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Premier League Rewind: 13th-15th March 2010

Results: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City 2-2 Everton, Bolton Wanderers 4-0 Wigan Athletic, Burnley 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea 4-1 West Ham United, Stoke City 0-0 Aston Villa, Hull City 1-2 Arsenal, Manchester United 3-0 Fulham, Sunderland 1-1 Manchester City, Liverpool FC 4-1 Portsmouth

The race for the title, Champions League qualification and the fight to stay in the Premier League was really starting to liven up by the time these mid-March fixtures came around in 2010.

While some teams were still trying to catch up in terms of fulfilling their fixtures due to cup commitments and winter weather, the majority only had eight more games to make the decisive difference in all these areas.

At the top of the table, just two points covered Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. All three sides won again to ensure status quo in the title race. Chelsea were first to play on this weekend and they cruised to a 4-1 victory over London rivals West Ham United. Didier Drogba, competing for the Golden Boot against Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, scored twice for the home side. However, the goal of the match came from ex-Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker, who struck a wonderful shot from distance that left third-choice goalkeeper Ross Turnbull completely stranded. Parker’s performances were sensational in a team that were fighting relegation.

The win briefly took Chelsea top and Arsenal would join them on 64 points after scrapping to a 2-1 away win at Hull City in the Saturday evening kick-off. Despite having George Boateng sent off before half-time, Hull held on for a point until Nicklas Bendtner struck in stoppage-time. The defeat left Hull rooted in the bottom three and having lost their last four matches, they decided to place manager Phil Brown on “gardening leave” two days later.

Manchester United’s chance to respond came 24 hours later and after a stubborn first half display from Fulham, United wore them down in the second half. Rooney responded to Drogba’s double the previous day with his own brace and Dimitar Berbatov’s late goal ensured a 3-0 success over the Cottagers. United were two points clear again but Chelsea did have a game in-hand on their rivals.

In the race for fourth place and the final Champions League qualification spot, it was advantage to Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 in the opening game of the weekend. There were two goals for Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko. Previously having made the headlines for a desire to leave the club, Pavlyuchenko had now scored four goals in his last three matches to keep Harry Redknapp’s side one point clear of the chasing pack.

Big-spending Manchester City dropped to sixth after drawing 1-1 at Sunderland. Only a last-minute equaliser saw them avoid defeat at The Stadium of Light. This allowed Liverpool FC into fifth position in the table. There was another two goals for the Fernando Torres tally as bottom-club Portsmouth were routed 4-1 at Anfield.

At the wrong end of the table, Wolverhampton Wanderers gave themselves a three-point cushion over Burnley after defeating the Clarets 2-1 at Turf Moor. Matt Jarvis and a Clarke Carlisle own goal was enough for Mick McCarthy’s side to complete a league double over their rivals in distress. Bolton Wanderers eased their concerns with a 4-0 triumph against Wigan Athletic with goals coming from Johan Elmander, Kevin Davies, Fabrice Muamba and Matt Taylor. However, with just eight points covering the Trotters in 13th to Hull in 19th, there was still plenty to fight for in the battle to survive.

What else happened in March 2010?

  • Former leader of the Labour Party Michael Foot dies at the age of 96. He was leader of the opposition from 1980 to 1983.
  • The last analogue television services are switched off in Wales, making it the first part of the UK to have a fully digital service.
  • BBC Director-General Mark Thompson confirms proposals to close down BBC Radio 6 Music and the Asian Network as part of cost-cutting measures.
  • A 41-year-old man, who is already two years into a life sentence for murdering two women, is charged with the murder of Surrey teenager Milly Dowler, who disappeared in 2002.
  • Less than a year after their relegation from the Football League, Chester City F.C. goes out of business after 125 years.
  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives evidence to the Chilcott inquiry.
  • The Kasubi Tombs, Uganda’s only cultural World Heritage Site, are destroyed by fire.

