HCSS Hall of Fame

Every year the HCSS inducts new people to its Hull City Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is open to players, managers and administrators that have made a positive contribution to Hull City’s legacy, inductees are voted in annually by the HCSS Membership.

The only criteria for being eligible to join the Hall of Fame is that the perspective of elapsed time is allowed to develop – so people will need to have ended their playing careers or, in the case of managers/non-players, ceased their association with Hull City at least five years ago, before they are eligible to join the Hall of Fame.

Jeff Radcliffe (HCSS Committee’s Choice 2021)

  • A genuine good guy of football, Jeff was City’s physio for 25 years between 1973 and 1998, earning a testamonial game in 1988 against Tottenham Hotspur
  • Nursed, massaged and cured hundreds of the Tigers’ footballers over those years, generally while sporting a colourful Tam O’Shanter on his bonce
  • Was an important part of the scenery as the Tigers hit rock bottom in 1982 then bounced back to claim two promotions in the mid 1980s

Matt Bell (inducted 2021)

  • Stalwart Hartlepool born left back Matt “Ginger” Bell played for the Tigers between 1919 and 1931, making 423 senior starts in that time
  • Became a part of the stalwart post-World War One City defence that also featured Tommy Bleakley, Jock Gibson and ‘keeper Geordie Maddison
  • Captained the Tigers’ first eleven when they reached the FA Cup semi final in 1930
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Cliff Britton (inducted 2021)

  • Bristolian wing half who played over 200 times for Everton in the 1930s, becoming Hull City manager in 1961
  • Worked meticuolously with owner HArold Needler to search out recruit the best lower league talents to build a successful squad
  • Helmed the Tigers to the Third Division title and the FA Cup Quarter Final in 1965/66, one of the club’s finest and most emphatic achievements at that time

Billy Askew (inducted 2021)

  • Diminutive but stocky midfielder Askew joined Hull City in 1982 and was a constant presence during two promotions in the 1980s
  • In eight seasons between August 1982 and March 1990 Askew made 300 appearances and scored 20 goals, netting the Tigers a tidy sum when he joined Newcastle United
  • Ever-present in the 1984/85 Third Division promotion side
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Steve Bruce (inducted 2021)

  • Hull City manager between 2012 and 2016, some of the most euphoric and simultaneously acrimonious years in City’s history
  • Invested the Allams’ money to twice elevate the Tigers to the Premier League, adding an FA Cup Final and two Europa Cup ties in 2014
  • His signings made a profit once sold, including international stars Andy Robertson and Harry Maguire
  • Left on a point of principle in 2016 when the Allams stopped investing in the squad

Don Robinson (HCSS Committee’s Choice 2020)

  • Colourful chairman in the 1980s who had made his fortune in the Scarborough tourism business
  • Invested in the Tigers and facilitated promotions from Fourth Division to Second Division under Colin Appleton and Brian Horton
  • A larger than life character who engaged with the supporters and was responsible for an all-round entertainment approach to football

Viggo Jensen (inducted 2020)

  • Danish amateur international who had just played in the 1948 Olympics when he signed for the Tigers during an overseas trade mission
  • Between 1948 and 1956 he made 335 senior appearances in a variety of positions, scoring 54 goals
  • A key part of the 1948/49 Division Three North title winning squad under Raich Carter
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Brian Horton (inducted 2020)

  • Appointed Hull City player-manager in 1984 after a long and illustrious playing career, Brian helmed the club’s promotion to the Second Division and developed a squad capable of challenging for promotion to the top flight
  • Returned to the Tigers in May 2007 after an illustrious management career, assisting Phil Brown as the Tigers rose to the Premier League – meaning Horton finished in 2008 the job he started in the 1980s
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Boaz Myhill (inducted 2020)

  • American-born goalkeeper who joined the club in 2003 and stood between the posts as the club rose from the fourth tier to the Premier League
  • Made 277 senior appearances in seven years at the club
  • Put in what is widely regarded as the club’s finest ever Premier League goalkeeping display against Tottenham Hotspur in January 2010
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John Cooper (HCSS Committee’s Choice 2019)

  • Football League Groundsman of the Year 1993
  • Oversaw the move from Boothferry Park to The Circle (KC Stadium)
  • Responsible for preparing billiard table-like pitches week after week



George Maddison (inducted 2019)

  • Made 456 senior appearances in Hull City’s goal between 1924 and 1938
  • The first of several great goalkeepers to grace the pitch in a Hull City jersey
  • Innovative tactician who would bring the ball out of defence and set up attacks
  • Second highest number of appearances for the Tigers
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Gary Brabin (inducted 2019)

  • Made 109 senior appearances and scored 9 goals for Hull City between 1999 and 2001
  • One of Warren Joyce’s key enforcers during the 1998/99 Great Escape season, but was also capable of a deft touch to set up attacks
  • Good possibility that Hull City would have played non-league football were it not for Brabs
  • He used to be a bouncer
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Ian Butler (inducted 2019)

