BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 16:48 GMT, Saturday, 24 May 2008 17:48 UK
Bristol City 0-1 Hull

Bristol City 0-1 Hull
Match report


To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Andrew McKenzie

1741: That's just about it for me. Thanks a million (or is it 60 million?) for joining me for the ride. You've been a truly lovely audience. Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of play-off drama as Leeds take on Doncaster. But the last word of the day must go to Hull's hero.

"I've never been to Wembley before so get the winner is a great feeling. I couldn't believe it went in the top corner. I am lost for words - it's just a fantastic day."
Hull's match-winner Dean Windass

1739: The post-match chat is ongoing on 606, so head over there to get involved in the banter.
Join the debate on 606

1735: No prizes for guessing the man of the day. To top off scoring the winning goal at Wembley to send his hometown club into the Premier League, 39-year-old Dean Windass has the bonus of leading the way in Player Rater on 8.34. How proud must he be? There is still time for you to register your vote.
Player Rater

1733: Well what a day for Hull. After 104 years they have finally made it to the promised land. What an achievement for a club that recently was heading for the Conference and out of business.

1730: "It's marvellous - I feel for the Bristol City lads - but it is very fitting that Dean Windass got the winning goal. I think it was written in the gods that it would be Dean Windass or Nicky Barmby who would get the winner today."
Hull boss Phil Brown
Perhaps God is a Hull fan after all (see 1557)

1725: "Speechless and teary. Bristol City made it hard work, credit to them. Can't believe that we are in Premier League."
one9eighty of Hull via text on 81111

1722: It is a history-making day for the city and the club. There is a generation of fans who never saw us play in the Premier League or at Wembley."
Hull chairman Paul Duffen

1720: "Tabloid sports editors of the nation rejoice - the big one has finally landed... To Hull and Back... Hull On Earth... Living Hull... All coming to a back page near you, shortly."
lennytheshizzle on 606
Join the debate on 606

1719: "There is an awful lot of orange tinsel on the pitch right now and the Hull players are dancing around as you would expect from a team that has just reached the top flight for the first time ever - Phil Brown is doing the can-can too, which is a little more surprising. Meanwhile, Gary Johnson is taking his Bristol City players on a deserved lap of honour. Not many of their fans are still here to see it but it has been a long hard season and they have come closer than anyone thought at the start of the campaign to reaching the top-flight."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1716: "I didn't want to be making the losing speech but I am. Well done to Hull, they are in Premier League and we have to work a bit harder. We'll be playing in the Championship but will try and compete again. We had a few half chances but we weren't at our best."
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson

1714: "Congrats Hull! Cheering for you in New Zealand! 4:08 in the morning!"
newzealandd on 606
Join the debate on 606

1711: "Dean Windass in the Premier League? Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes. But if he shows the same turn of pace next season that he produced to sprint towards the Hull fans at the final whistle here, then I'll back him to outscore Cristiano Ronaldo. Credit to Bristol City, they pushed Hull all the way but were beaten by a very special goal by a pretty special player. They and their fans can hold their heads up high though."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

I'll take that bet if you want Bevo. Shall we say 100?

1710: Hull players are taking the turns to lift the trophy to the cheers of their fans. It has to be said that it looks like a particularly rubbish trophy but it is the thought that counts of course. The biggest roar comes when Deano gets his big mits on it. Is there a happier man on this planet right now?

1708: "In the melee at the final whistle, Hull defender Wayne Brown showed class by commiserating the beleaguered Bristol City players, then staying to applaud the Robins fans. Bryan Hughes and Dean Marney joined him, then the trio ran down to the Hull end to join the celebrations."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1706: "Deano is different gravy. He's a man's man and is always bragging how good he is but he always produces."
Hull keeper Boaz Myhill

1704: "It is not the manner of the performance, just the result that matters. We never expected a classic, it was sluggish but Boaz Myhill was not tested and Hull showed more penetration. It was a brilliant goal by Dean Windass that separated the teams."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser David Pleat

1701: FULL-TIME Bristol City 0-1 Hull
They have done it. Hull win 1-0 and are in the Premier League. I'll repeat that, Hull are in the Premier League. Congratulations to Phil Brown and his boys. A tremendous achievement. Their players, never mind their fans, are going bonkers.

