It has finally sunk in. The penny has dropped. I totally get it.
Hull City AFC, the Club I have followed all my life, through the thin and thinner via two bankruptcies, being locked out of Boothferry Park and countless other indecencies are in the Premier League and can hold our heads up as one of the twenty best teams in England.
We are above Arsenal on goals scored having won our inaugural match by beating a technically very decent Fulham outfit containing a host of international players.
City won by scoring two excellent goals and totally outplayed the visitors in the second half.
We won our first game, we came from behind, both the strikers scored and once the players realised that they deserved to be playing at this level we played with determination, confidence and no little imagination.
So a few issues that could cause pressure to build have been dealt with, and although there will be the usual carping from the so called purists I defy anyone who was witness to what happened inside our stadium today not to be happy for us, and I hope that all true fans of the game will acknowledge what we have achieved, and the values that this Club, these players, these fans and this Community stand for in this age of a sport polluted by the filthy stench of cash mean that a little bit of the naivety, innocence and romance that help lift the followers of football and bring something different to enhance people’s everyday lives can be brought back to the top tier of English soccer.
Hull City: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Anthony Gardner, Dawson, Garcia (Fagan 74), Ashbee, Boateng, Barmby (Halmosi 62), Geovanni, King (Folan 70).
Subs Not Used: Duke, Windass, Mendy, Marney.
Booked: Ricketts, Dawson, Fagan.
Goals: Geovanni 22, Folan 81.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy (Andreasen 85), Ki-Hyeon (Nevland 85), Bullard, Gera, Zamora (Dempsey 81).
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Teymourian, Stoor, Kallio.
Goals: Ki-Hyeon 8.