Almost 40,000 black and amber fans descended on the capital for the Club’s first-ever trip to the Wembley Stadium on this day in 2008 and they enjoyed an unforgettable afternoon in the sun as Dean Windass’ all-important goal secured the Tigers’ promotion to the Premier League.
“Seeing all those City fans inside Wembley was outstanding – unbelievable,” said Barmby after the game. “This promotion is for them. They’ve had a hell of a lot of dark days, especially at Boothferry Park.
“But, they’ve stuck with the club. They’ve never lost sight of the dream. Now, that dream has come true. We’re a Premier League club and those fans really do deserve it. It’s brilliant, superb – I don’t know how else to describe it.”
Reflecting on the game itself, Barmby continued: “It was really hot. In the first half, the left side was in the shade so it was okay. The second half, though, I kept asking ‘Garc’ if he fancied swapping flanks but he wasn’t having any of it. He’s Australian so perhaps he couldn’t understand the Hull accent.
“To be fair, as a team, we were sitting back a bit too much in the second half and Bristol showed they were a good side. I know what they feel like. I’ve been on the losing side in big games but I wish them all the best. I’m sure they will do well next season.”
“It has been a real team effort by us though. There again, that’s what this season has been all about. We’ve shown tremendous togetherness, tremendous spirit and we’ve got our reward now.
“The Championship has been inconsistent this season but we went out and grasped our chance. Some people will say we’ve been lucky. Great, let them say that. We know we deserved it.
“It’s fantastic for the club and fantastic for the whole city. It’s a brilliant feeling and I’m made up for everyone.”