700: Boaz Myhill take a cross and 40,000 Hull fans cheer at once. They are nearly there.

1658: Hull are helping to tick down the seconds as they take off the lively Fraizer Campbell and Dean Marney comes on.

1657: "There are still a few Bristol City fans waving flags, more in hope than expectation, but some have already begun to trickle out of the stadium. It is the Hull fans who are on their feet and they don't have long to wait until the final whistle either."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1656: Four minutes of injury time. Four minutes stand between Hull and the Premier League. How's your nerves Tigers fans?

1655: It is all Bristol City as Ivan Sproule causes some more problems down the right and sends in a teasing low ball that Sam Ricketts clears brilliantly from just a couple of yards out.

1654: Another chance for Bristol City and Darren Byfield as the ball falls to him unmarked on the egde of the area but he leans back and screws his shot high and wide.

1652: Nervous times for Hull fans as Bristol City throw everything at them. Darren Byfield's header just loops over Boaz Myhill's bar.

1650: Late, late drama at Wembley where Boaz Myhill attempts to punch a cross but can only push the ball to Lee Trundle. The striker shoots from 10 yards out, but Michael Turner gets across to make a decisive deflection to send the ball over the bar. If Hull hold on that deflection will be nearly as important as Dean Windass's goal.

1648: Caleb Folan goes to ground after narrowly avoiding a sliding tackle and falls awkwardly. He is being helped from the field by the Hull physio.

1647: "I'm sat in Milan Italy on the steps of the Duomo and the unstoppable dream is still on. Hold your nerve the magnificent Tigers."
Russ via text on 81111

1645: Hull nearly settle the tie with a goalmouth scramble but somehow Bristol City escape and clear the ball.

1645: "Hull goalscorer Dean Windass did not just get a hug off his manager Phil Brown when he came off - he got a high-five off every single member of the Tigers' bench. Time is running out for the Robins - they need some inspiration from somewhere, and quickly."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1644: Fraizer Campbell has gone down with what looks like a touch of the cramp. I think he'll recover!

1643: "It's fascinating watching the contrasting styles of the two managers - Hull's Phil Brown struts around, kicks every ball and argues every decision with the fourth official, his assistant Brian Horton or, failing that, himself. Gary Johnson, on the other hand, has stood almost motionless in the same position on the edge of his technical area for the entire game."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1641: Bristol City make another change with super-sub Darren Byfield coming on for Nick Carle. It looks like they are going all-out for an equaliser with three up front. Rangers are leading 3-2 in the Scottish Cup by the way.

1640: Michael McIndoe makes Boaz Myhill work a bit harder with a long-ranger, but the keeper gets down well to save to his right. It looks like we are set up for a tasty last quarter of an hour.

1639: Lee Trundle twists and turns his way into a good shooting opportunity, but his finish doesn't match his footwork and it is straight at Boaz Myhill. Was that his big chance?

1636: It's change o'clock and as Dean Windass is substituted to a standing ovation from the near-40,000 Hull fans in the stadium. He is replaced by Caleb Folan.

1634: Ivan Sproule is straight into the action and his pace gets him to the edge of the box. His cross causes a few problems for Boaz Myhill but there is no-one there to finish it off.

1634: Hull make a change of their own as Nick Barmby's contribution comes to a close and he is replaced by the younger legs of Craig Fagan.

1631: "Re: 1557. The postulation that God is a famous supporter of Hull City is an interesting one. May I point out, though, that proving the existence of the other famous Hull City supporters does not, in itself, prove the existence of God."
Cruising Tiger, Toppupmee Flagon on 606
That sounds like an argument for another time - and another website - Mr Flagon

1630: Ivan Sproule has come on for David Noble as Gary Johnson makes the first change of the game.

