The second part of our three part set looking at the newly-promoted teams last opening day sides in the top flight turns its attention towards last season’s runner-up, Hull. Here is what happened to the squad from the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge…
Boaz Myhill (Goalkeeper)
Welsh international Myhill joined Hull in 2003 from first club Aston Villa and quickly established himself as the number 1. He was a key part of the teams that got Hull from the Third Division (League 2) to the Premiership and continued to stand out at the top level. Left Hull following their relegation in 2010 for West Brom following more than 270 games for the Tigers. Used as a back-up throughout his time at Hawthorns, Myhill had a season loan at Birmingham City in 2011-12 where he gained Europa League experience but his loan was not made permanent. Although eligible for any of the home nations and USA, Myhill chose to play for Wales and he made his debut in 2008. He has made only 16 appearances since due to being mostly a back-up for regular starter Wayne Hennessey.
Steven Mouyokolo (Defender)
Making his debut at Stamford Bridge, Mouyokolo joined Hull from French side Boulonge and established himself in the team. Left the club following relegation in 2010, joining the newly-promoted Wolves. His time at Molineux was awful with injuries hampering his progress and he only made 7 appearances in 3 years for the club and a loan at Sochaux in 2011 didn’t help. Left the club in January 2013 and recently signed for Scottish champions Celtic.
Michael Turner (Defender)
Centre back Turner played the full 90 minutes against Chelsea and it would turn out to be one of his last games for the club as he signed for Sunderland at the end of August. He was with the Black Cats for 3 years, playing over 60 times in the league for them before joining current side Norwich in 2012.
Anthony Gardner (Defender)
Signing from Tottenham in the summer of 2008, Gardner played the full 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge. His career at the KC Stadium was blighted by injury meaning he only played 32 league games in his 2 and a bit seasons there. He left in 2010 for Crystal Palace, first on loan and then permanently in the summer of 2011. He was a regular in his two years at Palace and was a crucial member of the side that reached the 2012 Carling Cup semi finals. Left at the end of his contract in 2012 for current side Sheffield Wednesday. Gardner is also a one time England international, coming on as a substitute for John Terry in a friendly against Sweden in 2004.
Andy Dawson (Defender)
Signed from Scunthorpe United in 2003, Dawson was another who had played in all 4 divisions with the club. Dawson was a regular in the Premier League years for Hull and was one of a few who stayed with the club following relegation in 2010. He earned a testimonial earlier this year but he was not retained at the end of the season. Recently joined former club Scunthorpe United in League 2.
Bernard Mendy (Defender/Midfielder)
French defender Mendy played on the right wing at Stamford Bridge, earning a booking on the stroke of half time and lasting 80 minutes. Joined Hull from PSG in 2008 and made nearly 50 appearances in his two seasons with the club. He left in 2010 and was a free agent until February 2011 when he joined Danish side Odense before returning to France with current club Brest. Mendy was also a four time France international between 2004 and 2006.
Seyi Olofinjana (Midfielder)
Nigerian midfielder Olofinjana was making his Hull debut against Chelsea having joined from Stoke for £3 million. Struggled to hold down a regular place in the Hull first team, racking up a total of 40 appearances in his 4 years at the club. While at Hull, he also had loan spells at Cardiff in 2010 and Sheffield Wednesday earlier this year. Like Dawson, he was released at the end of last season however he has not yet found a club. Olofinjana is also a Nigerian international, winning 44 caps between 2002 and 2010.
Dean Marney (Midfielder)
Signed from Tottenham in 2006, Marney only lasted 43 minutes at Stamford Bridge. At Hull, he had established himself as a key player in their promotion push and first Premier League season. However, following Hull’s relegation in 2010, he joined fellow relegated side (and his current club) Burnley. He has been a regular for the Clarets since signing, playing at least 35 games in each of his seasons there.
George Boateng (Midfielder)
Dutch midfielder Boateng joined Hull from Middlesbrough in 2008 and played the full game at Stamford Bridge. Boateng was a regular for Hull throughout their two seasons in the Premier League but still left following their relegation in 2010. He joined Skoda Xanthi for a seasons before returning to England with Nottingham Forest. However, his time at Forest was a failure and he left in the summer of 2012. He joined current side T-Team of Malaysia in November 2012. Boateng is also a 4 time Dutch international between 2001 and 2006.
