 Sammy Stevens 20
1920–21 Div 2 42 10 20 12 43 53 40 13th R4 Harry Sergeaunt 9
1921–22 Div 2 42 19 10 13 51 41 48 5th R2 Charlie Flood 17
1922–23 Div 2 42 14 14 14 43 45 42 12th R1 George Martin 12
1923–24 Div 2 42 10 17 15 46 51 37 17th R1 Paddy Mills 12
1924–25 Div 2 42 15 11 16 50 49 41 10th R3 Paddy Mills 29
1925–26 Div 2 42 16 9 17 63 61 41 13th R3 Paddy Mills 17
1926–27 Div 2 42 20 7 15 63 52 47 7th R5 George Whitworth 17
1927–28 Div 2 42 12 15 15 41 54 38 14th R3 George Martin
Arthur Nelson
8
1928–29 Div 2 42 13 14 15 58 63 40 12th R3 Ken McDonald 25
1929–30 Div 2 42 14 7 21 51 78 35 21st SF Stan Alexander 19
1930–31 Div 3N † 42 20 10 12 99 55 50 6th R3 Stan Alexander 24
1931–32 Div 3N 40 20 5 15 82 53 45 8th R3 Dally Duncan
Russell Wainscoat
19
1932–33 Div 3N 42 26 7 9 100 45 59 1st R3 Bill McNaughton #[G] 42
1933–34 Div 2 † 42 13 12 17 52 68 38 15th R4 Bill McNaughton 16
1934–35 Div 2 42 16 8 18 63 74 40 13th R3 Andy Duncan 12
1935–36 Div 2 42 5 10 27 47 111 20 22nd R3 Jack Acquroff 13
1936–37 Div 3N † 42 17 12 13 68 69 46 5th R1 Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Cliff Hubbard 17
1937–38 Div 3N 42 20 13 9 80 43 53 3rd R3 Football League Third Division North Cup R1 Jack Fryer
John McNeill
25
1938–39 Div 3N 42 18 10 14 83 74 46 7th[H] R2 Football League Third Division North Cup R2 Arthur Cunliffe
Cliff Hubbard
21
1939–40 Div 3N 2 0 2 0 3 3 2 13th[I] Richard Lowe 2
The Football League and FA Cup were suspended until after the Second World War.
1945–46 DNE[J]
1946–47 Div 3N 42 16 8 18 49 53 40 11th R3 Benny Lester 17
1947–48 Div 3N 42 18 11 13 59 48 47 5th R3 Norman Moore 13
1948–49 Div 3N 42 27 11 4 93 28 65 1st R6[K] Norman Moore 28
1949–50 Div 2 † 42 17 11 14 64 72 45 7th R4 Raich Carter 16
1950–51 Div 2 42 16 11 15 74 70 43 10th R5 Alf Ackerman
Raich Carter
21
1951–52 Div 2 42 13 11 18 60 70 37 18th R4 Syd Gerrie 25
1952–53 Div 2 42 14 8 20 57 69 36 18th R4 Syd Gerrie 14
1953–54 Div 2 42 16 6 20 64 66 38 15th R5 Alf Ackerman 19
1954–55 Div 2 42 12 10 20 44 69 34 19th R3 Alf Ackerman
Bob Crosbie
11
1955–56 Div 2 42 10 6 26 53 97 26 22nd R3 Bill Bradbury 9
1956–57 Div 3N † 46 21 10 15 84 69 52 8th R3 Doug Clarke 20
1957–58 Div 3N 46 19 15 12 78 67 53 5th R4 Bill Bradbury 25
1958–59 Div 3 †[L] 46 26 9 11 90 55 61 2nd R1 Bill Bradbury 30
1959–60 Div 2 † 42 10 10 22 48 76 30 21st R3 Roy Shiner 8
1960–61 Div 3 † 46 17 12 17 73 73 46 11th R3 R1[M] Chris Chilton 20
1961–62 Div 3 46 20 8 18 67 54 48 10th R2 R3 John McSeveney 16
1962–63 Div 3 46 19 10 17 74 69 48 10th R3 R3 John McSeveney 27
1963–64 Div 3 46 16 17 13 73 68 49 8th R3 R3 Chris Chilton 24
1964–65 Div 3 46 23 12 11 91 57 58 4th R2 R2 Chris Chilton[N] 27
1965–66 Div 3 46 31 7 8 109 62 69 1st R6 R2 Ken Wagstaff 31
1966–67 Div 2 † 42 16 7 19 77 72 39 12th R3 R1 Ken Wagstaff 21
1967–68 Div 2 42 12 13 17 58 73 37 17th R3 R2 Ken Wagstaff 20
1968–69 Div 2 42 13 16 13 59 52 42 11th R3 R2 Ken Wagstaff 21
1969–70 Div 2 42 15 11 16 72 70 41 13th R3 R3 Chris Chilton
Ken Wagstaff
19
1970–71 Div 2 42 19 13 10 54 41 51 5th R6 R2 Watney Cup SF[O] Chris Chilton 26
1971–72 Div 2 42 14 10 18 49 53 38 12th R5 R2 Stuart Pearson 15
1972–73 Div 2 42 14 12 16 64 59 40 13th R5 R3 Anglo-Italian Cup Grp Stuart Pearson 17
1973–74 Div 2 42 13 17 12 46 47 43 9th R3 R4 Watney Cup RU[P] Roy Greenwood
Stuart Pearson
12
