Ex Men: Hull


safc.com profiles three of the 37 players to play for both Hull and Sunderland.

Michael Bridges

Whitley Bay-born striker Michael Bridges joined the Black Cats after impressing scouts whilst turning out for Northumberland schoolboys.

Bridges made 91 appearances in his initial spell with the Black Cats before returning to the club on loan in the 2004-05 season to help steer Mick McCarthy’s side to promotion.

In 2006, after spells with Bristol City and Carlisle United, Bridges joined Hull and spent three seasons at the KC Stadium.

His most notable contribution whilst with the Tigers was a superb strike which gave Hull their first win of the 2006-07 season over Leicester City.

Tony Norman

Tony Norman joined Sunderland from Hull in 1988 and went on to become a fans’ favourite at Roker Park.

The Flintshire-born stopper began his career with Burnley before moving to Hull in 1980 where he would make 372 league appearances and also set the record for consecutive appearances for the Tigers.

Norman’s 226 consecutive games between August 1983 and September 1988 is still a club record and in 2005 he was named sixth on the list of the fans’ all-time favourite Tigers.

Signed by Denis Smith for a club record £500,000, Norman went on to make 227 appearances for Sunderland in seven years with the club.

Whilst with the Black Cats, he reached the FA Cup final and also helped secure promotion to the top-flight.

Kevin Kilbane

Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane joined Sunderland from West Bromwich Albion in 1999.

Kilbane made 124 appearances in four years with the Black Cats before leaving to join Everton ahead of the 2003-04 campaign.

After a spell with Wigan, Kilbane joined Hull in 2009 and made 55 appearances in three years at the KC Stadium before joining Coventry City in 2012.