Skillful creative midfielder Leigh Palin was signed in March 1990 to help lift an ailing Tigers side out of the bottom three of the Second Division. Six wins a draw later, mission accomplished. He then spent most of the 1990/91 in the first team, scoring a few goals and creating more as he intermittently showed his full range of skills and tricks. However the Tigers struggled to keep the ball out of their own goal and were relegated come April. Dropping into the third tier with City did not suit Palin’s style and he had a spell on loan at Rochdale early in 1991/92. He returned to the first team during December and January, which coincided with a damaging run of defeats and Palin did not regain his place, leaving the club in the summer of 1992.
Born in Worcester, Palin began his career up the M5 at Aston Villa but never broke into the first team. A season at Nottingham Forest yielded a similar blank, and it was only when he moved to Bradford City in 1986 that Palin got a regular game, though he never managed a prolonged spell that would fully establish himself as a first team staple. A move to Stoke in 1989 proved short lived and Leigh was soon heading east to Hull.
Palin left City in 1992 and had short spells at Burnley, Partick Thistle and Halifax Town before dropping out of the professional game and playing in the non-leagues for several years. He later managed a Hull Sunday League team and worked in the engineering business.
Date/Place of Birth: 12 September 1965, Worcester
Hull City First Game: 24 March 1990, Oldham Athletic A (Division Two), 24 years, 193 days old
Hull City Final Game: 1 February 1992, Hartlepool United H (Division Three), 26 years, 142 days old
Aston Villa (1981-1985), Shrewsbury Town (1984-1985, loan), Nottingham Forest (1985-1986), Bradford City (1986-1989), Stoke City (1989-1990), Hull City (1990-1992), Rochdale (1991, loan), Burnley (1992), Partick Thistle (1992-1993), Halifax Town (1993), Tadcaster Albion (1993-1994), Immingham Town (1994-1996), Hall Road Rangers (1996-1997)
Hull City Record
Career: 67 apps, 8 goalsLeigh Palin
|1990/91||35 (0)||5||1 (0)||0||3 (0)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0|
|1991/92||13 (0)||1||2 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||-||-||2 (0)||1|