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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Hull fan on loving Steve Bruce and avoiding relegation

Continuing with our fan previews, Andy Dalton from Amber Nector discusses all things Hull. Follow @Amber__Nectar on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2012-2013 for your club?

Andy: 2012/13 was a very enjoyable surprise. We thought we’d probably challenge for the play-offs, in which anything’s possible. No-one really saw automatic promotion coming, nor did we anticipate it being done with such stylish football. Arguably the finest season in our history.

Scott: Who was your best player?

Andy: Sone Aluko, slyly poached on a free from poor old Rangers last summer. He’s fast, clever and incredibly skilful. If he can make the step up (and he should) then he’ll command a lot of attention and require some watchful marking.

Scott: Which player are you expecting most important in 2013-2014?

Andy: Remember James Chester? You maybe don’t, but he made the Championship look an absolute stroll. He’s been in no small responsible for our tight defence of the past couple of years, and he takes to a higher level, we’ll do okay at the back.

Scott: If you could take one United player, who would it be?

Andy: Nemanja Vidic. Well, everyone likes watching a gigantic beast of a centre-half splattering forwards, don’t they?

Scott: Are you pleased Fergie’s retired?

Andy: Manchester United aren’t really direct competitors of ours, so it probably makes little difference to us. However his timing was impeccable – always leave ‘em wanting more, out on a high, and all that. There was nothing else much to achieve really.

Scott: Where do you think your club will finish this season?

Andy: 16th.

Scott: Where do you think United will finish?

Andy: Champions (I’m not just saying that to be nice either).

Scott: What do you think of Steve Bruce?

Andy: We love Steve Bruce with much deeper intensity than is strictly appropriate for a portly Geordie with a multi-directional nose. He’s straight talking, whether we’re good or crap, he’s got us playing with style and he seems to have recaptured his love of football with us. Even if we’re 20th in February, he has to stay.

Scott: Do you think Hull will be strong enough to avoid relegation?

Andy: Just. Um, maybe. But all new boys probably say that and we’re realistic enough to know that we’ve as good a chance of finishing bottom as anyone. We’re already guaranteed to be Yorkshire’s top club, which is nice.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Costas says:

    James Chester nearly played a Ch.League game at Milan in 2009. Vidic was suspended and Evans was struggling with an ankle issue. Glad to hear he’s doing well there. Hull have a number of ex reds in their ranks. Can’t wait until we play them.

  2. The Truth says:

    Would be interesting if Brucey could keep them up but I look at their squad and I just don’t think it’s good enough. Only hope is if they can get Manucho back on loan! Going down I’m afraid.

  3. scholes18 says:

    First one to predict us as champions :)

  4. The Truth says:


    Yeah and they know their football in Hull!

  5. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Level headed lad, good on him. Really pleased to hear that James Chester is making a home for himself. Bit short for a United CB but a steady hand in defense. Just feel they will be under the cosh from the off. But good luck to them and to Steve Bruce. Except against us ofcourse.

    As to Brucie’s multidirectional nose. Sign of a full service CB I’m afraid. And Stevo was one of the best.

  6. WilliamAR says:

    Yeah agree with his prediction as champions. people are getting carried away with what other clubs have bought but it’s irrelevant. we’re the champions we’re the benchmark. the new signings from other clubs have yet to prove otherwise.

  7. Proverb says:

    Haha Amusing piece!
    I loving this views
    From the enemy threads.

    For once someone see us as genuine contenders for top honors.

  8. Proverb says:

    If I were Chelsea, I would give up on Rooney and bid 50m for Suarez.

    Maybe that explains why I can’t make a top manipulative manager like mou is.
    Weaken your nearest contender

  9. Proverb says:

    If I were Chelsea, I would give up on Rooney and bid 50m for Suarez.

    Maybe that explains why I can’t make a top manipulative manager like mou is.
    Weaken your nearest competent

  10. Rukky says:

    Roo’s obviously vanity buy, its funny he thinks he’s really wanted.


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