1974–75 Div 2 42 15 14 13 40 53 44 8th R3 R2 Ken Wagstaff 11
1975–76 Div 2 42 14 11 17 45 49 39 14th R4 R4 Anglo-Scottish Cup Grp Alf Wood 10
1976–77 Div 2 42 10 17 15 45 53 37 14th R3 R2 Anglo-Scottish Cup Grp Jeff Hemmerman 7
1977–78 Div 2 42 8 12 22 34 52 28 22nd R3 R4 Anglo-Scottish Cup Grp Bruce Bannister
Alan Warboys
7
1978–79 Div 3 † 46 19 11 16 66 61 49 8th R2 R1 Keith Edwards 25
1979–80 Div 3 46 12 16 18 51 69 40 20th R1 R1 Keith Edwards 20
1980–81 Div 3 46 8 16 22 40 71 32 24th R4 R1 Anglo-Scottish Cup Grp Keith Edwards 17
1981–82 Div 4 † 46 19 12 15 70 61 69[Q] 8th R3 R1 Football League Group Cup Grp[R] Les Mutrie[S] 28
1982–83 Div 4 46 25 15 6 75 34 90 2nd R1 R1 Football League Trophy Grp[R] Brian Marwood 20
1983–84 Div 3 † 46 23 14 9 71 38 83 4th[T] R2 R1 Associate Members' Cup RU[U] Brian Marwood 16
1984–85 Div 3 46 25 12 9 78 49 87 3rd R3 R2 Associate Members' Cup R1N Billy Whitehurst 24
1985–86 Div 2 † 42 17 13 12 65 55 64 6th R4 R2 Full Members Cup FN Frankie Bunn 20
1986–87 Div 2 42 13 14 15 41 55 53 14th R5 R3 Full Members Cup R2 Andy Saville 11
1987–88 Div 2 44 14 15 15 54 60 57 15th R3 R2 Full Members Cup R1 Alex Dyer 9
1988–89 Div 2 46 11 14 21 52 68 47 21st R5 R2 Full Members Cup R1 Keith Edwards #[V] 30
1989–90 Div 2 46 14 16 16 58 68 58 14th R3 R1 Full Members Cup R2 Andy Payton 18
1990–91 Div 2 46 10 15 21 57 85 45 24th R3 R3 Full Members Cup R1 Andy Payton 25
1991–92 Div 3 † 46 16 11 19 54 54 59 14th R3 R2 Associate Members' Cup QFN Leigh Jenkinson 9
1992–93 Div 2 †[W] 46 13 11 22 46 69 50 20th R2 R1 Football League Trophy R2N Graeme Atkinson 8
1993–94 Div 2 46 18 14 14 62 54 68 9th R2 R1 Football League Trophy GrpN Dean Windass 24
1994–95 Div 2 46 21 11 14 70 57 74 8th R1 R1 Football League Trophy GrpN Dean Windass 17
1995–96 Div 2 46 5 16 25 36 78 31 24th R1 R2 Football League Trophy R2N Dean Windass 8
1996–97 Div 3 † 46 13 18 15 44 50 57 17th R2 R1 Football League Trophy R2N Duane Darby 20
1997–98 Div 3 46 11 8 27 56 83 41 22nd R1 R3 Football League Trophy R2N Duane Darby 15
1998–99 Div 3 46 14 11 21 44 62 53 21st R3 R2 Football League Trophy R2N David Brown 14
1999–2000 Div 3 46 15 14 17 43 43 59 14th R3 R2 Football League Trophy QFN John Eyre 12
2000–01 Div 3 46 19 17 10 47 39 74 6th[X] R1 R1 Football League Trophy R1N John Eyre 7
2001–02 Div 3 46 16 13 17 57 51 61 11th R2 R2 Football League Trophy SFN Gary Alexander 23
2002–03 Div 3 46 14 17 15 58 53 59 13th R1 R1 Football League Trophy R1N Stuart Elliott 12
2003–04 Div 3 46 25 13 8 82 44 88 2nd R1 R1 Football League Trophy R2N Ben Burgess 18
2004–05 Lge 1 †[Y] 46 26 8 12 80 53 86 2nd R3 R1 Football League Trophy R1N Stuart Elliott #[Z] 29
2005–06 Champ † 46 12 16 18 49 55 52 18th R3 R1 Stuart Elliott 7
2006–07 Champ 46 13 10 23 51 67 49 21st R3 R3 Dean Windass 8
2007–08 Champ 46 21 12 13 65 47 75 3rd[AA] R3 R3 Fraizer Campbell
Dean Windass
15
2008–09 Prem † 38 8 11 19 39 64 35 17th R6 R2 Geovanni 8
2009–10 Prem 38 6 12 20 34 75 30 19th R3 R3 Stephen Hunt 6
2010–11 Champ † 46 16 17 13 52 50 65 11th R3 R2 Matty Fryatt 9
2011–12 Champ 46 19 11 16 47 44 68 8th R4 R1 Matty Fryatt 16
2012–13 Champ 46 24 7 15 61 52 79 2nd R4 R2 Robert Koren 9
2013–14 Prem † 38 10 7 21 38 53 37 16th[AB] RU[F] R4 Matty Fryatt 6

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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