Can I just start this by saying that I can’t believe this was 10 years ago – that is just ridiculous.
Saturday 24th May 2008 was, and always will be, the best day of most Hull City fans lives. It was not just the game, but the whole day at Wembley was just the best. We had experienced absolutely nothing like it before – we were used to the 25,000 capacity KC Stadium, and not much bigger. But the reality after that day was that we were going to be playing at the Emirates, the Etihad, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and Anfield. Let’s have a look at what happened on that famous day.
City were definitely the favourites going into the game, finishing third in the regular season and easily brushing past Watford in the Play-Off Semi Finals. The start of the game was a bit cagey, with both sides testing the water of the other defences.
City’s first real chance came from Australian Richard Garcia but his header just went over the bar. The first goalmouth action came in the 38th minute, where the magic moment happened. The ball was picked up in the centre of the field by Nicky Barmby, who played a long ball over the top to Fraizer Campbell, who chipped the ball perfectly to Dean Windass and… wow. Magical. Unbelievable. History-Making. And I’m now running out of superlatives. Deano placed a superbly struck volley past Bristol City goalkeeper Adriano Basso to send the City fans into absolute delirium. I’ll be honest, as much I was happy, but I must say that from this moment on I was absolutely dumping bricks. Every minute from then seemed like forever, especially since there was a 9 minute stoppage after an injury to Bradley Orr.
The second half was a really nervy one, with Bristol City starting to get a foothold in the game, with chances coming from Lee Trundle and Michael McIndoe. On the 84th minute, for me the moment of the match happened. Lee Trundle was in the box and just had to put the ball in the back of the net. Michael Turner had other ideas. Turner was there to complete the best block I have ever seen. That block was the reason why City reached the Premier League in normal time. After a few nervy final minutes, referee Alan Wiley finally blew the full time whistle to send the East side of Wembley potty. Hull City had just made the Premier League for the first time in their 104 year history. It was just unbelievable. It was inconceivable. It was magical.
City’s Starting XI: Myhill, Ricketts, Brown, Turner, Dawson, Garcia, Ashbee (c), Hughes, Barmby, Campbell, Windass. Subs: Duke, Doyle, Marney, Folan, Fagan.