Grand Day Out - The life and times of Hull City at Wembley

Hull City's Dean Windass celebrates the 2008 play-off final victory against Bristol City. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

Hull City's Dean Windass celebrates the 2008 play-off final victory against Bristol City. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

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FREQUENT recent visitors to the home of football, Hull City call in at Wembley for the fourth time in eight years on Saturday in the all-Yorkshire £200m winner-takes-all jackpot game with Sheffield Wednesday.

The Tigers have experienced the good and the not so good in winning and losing causes along the way.

Here’s the lowdown on their previous Wembley dates.

FA Cup final, May 17, 2014 Arsenal 3 Hull City 2

Arsenal came from 2-0 down to win a dramatic FA Cup final 3-2 with a goal from Aaron Ramsey in extra-time to end their nine-year wait for a trophy.

Hull had earlier stunned the Gunners at a sun-baked Wembley as they went 2-0 up inside eight minutes following a remarkable opening through James Chester and captain Curtis Davies, who both capitalised on some poor defending from balls into the penalty area.

Hull City's Curtis Davies (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Arsenal during the 2014 FA Cup Final at Wembley against Arsenal. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA.

Hull City's Curtis Davies (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Arsenal during the 2014 FA Cup Final at Wembley against Arsenal. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA.

Arsenal, though, rallied and reduced the deficit through a superb 30-yard free-kick from Santi Cazorla.

After several Arsenal penalty claims, notably a pull by Tom Huddlestone on Olivier Giroud, were turned down by referee Lee Probert, the equaliser eventually came on 71 minutes when Laurent Koscielny knocked the ball into the net from a corner before being clattered by Allan McGregor.

The Hull goalkeeper saved well from Giroud as the match went into extra-time when the France forward crashed a header against the crossbar.

However, it was left to Ramsey - who left Wembley in tears as a schoolboy following defeat with Cardiff in the 2008 final against Portsmouth - to complete a remarkable turnaround when he crashed in a loose ball from the edge of the penalty box on 109 minutes which handed Arsene Wenger his first taste of success since 2005.

Hull City's Ahmed Elohamady and Sheffield United's Conor Coady compete during the FA Cup Semi Final in 2014. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA.

Hull City's Ahmed Elohamady and Sheffield United's Conor Coady compete during the FA Cup Semi Final in 2014. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA.

FA Cup semi-final, April 13, 2014: Hull City 5 Sheffield United 3

Hull City reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history after they staged a stunning second-half fightback to defeat a spirited Sheffield United in a pulsating semi-final.

For 45 minutes, Steve Bruce’s side had looked as though they were on course to suffer a shock as the League One Blades twice seized the lead.

The Blades drew first blood when Jose Baxter stabbed in, and although Hull levelled through Yannick Sagbo’s close-range finish, Stefan Scougall smashed in to restore Nigel Clough’s side’s lead.

Hull turned the game around early in the second half when substitute Matt Fryatt swept in and Tom Huddlestone scored a classy solo effort before ex-Blade Stephen Quinn headed home.

Jamie Murphy’s late strike set up a tense finale, but David Meyler sealed the win with a composed finish in injury time.

It sealed a fifth successive FA Cup semi-final loss for Clough’s Blades, but they claimed plenty of pride in an outstanding showing - they were just the ninth club from outside the top two divisions to reach the last four.

Championship play-off final, May 24, 2008: Hull City 1 Bristol City 0

A true ‘where were you’ moment for the amber-and-black nation with a sumptuous Dean Windass volley putting the Tigers in dreamland and securing a top-flight berth for the first time in their 104-year history.

The boyhood Tigers fan, aged 29, crashed home a spectacular first-half shot from 18 yards to seal glory for the Yorkshire outfit.

Bristol City pressed after the break, with Hull keeper Boaz Myhill saving from Lee Trundle and Michael McIndoe.

Michael Turner also blocked Trundle late on, but the day belonged to Hull, Windass and manager Phil Brown.

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