1628: A great spell this by Bristol City but with the pace of Fraizer Campbell up front (and, er, less so Dean Windass!), Hull look very dangerous on the break. That is not stopping the Robins going for it though and with them committing men forward the game is suddenly wide open.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1626: In all the excitement I forgot to give you some half-time Player Rater chat. Better late than never - goalscorer Dean Windass leads the way on 8.10. Why don't you dive in there yourself and have a go?
Player Rater

1624: A couple of chances for Bristol City. First Michael McIndoe's free-kick hits Wayne Brown and deflects just wide for a corner. From McIndoe's centre Lee Trundle glances a header just wide. The Robins are on top for sure.

1623: "The Bristol City fans have not needed much encouragement to get behind their team today and they have not shut up since the second half started - the noise they are generating is fantastic. Not that the Hull fans are exactly quiet either."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1620: Looks like we have a bit of a classic a few hundred miles up the road at the home of Scottish football where Queen of the South have pegged back Rangers to 2-2. What an upset that would be if the Doonhamers can do it.
Queen of the South v Rangers

1618: Phil Brown is furious at something on the touchline. He is literally spitting fury.

1618: The momentum is behind Bristol City at present and Hull are getting men back in numbers. That could be the theme for the second half as Phil Brown's men look to protect that lead.

1615: Bristol City earn a free-kick in a decent position but David Noble's curling effort is too close to Boaz Myhill, who saves comfortably.

1615: "Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill was out on the pitch at half-time and it looks like he is nursing a leg injury - he cannot move very easily anyway. He will continue for now though."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1611: The second half is under way - and not a minute too soon.

1608: "I never thought all my joking about Dean Windass making it back to the Premier League and blowing everyone away would come true."
Join the debate on 606 Still early days Daniel - it's not over until the fat lady sings remember?

1602: "There is still plenty to play for at Wembley but you cannot help but feel the wind has been taken out of Bristol City's sails by Dean Windass's goal for Hull. The prolonged treatment needed by Bradley Orr did not help the Robins find an instant response but expect them to come out all guns blazing for the second half."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1559: The Bristol City physio has been talking to BBC Radio 5 Live and apparently Bradley Orr has been taken straight to accident and emergency. Apparently when he initially got injured the physio said there was no sign of a deformity to his left cheekbone, but he later went down and the injury had worsened. We'll try and let you know updates as soon as we have them.

1557: We've had a few suggestions for famous Hull fans, including the following: Beautiful South, the Housemartins, Fred Trueman, Agyness Deyn, Alan Plater, Maureen Lipman, Tom Courtney, philsopher AJ Ayer and God. I can't vouch for the above all being either Hull fans or famous. Especially God, I've never heard of him.

1555: We're into the 10th minute of added-on time and finally the whistle goes at Wembley with Hull holding the edge thanks to that stunning Dean Windass effort.

1552: Bradley Orr's injury took a bit of the sting out of the Hull celebrations, but we're back up and running now.

1550: A bit of a stat for you - Gary Johnson and his son Lee are attempting to become the first father and son pair to win promotion through all four divisions of the Football League and Conference. If Johnson can turn this game around when he comes off the bench, he will become the first player to manage the feat. Neil Warnock is the only other manager to have done it.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1547: They have announced there will be at least six minutes of injury time in the first half although they are still stretchering off Bradley Orr.

1546: Orr's loss is Lee Johnson's gain as he prepares to come on. The son of manager Gary Johnson is likely to go into midfield with Marvin Elliott moving to defence.

1545: Orr has had a neck brace put on him. He must have played on after the injury for over 20 minutes. Hopefully he'll be OK but I think his day is over.

1543: Looks like Bradley Orr is going to have to go off. He had a clash of heads with Nick Barmby clearing Dean Windass's cross earlier in the game. He is now taking oxygen and apparently he has a suspected broken cheekbone.

