Hull City 07/08 promotion winning team: Where are they now?
This coming May will mark ten years since Hull City's first promotion to the Premier League in 2008. The Tigers had previously been a club well renowned in the lower leagues in English football but shocked many as they made it to the top flight under Phil Brown. They were installed as relegation candidates at the start of the 2007/08 season but defied all the odds as they earned their first promotion to the top tier in their 104-year history. Dean Windass's volley in the 38th minute was enough to beat Bristol City in the play-off final. Here is the starting XI from that day, let's take a look at where they are now.
Wales international Boaz Myhill played for the Tigers in between the sticks that day. He is now 35, playing for Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. He spent seven years at the KC Stadium (now called the KCOM Stadium) and was a key player for them in their promotion-winning campaign a decade ago. Myhill joined Hull in 2003 from Aston Villa and played for them in all four divisions as they rose up the leagues to the top tier. He left the Tigers in 2010, following their relegation to the Championship, and joined West Brom for £1.5 million. He's been there ever since.
Playing right-back for Hull City was another former Wales international, Sam Ricketts. He retired from the game in November 2016 due to a knee injury aged 36. His final spell as a player came at Coventry City. He was sold by the Tigers to Bolton Wanderers in July 2009. On the opposite side was Andy Dawson, whose brother Michael now plays for Hull. Dawson was considered a legend by Hull fans and spent ten years at the club, playing over 300 games for them. He is now 39 and retired after having a final spell at Scunthorpe United in 2013.
The centre-back partnership for Hull was Wayne Brown and Michael Turner, who were pivotal in their promotion. Brown has now retired and he's managing Colchester United's U21 side. He left Hull in 2009 to join Leicester City and has since had spells at Preston North End and most recently Bury Town. Turner, on the other hand, still plays in the Football League for Southend United. He joined them in the summer following his release by Norwich City and re-united with the now sacked Phil Brown.
The former Australia international Richard Garcia played right-midfield for the Tigers. He retired from the game in May after a final stint with Perth Glory. After leaving Hull in 2012, he returned to his native country and spent time with Melbourne Heart (now City), Sydney FC and most recently Perth. The left midfielder for the Tigers was club legend Nick Barmby. The former Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur star and England international went onto manage Hull after retiring but was harshly sacked by the club's owners. He has not worked in football since.
Their captain Ian Ashbee played in central midfield. He skippered Hull in all four divisions of English football and was the first player to ever do this. He left The Tigers in 2011 to join Preston North End and retired in 2012. Now, he works in the watch industry but has been involved with local sides Hull United and Bridlington Town in East Yorkshire. Alongside him was Bryan Hughes, who has also retired from the game after spells with Birmingham City, Charlton, Hull, Accrington Stanley, IBV Vestmannaeyja and Scarborough Athletic.
Dean Windass played up front for the Tigers and his goal sent his home-town club into the Premier League. Both Windass and Barmby were born in Hull and helped get them to the top flight for the first time. Windass, now 48 years-old, is now a club ambassador. His strike partner was Fraizer Campbell, who returned to play for Hull City in the summer following his release by Crystal Palace. Campbell is now fighting to help them stay in the Championship this season.