  • Made 339 senior appearances and scored 70 goals for Hull City between 1965 and 1973
  • A key part of the 1965/66 Division Three title winning squad
  • Regarded for many years as the best winger outside the top flight
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Tom Wilson (HCSS Committee’s Choice 2018)

  • Made 66 senior appearances and scored 1 goal for Hull City between 1967 and 1970
  • After several years playing for Goole Town and training to be a lawyer, Tom returned to the Tigers in the 1980s and 1990s to fulfil a variety of managerial, coaching and senior administrative roles
  • One of the game’s good guys
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Geovanni (inducted 2018)


Ken Houghton (inducted 2018)

  • Made 304 senior appearances and scored 91 goals for Hull City between 1965 and 1973
  • A star performer in Hull City’s 1965/66 Division Three championship winning side
  • Attacking maestro who provided a constant supply of ammunition for Waggy and Chillo
  • Joined the City coaching staff in 1976 and was manager between 1978 and 1979
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Jimmy Lodge (inducted 2018)

  • First joined the club in 1919 and made 83 senior appearances by the time he left in 1924
  • Returned to the club in 1926 and over the next 44 years acted as trainer, masseur, coach and assistant manager
  • Served City with grace, dignity and devotion for over half a century
  • Oh, and he was also a decorated war hero during World War 1
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Ambrose Langley (inducted 2018)

  • Joined Hull City as player-manager when the club was elected to the Football League in 1905 and made 15 senior appearances before focussing on management
  • Managed the Tigers for 324 senior matches between 1905 and 1913, of which 147 were wins (45%)
  • Came within a hair’s breadth of winning promotion to the First Division in 1909/10 season
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Peter Skipper (inducted 2018)

  • Made 338 appearances in two spells between 1980 and 1988, scoring 21 goals for the Tigers
  • Contributed to two promotions that lifted the Tigers from Fourth to Second Division, nodding home the promotion-clinching goal at Walsall in 1985
  • The defensive rock around which Colin Appleton and Brian Horton built their great teams of the 1980s
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Les Mutrie (HCSS Committee’s Choice 2017)

  • Scored 50 goals for the Tigers in 132 senior appearances between 1980 and 1984 after signing from Blyth Spartans, enjoying the late blossoming of a career that had been spent mostly in the non-leagues
  • Thirty three years later his untimely death led to an outpouring of emotion and celebration in Hull and Blyth
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Ken Wagstaff (inducted 2017)

  • Joined the Tigers in 1964 and scored 197 goals in 434 senior appearances during 11 years at the club, playing a pivotal role in the 1965/66 promotion season
  • Regularly voted the best Hull City player of all-time
  • Remained an ambassador for the club even in his later years
  • The perfect predatory foil to the powerful centre forward play of Chris Chilton
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Ian Ashbee (inducted 2017)

  • Joined the Tigers from Cambridge United in 2002 and was a pivotal midfield figure in the Tigers’ three promotions during the 2000s, captaining the side throughout
  • The only player to have played for, scored for and captained the same side in all four divisions of the Football League
  • Made 264 senior appearances and scored 12 goals in nine years, twice recovering from potentially career-ending injuries
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Chris Chilton (inducted 2017)

  • Made Hull City debut at 17 years old in 1960, served the club for 11 years and made 477 senior appearances
  • His 222 career goals for the Tigers is a record that is unlikely to ever be surpassed
  • Had a crucial role in the 1965/66 promotion and title winning campaign
  • Returned to City in the late 1970s and 1980s to coach and manage Hull City, honing the skills of Billy Whitehurst
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Raich Carter (inducted 2017)

  • England international forward who joined the Tigers as a player in March 1948, taking over as player-manager a few weeks later
  • Scored 62 goals in 150 senior appearances in front of record crowds, bringing hope and enjoyment to a decimated post-war city
  • Led the club to the Division Three North title in 1949 and built a playing squad of First Division standard
  • A football hero recognised by civic facilities in two cities, Sunderland and Hull
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Dean Windass (inducted 2017)

  • Rejected as a City junior, Dean came back to the club in 1991 and was the Tigers’ best player for 4 years, scoring 64 goals in 205 appearances
  • After a Premier League career, returned to Phil Brown’s Tigers in 2007 and inspired the club to its first promotion to the top flight in 2008, scoring 25 goals in 66 appearances
  • “WINDASS… quite simply destined to be… from Dean Windass”
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Billy Whitehurst (inducted 2017)

  • Signed by the Tigers from South Yorkshire non-league football in 1980 – by 1985 Bill had moved to a First Division side having scored 62 goals in 231 senior appearances for City
  • A legendary hard man and one of City’s greatest cult figures
  • Returned to the Tigers in 1988 and had two further years at the club, scoring 7 times in 40 appearances
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Stuart Elliott (inducted 2017)

  • Made 211 senior appearances and scored 68 goals between 2002 and 2008
  • Was crucial to City’s promotion to the second tier in 2005, scoring 29 goals in a season (27 in the League)
  • Also contributed greatly to the promotion a season earlier that was secured at Yeovil
  • Earned 26 caps for Northern Ireland while playing for the Tigers
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Justin Whittle (inducted 2017)