1541: Running might not be Dean Windass's strengths these days but he showed a quick pair of heels after scoring that goal. He was straight off to the celebrate towards the Hull fans.

1539: GOAL Bristol City 0-1 Hull City
Hull take the lead with an absolute belter of a volley from Dean Windass. Who else? Fraizer Campbell does the hard work with a mazy run before crossing for Windass, who scores with a wonderful strike from just inside the box.

1536: Hull boss Phil Brown was almost on the pitch and jumping for the ball himself when Nick Barmby ran through chasing that bouncing ball, and he did not hide his frustration when Adriano Basso snuffed out the chance. He is the manager showing all the emotion at the moment - Gary Johnson is standing impassively on the edge of his technical area, hands behind his back. I don't think he has moved an inch for about 10 minutes.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1534: Not much seen from Nick Barmby other than almost getting on the end of a through ball. Bristol City's record signing Lee Trundle has also been a bit quiet, he finds a bit of room just outside Hull's box but gets his feet in a mess and loses control.

1532: "How do you pronounce Windass by the way? I'm Swiss and have to chuckle every time I read his name..."
tuogol on 606
As it sounds mate

1530: "Re: Famous Hull supporters - Bertie Ahern, former Irish Taoiseach (that's prime minister to all those not versed in the Irish language)"
kingianjeno on 606
Join the debate on 606

1529: "There are a bit of nerves and it is not that fluent - you can feel the tension. Hull are trying to settle and get the ball to Bryan Hughes, who is their best passer."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser David Pleat

1528: "Who would have thought, just a few years ago that Hull would be this close to Premier League football next season? Really seems like a fairytale, without the fairies, of course."
JimBip on 606
Join the debate on 606

1526: Dean Windass is becoming more of an influence and he finds room at the back post to control a left-wing cross. His first touch lets him down and his attempt to lob from a wide angle ends on the roof of the net.

1525: There has not been much in the way of goalmouth action so far but that has not stopped both sets of fans trying to out-sing each other - Wembley is jumping. It is even-stevens at the moment - each time Hull strike up a chant, the Robins fans reply in kind.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1524: Richard Garcia gets on the end of a Sam Ricketts cross and almost catches out Adriano Basso in the Bristol City goal but it loops just over.

1522: "Come on you Reds! Cheering on City all the way from Japan...11pm here!"
AJinJapan on 606
Join the debate on 606

1520: The two old fellas finally get involved as Dean Windass crosses for Nick Barmby at the back post, but Brandley Orr makes a crucial interception.

1519: It has been a bit scrappy so far, but Bristol City have undoubtedly had the best of it. Too many Hull passes are running through to Robins goalkeeper Adriano Basso and manager Phil Brown and his assistant Brian Horton don't look too happy at the moment - they are stalking around their technical area, a bit like caged, er, tigers.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1518: Best chance of the game so far as Dele Adebola finds Nick Carle, who makes his way into the box and is just off target with a toe-poked finish.

1516: Re 1448: I bet Caroline is absolutely gutted she didn't follow John's path and change her name. Now she is stuck with it - but at least it brings a comic element to all of her work eh?
Dan via text on 81111
Do you not think John is more gutted? Imagine how funny he'd have been with a surname of Cheese.

1512: Hull have been quiet so far on the first appearance at Wembley in the club's history. Not much sign of Hull's experienced pair Windass and Barmby - combined age of 73 - in the game as yet. Barmby played for England at the old Wembley in the last game - you know the one? We lost to Germany and Mr Keegan decided he'd had enough.

1510: I mentioned about John Cleese being a famous fan of Bristol City. Apart from John Prescott I was struggling for famous Hull fans - although they could probably claim a couple of them are on the pitch in the form of Nicky Barmby and Dean Windass.

