PHOTOS: Hull City's best moments of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we take a look at the most memorable moments from the last 12 months for Hull City.

Jelavic signs!

January started with a big signing, as Hull landed Everton striker Nikica Jelavic for a fee of around of £5m. The Croatian international has since scored nine goals for the Tigers, and is still seen as the club's top striker despite the summer arrival of Nikica Jelavic.

"I hope that we can build on the great start to the season and become a really strong Premier League team over the coming years," he said upon signing. "It is a good club. It didn't take long to realise that it was right for me."

FA Cup run

Hull took a historic step in April, defeating Sheffield United 5-3 at Wembley to move on into the final of the FA Cup - and could have won the competition.

The Tigers were 2-0 up against Arsenal in the final but couldn't hold on, eventually losing 3-2 to the Gunners at Wembley once again; and subsequently entered the Europa League.

Europa League 

After drawing 0-0 with Slovakian side AS Trencin in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying tie, Hull eventually came through in the second leg, defeating Trencin 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Sone Aluko.

It was another historic moment for Hull, but they were left disappointed by a defeat to Lokeren in the next round, sending them out of the competition before it had really even begun.

Opening day delight

Hull made a great start to the season, defeating newly promoted Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road thanks to a goal from centre back James Chester.

The former Manchester United defender outmuscled Rio Ferdinand to head in the winner, and whilst he was at the centre of a controversial no penalty decision for QPR, Hull produced a stubborn display to win the game against Harry Redknapp's side.

Ben Arfa joins in huge coup

On deadline day, Hull not only landed Abel Hernandez and Gaston Ramirez, but also Hatem Ben Arfa on loan from Newcastle United - and manager Bruce couldn't believe his luck.

"I didn't think it would be possible to do a loan deal, but the later it got the more beneficial it became. With a bit of patience and luck, we've managed to pull in a really good player," said Bruce.

"We all know he is a wonderful talent and although it has gone a little bit sideways for him at Newcastle in the last couple of months, he'll bring that little bit of flair and creativity that every team needs," he added; though the Frenchman's time hasn't been as ideal as planned, it brought a huge reaction from fans.

Ending the year on a high?

With the year coming to an end, Hull produced their most impressive victory of the season, hammering Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Goals from Ramirez, Chester and Jelavic helped the Tigers recover from the first minute opener by Black Cats winger Adam Johnson, and it was hoped that it would trigger a good run of form - but with the defeat to Leicester on Sunday, that remains to be seen.

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