The Clubs: Hull City

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
190 41 48 101 181 323 -142 171 5


Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Ahmed Elmohamady 109
Tom Huddlestone 98
Jake Livermore 92
Curtis Davies 84
David Meyler 78
Paul McShane 74
Geovanni 60
Andy Dawson 60
Andrew Robertson 57
Boaz Myhill 55


Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Nikica Jelavic 13
Geovanni 11
Abel Hernandez 8
Robert Snodgrass 7
Stephen Hunt 6
Marlon King 5
Craig Fagan 5
Jake Livermore 5
Dame N’Doye 5
Ahmed Elmohamady 4


Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Hull City 6-0 Fulham 28th December 2013 2013-2014
Cardiff City 0-4 Hull City 22nd February 2014 2013-2014
West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Hull City 25th October 2008 2008-2009
Hull City 4-2 Middlesbrough 5th April 2017 2016-2017
Hull City 3-1 Liverpool FC 1st December 2013 2013-2014
Sunderland 1-3 Hull City 26th December 2014 2014-2015
Hull City 3-1 AFC Bournemouth 14th January 2017 2016-2017
Hull City 2-0 Fulham 29th March 2010 2009-2010
Sunderland 0-2 Hull City 8th February 2014 2013-2014
Hull City 2-0 West Bromwich Albion 22nd March 2014 2013-2014


Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Hull City 1-7 Tottenham Hotspur 21st May 2017 2016-2017
Liverpool FC 6-1 Hull City 26th September 2009 2009-2010
AFC Bournemouth 6-1 Hull City 15th October 2016 2016-2017
Hull City 0-5 Wigan Athletic 30th August 2008 2008-2009
Manchester City 5-1 Hull City 26th December 2008 2008-2009
Hull City 1-5 Tottenham Hotspur 19th August 2009 2009-2010
Everton 5-1 Hull City 7th March 2010 2009-2010
Liverpool FC 5-1 Hull City 24th September 2016 2016-2017
Manchester United 4-0 Hull City 23rd January 2010 2009-2010
Everton 4-0 Hull City 18th March 2017 2016-2017



Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Phil Brown 2 15th March 2010
Iain Dowie 1 9th May 2010
Steve Bruce 2 22nd July 2016
Mike Phelan 1 3rd January 2017
Marco Silva 1 25th May 2017


Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Hull City 0-0 Liverpool FC 9th May 2010 25,030 2009-2010
Hull City 1-2 Arsenal 13th March 2010 25,023 2009-2010
Hull City 0-1 Sunderland 24th April 2010 25,012 2009-2010
Hull City 2-1 Manchester City 6th February 2010 24,959 2009-2010
Hull City 1-1 Chelsea 2nd February 2010 24,957 2009-2010
Hull City 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30th January 2010 24,957 2009-2010
Hull City 0-1 Manchester United 24th May 2009 24,945 2008-2009
Hull City 1-3 Liverpool FC 25th April 2009 24,942 2008-2009
Hull City 3-1 Liverpool FC 1st December 2013 24,940 2013-2014
Hull City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 1st February 2014 24,932 2013-2014



Hull City reached the Premier League for the first time slightly unexpectedly in 2008 and have enjoyed promotion on two separate occasions since. Relegation has followed three times but the Tigers supporters have enjoyed some high points, including some notable victories over Arsenal, Liverpool FC and Manchester City over the years. Their survival in 2009 at the expensive of a much richer Newcastle United was a wonderful achievement and they reached an FA Cup final too during Steve Bruce’s tenure.



This was Hull City’s first season in top-flight football in their 104-year history and it started brilliantly with an opening day 2-1 success over Fulham. The Tigers won six of their opening nine matches, including victories on back-to-back weekends in north London over Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. A 3-0 triumph away at West Bromwich Albion even took Hull joint-top of the table at the end of October with Liverpool FC and Chelsea.

A drop in form was bound to happen but it did happen quite dramatically after a first half nightmare on Boxing Day at Eastlands. Hull were trailing 4-0 at half-time to Manchester City when manager Phil Brown elected to give his half-time team talk on the pitch infront of Hull supporters. The players looked bemused and a slide down the table followed.

The Humberside club won just one more match all season with Manucho’s late goal snatching a 1-0 victory at Fulham in early March. Going into the final day of the season, Brown’s side were one point clear of Newcastle United and had their destiny in their own hands. They lost 1-0 to a youthful Manchester United side but Newcastle also lost by the same scoreline to Aston Villa. By the skin of their teeth, Hull had survived and the KC Stadium celebrated.



Hull began their second season in the Premier League with little investment in terms of new players with the main arrival being Stephen Hunt from Championship outfit Reading. They began with defeats to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur and won just two of their first 11 league matches. The return of the charismatic Jimmy Bullard from injury saw a mini-revival in November. Hull beat Stoke and Everton and drew at Manchester City where Bullard’s celebration after his spot-kick was a mock-up version of Brown’s infamous team talk from the previous season. Luckily, everyone saw the funny side!