1508: "There's no doubt Bristol City have settled the better."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser David Pleat

1506: Bristol City boss Gary Johnson and Hull manager Phil Brown (two of the nicest people in football) shared a few words - and a warm embrace - just before kick-off. Both of them look as pleased as punch just to be here and Johnson is already pacing about in his technical area - he rarely sits down during 90 minutes.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1505: The first sniff of goalmouth action for Bristol City as Dele Adebola works himself a half chance but he also can't connect cleanly and Boaz Myhill saves easily.

1502: Hull are first to attack with Richard Garcia trying a difficult shot but doesn't connect well and it loops in the air.

1501: We're off and running at Wembley. Good luck Bristol City and Hull - may the best team win and all that.

1458: "Gary Johnson did show his backside in a shop window. It was caught on film by a morning football show."
Paul Donworth via text on 81111

1456: It is national anthem time over at Wembley. We're close to kick off. So close.

1454: "GJ never did show his bum in a Burton's shop window as the bet was, instead they let him use his rear-end in as target practice, behind a target board."
HorfieldRed on 606
Join the debate on 606

1450: Ten minutes to kick-off and I've not been this nervous since the day I got my A level results. I just hope things turn out better today than they did then.

1448: We're expecting a full house at the home of football today, but one man who is missing will be John Cleese. He's a massive fan of Bristol City but is out of the country so will miss the game.
John Cleese backs City's Prem bid As a slightly interesting aside, BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese is apparently a distant relative of Cleese. Apparently he changed his name from Cheese to Cleese before making his breakthrough. Honestly.

1444: Back to the big game and here are the full line-ups:

Bristol City: Basso, Orr, Carey, Fontaine, McAllister, Noble, Elliott, Carle, McIndoe, Adebola, Trundle. Subs: Weale, Vasko, Sproule, Johnson, Byfield.

Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Brown, Turner, Dawson, Garcia, Ashbee, Hughes, Barmby, Campbell, Windass. Subs: Duke, Doyle, Folan, Marney, Fagan.

1441: They also tell me there is some rugby on later. Apparently the Munsters are playing to lose. Not sure who the opponents are - the Adams Family maybe?

1436: It is a bit of a bumper day of sport today. It seems ridiculous that they would arrange other sporting occasions on the day of the biggest football game of the year, but they have. Not that I'm trying to get rid of you lovely people but we've hopefully got it all covered right here.

The office's most eligible bachelor Sam Lyon is on cricket duty
England v New Zealand Our friend in Scotland David 'Razor' Sharp has the honour of the Scottish Cup final
Queen of the South v Rangers

1430: McCombe's replacement Liam Fontaine scored Hull's only goal in the two games this season. Fontaine is clearly no relation to French legend Just - he of the 13 goals at the 1958 World Cup. Defender Liam's record in front of goal was so bad that Gary Johnson promised to show his backside in a shop window when he finally got his first goal in English football. That came in November after over 100 games of trying. I'm not sure if Johnson ever did go through with his part of the deal. Any idea?

1426: The news that beanpole Bristol City defender Jamie McCombe is ill is not all bad news for the Robins - especially for any superstitious fans out there. McCombe has lost in his four previous appearances in the play-offs - three times in the semi-finals (once with Scunthorpe and twice with Lincoln) and once in the final (with Lincoln). It didn't bode well but we won't get a chance to see if his luck would have been any different today.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1421: The head-to-head meetings between these two teams does not bode well for Phil Brown's Hull. They have not beaten the Robins since a 2-1 win back in January 1985. This season the teams drew 0-0 at Hull, before Bristol City won 2-1 on their home patch. Jamie McCombe, who will not be playing today, scored a spectacular overhead kick that was voted their champagne moment of the season and sent them to the top of the table.
Hull 0-0 Bristol CityBristol City 2-1 Hull

1420: The Bristol City goalkeepers - Adriano Basso and Chris Weale - are the first players to emerge to warm-up on the Wembley pitch, swiftly followed by Hull shot-stopper Boaz Myhill. Their appearance is enough to get both sets of fans making some noise for the first time today, and the ground is filling up nicely.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1419: "Ha! 60m for reaching the Premier League. My team Ross-County got two chickens and a half bottle of whisky for winning the Scottish Second Division."
Anonymous via text on 81111

1418: "It's got the feeling of a cup final but what is at stake is massive."
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson on BBC Radio 5 Live

1410: "Re 1349: Your equation is incorrect, as (and a bit) is in the brackets, therefore you are multiplying 'and a bit' by 60m, when in reality you are adding them. As you can see, I've done my maths GCSE."
Londonsuperbees on 606
I'm beginning to wish I'd never started this!

