Chris Galvin was a tricky winger, renowned for his eponymous “shuffle”, who spent six years at City in the 1970s. He joined the Tigers in the 1973 close season and scored on his debut against Mansfield Town in the Watney Cup, a quaint pre-season tournament contested by the highest scoring teams during the previous league season. Galvin was held back by Terry Neill at the start of the League campaign and was eased into the first team as autumn became winter, then dropped again during January 1974. For the next two seasons Galvin was a first team regular for Neill and then replacement manager John Kaye, who ensured City made fourteenth place in the Second Division their own. Galvin had a loan spell at York City in 1976/77, the following season saw City sink to the foot of the table and Galvin’s influence decline further. He was a support player for City’s first campaign in the third tier since the mid-1960s and left in April 1979.
Born in Huddersfield, Galvin was an accomplished footballer and cricketer in his teenage years. He joined Leeds United on apprentice terms in the late 1960s and represented England at youth level in 1970. Chris made his debut for Leeds in November 1969 in the unlikely surrounds of the Ulloi Uti Stadium in Budapest, coming on as a substitute for Eddie Gray in a European Cup tie against Ferencvaros two days after his 18th birthday. He made seventeen appearances for Leeds in five years, often when Don Revie elected to field weakened sides in European ties due to fixture congestion. Galvin left Leeds United in the 1973 close season.
Chris moved to Stockport County in April 1979 and he enjoyed just over two years at Edgeley Park. In June 1981 he headed east to manage Hong King side Tsuen Wan for two years, later becoming a player’s agent and running a sports shop in Huddersfield. Chris’s brother was Tony Galvin, another accomplished winger who won two FA Cup winners medals at Tottenham in the early 1980s and played several times for Ireland.
Date/Place of Birth: 24 November 1951, Huddersfield
Hull City First Game: 11 August 1973, Mansfield Town A (Watney Cup First Round), 21 years, 260 days old
Hull City Final Game: 16 April 1979, Blackpool H (Division Three), 27 years, 143 days old
Leeds United (1968-1973), Hull City (1973-1979), York City (1976-1977, loan), Stockport County (1979-1981)
Hull City Record
Career: 171 apps, 14 goalsChris Galvin
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|1975/76||37 (1)||4||3 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0|
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