Inside forward Dave King was a home grown product who joined City as an apprentice in 1957 and signed his first professional contract in September 1958. He waited over a year for his first team debut, when it came he made quite an impact as he scored twice in a December 1959 3-1 win at Sunderland. He dropped out of the first team after one more start, perhaps a blessed relief for a young man making his way in the game during a season when City were performing poorly and hurtling towards relegation to Division Three. By the end of March 1960 Bob Brocklebank’s side were all but relegated and King returned to first team action at inside left for the last seven games – the youngster rewarded Brocklebank with 5 goals as the doomed Tigers recovered to win three and draw four matches. Relegated to a lower level, King looked set to make the grade in the first team but he was used only intermittently by Brocklebank in 1960/61 season, preferring new signings Eric McMillan and Dudley Price at inside left. Dave scored at a decent rate when he was chosen, including goals in two consecutive games at the very end of the season.
In the 1961 close season Brocklebank was replaced by new manager Cliff Britton and City started to invest heavily in promising players with a view of returning to the Second Division (and beyond). King had to wait until February 1962 for his chance to impress in Britton’s first team and he grasped that opportunity with both hands, scoring seven times in the last 19 games of the season including an impressive April 1962 hattrick against Newport County. Dave began 1962/63 season in his favoured inside left role but was soon replaced by Ray Henderson and then George Cummins and played an occasional support role across City’s forward line. King scored in each of three consecutive games over the Christmas period in 1962, including the only goal of the game in a Boxing Day win over Southend United, but he was again out of the first team by the end of the season.
Dave decided to leave the Tigers in the 1963 close season and joined Southern League league side King’s Lynn. A year later he returned north to join Bridlington Town, King played for the Yorkshire League side for ten years while also studying for a degree at Hull University. In July 1975 Bridlington Town elevated King to assistant manager and in April 1976 he was given the manager’s hot seat. In the early 1980s King coached the Hull City youth team and in 1984, alongside Frank Donoghue, he set up the Hull City Centre of Excellence programme that eventually morphed into Hull City’s Academy.
As well as his coaching duties, King worked as a school teacher and headmaster for many years. He died in July 2010.
Date/Place of Birth: 24 October 1940, Hull
Hull City First Game: 12 December 1959, Sunderland A (Division Two), 19 years, 49 days old
Hull City Final Game: 13 April 1963, Reading H (Division Three), 22 years, 171 days old
Hull City (1958-1963), Kings Lynn (1963-1964), Bridlington Town (1964-1975)
Hull City Record
Career: 67 apps, 25 goalsDave King