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Mike Riley 2-1 Hull City FA Cup Sixth Round

I refuse to let the negatives ruin what will live with me forevermore as one of my best football experiences.

We dominated this game for large stretches and made Arsenal look ordinary despite the array of talent on show for the hosts.

Nick Barmby scored on 13 minutes and I found myself rolling around the on the floor of the disabled balcony in the away section in sheer joy shouting, “Just when we say “can it get any better?” then it bloody well does!” Drink had been taken I admit, but it just goes to show what a mad twelve months it has really been for us Tigers fans.

We held on in some comfort and had it not been for the cretinously incompetent dweeb that is Mike Riley, we would have won this game.

How he allowed Arsenal’s winner just defies belief and goes to prove the big Clubs always get the decisions. We were laughing by the end, such was his one eyeness but nothing, but nothing was going to ruin such a magical night.

We went out, gave it a right good go and partook in an exciting game in which only luck, and a fantastic flying save from a Geo free kick denied us a place at Wembley.

I loved every single minute, it was a joy and a privilege to be there with my home town team mixing it with Europe’s best in an incredible stadium.

Which makes what happened between Brian Horton and Cesc Fabregas all the more hard to take.

Horton is Mr. Football having seen and done it all. Mr. Fabregas, if it is proved that he spat at City’s Assistant Manager, is the epitome of the decadent, spoilt nature of a small minority of top pros who believe, and are often told that their puerile behaviour is never wrong.

“I categorically deny that I spat at anybody after the match. I have never done this in my whole career on the pitch, so why would I do it when I am not even playing?"

So what’s all this about then eh, Cesc? 


Hull City: Myhill, Ricketts, Gardner, Zayatte, Dawson, Ashbee (Hughes 46), Barmby (France 76), Geovanni, Fagan, Manucho, Halmosi (Mendy 67).
Subs Not Used: Duke, Garcia, Folan, Featherstone.


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.


3 thoughts on “Mike Riley 2-1 Hull City FA Cup Sixth Round

  1. Gutted for your club Dermot. If I was Brian Horton, I’d have chinned that dirty ****!

    Posted by nick | March 18, 2009, 9:37 pm
  2. Sorry Dermot, the only way you dominated for large stretches was when Myhill took longer with his goal kicks than it takes me to make a cup of tea. As I’ve said in my blog, if Fabs is proved to have spat (even at Horton’s feet) then he is indefensable & I certainly won’t try. Brown lost the plot because the pressure & fear of ralagation is affecting him, pure & simple. Yes the goal probably was offside but overall we were clearly the better side. As for Brown’s rant about Fabs attire, he’s made himself look more ridiculous than when Wenger claims not to have seen something.As for "no name" & his comments, you sound like a supporter of another side jealous of our great club mate.

    Posted by Michael | March 20, 2009, 10:59 pm
  3. Ooh miaow! Get that Arsenal fan a saucer a milk! The fact that Wenger gets more rattled by the likes of Hull City than Man U. or Chelsea probably explains why they will not win the league (again). The truth is, Wenger was made to look a fool earlier in the season when 1) Hull beat Arsenal when he thought they would murder them having put a reserve team out earlier that week and won easily 2) When he showed a distinct lack of respect after that match when in the Press Conference he thought they had played West Brom & kept referring to them as such. The papers slaughtered him for that & he hasn’t forgotten it. Of course Brown is feeling the pressure of relegation, but maybe Wenger is also feeling the pressure of not having won any trophies since 2005. A great history does not entitle a club to the title "great club" for ever, ask Accrington Stanley.

    Posted by Catherine | March 21, 2009, 5:37 pm

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