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Hull City in the Premiership. Right Here, Right Now.

The Tigers will line up against Fulham tomorrow and our first ever season in the top flight will be up and running.


I haven’t a single clue how we will do.


I veer from depressing Derby re enacting scenarios (as during last weeks embarrassing performance against Osasuna) to the conviction that we can emulate Ipswich, which largely depends on whether or not the Hull Daily Mail think we are close to re signing Frazier Campbell on that given day.


That’s the beauty of sport. It’s sheer unpredictability and despite 34 years following City I often think I know less now than when I walked through the gates of Boothferry Park for the first time in 1974 as a six year old against…. Wait for it…. Fulham. We won 2-1. I’d take that tomorrow for sure.


Hull City will play with great endeavour and commitment but what they will lack is quality. If they can finish fourth from bottom it will be a magnificent achievement but I think they will finish in the bottom three.”



Written off by the London based media BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson, who will never have seen City play, let alone have deigned to find out about the Club or visit the city. Suits me just fine.


I have never liked the bloke anyway. He is one of those Plastic Paddy types, who despite being British would cheer for a Pol Pot/ Hitler/ Stalin Invitation XI with a forward line led by Saddam Hussein providing they were playing against England.


All the old clichés apply to City now. One game at a time. Don’t get carried away. Keep it tight at the back. Make Walton Street a fortress. Nick a goal and defend away from home.



 It’s in the lap of the Gods now. I’m just going to savour and enjoy every single darn minute of this season. We’ve earned it, and it will mean so much more to us than the fans of Manure and the such like who will look on with patronising disdain whilst being secretly jealous that we have something special. Something they will never have due to seeing it all and still being there cheering our team and by extension our Community and our City on.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


One thought on “Hull City in the Premiership. Right Here, Right Now.

  1. In all fairness to Lawrenson –  Based on the enormous gap between Premiership & Championship in general, it’s a fair pre-assesment. As mentioned before, there are a few sides little better than the top of the Championship but the majority will be playing at a level way above anything the likes of Stoke & Hull have seen before. That’s why Derby were so obviously out of their depth, though both teams will clearly fare better than The Rams did.
    Promoted sides need at least ten games to adjust to life in the top league, the key is to have sufficient points on the board at that stage so you have a fighting chance, Derby are a classic example of this.
    Realistically it’s hard to see Hull or Stoke surviving, Hull have a great team spirit & Brown has them well organised.
    The test comes when they suffer a good spanking, it always happens to the "new boys". Can they re-group & pick up points in the next game, character is all-important but quality will always win the day.
    Arsenal played some unbelievable stuff last season but, much as it hurts to admit, we lacked that extra little bit when we needed it most.

    Posted by Michael | August 18, 2008, 8:26 am

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