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Hull City given heroes' reception

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The Tigers players celebrated on the City Hall balcony

Thousands of supporters lined Hull's streets on Monday as City celebrated their promotion to the Premier League with an open-top bus tour.

Dean Windass' sole strike against Bristol City on Saturday clinched their first ever promotion to the top flight.

Around 50,000 fans squeezed into Queen Victoria Square as the emotions flowed.

Windass told BBC Radio Humberside: "Not in my wildest dreams did I think that I'd come back to Hull, my home town, and witness scenes like this."

The 39-year-old continued: "As soon as I hit it I knew it was in."

The players were introduced to the fans individually to enormous cheers from the fans and for Windass the tears flowed.

Success is a journey and not a destination and we've got a long way to go before we're an established Premier League club

Hull City manager Phil Brown
Club captain Ian Ashbee, who has led the Tigers to promotion from the Football League's basement division to the top flight, said: "I've been here three times but this is by far the biggest. Without the fans we couldn't have done this - it is just brilliant."

The Tigers' leading scorer Fraizer Campbell, who is on loan from European champions Manchester United, said he could not believe the reaction from the fans.

"This is brilliant - unbelievable and I scored some goals but it is not about me, it's about the team and the fans."

Hull manager Phil Brown will lead his side into the top flight for the first time in their 104-year history in August.

Dean Windass
Windass was in tears at the club's reception in his hometown

He said: "Today is a momentous celebration for what we have done this year. Success is a journey and not a destination and we've got a long way to go before we're an established Premier League club but we gone to Wembley for the first time and we've managed to win."

The leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Carl Minns, said: "I never thought I'd see the likes of this here in Hull. I think the whole city has turned out. This will put Hull on the map for all of the right reasons and it puts Hull on the international stage."

Tigers chairman Paul Duffen believes the KC Stadium, which can hold 25,404, will not be big enough now the club are in the Premier League.

He said: "I think we might have to build a few more seats but this is the start."


see also
Brown follows Big Sam's lead
26 May 08 |  Hull
Bristol City 0-1 Hull
24 May 08 |  Championship


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