The Alternative Tiger Awards 2018

While it may have been a strange season for Hull City FC as they narrowly avoided a second relegation in a row to ensure their Championship status, the Tigers are pushing for promotion back to the Premier League.

However, there were still plenty of memorable moments during a season that is best described as a rollercoaster.

As such, ahead of the Tiger’s Players of the Year awards on Tuesday evening, we offer you the Alternative Tiger Awards.

Best Goal Celebration

Jarrod Bowen began as a relatively unknown entity, but 90 minutes into the Hull City vs Aston Villa match, Bowen had cemented himself as integral to the team.

The Tigers were falling behind, but as the match entered the final 30 minutes, Bowen scored an incredible goal off of Kamil Grosicki’s cross.

An incredibly heart-warming moment followed in which Bowen crossed the field to celebrate with his family watching from the stands.

Contract Signing of the Season

Hull City signed 13 players this season, 11 under Slutsky’s leadership and a further 2 under Nigel Adkins in January, but none have had the impact of Harry Wilson.

Even though Wilson missed a number of wide targets in January and he had only played 9 senior games ahead of signing at the KCOM Stadium, Wilson has since produced 7 goals, 4 assists, and plenty of Man of the Match worth performances.

Most Improved Player

It’s fair to say that many were still unsure of Markus Henriksen at the beginning of the season and it seemed as if the Norwegian just couldn’t find his feet, prompting many fans to consider enjoying Canadian mobile casino games instead of watching the match.

A rapidly recurring target for the ‘boo-boys’ after being replaced at half time during two matches owing to poor performances, Henriksen seemed to come alive after the change in head coach.

Henriksen was placed in a more disciplined midfielder role alongside Seb Larsson and as the season progressed he became one of the first names on the team sheet.

Season’s Unsung Hero

Seb Larsson joined the Tigers on a free transfer in the summer and he seemed to take his time getting up to speed after a missing pre-season.

However, his performances since then – particularly after the arrival of Nigel Adkins – have been absolutely outstanding and he has not demanded the credit he deserves.

Larsson seemed to carry the club at times this season and his contribution shouldn’t be overlooked.

Most Embarrassing Moment

We are hoping that Allan McGregor has gotten over the initial embarrassment of his blunder against Leeds at Elland Road and can laugh about it now.

The Tigers had dominated the game and Leeds were clinging by their fingernails, but when Ondrej Mazuch played a routine back-pass to McGregor thing suddenly swung in Leeds’ favour.

Pablo Hernandez closed the deal and McGregor could only watch as the ball flew over his head into the back of the net.

Outstanding Match Performance

Even though he picked up an injury in their FA Cup defeat to Chelsea, Harry Wilson came out swinging in a dominant performance against Norwich City in March.

Wilson’s intensive efforts seemed to be for naught when Norwich moved into a 3-1 lead, but after two spot kicks from Abel Hernandez, Wilson was all set up to bag the win.

Through starting his attack deep in the Tiger’s half, Wilson managed to pick the ball up in the box before firing it well beyond goalkeeper Angus Gunn.