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Hull & Bristol City set for final

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson and Hull's Phil Brown go head-to-head at Wembley

Venue: Wembley Date: Saturday, 24 May Kick-off: 1500 BST
Coverage: BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sport website plus full commentary on BBC Radio Bristol 94.9 FM, 103.6 FM and 104.6 FM and BBC Somerset 95.5 FM

Bristol City and Hull will go head-to-head for a place in the Premier League on Saturday when they contest the Championship play-off.

An 80,000 sell-out is expected at Wembley for the winner-takes-all clash and the right to join West Brom and Stoke in promotion to the top flight.

Both clubs are aiming to make the Premier League for the first time ever.

City were last in the top flight in 1980, while Hull have never played in English football's elite division.

Victory is said to be worth 60m to the winners but Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown played down the financial implications.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Everybody keeps asking about the money but to be quite honest it is something you think about afterwards.

It will be like a wedding day for the 80,000 fans

Hull chairman Paul Duffen
"It's the chance of getting into the best league in the world. Obviously it's a big jump from where we are at the moment but we are in football to get to the highest level you can."

Just one point separated the two teams after 46 games this season, with Phil Brown's Hull side finishing ahead of City in third place.

But Bristol City had the better of the head-to-head games, with Gary Johnson's men winning 2-1 at home and drawing 0-0 at Hull's KC Stadium.


Interview: Hull midfielder Nick Barmby

Hull missed out on automatic promotion by four points, but they suffered no hangover as they ran out comfortable 6-1 winners over Watford in the semi-finals, while the Robins needed extra-time to beat Crystal Palace to seal their place.

Both clubs were handed extra tickets after selling out their initial allocation and they are all expected to be snapped up as the two cities descend on Wembley for the game.

Hull is said to be the biggest city in Britain that has never hosted top flight football and promotion would complete a remarkable turnaround considering the turmoil of recent seasons.

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Tigers chairman Paul Duffen said: "In terms of our recent history finishing third in the Championship is the highest finish.

"Nine years ago we had a great escape to stay in the Football League and we had problems with the previous regime and bankruptcy and being locked out of the ground.

"We have probably overachieved as far as most people outside the club are concerned, but it's something we have been planning for the last year.


News conference: Bristol City manager Gary Johnson

"It will be a big day for everybody and a great day for the travelling fans. Both teams have earned the opportunity at Wembley after finishing third and fourth.

"It will be a choker to see the stadium full of supporters from the two teams.

"It is a wonderful occasion for both cities and it will have a big effect on them. It will be like a wedding day for the 80,000 fans."

see also
Bristol City v Hull
23 May 08 |  Championship
Windass emotional about Wembley
15 May 08 |  Hull City
Brown to face late fitness test
20 May 08 |  Hull City
Ex-boss Taylor tips Tigers to win
21 May 08 |  Hull City
Hull relish Wembley showdown
22 May 08 |  Hull City
Hull City hit the road to Wembley
22 May 08 |  Hull City
See you at Wembley - Johnson
13 May 08 |  Football
Premier League dream alive
14 May 08 |  England
Lansdown 'fed up' with money talk
15 May 08 |  Bristol City
Pearce hails Bristol City support
19 May 08 |  Bristol City
Trundle could clinch it - Ritchie
20 May 08 |  Bristol City
Johnson urges City to 'believe'
21 May 08 |  Bristol City
Lansdown praises Johnson impact
22 May 08 |  Bristol City

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