TOWN will host Hull City in a friendly on Wednesday, July 28 (7.45) – and boss Lee Clark believes it’s the perfect addition to his pre-season schedule.
Premier League Blackburn visit seven days earlier and Clark, who will also send a side to non-league Fleetwood Town on Wednesday, August 4 (7.30), is more than happy with the fixtures.
Hull, of course, are preparing for the challenge of the Championship after their relegation from the top flight.
Currently in the process of appointing a new manager to succeed Iain Dowie, the Tigers have Adam Pearson, who made a failed bid for a Town takeover in 2007, as football operations manager.
“It’s another attractive clash which will give our fans another chance to see how our squad is developing,” said Clark, who will take his team on the road to League II Bury (Saturday, July 17) and Hull’s Championship rivals Barnsley (Saturday 24) and Scunthorpe United (Saturday 31).
“Hull will give us a good test, and the game will provide an interesting gauge of the level we’re aiming to reach.
“I’m really pleased with the whole schedule, and I hope the supporters will be happy too.”
Hull’s last trip to the Galpharm was in September 2004, when Town won a League I clash 4-0.
The Fleetwood trip will provide a meeting with former Town midfielder Ian Craney, who has just signed for the Blue Square Premier club.
l Coral make Town fourth favourites at 9/1 to win League I next season behind Southampton (3/1), Sheffield Wednesday (6/1) and Charlton (7/1).