Powerful Gabonese striker Cousin had carved a goalscoring reputation in Scotland when he signed for City to spearhead the Tigers’ first assault on the Premier League. Cousin had the uncanny knack of scoring against the biggest opponents, including the flicked headed winner at the Emirates Stadium that propelled City into the global spotlight. As Phil Brown became more conservative and City dropped down the League, Cousin failed to flourish in a lone striker role and he drifted out of the side. A second season was studded by injury and he made only one league start in 2009/10.
Cousin was born in Gabon capital city Libreville, but moved to France as a toddler. He began his senior career in the French lower leagues, scoring goals for Martigues and Chamois Niortais. In 2000 he signed for Ligue 1 side Le Mans where he contributed a goal every three games over four years. A similarly successful three year spell at RC Lens preceded a £750,000 transfer to Rangers in 2007. Eleven SPL goals in his first season encouraged City to claim his signature.
In early 2010 City loaned Cousin to Greek side Larissa, prior to a permanent switch in the summer. Cousin scored goals but Larissa were relegated, leading the big man’s departure. Now 34, Cousin signed for Gabon side Sapins FC in order to prepare for the 2012 African Nations Cup, which was hosted by his country of birth. A successful tournament for Cousin attracted the attention of Glasgow Rangers once more, but the SPL prevented the transfer and his playing career drew to a close.
Cousin made his senior international debut in 2000 and amassed 56 caps, scoring 13 goals.
Date/Place of Birth: 7 February 1977, Libreville (Gabon)
Hull City First Game: 21 September 2008, Everton H (Premier League), 31 years, 227 days old
Hull City Final Game: 19 December 2009, Arsenal A (Premier League), 32 years, 315 days old
Martigues (1997-1998), Chamois Niortais (1998-2000), Le Mans (2000-2004), RC Lens (2004-2007), Glasgow Rangers (2007-2008), Hull City (2008-2010), Larissa (2010, loan), Larissa (2010-2011), Sapins FC (2011-2012)
Hull City Record
Career: 33 apps, 5 goalsDaniel Cousin