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Fulham away at Hull - Game info

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  • Hull open a new chapter in their 104-year club history by playing in the top-flight of English league football for the first time.
  • In gaining promotion through the play-offs, the Tigers become the 42nd different club to play in the Premier League.
  • The Tigers' last home victory over the Cottagers was 5-0 on 9 November 1985 in the old Second Division.
  • Hull set off with the objective of avoiding the same fate as Barnsley, Swindon and Wolves as one season wonders in the Premier League.
  • They are the fifth different club to start top-flight life in the Premier League. Wigan are the most successful of the other four, playing in their fourth season at this level. Reading lasted two campaigns, while Barnsley and Swindon failed to survive.
  • Of 47 clubs, 24 have survived their first season after promotion to the Premier League and 23 have made an immediate return to the second tier.
  • Only six of the 16 play-off winners maintained their new found Premier League status after the first season. Of the 10 relegated, seven finished bottom of the table.
  • Finished last season six points behind champions West Brom in the Championship, and four behind Stoke. They won 21, drew 12 and lost 13 of their 46 fixtures, gaining 75 points.
  • In the Play-Offs, Phil Brown's side beat Watford 6-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals, and then famously defeated Bristol City 1-0 at Wembley, with the winner from the 39-year-old Dean Windass.
  • Not beaten at home in 10 games (nine league, one play off semi-final), since a 1-3 loss to fellow promoted West Brom on 12 January.
  • Fraizer CAMPBELL, who was on loan from Manchester United, was Hull's top scorer last term, with 15 goals - all in the Championship.
  • Michael TURNER and fellow defender Sam RICKETTS registered the most league starts for Hull last season (44 each).
  • If he plays:-
    Dean WINDASS will make his 100th career Premier League appearance (Bradford City and Middlesbrough).
  • If selected:-
    Tony WARNER will be facing his former club. The 34 year old made 26 appearances in goal in three years for Fulham from August 2005.
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  • Fulham escaped relegation on the last day by goal difference last season, and begin an eighth successive campaign at this level.
  • The West Londoners ended last season on a role and could also make club history by recording four Premier League victories in a row for the first time.
  • Cottagers manager Roy Hodgson has been the busiest by far in the transfer market close season, shipping out 12 players and bringing in 10.
  • Distance between clubs: 226.4 miles (364 kilometres)
  • These clubs have not met since Fulham did the double at fourth tier level in 1996-97, when Hull failed to score in either game.
  • Finished their seventh Premier League season in their lowest position and with their smallest points total of 36.
  • Average Premier League finish: 13th (13.43)
  • Kicking off on the road for the third season running.
  • In danger of losing an opening league fixture for the third year in a row; lost 5-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2006 and 2-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium 12 months ago.
  • Lost three of their first four matches last term, and picked up one win in the first 11; 2-1, home to Bolton on 15 August.
  • Finished last season strongly with three victories; v Manchester City (a), Birmingham (h) and Portsmouth (a).
  • Aiming for a fourth consecutive away league win. Won on their most recent travels to Reading, Manchester City and Portsmouth, and not lost on the road since a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on 22 March.
  • Fulham had four top scorers last season, all with just six goals each; Clint DEMPSEY, David HEALY, Diomansy KAMARA and Danny MURPHY, but only DEMPSEY's goals were all in the Premier League.
  • If he scores:-
    New signing Andy JOHNSON will reach the milestone of 100 career league goals (Birmingham, Crystal Palace and Everton).
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