Hull City Association Football Club was founded in 1905. The timing meant that the club missed out on registration for the Football League that season, eventually gaining membership at the start of 2005-06. Nicknamed The Tigers, the club has managed to gain a significant following in Hull, despite the town being predominantly associated with rugby league.
Throughout most of the club's early years, Hull played in the second and third tiers of English football. In 1970, Hull made history by becoming the first team in the world to go out of a competitive cup football competition via a penalty shoot out, losing to Manchester United in a Watney Cup semi-final.
Although major success has always alluded Hull City, the club did reach the FA Cup semi final in 1930, eventually losing 1-0 to Arsenal in a replay. During the 21st century, however, the club embarked upon a period of almost unrivalled success in the lower leagues, travelling from the bottom division of the Football League up to the Premier League inside five years, the third fastest ascent ever. Having reached the Premier League via the playoffs after defeating Bristol City Football Club 1-0 thanks to a Dean WIndass strike, Hull were widely tipped for relegation in 2008–09. Yet, the club survived, eventually finishing in 17th place, one position above the drop zone. Unfortunately, the club was relegated at the end of the following season.
Legendary former Hull City players include: Viggo Jensen, John 'Jackie' Smith, George Maddison, Brian Horton, Brian Marwood, Ian Ashbee, Nick Barmby and Dean Windass, whose goal scoring heroics at Wembley in 2008 carried the club into the Premier League.
Since 2002 the club has played home matches at the KC Stadium. Construction of the ground, which has a capacity of 25,586, cost around £44 million. Recently, an expansion has been proposed, which would take the stadium's capacity up to around 38,000. Prior to 2002, Hull City played their matches at Boothferry Park.