There had been changes at boardroom level though with Adam Pearson becoming chairman in November 2009. He didn’t see eye-to-eye with the manager and after a run of four successive losses, including a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Everton, Phil Brown was put on gardening leave in March. Iain Dowie arrived as a management consultant but only won one game in-charge and the Tigers were effectively relegated in late April due to an inferior goal difference after losing 1-0 at home to Sunderland.



After an absence of three seasons, Hull City returned to the Premier League under the guidance of former title-winning captain of Manchester United, Steve Bruce. He added plenty of Premier League experience, with Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Maynor Figueroa among the summer arrivals. Hull made a bright start, winning three of their first six matches, rising to seventh after a 1-0 win over West Ham United in late September.

The most memorable moment of the season came when title-chasing Liverpool FC were beaten 3-1 at the KC Stadium in December. Later that month, Fulham were destroyed 6-0 in a result which is Hull’s biggest margin of victory in the Premier League. Bruce added to his attacking options in January with the double signing of Shane Long from West Bromwich Albion and Nikica Jelavic from Everton. The two formed an excellent partnership to ensure Hull finished with their highest-ever points tally in their Premier League history. There was agony in the FA Cup final, with defeat in extra-time to Arsenal but 16th place meant the target of survival had been comfortably achieved.



Hull were looking to push on following the qualified success of 2013-2014 but exited the UEFA Europa League in the qualifying rounds and were dealt a blow when Long was sold to Southampton on the eve of the new Premier League season starting. Despite an opening day victory at Loftus Road, Hull lost big summer arrival Robert Snodgrass to a season-ending injury and struggled to find any real momentum.

By November, it was clear this was going to be another season battling relegation and although there were positive results during the festive period away at Sunderland and at home to Everton, wins were few and far between. In fact, Hull managed just eight during the season. Although they did briefly rally to defeat Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC in April, Hull went into the final day in the bottom three. Once again, they were fighting against Newcastle United for survival but unlike in 2009, it was Newcastle who prevailed. Hull drew 0-0 with Manchester United confirming their second Premier League relegation.



The Tigers made an instant return to the top-flight via the play-offs but their pre-season plans were thrown into complete disarray when Steve Bruce walked out on the club in mid-July, frustrated by the lack of new arrivals.

Mike Phelan stepped into the breach and started brilliantly with back-to-back wins over champions Leicester City and Swansea City. The success in south Wales would turn out to be Hull’s only away win of the entire campaign. Phelan was handed the job on a permanent basis in October but the celebrations of his appointment were cut short when Hull were well-beaten; 6-1 by AFC Bournemouth.

After sinking to the bottom of the table during the festive period, he was given his marching orders in early January and replaced by the former Olympiacos boss, Marco Silva. Silva galvanised what looked like a lost cause, steering Hull to important home wins over AFC Bournemouth, Liverpool FC, West Ham United and Middlesbrough. This was despite selling star assets Snodgrass and Livermore in the transfer window, replacing them with largely loan arrivals to beef up the squad’s depth of players.

It ended unhappily though. A damaging 2-0 home loss to already relegated Sunderland opened the door for Swansea City to claim survival. A 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace sealed Hull’s fate on the penultimate weekend. Silva resigned to take over at Watford and Hull’s struggles in the Championship this season mean they face the prospect of playing League One football next season.

The Managers: Brian Horton

Premier League Clubs Managed: Manchester City (1993-1995)

Brian Horton spent nearly two seasons in the Premier League, managing Manchester City. He is one of the few managers in English football to have taken charge of over 1000 games. Successes included winning the LDV Vans Trophy with Port Vale in 2001 and taking Hull City to promotion in the 1980s. He has managed for over 20 seasons in the professional game and specialised in taking control of struggling clubs and stabilising them.

Horton has managed seven clubs in his career and achieved a win ratio of more than 30% with all the sides he managed.

He did well as a manager but he was a decent player too in his playing days. Brian played for five clubs, most notably for Port Vale and Brighton & Hove Albion. He spent five seasons with each side and made over 200 appearances for both teams. Promoted out of the Second Division with both Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year three times and ultimately played a total of 610 league matches. He retired in 1986 from playing but by then, he was already into management with Hull.

A tricky beginning at Hull

Success didn’t follow on the move into permanent management with the Tigers. He was sacked in 1988 after a 4-1 home defeat to Swindon Town, extending a terrible run which had seen the club slip out of promotion contention with just one win in 17 matches. The players accepted responsibility for their alarming dip in form and urged owner Don Robinson to reconsider his decision to dispense with Horton. He did and asked Brian to come back but feeling betrayed he refused the offer. Eddie Gray would ultimately be his successor.

