In days gone by, the Club has enjoyed plenty of pre and post-season tours - and with Nigel Adkins' class of 2017/18 on their way to Kenya - we've taken a look back at some of the previous end-of-season trips.
The Tigers embarked on their end-of-season tour to Florida without a manager after a turbulent end to the 1983/84 campaign that saw the Club miss out on promotion by just one goal and led to Colin Appleton handing in his resignation.
The June tour compromised of just two games and kicked off with a 1-0 victory over Fort Lauderdale thanks to a goal from skipper Garreth Roberts.
Next up was a game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies which formed the second leg of the Arrow Air Anglo-American Cup. The Tigers went into the game with a 3-0 lead from the first-leg at Boothferry Park which took place the previous month and also with a new man in charge following the appointment of player/manager Brian Horton.
The second leg went in favour of the Rowdies, managed by former England international Rodney Marsh, by a single goal meaning the Tigers took the trophy with a 3-1 aggregate scoreline in front of 15,000 fans.
Having ended the 1950/51 campaign in 10th place in Division Two, the Tigers headed off to sunny Spain for an end-of-season tour.
However, it wasn’t the greatest of experiences for player/manager Raich Carter and his squad as they lost all three of their friendlies in the Mediterranean. First up for the Tigers was a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in front of 45,000 fans at Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid.
Carter’s side once again failed to get on the scoresheet in their next outing as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Athletic Bilbao before ending the tour with a game against the mighty Barcelona at the Camp de Les Corts, the Catalan giants’ former home prior to moving to the Nou Camp in 1957. The Tigers went down to a 5-3 defeat against their illustrious opponents with Don Revie (2) and Alf Ackerman scoring City’s goals.
NORWAY & SWEDEN 1912
After finishing the 1911/12 campaign in 7th spot in Division Two, Ambrose Langley and his players headed off for a five-game tour to Scandinavia.
The opening three matches saw the Tigers take on a Trondheim & District XI which amazingly saw the team score 40 goals, 21 of which were scored by one player – Stan Fazackerley. First up was a 16-1 victory that saw Fazackerley set a new club record, one that is unlikely to ever be beaten, for the most goals in a game by a Tigers’ player with an impressive 11!
The striker continued his remarkable form in front of goal in the next two games with four in a 15-1 win and then another five in a 9-0 thrashing. The Tigers then moved on to Sweden where they took on a Gothenburg XI on two occasions.
Fazackerley was again amongst the goals, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory before netting another in a 4-0 success, with Temple (2) and Samuel Stevens also getting their names on the scoresheet.
NORTHERN IRELAND & REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 1949
The Tigers celebrated their 1948/49 Division Three title-winning campaign with an end-of-season tour to the ‘Emerald Isle’ and, with confidence in the camp at an all-time high, Raich Carter’s side continued their winning habit.
Beginning the tour in Northern Ireland, Will Buchan netted a hat-trick in the opening game to help the Tigers register a 5-3 victory over Belfast Distillery with Viggo Jensen and Norman Moore completing the scoring before a goalless draw with Portadown followed.
The Tigers’ tour then moved into Southern Ireland where Bill Price repeated Buchan’s feat by scoring all three goals in a 3-1 win against a Cork XI side.
And the Tigers ensured they went back home with an unbeaten record on the tour thanks to a convincing 6-1 thrashing of Shelbourne thanks to goals from Moore (2), Allan Mellor, Ken Harrison, Carter and Jensen.