The 2013–14 season was Hull City's first season back in the Premier League after automatic promotion as runner-up from the Championship in the 2012–13 season. They finished in 16th place, with their highest Premier League position and points total, to secure a further season in the Premier League. They also competed in the League Cup, reaching the 4th round. They also competed in the FA Cup, reaching their first ever final in the competition.
On 19 July 2013, striker Danny Graham was brought in on a season-long loan from Sunderland. Though the contract was terminated early and Graham moved on loan to Middlesbrough on transfer deadline day 31 January 2014.
On 1 October 2013, it was announced that Robbie Brady would be out of action for a month after undergoing a hernia operation. Following return. he experienced a groin injury that required further surgery, and in March 2014, it was announced that he would be out for the rest of the season.
On 7 November 2013, it was reported that Sone Aluko would be out of action for up to ten weeks with an achilles injury after a problem during pre-match warm-up for the Sunderland match on 2 November 2013.
On 11 December 2013, it was reported that the club had formally asked The Football Association to change the club's name to Hull Tigers from the start of the 2014–15 season. On 15 January 2014, Assem Allam indicated he would leave the club "within 24-hours" if the name change was rejected by the FA. In March 2014, the FA membership committee advised that the name change be rejected. On 9 April 2014, the FA Council rejected the name change.
On 28 March 2014, it was reported that goalkeeper Allan McGregor remained in hospital after suffering kidney damage in the match against West Ham United on 26 March and was likely to miss the remainder of the season.
On 1 April 2014, Yannick Sagbo and Benoît Assou-Ekotto, of Queens Park Rangers, were charged by the FA of improper conduct for social media posts about the quenelle gesture. The club have indicated they will vigorously defend Sagbo. On 22 April 2014, Sagbo was fined £15,000 but escaped a ban for the incident. Following an appeal by the FA, the player received a two-match ban for the incident on 12 June 2014.
On 20 April 2014, at half-time in the home match against Arsenal, the club announced they had signed a four-year deal with kit suppliers Umbro.
On 3 May 2014, it was confirmed that Hull City will enter the UEFA Europa League next season as FA Cup finalists, the club's first appearance on the European stage. They would start in the third qualifying round unless they win the FA Cup when they would progress straight to the group stages.
The first pre-season matches were announced on 9 May 2013. First to be announced would be an away game against Birmingham City on 27 July 2013. The Billy Bly Memorial Trophy match was set for 15 July 2013 at Church Road against North Ferriby United and an away match against Peterborough United was scheduled for 29 July.
The squad reported back for pre-season training on 4 July 2013.
On 4 July 2013, a final pre-season match at the KC Stadium was announced against Spanish team Real Betis for 10 August 2013. The match would be a testimonial for Andy Dawson who would return to the club to appear in the fixture following his departure to Scunthorpe United.
On 16 July 2013, the team flew out to Portugal for a week-long pre-season training camp.
The pre-season matches started on 15 July 2013 with two matches at the same time to allow for all the players to get a run-out. The first was the traditional Billy Bly Memorial Trophy match against North Ferriby United which City won 3–1. The second was against Winterton Rangers where City notched up a 6–0 victory.
In Portugal on 20 July 2013, the match against Sheffield Wednesday ended in a 0–0 draw. A further 0–0 draw against Braga on 23 July 2013 brought the Portugal training camp to a close.
Following return to England, an away match against Birmingham City on 27 July 2013 proved difficult, and Hull lost 2–1. This was followed on 29 July 2013 by another away match against Peterborough United, where Hull won 0–1.
On 2 August the team flew out to Germany for further training sessions ready for the two games there. City won the first match on 3 August 2013 against Dynamo Dresden, with Yannick Sagbo scoring the only goal of the game. The second match in Germany on 6 August 2013 against Eintracht Braunschweig ended in a 2–0 defeat.