  • Defensive cornerstone of the 1998/99 Great Escape season
  • Served the Tigers for six years between 1998 and 2004, spanning the lowest point at the foot of the Football League and Division 3 promotion at Yeovil
  • Made 219 senior appearances and scored 3 goals
  • Went on to be a local ambassador for the club and is a genuinely awesome bloke
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Nick Barmby (inducted 2017)

  • Joined to his hometown club in 2004 after an illustrious career in the Premier League and with England
  • Scored 32 goals in 197 senior appearances, inspiring the Tigers to rise through the divisions and reach the Premier League
  • Scored for City in both legs of the 2008 play-off semi-final against Watford
  • Managed the club between November 2011 and May 2012
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Billy Bly (inducted 2017)

  • Legendary City goalkeeper who served the Tigers for over 20 years between 1937 and 1960
  • Played with some of England’s finest international standard players during World War 2 representative football, many of whom were later capped regularly by their country
  • Came close to international recognition himself in 1954 before one of his many injuries scuppered his chance
  • Made 438 senior appearances for the club
  • Inspired the Billy Bly Trophy, competed for annually by Hull City and North Ferriby United
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Warren Joyce (inducted 2017)

  • A loan spell in 1995 was followed by a permanent move in 1996
  • By 2000 he had made 170 senior appearances and scored 19 goals
  • Took over management of the Tigers in November 1998 and within 2 months transformed hapless table-proppers into an aggressive unit that performed the Great Escape, drawing clear of relegation out of the Football League
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Phil Brown (inducted 2017)

  • Took over management of the club in December 2006 when the Tigers were in crisis and threatened by relegation
  • Within eighteen months he transformed the side and won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs at Wembley
  • Took Hull City to the upper reaches of the Premier League with incredible wins at Arsenal and Tottenham, and with tan shoes
  • Left in 2010 having achieved unprecedented success at Hull City

Andy Dawson (inducted 2017)

  • Made 317 senior appearances between 2003 and 2013, scoring 10 goals and playing in three promotion sides
  • Played in all four divisions for the Tigers as they rose through the Football League
  • Daws was the beating heart of the City side throughout that glorious era
  • Returned to Hull City six years later to coach the club’s development squad
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Adam Pearson (inducted 2017)

  • The architect of the modern Hull City
  • Took over a club on the verge of liquidation in 2001, invested in managers and players that won two promotions and laid foundations for rising to the Premier League
  • Key figure in the construction of the new stadium at The Circle
  • Hull City’s owner and chairman between 2001 and 2007, then appointed by the new owners to run the club between 2009 and 2012

Tony Norman (inducted 2017)

  • Made 442 senior appearances between 1980 and 1988, keeping goal during two promotions under Colin Appleton and Brian Horton
  • Between August 1983 and September 1988 he started every league game, a run of 226 consecutive league appearances that is a club record, studded with numerous match-winning performances
  • Won five senior caps for Wales while on the books of Hull City
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Garreth Roberts (inducted 2017)

  • Joined the Tigers as a youngster in 1978 and over the next thirteen seasons made 487 senior appearances and scored 59 goals
  • A one-club player and captain throughout much of the 1980s
  • Played an important role in the club’s rise from bankrupted Fourth Division train wreck to Second Division promotion challengers
  • Had a second career in sports development for local authorities in the East Riding
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Andy Davidson (inducted 2017)

  • The 16 year old Scotsman Andy “Jock” Davidson joined City’s groundstaff in 1948, making his first team debut in 1952
  • By the time he drew a close to his Tigers playing career in 1968 Andy had compiled a club record 579 senior appearances, scoring 19 goals
  • A key figure in the 1965/66 Division Three title winning side, Jock also won promotion with City in 1958/59
  • Continued to work behind the scenes for the club until the late 1970s
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Harold Needler (inducted 2017)

  • Club chairman from the early 1950s until the mid 1970s
  • Oversaw and funded squad investment in the early 1960s that saw the 1965/66 title winning team put together by manager Cliff Britton
  • Funded the redevelopment of Boothferry Park into one of the north’s finest stadiums
  • Regarded by many as Hull City’s greatest ever owner

Keith Edwards (inducted 2017)

  • The ultimate predatory striker, Keith scored 64 goals in 157 senior appearances during his first spell at Hull City between 1978 and 1981 as the club struggled off the field
  • Returned to Hull City in the autumn of career and added a further 33 goals in 63 appearances in a second spell between 1988 and 1989
  • Was once again top scorer for the Tigers in the 1988/89 season
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Peter Taylor (inducted 2017)

  • Hull City’s manager between 2002 and 2006, Adam Pearson’s right hand man on the touchline who masterminded two promotions in consecutive seasons
  • The man who resurrected the Tigers in the early 21st century
  • Managed the club for 184 senior matches, claiming 77 victories