What it Means: Originally Wyke on the river Hull, from the Saxon Heulen, the river that howls. Kingston-on-Hull after Edward I commandeered it from a local abbey on April Fools Day 1299.
Why it's There: The Rivers Hull, Humber and the port - once a rare English member of the Hanseatic League. After the railway came sent more fish to London than anywhere but Grimsby, and Eastern Europeans to Liverpool for the US via special non-stop trains from a sealed-off part of the station amid rabid newspaper xenophobia. Suffered the same fate as Coventry in 1941 but with nothing like the publicity, and the same as Teesside in the 1980's, but now recovering as 2017 UK City of Culture, and home of British wind turbines. If you hate the current Redcar/Marske sea view, you know who to blame.....
Why They're There: dockers and fishermen had already formed a rugby league club each, so City began as a fully professional club in June 1904. Their first competitive game was a 3-3 FA Cup draw with Stockton. They lost the replay 4-1, but got into the league next season. Famous for being the biggest city in Europe never to host top-flight football. Since 2008 the mantle has passed to Plymouth.
The Field of Dreams: Boro's first four league games (and one notorious FA Cup tie) were at Anlaby Road, which literally fell to bits in 1939. Boothferry Park (1946-2002) ended up as Iceland and Kwik Save. Darlington won 1-0 there in its last game. The Kingston Communications Stadium, named after Hull's unique phone company, was opened 2002 with a league game against Hartlepool, who entered into the spirit of the occasion by losing 2-0. Built in a public park and and up there with Aldershot and Fulham as one of the more pleasant approaches to an English ground, at least from the west.
First Footing: March 1925 in the league, the first season after Boro's first relegation. But January 1922 in the FA Cup, of which more later....
Local Heroes: Ken Wagstaff, Dean Windass, Nick Barmby, Chris Chilton, Billy Whitehurst, Andy Davidson; and briefly Wilf Mannion, John Hickton, Ray Parlour, George Boateng - and Steve Agnew.
Local Villains: Jimmy Bullard, cost a lot to buy and maintain, sacked after pre-season tour "incident;" Iceland (the country not the shop) - Hullensians still seethe over the 1970's Cod Wars; but above all, being Yorkshire, anything to do with Leeds, so great joy being at least a division above for most of this century, never mind the City of Culture boost (and boast). And David Lloyd, of tennis and fitness fame, who bought the club in 1997 and sold it a year later but kept the ground.
One to the Other in Months: Phil Brown, who took them into the Premier League but then spectacularly lost it after the on-field half-time team talk at Manchester City (and never mind the Turner, he'd have walked the Orange Prize); Assam Allam, owner who financed it all but spent years arguing with fans about changing the name to Hull Tigers, saying City was common and lacking identity. Went as far as the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and despite a final FA rejection, as lawyers are involved it will run and run, as indeed Steve Bruce did after a pre-season row. But at least the club website is Hullcitytigers.com.
High Point: the first eight minutes of the 2014 FA Cup final when they led Arsenal 2-0; three promotions to the Premier League (2008, 2013, 2016); and this season reaching the League Cup semis for the first time.
Low Point: the rest of the 2014 FA Cup final, the first half of this season; two seasons in Division Four from 1981-83, twice finishing in the bottom four of its modern equivalent between 1997 and 2004; receivership in 1982; and "Hull City Tigers."
Boro Highs: 4-2 (May 2011), 3-1 (February 1974), 2-0 (September 1967), 2-1 (October 1925), the only wins, at three different grounds.
Boro Lows: 3-4 (December 1971), 0-3 (August 1968, December 1962 and November 2015), 0-1 (September 1954) record eighth defeat in a row, unequalled until 1995; and above all 0-5 in the FA Cup (January 1922).
Hello to: Jim McClelland (October 1925), Joe Scott and Tom Brown (September 1954), Peter Taylor (October 1955), Colin Cooper (November 1985).
Goodbye To: Billy Horner (August 1968), Bill Gates (February 1974), Bart Ogbeche and Malaury Martin (April 2012), Ishmael Miller (April 2013). And Ali Brownlee (November 2015), his final Boro commentary.
Hello and Goodbye to: Maxi Haas (May 2011), days always numbered after he found playing against Gateshead for the reserves "a bit fast."
Boro Hero: Scott McDonald (May 2011), only Boro's third league hat-trick this century, the first away in seven years, and first before half-time in 22. Only David Mills, Alan Peacock and George Camsell had ever scored there twice. But also the Hull defence, with three assists for the four goals.
Boro Villain: Steve Tanner and his linesmen (December 2008), gave Hull a match-winning penalty and sent off David Wheater, after managing to get not one but four decisions wrong. It wasn't a foul, it was outside the area, Geovanni, who Wheater tackled, was offside, and he had actually fouled Wheater. It kept Hull up and sent Boro down.
Boro Bogeyman: Boothferry Park, two wins there in 37 years. And Marlon King, who scored that 2008 penalty, did the same for Birmingham and Coventry, and probably would have if he'd played for any of the prisons he was in against a Holme House XI.
Typical Boro: 0-5 (January 1922), Hull were in Division Two, Boro third in Division One and fielded six internationals including the League's top scorer Andy Wilson; February 1927, Boro were knocked off the top for the only time after Christmas after going 3-0 down by half-time but pulling it back to 3-3; December 1971, a goal after 40 seconds and two more in the first half hour, but Hull were level by half-time and won 4-3. Boro were third, Hull third-bottom and hadn't won for three months.
Nearly Boro: They signed a youngster from AFC Wimbledon in the summer, one Will Mannion. Neither short nor blond, or even seen so far - he's the third-string 'keeper. And Roary the Tiger aims to out-roar Roary the Lion on the touchline, although the claws might come out - he was sent off in an FA Cup tie with Hayes for inciting the crowd.
Omen Corner: Jim McClelland made his debut there in 1925, didn't score but got 32 next season; Joe Scott did the same in 1954, and was top scorer next season with 16.
Turning The Corner: 1-3 (December 1972), the last time for seven years David Armstrong walked off the pitch and didn't make the next game; 3-1 (February 1974), first of record nine wins in a row to clinch title; 0-3 (November 2015), provoked a response of record nine games without conceding.
Cultural Claim: UK City of Culture in 2017 and will host the Turner Prize. In a reverse relegation omen it beat Swansea and Leicester on the shortlist. Also the turning point for Roy Chubby Brown - he was so badly heckled in a very early gig there he responded like a Smiths Dock riveter who'd just hit his thumb then found the bloke with the hammer had run off with both his packed lunch and his wife. He never looked back. And Hull's disastrous fall from the top of the table last season started the day of his gig there.
Your Boys Took One Hell of a Beating: Maureen Lipman, Lucy Beaumont, Amy Johnson, William Wilberforce, Tom Courtenay, musicians as diverse as the Spiders from Mars and the Watersons, Reece Shearsmith, shipping magnate Sir John Ellerman, once Britain's richest man (and the owner of Camerons brewery in Hartlepool), and in a truly unique double contribution to British culture, J Arthur Rank, cinema mogul and owner of Pinewood Studios, and Gerald Thomas, who directed all 31 Carry On Films there. A new one is being made this year. Carry on Brexit? Carry On Boris? Or in tribute to his home, complete with requisite potential euphemism, Carry on Up The Humber.