Wispy forward Andy Mason joined the Tigers in July 1995 on expiry of his contract at home town club Bolton Wanderers, where he had started his career as a youngster. He slotted into the first team from the start of 1995/96 season, often selected by manager Terry Dolan as impact substitute. Mason was given his first start in late August 1995 and he notched a goal in a 2-1 win over Blackpool. However that was Mason’s only goal of the season and as autumn turned to winter the freezing cold feeling extended to Mason’s first team chances, who spent three months out of the senior team as City hurtled towards relegation to the fourth tier. With the Tigers already down, Mason played the last three matches of the season as makeshift centre back to little effect as nine goals were conceded.
Relegated to League Division 3, Mason was again excluded from the first team picture by Dolan for the opening months until December 1996 when Mason was restored to the first team squad and bagged a brace the week before Christmas after coming on as substitute against Doncaster, then following up with a third goal in a Boxing Day start against Lincoln. This flurry of goals encouraged Dolan to give Mason a handful of further starts, but the well ran dry once more and by late January Mason was again in the reserves.
Mason left City in March 1997 and spent the remainder of the season at Chesterfield, making only two senior appearances. He then moved to Macclesfield Town for the 1997/98 season where he played 15 times and scored a League Cup goal against, naturally, Hull City. After a loan spell with Boston United early in 1998, Mason decided to give the non-league scene a try and spent several years with Stalybridge Celtic, Leigh RMI and Chorley. He also had short summer spells playing in Finland (1999) and Hong Kong. Several years after his playing days ended, Andy commenced a second career providing football coaching to youngsters in the Bolton area.
His brother Lee Mason later became a prominent Football League and Premier League referee.
Date/Place of Birth: 22 November 1974, Bolton
Hull City First Game: 12 August 1995, Swindon Town H (League Division 2), 20 years, 263 days old
Hull City Final Game: 28 January 1997, Carlisle United A (Associate Members’ Cup Second Round), 22 years, 67 days old
Bolton Wanderers (1993-1995), Hull City (1995-1997), Chesterfield (1997), Macclesfield Town (1997-1998), Boston United (1998, loan), Stalybridge Celtic (1998-2000), Leigh RMI (2000-2001), Leek Town (2001. loan), Chorley (2001-2005)
Hull City Record
Career: 33 apps, 4 goalsAndy Mason
|1995/96||10 (10)||1||-||-||1 (3)||0||-||-||1 (1)||0|
|1996/97||4 (2)||3||-||-||-||-||-||-||0 (1)||0|