The 1929/30 season was a classic example of the rollercoaster that is Hull City. Success in the FA Cup saw the club reach the semi-final for the first (and only) time in their history. Only after a replay did they finally succumb to Arsenal (the eventual winners). If this disappointment was not enough, more was to arrive in the shape of relegation for the first time in their brief history. The long cup run had taken its toll on the club and a combination of injuries and a closing programme of nine games in 28 days saw the Tigers finish in their lowest league position to date, with only Notts County below them. Relegation to the Third Division (North) was the only reward for their endeavours.
Whilst their relegation partners gained promotion at the first time of asking, the Tigers took a little longer to adjust to their new life in Division Three (North). It wasn't until the 1932/33 season that Manager Haydn Green steered the Tigers to promotion as Champions, having remained unbeaten at home. Their return to the Second Division was to last only three seasons. In 1935/36, having been decimated by injuries and forced to use 32 players, they finished bottom of the Division winning only five games out of a possible 42 and conceding 111 goals in the process. The Tigers therefore spent the remaining years before the Second World War in Division Three (North), coming close to promotion on each occasion.