After producing a 1940s throwback for their first Hull City kit, supplier Super League had a crack at our most traditional playing wear style, striped shirts. It was a lovely design, even if the material felt a bit cheap, and the shirt had the same tiger heads over twin pinstripes shadow pattern as the 1995-97 edition.
The appearance of Hull University sponsor patches was speculated to be in lieu of payments owed to them by cash-strapped City who used the academic institution’s sports facilities for training.
Great excitement greeted the arrival of former Milan, Rangers and England forward Mark Hateley, who was installed as player-manager, but that excitement quickly evaporated as City continued their downward trajectory, saved from a real relegation battle only by the spectacular implosion of Doncaster Rovers.
As player-boss, Hateley was fond of making late substitute appearances, probably just to pick up an appearance bonus, and usually wore the number 14 shirt when doing so. Other players made cameos as number 14, including Neil Mann, Mike Quigley and Dexter Tucker.
This shirt came to us from a well known regular matchday sponsor.