Hull City enter the competition in Round Two, the draw for this took place on 8 August 2013 and Hull were drawn away to League One club Leyton Orient. Hull travelled to Orient on 27 August 2013 and drew the match 0–0. Extra-time was required and in the second-half substitute Robbie Brady broke the dead-lock with the only goal of the match soon after coming on to the pitch. The following day, the draw for the third round took place and City were drawn at home to local side Huddersfield Town of the Championship. The match was arranged for 24 September 2013.Nick Proschwitz scored the only goal in a 1–0 win to put Hull through to the fourth round of the cup. The draw for the 4th round took place the following day and set-up an all Premier League match with Tottenham Hotspur. The match will take place at White Hart Lane on 30 October, three days after the Premier League game between the teams. Following a 1–1 draw at full-time, extra time was played with both sides scoring a further goal. The match was determined by a penalty shoot-out, which City lost 8–7 when Ahmed Elmohamady's shot was saved by Brad Friedel.
Hull City enter the competition at the Third Round Proper stage with matches taking place in early January 2014. The draw for the Third Round took place on 8 December 2013 and Hull were drawn away to Football League Championship side Middlesbrough. The match took place on 4 January 2014 at the Riverside Stadium and Hull won the match 2–0 with goals by Aaron McLean and Nick Proschwitz. The draw for the fourth round took place on 5 January 2014 and Hull were drawn away to League Two team Southend United to face former manager Phil Brown for the first time since he left the club. The match took place on 25 January 2014 at Roots Hall with City leaving it until the second half to break the deadlock when Matty Fryatt scored both goals to take the visitors into the next round. The draw for the fifth round took place on 26 January 2014 and Hull were drawn away to Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion. The match was selected for live TV coverage by BT Sport and set to take place on 17 February 2014. The draw for the quarter-finals took place on 16 February and if Hull beat Brighton & Hove Albion they were drawn at home to Sunderland with match taking place on 8 or 9 March 2014. The fifth-round match took place at the Falmer Stadium on 17 February 2014 with Brighton & Hove taking the lead through a Leonardo Ulloa goal in the first half. The visitors levelled the game after 85 minutes when Yannick Sagbo hit the target. The score remained at 1–1 and a replay would be required to see who progressed. The replay was scheduled to take place on 24 February 2014 to avoid clashes with UEFA Champions League matches, which both managers criticised, as it is just 48-hours after important league matches for both teams. Hull started the replay with first-half goals by Sone Aluko and Robert Koren, with Leonardo Ulloa scoring a second-half goal for Brighton. Hull went through to the next round with a 2–1 win in the replay. The next round match was selected for televising by ITV and was set to take place on Sunday 9 March. The match took place in bright sunshine at the KC Stadium and both teams struggled in the first half to make any impact. A penalty was conceded by Sebastian Larsson of Sunderland but Sone Aluko's shot was saved by Oscar Ustari, leaving the match goalless at half-time. In the second-half Hull took the match with three goals in ten minutes by Curtis Davies, David Meyler and Matty Fryatt.
The draw for the semi-final took place immediately after the conclusion of the match and Hull were drawn first and paired with local Yorkshire side Sheffield United. Matches to take place over the weekend of 12 and 13 April 2014 at Wembley Stadium. Hull's match was subsequently set for 13 April at 16:00. Though the kick-off time was later revised to 16:07 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. On 2 April Andre Marriner was announced as the match referee.
Last updated: 17 May 2014
Source: Competitive match reports.
Competitive matches only
Matches started as captain only Country: FIFA nationality; No.: Squad number; P: Position; Name: Player name; No. Games: Number of games started as captain.
On 11 May 2013 it was revealed that the kit for the 2013–14 season would be striped and that Cash Converters have taken up the option to extend their sponsorship deal for a further season. On 10 June 2013 the adidas manufactured blue away kit was revealed. The new home kit was revealed on the club website on 3 July 2013.
^Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew was issued with a red card by referee Kevin Friend for head-butting David Meyler. Pardew later apologised for the incident, but Newcastle issued him with a formal warning and a £100,000 fine. On 3 March 2014, The Football Association charged Pardew with improper conduct to which he later admitted. Purdew was given a three-match stadium ban to be followed by a four-match touchline ban and a £60,000 fine for the incident.
^Following video review of the match by an FA panel George Boyd was charged with misconduct for allegedly spitting at Joe Hart. A panel found the case proved and Boyd served an immediate three-match ban for the incident.
^The red-card was later rescinded by an independent regulatory commission.
^The goal is attributed to Jelavić in some sources and the BBC match report indicates both at different points in the text.
^This does not include the red-card issued on 26 March 2014 in the game against West Ham United as this was later rescinded by an independent regulatory commission.