Hull City

Yesterday, Aston Villa lost at home to Spurs 2-1. It’s a result means that Arsenal are now in charge of their own destiny when it comes to qualifying for the Champions League.

The turnaround in Arsenal’s fortunes has been massive.

Two weeks ago some fans and journalists were calling for Arsene Wenger’s head. Cast your minds back to the 0-0 draw against Fulham for a reminder.

By tomorrow evening Arsenal could be in the semi-final of the FA cup – IF Arsenal beat Hull City. That is not going to be easy. On September 28, 2008, Hull shocked Arsenal by coming from a goal behind to win 2-1 at The Emirates. Arsenal had just beaten Bolton and Blackburn away, so Hull’s win was even more surprising.

Hull have only reached the semi-finals of the FA cup once. That was 79 years ago when Hull were knocked out by Arsenal.

It took a replay for Arsenal to eventually book their place in the final. The first game was played at Leeds United’s Elland Road and finished 2-2. At that time in 1930, Hull were bottom of Division Two (Championship), eventually being relegated a month later. Arsenal were just entering their golden years under Herbert Chapman. However, by half-time Hull were winning 2-0 and a shock looked on the cards. It took a fine individual goal from Arsenal legend Cliff Bastin to force a replay.

The replay was held at Villa Park and was a rough game with tackles flying in. Hull’s Arthur Childs became the first player to be sent off in a semi-final. Arsenal scored midway through the second half from a David Jack right foot volley, eventually winning the game 1-0. Arsenal returned to Wembley for the second time in four years, beating Huddersfield Town 2-0 to lift the FA cup for the first time.

There were some strange games after the 1930 semi-final victory over Hull City.

Two weeks before the 1930 FA cup final, Arsenal beat Sheffield United 8-1. It’s Arsenal’s biggest top flight win to date.

Five days before the final Arsenal set another record when, having been 3-1 down at half-time, they eventually drew 6-6 at Leicester City. It remains the highest scoring draw in any English first class game, having only been equaled by Charlton Athletic v Middlesbrough in 1960.

Two weeks before this years FA cup final Arsenal play Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Six days before the final we play Stoke City at The Emirates.

Arsenal’s biggest win at The Emirates is 6-2 against Blackburn Rovers who we just thumped 4-0 last Saturday.

In the FA cup run of 1930 we beat Chelsea 2-0 – our opponents in the semi-finals should we overcome Hull City tomorrow.

This season has witnessed some strange results, Hull’s win at The Emirates being just one of many.

I feel there are more strange results to come just like there were in 1930.


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