5 things we learned as Hull won the Championship play-off final


Hull secured a return to the Premier League with a deserved 1-0 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-off final at Wembley thanks to Mohamed Diame's classy strike.

Here's what we learned along the way...

1. Steve Bruce has made history.

Hull fans at Wembley

Bruce is the first manager to win four promotions into the top flight since the Premier League was formed in 1992.

The former Manchester United captain took Birmingham up in 2002 and 2007, and has now won promotion as Hull boss twice in three years. The question is, can he keep them there this time?

2. Mo Diame's golden shot is worth millions.

Hull City's Mohamed Diame with the trophy

Various estimates put the value of winning promotion at around £170 million. It's a bit less for Hull, who now forego their parachute payments after bouncing straight back after last season's relegation.

But Mo Diame's shot is still worth the thick end of £110 million for the Tigers.

3. Hull's finishing was terrible.

Andrew Robertson reacts after missing from close range

While they were unlucky to have a header cleared off the line and to find Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood in fine form, Diame should have done much better with his shot which hit the post, and Andy Robertson's composure deserted him eight yards out.

It was going to take something special for them to win it, and luckily Diame provided it.

4. Sheffield Wednesday filled a lot more seats at Wembley.

sheffield wednesday fans in the stadium

The sight of rows and rows of empty seats in the Hull end was disappointing. A club now about to return to the Premier League should surely be able to sell more than two-thirds of their allocation? Or was it because Hull were playing St Helens in the rugby league?

The Wednesday end, by contrast, was packed and bouncing and their fans deserved better.

5. And if anyone wants to place a bet on Hull doing a Leicester...

Hull City manager Steve Bruce celebrates with Alex Bruce

Just in case anyone fancies a flutter on Hull winning the Premier League title next season, you can get a juicy 1500/1. Worth a pound of anyone's money, surely?