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Next Up - Hull City & Brighton (Published in Sheffield Wednesday's Official Matchday Programme)

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

HULL 01/01 3:00PM

Hull City and Dean Windass go hand in hand. He has achieved cult status at the club, which was cemented during his second spell with the Tigers in 2007.

The striker initially arrived on loan from Bradford and scored a vital goal against Cardiff to help secure Hull's position in the Championship.

His eight goals in total during the temporary stint was enough to convince the Tigers to sign Windass on a permanent deal worth around £150,000.

The 2007/08 season would be a memorable one for both club and player. During that term, Windass made his 700th career appearance and scored his 200th goal.

However, it was his 201st that made all the headlines. Hull secured a play-off position and defeated Watford en route to the final against Bristol City.

The Tigers were given the opportunity to reach the Premier League for the first time in their history and the goal that secured it was scored by their local hero Windass.

A superbly taken volley in the 38th minute was enough to win the game, with Windass' goal estimated to have been worth £60m at the time.

But none of this came as a surprise to Windass who is quoted to have said to manager Phil Brown in the build-up to the final: 'l will score the winning goal to get you in the Premier League.'

He did exactly that and will forever be adored by Hull fans for doing so.

BRIGHTON 04/01 3:01PM

As the Owls are soon to face Brighton in the FA Cup, it seems apt to look back to their only ever appearance in the FA Cup final - the 1983 showpiece contested between the Seagulls and Manchester United.

The game was ultimately settled with a replay in front of 90,000 at Wembley. United were huge favourites. finishing third in the old First Division in the same season that Brighton were relegated from the top flight.

The odds were firmly in United's favour, but Brighton, who beat Wednesday in the semi finals, were not going to give up without a fight.

An upset was on the cards in the first game With the scores tied at 2-2, Peter Jones uttered the famous commentary line of 'and Smith must score!'

However, United's goalkeeper Gary Bailey prevented Gordon Smith from scoring and securing a huge cup upset. Instead the score stayed level after extra time and the match headed to a replay five days later.

Unfortunately for Brighton, the second match was much less of a contest. Despite a good start, Bailey again kept the Seagulls at bay. United scored after 25 minutes as Bryan Robson put them ahead, Norman Whiteside doubled the lead and Robson scored a second to make it 3-0 before half time. Brighton conceded again in the second half, an Arnold Mühren penalty, and the dream was over

Peter Jones


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