The King Power Stadium

Next Game

Leicester v Hull City

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 1 - 1 S'land

Tuesday, 03 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Duffen: Hull better than '08

Former Hull chairman Paul Duffen has hailed the club's promotion to the Premier League this year as being a greater achievement than when they pulled it off in 2008.

Last Updated: 07/05/13 at 15:30 Post Comment

Hull City: Going up

Hull City: Going up

The Tigers' return to the top-flight with a second-placed finish in the npower Championship was confirmed on Saturday after they drew 2-2 at the KC Stadium with champions Cardiff and third-placed Watford lost 2-1 at home to Leeds.

When Hull went up five years earlier via the Championship play-offs for what proved to be a two-season stint, it was the first time they had reached the top division in their history.

But Duffen, who was chairman at the time having taken over the club in 2007 before resigning two years later, said: "This was even better than 2008.

"To see Hull clinch promotion automatically, without the need for the nervy, fretful experience of the play-offs, was superb.

"Great credit must go to (club owners) Assem and Ehab Allam and to manager Steve Bruce and his team for toughing it out to the end.

"Mind you, there was plenty of tension in the KC as we waited for the news from Watford. I was anxious, everyone was anxious, but it was worth the wait.

"This was a special moment for Hull to reclaim their place in the Premier League. No-one gave them a chance of winning promotion at the start of the season but they have had such a wonderful campaign."

It was Duffen's first time back at the ground since his acrimonious departure from Hull, having been invited by the club's Egyptian owners, who took over in 2010.

"Being at the Cardiff match and winning promotion at the KC was really poignant for me," Duffen said.

"For me to be part of Hull's big day was fabulous. It was a really nice gesture by the new owners and I appreciate it."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd yet... Jermain Defoe is still going to pronounce himself gobsmacked when he learns he hasn't made the England squad for the Euro qualifiers.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

W

e could release Diaby and then re-sign him when nobody else does and he would literally be like a new signing.

john matrix
The Machine Gossip

W

e pay the living wage, living wage, living wage, and that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it!!! Wooo ohhhh ooooohh

hump3.
All Premier League Clubs Should Be Paying Living Wage

Footer 365

Hodgson aims to stay on - Report

Roy Hodgson wants to continue as England manager until after the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, according to reports.

Louis van Gaal denies bust up with Man Utd assistant Ryan Giggs

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hit out after he was asked about his relationship with Ryan Giggs.

Roy Hodgson says Harry Kane is ready to play for England but may have to wait

Roy Hodgson says Tottenham striker Harry Kane is ready to play for England but says it is not a certainty he will be called up.

Mail Box

Have To Trust Managers On Mata

It's all very well bemoaning the lack of action for Juan Mata, but we have to trust the judgement of Van Gaal and Mourinho. Plus Martinez Out, and Leicester are doomed...

Should Gerrard Get In This Liverpool Side?

Never mind the long goodbye, should he actually get back into this excellent Liverpool side playing with pace? Mostly we talk Manchester United, though. It's good...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company