879 Jon Parkin

Biography

Signing the some-time Macclesfield Town centre back, who has recently had a spell up front and rattled in a few goals, is not always going to be a positive move for a team with ambitions to succeed in the Championship. And when Jon “The Beast” Parkin arrived at Hull City and the full bulk of his being became apparent, hopes of a quality signing were not high. But Parkin, big boned but light of touch, had been defying the laws of football physics for years and continued playing into his late 30s (that’s years, not stones). He gave City two highly successful half seasons, embroidered by spectacular goals and a legendary winner against rivals Leeds United. But after 10 months of success the goals had dried up and new boss Phil Brown farmed him out to Stoke City on loan. After a bizarre loan recall in April 2007 that forced Parkin to wander around the pitch for City against Stoke (pitting him against his teammates from a few days ago) the big man signed permanently for the Potters that summer. Jon Parkin – a brief but bright City star.

Barnsley born Parkin began his career at his hometown club but by the age of 21 he had moved on to York City. After two years in the Bootham Crescent first team Parkin switched to Macclesfield where he secured a permanent role at centre forward and rattled in 26 goals at League Two level, attracting the interest of Hull City’s scouts,

Parkin signed for Stoke City in June 2007 but spent only one season with the Potters before moving to Preston. Two and half years at Deepdale saw Parkin return to goalscoring form and in January 2011 he moved to Championship contenders Cardiff City. His time in Wales was studded by loan moves and he soon dropped into the lower leagues where his size and skill saw him thrive in front of goal for Fleetwood, Forest Green and Newport. Parkin drew his career to a close in the non-leagues for York City, returning to the club where he first made his name. He announced his retirement in August 2019 after his release from the Minstermen.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 30 December 1981, Barnsley
Hull City First Game: 14 January 2006, Crystal Palace H (Championship), 24 years, 15 days old
Hull City Final Game: 21 April 2007, Stoke City A (Championship), 25 years, 112 days old

Clubs

Barnsley (1998-2002, Hartlepool United (2001-2002, loan), York City (2002, loan), York City (2002-2004), Macclesfield Town (2004-2006), Hull City (2006-2007), Stoke City (2007, loan), Stoke City (2007-2008), Preston North End (2008, loan), Preston North End (2008-2011), Cardiff City (2011-2012), Doncaster Rovers (2011, loan), Huddersfield Town (2011-2012, loan), Scunthorpe United (2012, loan), Fleetwood Town (2012-2014), Forest Green Rovers (2014-2016), Newport County (2016-2017), York City (2016-2017, loan), York City (2017-2019)

Hull City Record

Career: 52 apps, 12 goals

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2005/0618 (0)5--------
2006/0722 (7)62 (0)11 (2)0----

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