AHMED ELMOHAMADY is relishing Hull City’s return to the “best stadium in the world”.
The Tigers will take on Sheffield United at Wembley on Sunday in the first all-Yorkshire FA Cup semi-final in a generation.
Elmohamady, the only Hull player to appear in every Premier League game this term, said: “I have been to Wembley before with my national team (Egypt, for a friendly in 2010).
“It is a fantastic stadium and one that everyone will be very proud to play in. The atmosphere is great. A great pitch, too, which I think will really suit us.
“I have been lucky to play in some good stadiums around the world.
“But this one is the best I played at. Totally amazing and one I can’t wait to play there again next weekend.”
Hull are all but safe in the Premier League following the 1-0 win over Swansea City, something that Elmohamady insists can only work in their favour at Wembley.
He said: “It was a great result against Swansea. They are a top team and although we didn’t play great, we did enough to get the win.
“With that out of the way, we can now concentrate on the FA Cup and that was always our aim once we got past Sunderland. It will allow us to relax and not think about the league.
“We are really looking forward to the Cup game against Sheffield United. It will be great to go to Wembley. I know everyone here is very excited.
“It has seemed like a long time. It has been there at the back of our minds, but now we can think about it fully. There are no distractions or anything like that.
“We want to win the game. Just getting to Wembley is not going to be enough.”
In the week when the Football Association will rule on Assem Allam’s proposal to re-brand as Hull Tigers, a ballot of season ticket holders saw almost two-thirds of those eligible to vote fail to do so.
Hull sold 15,033 season passes for 2013-14 but just 5,874 votes were cast. Of those, 2,565 ticked the box marked ‘Yes to Hull Tigers with the Allam family continuing to lead the club’ as 2,517 voted ‘No to Hull Tigers’.
A further 792 had no preference, while 9,159 season ticket holders failed to vote.
Last month, the FA, whose Council will rule on the matter tomorrow, confirmed that their membership committee had made a unanimous recommendation to reject the request to change the club’s name.
Hull’s record appearance holder Andy Davidson has passed away at the age of 81.
Associated with the Tigers for more than three decades, Davidson made 579 appearances in 16 seasons before moving on to the coaching staff at Boothferry Park.
He finally left the club in 1979, after a stint as assistant manager.