Heroic Hull City force yours truly to feast on humble pie
‘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.
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Daniel Cousin scoring Hull’s winning goal against Arsenal on Saturday.