Friday, 12 August 2016

Sporting programmes Part 2: Football

There are a small number of Hull City AFC programmes [L DSHC] from 1912-1968, featuring club greats like Raich Carter and Ken Wagstaff. Programmes, however, mostly date from 1970 when the club played in football’s lower leagues. For example, the club faced relegation to the old Third Division in 1995/96 season, and things went from bad to worse with the club once again looking at relegation, this time from the Football League during 1998/1999 season, which has since been described as the ‘Great Escape’ when the club was steered to safety by the then player-manager, Warren Joyce. New ownership and a move to the new KC Stadium brought about the clubs revival. Back-to-back promotions took the club in to the second tier of English football before their play-off victory at Wembley in 2008, which saw promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history. We hold programmes for Hull City AFC’s first two seasons in the Premier League, 2008/09 - 2009/10.
Hull City match programmes for the 1971/72, 1998/99 & 2009/10 seasons [Ref L DSHC]

North Ferriby Utd match programme from
2009/10 season [Ref L.796.334]
Another of the areas well known football clubs is North Ferriby United. Formed in 1934 the club has enjoyed success over the years. For example, they took part in the East Riding Church League and winning the Division One title in 1938, while in 1982 they reached the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup before losing away to Boston United. 

More recent years have been the clubs most successful, most notably with promotion to the Northern Premier League in 2005 and in 2013 with promotion to the Conference North. However, the clubs biggest trophy came on the 29 March 2015 when they beat Wrexham FC of the Conference Premier at Wembley Stadium. Unfortunately we don’t have a copy of the programme for this match in our collections, if anyone would like to donate one, please contact us. Our holdings of official match programmes do not start until 1989, but the clubs most successful period from the 2000s is largely complete and gives insight in to one of the areas most successful and well-known semi-professional clubs. 

Programmes for Hall Road Rangers also feature. Originally set up in 1959 as a youth club for the Sunday league football, the club today plays in Northern Counties East League Division One. Match programmes cover 1994-2012.

Our holdings of Hull City match day programmes [L DSHC] can be found on our online catalogue, with other football match day programmes, including North Ferriby United, to be added to the catalogue soon. 

If you missed the first part of this three part series - see Part 1 - Rugby

Neil Chadwick
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