After a fantastic first season back in the Barclays Premier League and with our first ever FA Cup Final to look forward to later this month, it is incredible to think that ten years ago today, the Tigers were only just climbing out of Division Three.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of that wonderful day at Yeovil Town’s Huish Park when 2,000 travelling fans, and hundreds more watching on a big screen back at the KC Stadium’s Sports Arena, could finally pop the champagne corks.
Not since 1985 had supporters had such reason to celebrate. In fact, on a number of occasions during the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, the club’s mere survival from season to season was the greatest cause for happiness.
However, the ship had been steadied by the start of the 2003/04 season and Saturday 1st May 2004 was the day an unforgettable journey began.
Goals from Stuart Green and Ian Ashbee fired Peter Taylor’s Tigers to a 2-1 victory against Yeovil to seal promotion from the Football League’s basement division, goals that were the catalyst for a remarkable decade that has seen a climb into the top flight of English football (twice), the club’s first ever trip to Wembley (which has now been backed up by two more) and a forthcoming historic FA Cup Final appearance.
It’s been a remarkable period in our history, one that we have all been privileged to be a part of, and it all started ten years ago today.
In the words of a popular song: ‘We’ve come a long, long way together, through the hard times and the good.’
The players that represented Hull City in league games during the 2003/04 promotion-winning season:
Danny Allsopp, Ian Ashbee, Ben Burgess, Andy Dawson, Damien Delaney, Stuart Elliott, Alan Fettis, Jamie Forrester, Ryan France, Stuart Green, Richard Hinds, Andy Holt, Marc Joseph, Dean Keates, Michel Kuipers, Junior Lewis, Lee Marshall, Steve Melton, Paul Musselwhite, Boaz Myhill, Nathan Peat, Jason Price, Alton Thelwell, Jonathan Walters, Danny Webb, Justin Whittle, Scott Wiseman.