Hull City

How It Felt To Win At Wembley: Phil Brown

24 May 2020
Thirty minutes after the final whistle at Wembley – Phil Brown would have no doubt preferred to have been sat in the corner of the Hull City dressing room – with an ice-cold pint of Guinness in his hand – slowly taking in what he, his staff and his players had just achieved.

However, there was to be no Guinness and no hiding place for someone who – at the time – had just become the most successful manager in the Club’s history. Brown had put an end to 104 years of agony, hurt and frustration by leading the Tigers into the Premier League for the first time.

Brown, though, had no time to reflect on that as he conducted the first of countless of post-match interviews – radio, TV, newspapers, everyone wanted their slice of the City boss.

Reflecting on 1-0 victory over Bristol City at Wembley Stadium, he said: “I think there has to be a lot said for team spirit, togetherness and camaraderie and mentality. There is a lot of 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 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. It is all about a very special group of players. Okay, so there were a few empty tanks at the end of the game but we stuck at out for 94, 95 minutes. We got our reward for doing that – and it feels amazing!

“This is the best day of my life – without a shadow of doubt. People say automatic promotion is the only ay to go up. That would have saved us all few grey hairs but today has been absolutely fantastic.”