His next move would be in a no.2 capacity at Oxford United, assisting the former Liverpool FC defender Mark Lawrenson who was experiencing his first role in management. In October 1988, Oxford star player Dean Saunders was sold to Derby County without the consent of Lawrenson. He left and the club elected to appoint Horton as his replacement. This came at the time where both Derby and Oxford were owned by members of Robert Maxwell’s family.

Horton kept Oxford safe from relegation in Division Two but they never launched a serious play-off challenge. 10th was the highest position he managed to finish in and after Robert Maxwell’s mysterious death in November 1991, Oxford were plunged into financial trouble. Top players Paul Simpson and Martin Foyle had to be sold to balance the books and replacements had to come from the club’s academy. Relegation to Division Three was only avoided on the final day of the 1991-1992 season with a win against Tranmere Rovers.

His solid work was noted by Manchester City who took a huge gamble on him in the early weeks of the 1993-1994 campaign.

Exciting football but lacking results at City

Four games into the season, Peter Reid was sacked by Manchester City. There were issues at boardroom level with a power struggle between Peter Swales and Francis Lee being played out in the media. Horton’s appointment came with plenty of trepidation from supporters, especially as the Citizens had just a single point to their name from those opening four games. This was definitely the biggest challenge of his management career.

Results were decent to start with. He began with an away win against the whipping boys of the season in Swindon Town, followed by a 3-0 home win over Queens Park Rangers. In fact, he lost just one of his first 10 games. His first setback was the Manchester Derby in November 1993. Two Niall Quinn goals had City 2-0 ahead against the runaway league leaders at half-time but they would end up losing the game 3-2.

A poor run followed and the club were flirting dangerously with relegation. Quinn picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury and the previous season’s top scorer, David White was sold to Leeds United in exchange for David Rocastle – a deal which definitely worked better in favour of Leeds. By mid-February, City were 20th and desperately needed a lift in their fortunes.

On transfer deadline day in March 1994, Paul Walsh joined the club from Portsmouth. Peter Beagrie arrived from Everton and German striker Uwe Rosler came in too. Horton’s late market moves paid off. The club collected 12 points from their final seven games and scrambled to safety, finishing in 16th position.

Bright start turns sour

In the summer of 1994, Horton added Nicky Summerbee to his ranks from relegated Swindon and a very exciting side was starting to emerge. Big victories were recorded over West Ham United, Everton and Norwich City. In October 1994, an attacking Tottenham Hotspur side turned up at Maine Road containing the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann, Ilie Dumitrescu, Nick Barmby and Darren Anderton. City simply blew them away, winning 5-2 in what was Horton’s finest 90 minutes as manager of the club.

Despite a 5-0 battering at Old Trafford, Manchester City sat sixth in the table in early December and an attacking line-up of Quinn, Rosler and Walsh would finish with 47 goals between them. However, the bright start turned sour, winning just four matches in 1995 and finishing just four points clear of relegation.

An Easter double over Liverpool FC and Blackburn Rovers was crucial and if they’d won their final day match against Queens Park Rangers, City could have still finished a solid 12th in the table. Ultimately, it was a 17th-place finish and Horton was sacked. His departure wasn’t a huge shock. Francis Lee had won the boardroom battle and taken over during Brian’s reign. He wanted a bigger name in the role and eventually acquired Alan Ball from Southampton. Manchester City were relegated a season later.

Despite this disappointment, Horton dusted himself down and would spend more time as a manager in the Football League with Huddersfield Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Port Vale and Macclesfield Town. He has also worked as an assistant to Phil Brown at Hull City and Paul Dickov at Doncaster Rovers. He was most recently involved in a football coordinator role at Southend United; a role he held from August 2015 to January 2018.

Brian Horton’s results at Manchester City were mixed to say the least but he did promote an exciting, attractive brand of football to the suffering supporters in the mid-1990s and considering what would follow after his departure, they would have appreciated his spell in the aftermath of their decline which saw them playing Second Division football by 1998.

