To Hull And Back
Now, I would say that I know a thing or two about my beloved Hull City, I comment almost all of the time because I have a real passion for the club and its players. One thing I couldn't comment on however, was the atmosphere at the KC Stadium shamefully, until last Saturday.
It was a sad fact that I had never seen the mighty tigers play at their ground in person, Living in Cramlington, just short of Newcastle does put my sin in perspective, it isn't an easy Journey to get to Hull from my little town and it certainly isn't cheap. But I made it my goal to venture out and witness the golden Bruce and his army battle Huddersfield (despite stories of the match going to be a violent one). This is my story.
Taxi booked at 7:00am ready for the train to York at 7:35, made it, next was a coach to catch from York to Hull, not problems there either, 2 hours, 20 Min's later we arrived, Hull. I hadn't heard the best of rumours about the city of Hull, but it looked a lot better than some of the places in Newcastle I've been to. We managed to find our way to the ground after finding fellow Tigers making there way there and after avoiding a rather enthusiastic con artist/drug addict trying to scam us at the FRONT of the queue for tickets, we were in. "70 quid for 2 tickets!?! 70 QUID!? What a con! here lads do you want to buy some tickets?" I'll give him a 7 for enthusiasm but a 3 for tactics, we asked the office for two tickets, £20 each, gotta love some people eh?
The match was a dream, atmosphere was great, we dominated the midfield and Stockdale rarely had to do much, I thought after Korens goal he was a bit dodgy with his set pieces and Meyler was a bit clumsy but I wasn't to bothered when Smithies was picking his shot out of his goal. my favourite part was definitely, the Huddersfield fans chanting "I wanna go home, I wanna go hoOome, Hull is a S**t hole, I wanna go home" then Meyler scored and they ran off with their tales between their legs. Great game, loved Cairney coming on cause I think he i has been under used in previous seasons and Quinn ran them ragged.
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Next came the havoc getting home. after wandering around looking for the train station to get us to Doncaster of all places, we found it. Platform 5 train to Doncaster at 4:51 on time it said. Sat at the platform, intercom mentions the train will be on time so we wait, 4:55, still no train. My friend walks off looking for a possible delays or something. I then see him sprinting back shouting "WRONG PLATFORM!" we run to platform 3 to see a conductor on the train to Sheffield that goes through Doncaster saying he can't let us in as it pulls away, So now we're stranded, in Hull. We go to the ticket office protesting that we were told that the train was on platform 5 and maybe we could exchange tickets or get some sort of refund. She unenthusiasticly told us the tickets were now void along with our reserved tickets from Doncaster to Newcastle, so now we have no tickets, and I'm out of cash. prices from Hull to Newcastle, £56, no thank you. we thought the best option was to get the train to York and then get a cheaper train to Newcastle from there, train to York cancelled, but there was a coach instead. I am really thankful to the to people who were informing those getting the coach instead of the train because they allowed us on for free with no tickets. "get on the f***ing bus" were their words.
Getting home from York was next however, but we had a good 2 and a half hours to plan that, when we arrive at York we ask if it were possible to book tickets on the train, hoping that we might be able to get a free ride as we already had lost to reserved seats from Doncaster, she said its cheaper to buy them here as you can use a railcard, so my friend payed for himself and me setting him back £32. We get on the train, no one came for the tickets. now furious and tired we arrive in Newcastle get on a bus and go home arriving at 10:40pm. What a day it had been, more chaotic than I'd hoped but for Hull City? I'd do it a thousand times over.
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