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Hull City Promoted to Premier League In One Of The Craziest Endings Ever to a Soccer Season: [VIDEO] Highlights

hull city 600x471 Hull City Promoted to Premier League In One Of The Craziest Endings Ever to a Soccer Season: [VIDEO] Highlights

Hull City have secured automatic promotion to the English Premier League alongside Cardiff City in one of the most incredible finishes ever to a final day of the nPower Championship.

Before today’s matches kicked off, both Watford and Hull City were hoping to secure automatic promotion. Hull needed a win against Watford to guarantee promotion. Watford needed a win, too draw.

Before the match kicked off, Watford were dealt a blow when goalkeeper Manuel Almunia suffering an injury. The Hornets were dealt a further blow when their second-string goalkeeper was stretchered off the pitch in the first half after a Leeds United footballer pushed a Watford player into the goalkeeper’s path. Due to the injury, the referee added 16 minutes of injury time on to the first half.

During the matches, the pendulum swung from one side to another — with Watford looking like they would be promoted if the scores stayed the same, only for Hull City to get an equalizer against Cardiff, which swung the pendulum to the Tigers. The pendulum continued to swing throughout the match until the 92nd minute. At that point Hull City were leading 2-1 and looked certain to gain promotion when they were awarded a penalty kick. Before the kick was taken, the Hull City fans invaded the pitch thinking that they had won the match.

After the fans were cleared off the pitch by police and stewards, Hull City took the spot kick but Cardiff City saved it. The Bluebirds then rushed up the pitch and quickly got a penalty after Abdoulaye Faye handled the ball in the area. Cardiff stepped up to take the kick and scored.

At that moment, the goal meant that Watford would be promoted if the scores stayed the same. Due to the 16 minutes of injury time in the first half, Hull City players moved to their tunnel to watch the closing minutes of the Watford-Leeds game, knowing that only a Leeds United win would secure them automatic promotion.

And then the unthinkable happened for Watford supporters. Leeds United broke on a counter attack and managed to get into a goalscoring opportunity and chipped the ball over the head of Watford’s third-string goalkeeper — 19-year-old Jack Bonham — who failed to stop the shot with his hands, only for the ball to go trickling into the back of the net.

Leeds United held on to the slim margin and won the match, which meant that Hull City — who had automatic promotion, only for it to be taken away from them, and then regained it — were promoted as runners-up in the Championship.

Congratulations to Hull City on promotion to the Premier League on an emotional day that will never be forgotten by many.

Video highlight of penalty miss by Hull City in 92nd minute:


Proschwitz falla el penalti vs. Cardiff by DaniDV

Cardiff score from the penalty, and Hull think they’ve lost their chance:


Hull 2-2 Cardiff (Gol de Maynard de penalti… by DaniDV

Here are highlights of Leeds’s winning goal against Watford:


Watford 1-2 Leeds (Gol de McCormack) CHAMPIONSHIP by DaniDV

Here’s the highlight of Hull City footballers and staff celebrating after they received word that the Watford-Leeds match ended:


Hull Premier by adriabril

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15 Responses to Hull City Promoted to Premier League In One Of The Craziest Endings Ever to a Soccer Season: [VIDEO] Highlights

  1. Todd says:

    Listening to TalkSport this morning was fun. Great ending for Hull City. Though I would have to give the League One Brentford v Doncaster match as being much more exciting, even more exciting than the last day of the 2012 EPL season.

    I mean, to have a penalty to win the league only to miss and see your opponent score at the other end to win the league, amazing.

    • Tony says:

      No way. Doncaster only needed a draw. Memories are short, nothing will ever beat Man City last year and I’m a Man Utd fan.

      Unthinkable seemed like an odd word to us in this story. It implies something bad and totally unexpected. But a team scoring a goal in football is quite likely really.

  2. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Best thing about today?

    Wolves getting relegated.

    Made Doncaster fans promotion all the sweeter I’m sure.

  3. Scott says:

    First a minor correction, Hull had a one point lead coming into today, so after Hull drew, Watford had to win to go up.

    As probably the only Hull City supporter here, that was quite a swing in emotions. When the penalty was given the joy, then seeing the pitch invasion, I right away had a bad feeling he was going to miss. Then of course the huge downer of giving away the penalty and the win. Even when Leeds scored and Watford had to get two I was not comfortable. The final whistle was elation. Never a dull moment.

    • Derick Dominoe says:

      First a minor correction

      Nah, it’s a pretty major correction! Seems like the writer totally didn’t understand the circumstances he was writing about, and has thus written an entirely inaccurate report!

      As probably the only Hull City supporter here

      For now at least, you’re not the only one. Roar!

  4. Patrick Starr says:

    Bolton so close :( to playoff spot

  5. Dan says:

    As a Luton Town supporter this is the best news we have had all season!

  6. BA14 says:

    I’m tipping Hull to be relegated next season.

  7. Matt says:

    Exciting final day but not too thrilled about Hull going up, will be another direct, defensive, long ball team. Would have much preferred Watford and hope Brighton go up in the playoffs.

  8. krazymunky says:

    Any comment on Huddersfield Town and Barnsley match?

    Where they basically agreed to stop playing in the final 3-4 minutes because a tie would avoid relegation for both teams.

    Think the FA will do anything?

  9. James says:

    Scott, far from the only City fan. Unfortunately this article is full of errors as to what actually happened. We were up as long as we matched Watford’s result. Two draws would have meant promotion too.
    Also for Matt, you’ve obviously not seen the team play…. They play a 3-5-2, pushing the ball up through two wing backs that receiving the ball from a group of 3 center halves and get wide for crosses into the box. Not sure how you’ve equated that to long-ball direct play.

    • Scott says:

      Yes, I wish he would correct the errors.

      As for Matt, let the haters hate, the Tigers are back in the Premiership and I don’t care at all how much they will whine about it.

  10. Derick Dominoe says:

    Before today’s matches kicked off, both Watford and Hull City were hoping to secure automatic promotion. Hull needed a win against Watford to guarantee promotion. Watford needed a win, too.

    Two corrections – firstly, Hull were playing Cardiff, not Watford.

    Secondly, that sentence doesn’t really sum up the full picture. A win for Hull (against Cardiff) would have guaranteed promotion (regardless of Watford’s result), but for Watford, it wasn’t a case of “they needed a win”. Nothing they could do would guarantee a win. Their fortune was contingent on the other result – Watford needed to do better than Hull.

  11. Derick Dominoe says:

    Hull City took the spot kick but Cardiff City saved it.

    Also, call me a pedant, but don’t these players have names? Sorry for the bashing.

  12. Derick Dominoe says:

    At that moment, the goal meant that Watford would be promoted if the scores stayed the same.

    OK, actually you deserve the bashing. This is plain wrong. As the scores stood (with both Hull and Watford drawing their respective games), Watford would not have been promoted. Remember, Hull were a point ahead going into the final game, so if they both tied, Hull would still take second place.

    Get it right! And I don’t mean to bash, but I used to be a pretty regular reader of this site, and this kind of stuff just reminded me why I stopped reading.

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