Hull City Tigers Should Shed No Tears for the Premiership

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IApril 24, 2010

HULL, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:  Jozy Altidore of Hull City reacts after being sent off during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Sunderland at the KC Stadium on April 24, 2010 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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On a day where Hull City went out with a valiant whimper after two seasons in England's top flight, the Tigers should not shed a tear for their misfortunes or their demise. They should be rejoicing at their two seasons in the sun.

For a club with 104 years of history before reaching the top flight they scared the pants off many more established teams in both seasons.

To be only the second team to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium is no small feat. From a thrilling 4-3 loss to Manchester United at the "Theatre of Dreams" to beating Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, the Tigers have certainly had reasons to be proud.

Hull also beat Newcastle United three times and drew once in a single season, and they reached the quarterfinals of the FA Cup in the club's first season in the league. These are just two more of the high points that fans should relish for a long time.

This season the Tigers were unlucky to not get all six points against Chelsea, and they destroyed the millionaires of Manchester City at the KC Stadium. The unbeaten run in November where the Tigers beat Stoke City and Everton and drew against Manchester City and West Ham demonstrated that on our day we could beat some of the country's best.

The two seasons have also unearthed some great potential players for the future of the club. The three C's of Liam Cooper, Mark Cullen, and Tom Cairney bode well for the spine of the team for the future and to add to the home grown talent is the young Frenchman Steven Mouyokolo.

The Tigers still have three of the team that stepped up from the bottom division through to the Premier League in Andy Dawson, Boaz Myhill, and Ian Ashbee, and none of them looked out of place in the world's toughest division.

Yeah, we ended up getting relegated from the Premiership but at the end of the day we have punched well above our weight for two seasons. The fact that we have gone down with two games left of the season is nothing to be ashamed of.

The club hadn't "done a Derby" as predicted, or a Sunderland (2005-06), or a Watford (1999-2000), or a Bradford City (2000-01) for that matter, as all these clubs had disastrously low points totals. The club didn't fair as bad as Swindon Town (1993-94) with their truly awful 100 goals conceded.

If after the final whistle of the Championship playoff final anyone would have said that the club would have had two seasons in the Premiership most of us would have laughed at the idea.

Bring on the Championship and a level playing field, something that the Premiership can never be called. Never forget the good times of sticking two fingers up to the so-called big teams and their arrogance of looking down on our team.

Silverware? We don't care. We'll follow City anywhere.