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Hull City 0 United 1

For the last two years I have been unable to really enjoy a game of football. It has been so tense with so much at stake, and seemingly every trophy we win goes right to the wire. So here we were at Hull, sunbathing on the grass by the away stand, with nothing to play for and just able to relax. I’d never been to Hull before but found it a really friendly and good place to go for football. Despite the threat of relegation their fans were good natured outside and welcoming to the 2,500 Reds. Inside the ground they were passionate and loud and got behind their team, with the exception of one corporate stand to our right. The love in between the two sets of fans was of course helped by a mutual desire to see the Geordies go down- both sets of fans sang cheer up Alan Shearer together several times as the game got underway! Their chants of ‘we are staying up’ were followed by us singing ‘you are staying up’ and them clapping us back. Of course they did come out with the traditional ‘you’re shit and you know you are’ to which we responded with both ‘we’re shit and we’re champions’ and ‘you’re shit and you’re staying up’. Great stuff.

Whilst I love watching United, part of me was desperate to know what was going on at grounds elsewhere and I was checking my blackberry regularly mainly to see what was happening to Newcastle at Villa Park. And of course every Hull fan was also accompanied by a radio or blackberry too which caused lots of false dawns and cheers as rumours kept spreading that Villa had scored. Eventually of course Villa did score and we were delighted as it meant we could win and not help the Geordies in doing so.

The United kids were absolutely fantastic. I did not expect them to be able to play a Premier League team with everything to play for off the park, with players like De Lait really shining through (who?!). Wellbeck was fantastic too, with Gibson’s goal of course being the highlight. Not one of the Reds let the team down and it is an ominous message to send out to the rest of the league. I’m not someone who knows that much about some of these players compared to others, but I definitely won’t be forgetting any of them now.

At the final whistle most of the ground was silent. Whether Hull stayed up depended on the final whistle at Newcastle, which came about 15 seconds later and sparked a huge roar. Lines of police had been put across the hardcore area of the Hull fans to stop a pitch invasion but it did not stop them and Hull fans ran on with shear delight, many running past the United end and applauding us as they did so. The United fans clapped both Hull and our own players who made their way over to us with clenched fists as if to say see you in Rome.

What a great day out. It was a pleasure to see a club like Hull stay up over Newcastle and it almost felt like we were gate crashing their party at the end. But similarly I was delighted with our own performance and the 3 points, and with the last chance to sing before we head to Rome. Champions again, and one more trophy to play for. What a year.

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