Hull Preview

Last updated : 06 August 2004 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
When the fixtures came out, I dread the prospect of coming up against newly promoted sides early in the season, as they are usually bouyed up from their success the previous May. So, when the prospect of newly promoted Hull City came up in their Kingston Communications Stadium was first on the list .....!!!

It is a couple of seasons since we first paid a visit to the impressive Kingston Communication Stadium. On that occassion we lost 1-3, even though we did start the stronger of the 2 teams as Steve Fletcher scored on just 5 minutes before Walters and an Elliott brace secured 3 points. it was clear even then, that Hull would be promoted 12 months after we won the play offs.

So it was no surprise that The Tigers secured success, finishing as runners up to surprise Champions, Doncaster Rovers.

So what of tomorrow? One thing is for sure, it is not going to be easy playing in front of a 20,000 crowd on Saturday afternoon in the sweltering heat!! During the close season Hull have brought in 6 players; Roland Edge (free from Hibs), Junior Lewis (free from Leicester City), Nick Barmby (free from Leeds United), Aaron Wilbrham (£100k from Stockport County), Sergio Leite (free from Charlton Athletic), and Matt Duke (£20k from Burton Albion). Where as we have acquired the services of Dani Rodrigues. The difference in spending power and finances is evident in just the numbers both clubs have brought in.

As for the outcome tomorrow, I'd be delighted with any draw and an away win would be fantastic, but realistically an opening day defeat is probably the more favoured outcome. But is there's one thing I have learned about supporting AFC Bournemouth over the years .... expect the unexpected, so a 1-0 last minute winner is a possibility!!

Here is the summarised record between AFC Bournemouth and Hull City:

A more detailed look at past seasons results can be found by clicking on the Head To Head section in the left hand navigator.