Rotterdam (or Anywhere) Liverpool or Rome pre-season continues as Leicester take on Hull in next friendly

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Some might remember the lyrics of this song made and performed by The Beatiful South. The duo that established this group, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway are both from Hull and previously members of The Housemartins.

This song was written in a bar in Rotterdam and as locals of this city knows the connection between the two cities are like bread and butter and part of daily life and has been a pleasent ferry travel for UK citizens to reach Europe mainland.

We will not use all our words on this song in our pre-match talk but as said by the songwriter the bar was one not very special and could have been anywhere, Liverpool or Rome. The song is a masterpiece and we do dedicate this as a special one for the game on Wednesday.

Hull City do have an interesting history as a football club with a number of Leicester connections to look at. They were first to have a Danish legend in their camp as Leicester have followed with Kasper Schmeichel.

Far back when foreign players in real did not play in England, Hull had their exception in Viggo Jensen. Born in Skagen and a bronze medalist with the Danish Olympic team in 1948. London was the host city this year and foreign players came on show. Sweden defeated Yugoslavia in the final and became gold medalist. Denmark played Great Britain and defeated the home nation 5-3.

Vigge Jensen joined Hull and played for the club from 1948 to 1956. He made a total of 308 league games and scored 51 goals. Looking on in a mirror perspective you had him alongside Don Revie on many occasions. Revie joined Hull from Leicester in 1949 and while Jensen continued before and after the England and Leeds manager to be moved to Man City.

Leicester do have a similar connection as Kasper Schmeichel is a Danish legend at Leicester City. His presence is one we never will forget at this club with his impact being special and also at this time having a few club records in the belt, as being the player with most internationals for the club soon turning 100 caps for his country, tall at present i 84. He is to date the goalkeeper with most appearances for the club (479/414) and could also overtake records of Graham Cross (599) and Adam Black (528) as an all time holder of most appearances and most league appearances if his tally grows above their numbers.

Hull City were holders of a special record as the biggest city in England without a team in the top flight, but as we all know with Phil Brown as manager got The Tigers promoted to the top tier in 2008. 104 years of wait was over and Plymouth Argyle became new holders of this tragic record and still is.

Life at Hull City have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride since, seeing relegations and promotions coming and going as they headed down in 2010 and back up in 2012. In 2014 playing Arsenal in an FA Cup final and also appearing in Europe for the first and only time. A downhill ride later happened with relegtion to Championship and also down to League One. But sun again shined as the club found their way back up in tier two as promotion was made in 2021 and in their return ending 19th and saving themselves from a new relegation.

Since Phil Brown men in numbers have been in charge of The Tigers, one of them former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson. Pearson as we all know returned to Leicester and made them Championship champions in 2014.

Pre-season is well in form for Hull City as they have played friendlies vs. Fenerbahce (0-2) and
Malaga (3-1). Former fox Callum Elder is at present among their players. He has since his move from Leicester added up 102 league appearances.

Brian Little, Peter Taylor and Nigel Pearson are three former managers with a life at both clubs.
Colin Appleton is also a former manager at Hull City, being in charge in two periods.

Of players in both camps you have a grand tally. Matty Fryatt, recently recruited by LCFC as a pre-season live expert commentator, is one to mention. Kevin Ellison, Junior Lewis and Damien Delaney are others.

Leicester will again face tough competition and hopefully manage to progress and play with a group that can get a good result away at MKM. Looking forward to Wednesday as pre-season progress.


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