In the 10 years since that extraordinary win at the Emirates, Hull City have experienced their fair share of ups and downs with a few absolute gems scored along the way.
Having scored just 181 goals in our 190 Premier League games, it’s quite incredible how many contenders there are for the top ten. Here’s my pick of the bunch for City’s best goals from our five years in the top flight:
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10. Tom Cairney vs Everton – 7th March 2010
A spectacular volley that didn’t deserve to be on the wrong end of a 5-1 defeat. Tom Cairney, who was only 19 at the time, scored the equaliser in a 2009/10 away game that we, of course, went on to lose.
Definitely Cairney’s best moment in black and amber, with a sweet left-footed strike that has become a trademark to his game. A real shame he didn’t show such skill more often during a frustrating, injury-ridden Hull City career.
9. Andy Dawson vs Everton – 25th November 2009
Trademark Andy Dawson. A cultured left-footed free-kick to put City 2-0 up in a crucial game we eventually won 3-2 despite Kamil Zayatte’s best efforts to single-handedly throw away a three goal lead with an own goal and a conceded penalty.
Nothing could take away from Dawson’s goal though, interesting contribution from Marney and Hunt, who stood facing the ball a couple of yards away to restrict the opposition’s view. A training ground move that certainly paid off as Dawson picked his spot perfectly.
8. George Boateng vs Manchester City – 6th February 2010
The winless streak had reached double figures for Phil Brown’s side heading into a match against opposition that were pushing for a top four finish for the first time since 1978.
The odds were stacked against the Tigers, who were desperate for someone to step up and make the difference. Jozy Altidore was that man, his first-half goal put Hull in at half time with a deserved 1-0 lead, but the contest was far from over.
Five minutes into the second-half, Stephen Hunt’s corner was headed out to the edge of the box where Boateng was waiting, without a goal in over two years, a man bearing down on him, 16 players in the box to get through (including the keeper), the ball was bouncing awkwardly towards him, towards his weaker foot. In other words, he had absolutely no right to score from there.
The Dutchman struck it with power, swerve and precision through the crowd of players and past the despairing left hand of Shay Given to double our lead and become the match winner with a special goal in a hugely important game at both ends of the table.
7. Sone Aluko vs Newcastle – 21st September 2013
The first of a trio of St. James’ Park screamers in the space of a year for City. In a game where we had cancelled out both of Loic Remy’s goals as the tie headed into the final quarter of an hour all square.
George Boyd got the wrong side of Hatem Ben Arfa on the left wing (who unsurprisingly showed little effort to prevent the cross), Boyd drifted in a decent ball towards the edge of the box giving Aluko a lot to do in order to generate the power to beat Tim Krul. He made it look easy.
A fitting way to win a highly entertaining match from start to finish. An exquisite side-footed volley which was worthy of winning any game.
6. Mohamed Diame vs Newcastle – 20th September 2014
364 days on from that win, the Tigers were at it again. This time, Aluko’s African counterpart and Sheffield Wednesday fans’ favourite Mohamed Diame with the goal which doubled City’s lead on the day.
20 minutes from time, Diame received a pass from Stephen Quinn 30-yards from goal then he jinked past Daryl Janmaat with ease before unleashing a thunderous strike with his weaker left foot, the shot cannoned off the inside of the post and past Tim Krul as the game looked to be out of sight along with Alan Pardew’s hopes of keeping his job.
However, two goals from Papiss Cisse ensured that wasn’t to be.
5. Geovanni vs Fulham – 16th August 2008
Geovanni was a man for the occasion as Hull fans know only too well, what a way to introduce yourself in black and amber and what a way to introduce the club in the Premier League.
The atmosphere in the ground was electric, but the sense of euphoria soon began to deteriorate as Fulham were in control of the opening stages and went a goal up after eight minutes through Seol Ki-Hyeon.
Fulham had turned up and looked keen to spoil the party against a team who looked tentative early on. Then, just as the game started to look beyond us, the Brazilian picked up the ball just inside the opposition half, drove towards the penalty area and curled an absolute beauty beyond the reach of Schwarzer to level things up and completely turn the game on its head.
The rest, of course, is history.
4. Sam Clucas vs Watford – 22nd April 2017
The only goal to feature in my top ten from a forgettable 2016/17 campaign, scored by one of the stand out players from that season and an outstanding goal it was.
Ten-man City were desperately holding on for a win which would see them climb out of the relegation zone as the game entered the final stages.
Kamil Grosicki’s corner was headed out to Clucas who was standing about 25 yards out, he controlled well with his chest and produced a phenomenal volley which looped over everyone and into the top right corner to send the home fans into raptures with what turned out to be a rare and ephemeral moment of celebration for the City supporters.
3. Geovanni vs Tottenham – 5th October 2008
One of the best free kicks you will ever see and a goal that says a lot about the next two if it only made it to third on this list.
Just nine minutes into the game at White Hart Lane, neither team had posed any real danger until City won a free kick at least 30-yards from goal. The three man wall was in place, the big men were forward but everyone knew that Geovanni had one thing on his mind.
The Brazilian practically sprinted up to the ball and with little, if any, back lift produced a moment of sheer brilliance for everyone, including Heurelho Gomes in the goal to watch on in amazement. World class.
2. Nikica Jelavic vs Newcastle – 20th September 2014
Possibly the most surprised I’ve ever been to see a City goal go in, scored by a man never afraid to try the spectacular, but to pull it off is a completely different story.
After a first-half that could only be described as dismal, where both teams were missing that cutting edge, that moment of quality to set the game alight. Jelavic had quite some answer to that.
Some neat work from Diame and Elmohamady down the right worked some space for the cross, the second Elmo delivered the ball, Jelavic had already set himself for the overhead kick. As Mike Williamson ran to head the ball away, the Croatian launched himself in the air and made the perfect connection to send the ball flying past the keeper and into the top corner to send the Hull fans into raptures of disbelief more than anything.
1. Geovanni vs Arsenal – 27th September 2008
By this point I’ve pretty much ran out of superlatives and adjectives, which is only right given that no words can describe how good this goal is.
Arsenal took the lead through Cesc Fabregas just after half time at a point where most people thought they would go on to see the game out comfortably. Not on Geo’s watch.
On the hour mark, he picks up a loose pass 30-yards from goal on the left wing. He jinks inside past Walcott and fires an arrow which soars past Almunia into the top right corner. An unbelievable goal from a quite remarkable player, scarcely believable when watching the goal that this is the same club ten years and hundreds of replays later.
Picture Credit: The Times