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Historic Hull City kits to go on display

A group of lifelong football fans have come together to ensure their beloved Hull City plays a part in the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations.

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The group are putting the final touches to plans for an exhibition of classic Tigers' kits, which will go on display later today.

Tiger Rags - The Fabric of Hull City AFC will run from Monday July 3 to Tuesday October 2 at the Streetlife Museum of Transport. Entry will be free.

The exhibition is part of Hull 2017's Creative Communities Programme.

Les Motherby, author of the Hull City Kits blog and an avid hoarder of memorabilia, has brought together a number of local collectors to exhibit their prized player-worn shirts, on public display for first time.

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"Hull City may not have a glorious, trophy-laden past, but they have an interesting history regardless, one that means a lot to Tigers supporters." "Shirts worn by players are the ultimate physical representation of that history, they evoke memories of past players, games and seasons."

– Les Motherby
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The Tiger Rags exhibition has two themes, Plurality of Polyester and International Tigers.

Plurality of Polyester will run from July 3 to September 3, followed by International Tigers from September 4 to October 2.

The first two months will focus on kit design.

Examples of different styles will be on display, as will shirts from the 1980s.

Shirts will also commemorate teams from 2008, 2014 and 2016, when the Tigers reached Wembley finals.

There's also a UEFA rule compliant match shirt from City's brief but memorable foray into European competition.

From September 4 to October 2 the exhibition switches to International Tigers.

The last month of Tiger Rags acknowledges the part played by foreign footballers during Hull City's rise from the basement division to the Premier League, with a display of shirts worn by players from around the globe who have come to Hull to play for the Tigers.

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"Hull City are woven into the fabric of the city's cultural identity so it is great to have such an amazing collection of memorabilia on display as part of Hull 2017."

– Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017