Remember when it was good to follow Hull City?
Well we thought we’d look back at the FA Cup run of 2014 which brought a sense of being that the club had never really had before. We’ll have a look at the route City took to get to the final, including the memorable final itself. I hope you have a nice trip down memory road.
The first stop on our journey is to the Riverside Stadium, where City travelled to Middlesborough in the third round. City were obviously in the Premier League at this point, so it was expected that City came out of this game with a win. This was certainly one of the games where the bookies and the journalists were hoping and even expecting an upset, so there was a lot of pressure on City’s shoulders. Luckily though, goals from Aaron McLean and Nick Proschwitz saw City sail into the next round.
The fourth round brought a trip to down south to meet a Southend United side managed by ex-manager Phil Brown. Obviously Phil Brown is a loved man here in Hull, not only getting City to the Premier League but keeping them there. Despite the history, it was a game City were expected to cruise through. Matty Fryatt provided the goods by netting twice, sending the Tigers into the fifth round.
The fifth round however brought City’s toughest test. A really tricky away tie on the south coast on a Monday night in Brighton was calling. City were heading for defeat until the 85th minute, when Yannick Sagbo brought City level and ensured a replay. City were better in the replay at the KC, coming out 2-1 winners.
City were in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals. At this point, City were the only side in the competition who hadn’t won the trophy before. Sunderland were the side who were visiting the KC Stadium on a boiling March afternoon. All of the main action came in the second half, despite Sone Aluko missing a first half penalty. Goals from Curtis Davies, former Mackem David Meyler and Matty Fryatt were enough to send City cruising into the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1930.
City had set up a semi-final with Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United which, out of all the teams left in the competition, was the tie that City really wanted. Again, it was a really warm day, perfect conditions for football. This was also the first time since the famous win in 2008 where City fans have been able to watch their team at Wembley, so it was a proud moment in more ways than one. An unbelievably topsy-turvy game saw City come out as eventual winners, but boy did United make it uncomfortable.
So, all the hard work had come down to this, a first ever FA Cup final against the mighty Arsenal. The City was beaming with pride, and I don’t think there was a single person on the streets of Hull that day. We watch the FA Cup final every year and see the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, United etc playing every year, so it was a breath of fresh air to have City there from a neutral point of view. There was not a dry eye in the house when Abide With Me was played over the tannoy, and Can’t Help Falling In Love rang around the East End of Wembley Stadium. James Chester gave City a dream start to the game, tapping home from five yards to send the City fans wild. I’ve never heard cheering like it. In fact, that cheering got louder as Curtis Davies smashed home just minutes later. I’m not going to talk about the negatives of the game for obvious reasons.
I think its important to look back on these extremely happy memories especially with the toxicity running around the club, with the team in absolute turmoil. Sometimes you’ve got to look back on the past, and think how bloody good it was.