Just hearing some team news from Wembley. Hull are unchanged from the semi-final, although Dean Marney returns to the bench. But there is some bad news for Bristol City as Jamie McCombe has taken ill and is ruled out. He is replaced in defence by Liam Fontaine.

1403: Just waiting for a friend in Hull to finish work then it's show time. Come on the Tigers. Hull City centre is awash with madness today, absolutely brilliant atmosphere.
Excited lad in hull via text on 81111

1359: "Now that the undercard is out of the way? Sir, today is merely the 2nd of a three-tier undercard for Monday's North-West clash in the League 2 play-off final!"
ali_scfc on 606
Good chat that Ali

1355: There has been a lot of chat on 606 about whichever team that wins today is going to "do a Derby" next season. As far as I'm concerned that chat can wait until next season - or tomorrow at least. Today's all about the Championship final. So there.
Join the debate on 606

1351: "Just had a very interesting chat with the head of the police's Wembley rapid response unit - I now know what happens in the event of a riot (not that anyone expects one today). While we were talking the turnstiles opened and a handful of fans are in their seats, while the Hull players - in their suits - are taking in the early atmosphere out on the pitch.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Wembley

1349: "That adds up to 47m doesn't it? You don't need a consultancy firm to tell you that..."
TheRealShandy on 606
30m+5m+12m(and a bit)+12m(and a bit) = 60m(ish)

1345: That's enough maths chat - how do you fancy a quick history lesson? These two teams are aiming to get in the Premier League for the first time. Bristol City have been in the top flight in two spells before - 1906-1911 and 1976-1980. Hull have never been there before. This is the biggest game in either club's history, discuss.

1342: Returning to the financial theme, if you're looking for a comparison, apparently Manchester United's entire Champions League campaign this season will have brought in a measly 50m. They must be looking on with envy today.

1340: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan is our man at Wembley today. We've just heard from the office's third favourite Welshman. He reports that the London Underground is awash with people with their faces painted as tigers. Either that or there has been a security problem at London Zoo.

1334: It is true that Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney doesn't come on at the end of the game carrying one of those giant cheques for 60m, the figure has been worked out by football's financial whizzkids Deloitte. The promoted clubs will receive a minimum 30m just for being in the Premier League, plus an estimated 5m for enhanced commercial revenues and gate receipts. Plus they will get over 12m of guaranteed parachute payments for the following two seasons should they be relegated next year. Clear?

1332: Apparently there has been a lot of office debate about billing this game as the most lucrative in world football. We keep hearing about this being the 60m match - but where has this figure come from? I'm going to attempt to clear this up.

1325: "Instead of a penalty shoot-out to decide this possibly close match, perhaps a no-holds barred fight to death for a change? My money's on Dean Windass, easy."
via text on 81111

1310: "My two granddads were always lifelong Hull supporters and waited for the chance to see them get to the Premier League, but sadly they both died in the past 12 months. So I'd like Hull to do it for their lifelong fans!"
hoppe4826 on 606
Join the debate on 606

1300: First of all can I extend our thanks to the Manchester United and Chelsea players - I'm sure you all agree it was a wonderful warm-up game. But now the undercard is out of the way, we can move on to the big one. It's Wembley, it's sunny and it's the Championship play-off final.

see also
Bristol City 0-1 Hull
24 May 08 |  Championship
Championship play-off photos
24 May 08 |  Football

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.