Shock Results: Arsenal 1-2 Hull City (September 2008)

Goalscorers: Paul McShane 51 OG, Geovanni 62, Daniel Cousin 66


Arsenal: Manuel Alumina, Gael Clichy, William Gallas, Kolo Toure, Bacary Sagna, Denilson, Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Eboue (Nicklas Bendtner 69), Theo Walcott (Carlos Vela 77), Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie

Hull City: Boaz Myhill, Andy Dawson, Paul McShane, Michael Turner, Kamil Zayatte, George Boateng (Richard Garcia 76), Ian Ashbee, Geovanni (Bryan Hughes 72), Marlon King, Daniel Cousin (Bernard Mendy 80)

Referee: Alan Wiley, Attendance: 60,037

Although they had made a promising start to their debut Premier League campaign in 2008-2009, few gave Hull City much hope of turning over Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium. Phil Brown’s side had won twice already but a third victory on their first trip in successive weekends to north London was seen as a long shot. However, the Tigers would tear up the formbook, producing a stunning performance and a wonderful victory.

Brown made two changes to the side that had drawn 2-2 with Everton six days earlier, recalling the maverick attacking midfielder Geovanni and experience at the heart of the midfield in George Boateng. Both selections turned out to be inspired decisions.

They had to stay in the game against an Arsenal side which on their day could overpower any team in the Premier League. In the first 30 minutes, it looked like the game was going to go to the planned formbook. Emmanuel Adebayor had the ball in the back of the net but the Togolese striker was denied after referee Alan Wiley adjudged he had fouled Paul McShane when climbing to meet a Cesc Fabregas cross.

Despite their possession dominance, goalscoring chances were at a premium for the home side, kept out by a well-drilled offside trap and some last-ditch defending from Hull defenders. They deserved to be level at half-time. However, five minutes into the second half, the Gunners did take the lead. Theo Walcott’s cross was diverted into the path of Cesc Fabregas. He struck the ball into the net but it was eventually credited as an own goal off the luckless McShane who fought valiantly but couldn’t prevent the ball crossing the goal-line. Surely, this was the end of the Hull resistance?

Not so. In fact, Arsenal’s lead lasted just 11 minutes. Geovanni was given plenty of space on the edge of the penalty area and elected to go for goal. His right-foot shot flew into the top corner of the net. Manuel Almunia in the Arsenal goal had no chance of keeping it out. Brown did a dancing jig as he celebrated one of the most spectacular goals of the season and now, his side had a genuine chance of leaving with at least a point.

The away supporters began to dream further when Andy Dawson’s corner was met by a towering header from Daniel Cousin just four minutes later. Incredibly, Hull were ahead and now had something mighty to protect. Arsene Wenger threw on Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela to try and revive his team but it was to no avail. The closest they came was a William Gallas header that hit the crossbar.

This was Hull’s night and a crucial win too. They would stay up by just a single point come the end of the season. Arsenal finished fourth but it was a fourth successive season without a trophy for them.

Iconic Moments: Phil Brown’s half-time dressing down (December 2008)

Hull City were a breath of fresh air into the Premier League in the early weeks of the 2008-2009 season. They won on the opening weekend at home to Fulham and then pulled off a famous London away double in successive weekends against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. They even were joint-top in late October after a 3-0 away triumph at West Bromwich Albion.

By Boxing Day, results had dried up slightly but the Tigers’ still sat in a creditable seventh spot in the table – only behind the traditional big four teams plus Aston Villa and Everton. They travelled to Manchester City, hoping to pull off another away scalp. This trip won’t be remembered for a shock result though.

Mark Hughes’ side were rampant in the first half and led at the interval 4-0. Stephen Ireland was in sparkling form, setting up three of the goals as Felipe Caicedo (2), Robinho and Shaun Wright-Phillips all found the back of the net. Hull were simply not at the races and manager Phil Brown was incensed with their opening 45 minutes.

So, rather than take out his fury behind closed doors, he took his players over to the supporters at the visiting end of the ground and furiously berated them for everyone to see. This must have been public humiliation for the players as Brown was seen wagging his finger at various individuals for several minutes. They did improve in the second half but still lost the game 5-1. Afterwards, Brown defended his decision to carry out his team talk in the public eye. He told the BBC: “I thought it was nice and cold and I thought I would keep the boys alive because they looked as if they were dead. Our 4,000 travelling fans deserved some kind of explanation for the first half performance and it was difficult for me to do that from the confines of a changing room. We owed them an apology for the first half performance.”

That decision seemed to have a negative effect on the rest of Hull’s season. They won just one more match all campaign in the Premier League and only managed to avoid relegation by a single point.

A year later, Hull returned to Eastlands and performed far better to leave with a 1-1 draw. Jimmy Bullard’s penalty ensured they would return to east Yorkshire with a point and he decided to mimic Brown’s team talk in a hilarious celebration that luckily, everyone saw the funny side of!