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In The Cup: Hull City

A look back at The Tigers’ history competing in the FA Cup

4 January 2019

The Emirates FA Cup Third Round gets underway this weekend, signalling the beginning of the Cup hopes of Millwall and Hull City. As The Lions prepare to take on Nigel Adkins’ Hull side at The Den this Sunday afternoon, we take a look at The Tigers’ record in the world’s oldest cup competition.

Hull City have reached a solitary FA Cup Final, earning their place under the arch in 2014 in a season during which they also secured Premier League survival and made the last 16 of the League Cup. Following successive 2-0 away wins at Middlesbrough and Southend United, Brighton & Hove Albion forced Steve Bruce’s Tigers to a Fifth Round replay following a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium. Hull secured Quarter-Final passage with a 2-1 replay victory, and were drawn against Sunderland in the last eight. Wembley beckoned for the winner at the KCOM, and the Humberside outfit strolled into the Semi-Finals in style with three goals in a devastating nine-minute spell. Hull, along with Arsenal, were the only top-flight clubs remaining in the competition by April, with The Tigers drawn to face League One Sheffield United in the second Semi-Final. Whilst The Gunners secured their Final place with a penalty shootout win over Wigan Athletic the previous day, Hull came from behind to win a thrilling eight-goal encounter 5-3. This rubber-stamped Hull’s place in their first ever Europa League campaign for the following season, and Bruce’s men took a dramatic 2-0 lead in the Final within just eight minutes through defenders James Chester and Curtis Davies. Goals from Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny redeemed matters for Arsenal, who lifted the trophy courtesy of Aaron Ramsey’s extra-time winner.

The club have also reached an additional Semi-Final, during the 1929/30 season – also eliminated by eventual champions Arsenal via a replay, by a 1-0 scoreline at Villa Park following Elland Road’s 2-2 draw between the sides. Three weeks previously, Hull – managed by Northern Irishman Billy McCracken – had forced a Quarter-Final replay with Newcastle United with a 1-1 tie at St. James’ Park. A 1-0 replay success secured Hull’s last four place, among three Yorkshire clubs with Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday. The Tigers had previously won away at Plymouth Argyle in a 4-3 thriller, beaten Blackpool 3-1 on Humberside, and secured a 2-1 victory at Manchester City in the Fifth Round.

Hull City have reached the Quarter-Finals on four occasions, in 1949, 1966, 1971 and 2009; and the Fifth Round on nine occasions.

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