Heroic Hull City force yours truly to feast on hum­ble pie

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‘IN­SIDE RIGHT’ is nor­mally not very good at ad­mit­ting when he’s wrong (just ask the bet­ter half), but on this oc­ca­sion the hands will be held aloft in recog­ni­tion of the er­ror of our ways.

And what pos­si­bly could have ‘In­side Right’ eat­ing such gar­gan­tuan help­ings of hum­ble pie? Why, the mighty Hull City of course.

In an ar­ti­cle a cou­ple of months back we sug­gested that the Tigers were wast­ing their time even turn­ing up for the Premier League and pre­dicted that they were in with a chance of claim­ing Derby County’s un­wanted record of be­ing the worst team ever to line out in the top flight.

Yours truly couldn’t have been any more wrong. Af­ter their stun­ning win over Arse­nal at the Emi­rates on Satur­day they have al­ready equalled Derby’s sea­son-long points to­tal be­fore the end of Septem­ber.

In fact, ‘ In­side Right’s’ pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle of­fer­ing sym­pa­thy in ad­vance to their fans, even pro­voked one Hull City sup­porter into send­ing a slightly dis­grun­tled e-mail. Yes, I was sur­prised to hear this hum­ble col­umn had reached the north of Eng­land as well!

Ap­par­ently our friend from Hull had vis­ited Ross­lare for a wed­ding and was given a draw­ing by a beach­comber that just hap­pened to be wrapped in the said of­fen­sive ar­ti­cle. My mus­ings have surely been used for worse.

Ap­par­ently the col­umn got a slightly larger read­er­ship than the usual half a dozen that week and ac­cord­ing to our e-mailer was do­ing the rounds in Hull.

To re­peat a phrase which was used in the col­umn at the time, iron­i­cally it was me and not the Hull City sup­port­ers as sug­gested that was brought to Hull and back.

In a well writ­ten e-mail, our Hull sea­son ticket-holder pointed out that he and his fel­low Tigers fans had waited 104 years for the chance to see their team in the top flight and were go­ing to en­joy the ride.

This colum­nist sug­gested the thoughts of hav­ing the likes of Deco run­ning at their de­fence would have them quak­ing in their boots, but they proved at the Emi­rates on Satur­day that they can han­dle Arse­nal’s ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional stars, so the Por­tuguese play­maker won’t give them too many sleep­less nights.

Not that I’d dare sug­gest such a thing, but even if they don’t pick up an­other point for the rest of the sea­son they achieved one goal that’s even harder than keep­ing their place in the Premier Divi­sion.

They’ve made ‘In­side Right’ wrong.

Maybe we should just stick to slag­ging off Spurs and New­cas­tle in fu­ture. Now they’re al­ways good for a laugh.

say he was

Daniel Cousin scor­ing Hull’s winning goal against Arse­nal on Satur­day.

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