Ten Years On: How It Felt To Win At Wembley - Hull City

Ten Years On: How It Felt To Win At Wembley

Here's how Phil Brown and his players reacted after securing the biggest win in the Club's 104-year history at Wembley Stadium on this day in 2008...

“I think there is a lot to be said for team spirit, togetherness and camaraderie and mentality. There is a lot to be said for working together over 49 games and these players deserve their reward. The quality of ‘Deano’s’ goal was there for all to see, but for me the defending was immense.

“These players have put their bodies on the line both mentally and physically – not just today, but all season. I’m proud of them – proud of what they have achieved and proud to have been associated with them.”
Phil Brown

“To come back to this football club and score the goal which takes us to the Premier League – it’s amazing! As soon as Fraizer (Campbell) picked me out, I knew what I was going to do. It’s instinct, you just hit it! To see it it go in the top corner was unbelievable. Unbelievable! This is what fairytales are made of.

“I’ll let you into a little secret. I told the gaffer before the game that I’ll score you the winner to get us up. Now it’s happened! I should have bought a lottery ticket as well because someone up there obviously likes me!”
Dean Windass

“When I signed for Hull City, we were in the bottom division. Now, we’ve won at Wembley and we’re in the Premier League. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s not just the players who have come all the way. The fans have as well. They have been brilliant and we’ve done it for them. Next season will be amazing! Just think, there will be two Dawsons in the Premier League now. It’s great to think that will happen.”
Andy Dawson

“Brilliant, fantastic – it’s difficult to know what else to say. When you consider where we finished last season, it’s an amazing achievement. Everyone has worked so hard for this – the players, the management and the staff. It’s been a great team effort and I’m just proud to have been part of it. I’ve experienced some highs before but this is the biggest – and the best!”
Sam Ricketts

“It’s been an unbelievable season! Getting to Wembley was brilliant. Winning though is something else. We’ve done it – and there’s no feeling like it in the world. Once we took the lead, we knew we were in the driving seat. We’ve taken the lead so many times this season and gone on to win. The character has been there all season.”
Michael Turner

“It’s an absolutely superb feeling. It’s incredible what we’ve achieved, and in a relatively short space of time. Everyone at the Club has worked so hard and we’ve done it in the best possible way. It’s just great to feel a part of it. We want to enjoy this win – and we will!”
Boaz Myhill

“Words can’t describe the feeling! It’s been a long, hard season – and it was made even longer by the play-offs. They are a lottery. I’ve been successful twice now but this today, it beats anything else. It’s an unbelievable feeling! It probably wasn’t the best game to watch but I don’t care! We weren’t there to entertain anyone. We were there to do a job and that’s exactly what we did.”
Wayne Brown

“We didn’t finish third by luck and now winning at Wembley. We deserve to go up and it doesn’t get much better than this. I feel very emotional because I’ve been here for six years. To cement my name in Hull City’s history was something I wanted to achieve. But I also live among the fans and I know how much it (promotion) means to them.

“I am privileged to be captain of their football club. Without the fans, we couldn’t have done this. It’s just brilliant. It’s what dreams are made of and I’m enjoying every minute.”
Ian Ashbee

“It was an incredible feeling at the final whistle. The celebrations in front of the fans is something I’ll never forget. We were all drained, emotionally and physically, but it is one of those days you just don’t want to end.”
Bryan Hughes

“It’s a frightening feeling! To see you hometown club that has never been in the top-flight before now get there – words cannot describe it. Those last ten minutes were not good whatsoever – not good for the body at all – but what a feeling on the final whistle.

“There’s probably only ‘Deano’ who could score a goal like that – and on a stage like that. It was fantastic, great technique. It was a real team effort though and that’s what it’s been about all season. This was for the fans – they deserve every minute!”
Nick Barmby

“The whole day has just been indescribable! The fans were brilliant, the sun was shining, the TV cameras were there and it was a huge stage to play on. The important thing was that we did it. What a day! It’s been a great season and this is a great way to finish it off. We’ve got a great group of players, a great set-up of staff and we’re backed by some amazing fans.”
Fraizer Campbell

“Last season was memorable, but this is right up there. The play-offs were brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Playing – and winning – at Wembley again was fantastic. I’m pleased for everyone – especially the fans. They’ve had to wait a long time for this.”
Craig Fagan

“I knew this Club was going places when I signed. But for something like this to happen so quickly is unbelievable. But we’ve worked so hard for this and after finishing third in the table, no-one can say we don’t deserve it. It was hard out there. We knew it would be but now we just want to enjoy it.”
Caleb Folan