Winger and striker Steve Massey joined the Tigers in July 1983 for a £50,000 fee, following a 26 goal spree at Northampton Town the previous season. Things started tremendously well under manager Colin Appleton with Massey scoring twice on his league debut against Burnley. But he soon drifted out of the first team picture and was a fringe player as Appleton took the Tigers to the brink of promotion, only to fail at the last hurdle. Massey was a more regular figure in the City first team in 1984/85 as Appleton was replaced by Brian Horton. Steve was part of the supply line to rampant centre forward Billy Whitehurst that propelled the Tigers to promotion to the Second Division. Despite contributing seven goals in all competitions Massey was transferred to Cambridge United in August 1985.
Born in Denton, an East Manchester suburb, Massey started his career as an apprentice at Stockport County and made a goalscoring debut in February 1975 against Darlington, two months before his 17th birthday. Steve had three full seasons at Stockport and was a first team regular throughout his teens, scoring 24 times in 114 appearances, three of which were alongside short-term signing George Best. In July 1978 he headed to the South Coast and was transferred to Bournemouth. Three seasons at Dean Court yielded 22 goals in 106 appearances, despite two lengthy injury lay-offs in 1979/80 and then 1980/81 seasons. A transfer to Peterborough United in the 1981 close season was short-lived and in February 1982 he again moved to Northampton Town. After five goals in 18 starts at the end of 1982/83 season, Massey was a fulcrum of the Cobblers’ first team in 1982/83, starting 54 games and scoring 26 goals including a hattrick against Swindon Town in May 1983.
Massey joined Cambridge United in August 1985 and spent one season at the Abbey Stadium, scoring 11 goals. He moved to Wrexham in the 1986 close season and scored 17 goals in 46 appearances, including four goals in the European Cup Winners Cup against the the Maltese side Zurrieq and the Spaniards of Real Zaragoza. He missed the majority of the 1987/88 season, making ten appearances late in the season, and retired from professional football that summer, having scored 120 goals in 357 senior appearances.
Masey joined South Western League side Truro City in 1988 and spent a further three years in the non-leagues. He remained in Cornwall and Devon once he stopped playing and was appointed Truro’s manager in 1992, the first of three spells in charge of The White Tigers. He left Truro in 1994 to focus on his holiday park business, returning for the 2005/06 season after a spell in charge at Falmouth Town. In 2010 he again returned to football, managing Buckland Athletic and Bovey Tracey before a third spell at Truro City that began in 2012 wen appointed Director of Football and continued as manager in 2013/14 season after the club went into administration and were relegated from the Conference South. In 2017 he was appointed Football Consultant, then Director of Football and Manager at South West Peninsula League side Helston Athletic.
Date/Place of Birth: 28 March 1958, Denton
Hull City First Game: 27 August 1983, Burnley H (Division Three), 25 years, 152 days old
Hull City Final Game: 11 May 1985, Brentford A (Division Three), 27 years, 44 days old
Stockport County (1974-1978), Bournemouth (1978-1981), Peterborough United (1981-1982), Northampton Town (1982-1983), Hull City (1983-1985), Cambridge United (1985-1986), Wrexham (1986-1988), Truro City (1988-1991)
Hull City Record
Career: 53 apps, 11 goalsSteve Massey
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