Stephen Hunt (Midfielder)
Irish winger was making his debut following his move from Reading and was also the Hull goalscorer at Stamford Bridge. He left the club for Wolves following relegation in 2010. His time at Wolves was hampered by injuries and two relegations before he was released earlier this summer. He is still a free agent. Hunt is a Republic of Ireland international, making his debut in 2007 and winning 37 caps to date with a call-up to the Euro 2012 squad.
Caleb Folan (Striker)
Signed in the summer of 2007 from Wigan, Folan is probably most remembered by people for scoring the winner in Hull’s first game in the Premier League. He spent a lot of time at Hull injured or suspended and left in 2011 for America and the Colorado Rapids for the 2011 season. Returned to England for the end of the 2011-2012 season with Birmingham but he never played for them. Recently had a short spell with T-Team of Malaysia and is currently without a club. Folan is also a 7 time Irish international between 2008 and 2009.
Matt Duke (Goalkeeper)
Signed from Burton in 2004, Duke was an unused substitute at Chelsea. His 7 years at Hull saw him being largely an understudy to Myhill as well as having multiple loan spells at teams like Stockport, Wycombe and Derby. He was released by Hull in 2011 and he signed for League 2 side Bradford City. His two years at Bradford were reasonably successful as he was part of the side that reached the 2013 Capital One Cup final. However, he was sent off in the game after conceding a penalty. Duke recently signed with Northampton Town.
Nick Barmby (Midfielder)
Signed from Leeds in 2004, the experienced Barmby came on for Marney and was booked as well at Stamford Bridge. His spell at his hometown side saw him be a part of two promotions and he played a good number of games in the Premier League. He stayed with the club following relegation in 2010 and in June 2010 Barmby was made player-coach by new manager Nigel Pearson. He was appointed caretaker player-manager in November 2011 before retiring in January 2012 when he became permanent manager. He was sacked in May 2012 over comments he made about the owners and transfer money. Barmby is a former England international with 23 caps and 4 goals between 1995 and 2001.
Signed from Manchester City in 2008, Geovanni was a late substitute for Mendy. His time at Hull is a memorable one due to the spectacular goals he scored during his time at the KC Stadium. He left Hull following relegation in 2010 and has subsequently had spells at San Jose Earthquakes in America, Vitoria and America-MG in Brazil. He is also a former Brazil international after making one appearance at the 2001 Copa America. He is currently without a club.
Peter Halmosi (Midfielder)
Signed from Plymouth in 2008, Halmosi was another unused substitute. His time at Hull was disappointing as he only played 27 games in 3 years for the club. He left the club on a free in 2011 and returned to his first club Szombathelyi Haladas where he still plays today. He is also a Hungarian international having made 35 appearances to date since his debut in 2002.
Kamel Ghilas (Striker)
Signed from Celta Vigo, Ghilas made his debut as a substitute for Hunt against Chelsea. His time at Hull was not a success as he managed only one goal in his season with the club before being loaned out to France with Arles and the Reims. He signed permanently with Reims in 2012 where he still plays. Ghilas is also an Algerian international with 19 caps and 3 goals to date since his debut in 2007.
Kamil Zayatte (Defender)
Signed from Young Boys of Switzerland in 2008 on an initial loan deal, Zayatte was another unused substitute. Zayatte played over 50 times in the league for Hull before leaving in January 2011 for Turkish side Konyaspor. His time there was short as he left in May 2011 for Istanbul BB where he still currently plays. Zayatte is also a Guinea international, having played 37 times, scoring 4 goals to date since 2006.
Daniel Cousin (Striker)
Gabon striker Cousin was signed from Scottish giants Rangers in 2008 and was an unused substitute. His time at Hull is marked by the famous goal he scored against Arsenal at the Emirates in a 2-1 win for Hull. He left the club in 2010 for Greek side Larissa, first on loan and then permanently. He returned to Gabon in October 2011 to play for Sapins before leaving in January 2012. He is a Gabon international making his debut in 2002 and winning 30 caps, scoring 9 times.
Brown joined as coach in October 2006 under Phil Parkinson before becoming permanent manager in January 2007. Led Hull to the Premier League in 2008 and avoided relegation in their first season after being third at one stage. He was placed on gardening leave in March 2010 before officially leaving Hull in June 2010. Became manager of Preston in January 2011 but couldn’t save them from relegation to League 1 and was sacked in December 2011 with Preston 10th. Appointed manager of Southend United (his current club) in March 2013.
There is what happened to the Hull side that lost at Chelsea on their last Premier League opening day. All sharing and feedback is appreciated. Hopefully you enjoyed this post.