Hull City

How It Felt To Win At Wembley: Dean Windass

24 May 2020
Dean Windass followed the script on a fairytale afternoon for Hull City as they secured promotion to the top-flight for the first time in the Club’s history with a Championship Play-Off Final victory over Bristol City on this day in 2008.

Around 40,000 Tigers fans followed their side down to Wembley to savour the historic occasion as the men in black and amber graced the national stadium for the first time in the Club’s history.

The game was far from a classic, and Windass’ stunning volley certainly looked out of place in what was a scrappy encounter, but few could care less as it proved to be the all-important only goal of the game to secure the Tigers’ place in the Premier League.

“Unbelievable! You know what,” Windass told CITY Magazine in the Tigers’ dressing room after the game. “I’ll let you into a secret. I told the gaffer before the game ‘I’ll score you the winner to get us up’. And it’s happened! It’s a fairytale.

“As soon as Fraizer picked me out, I knew what I was going to do. I knew as soon as it left my boot that it was heading for the top corner. The lads have told me I had time but I honestly thought someone was behind me. I just decided to smash it.

“It was pure instinct. You just hit it. You do it every day in training – and usually, the ball ends up in the trees – or somewhere like that! But to see it hit the back of the net was unbelievable, just unbelievable!

“To come back to this football club and score the goal which takes us into the Premier League – it’s amazing! If you’d have said that to me when I was 18 or 19 running up and down the terraces at Boothferry Park – I’d have laughed in your face.

“If you’d said it to me a couple of years later when I’d been released and was packing peas at the Bird’s Eye factory, I’d have laughed even more! It’s difficult to sum up what’s just happened. It’s going to take weeks to sink in. But, listen, it’s not about me. It’s about the whole team.”