Right footed utility man Derek Hood joined City in August 1977, immediately finding himself at a club destined for relegation and managerial turmoil. He made his City debut late in his first season after a few months in the reserves. At the beginning of 1978/79 season, with City demoted to the third tier, Hood compiled a reasonable run of first team starts. However as winter loomed he drifted back to bench duties. In his third season at Boothferry Park Hood rarely made the first team squad and moved on in February 1980.
Hood was born and raised in the Wearside new town of Washington, but was snapped up by West Bromwich Albion at a young age. Hood was part of the Baggies’ under-18 side that lifted the FA Youth Cup in 1976, but never made a senior appearance for The Hawthorns side.
Derek joined York City in February 1980 and immediately became a settled first team asset, indeed he holds legendary status amongst the Minstermen’s fanbase. Over a seven year period he amassed over 300 first team games, to which he added over 30 goals. In 1982/83 he was York City Clubman of the Year, far from a Mini achievement. He finished playing in 1987 due to a knee injury and was awarded a testimonial game in 1988. After football Hood became a telephone engineer in Harrogate, as well as a matchday celebrity in the no-doubt sumptuous Bootham Crescent hospitality wing.
Date/Place of Birth: 17 December 1958, Washington
Hull City First Game: 15 April 1978, Fulham H (Division Two), 19 years, 119 days old
Hull City Final Game: 8 December 1979, Brentford A (Division Three), 20 years, 356 days old
West Bromwich Albion (1974-1977), Hull City (1977-1980), York City (1980-1987), Lincoln City (1987, loan)
Hull City Record
Career: 31 apps, 0 goalsDerek Hood
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