Hull City's 2008 Play-Off Heroes: Where are they now?

Hull City celebrate victory with champagne

After a miserable week for Hull City fans, having been thrashed 6-1 away at Bournemouth, we take a look at a much more enjoyable occasion for the Tigers.

Hull City celebrate victory with champagneHull City celebrate promotion to the Premier League

After starting their return to the Premier League with back-to-back wins, Hull City are now without a league win in 6, having lost their last 4 and conceding 17 goals in those 4 defeats, giving them the worst goal difference in the division. 

As a result, there has been little for Hull City fans to smile about in recent weeks, except perhaps for the seemingly unlikely reports that club legend Warren Joyce could join Mike Phelan's backroom staff from Manchester United.

With this in mind, we thought we'd take a look at a rather more positive memory from Hull City's past, their promotion to the Premier League in 2008, the first time the club reached the top flight in their history, and where those Tigers heroes are now:

Hull City's Jay Jay Okocha celebrates victory at the endJay Jay Okocha missed out on Hull's play-off final

Boaz Myhill

A Hull City great and one of three players to start that final and play in all four divisions for the club. Myhill joined the Tigers in 2003 from Aston Villa, and went on to spend 7 years at the club, playing 277 games, before joining current club West Bromwich Albion.

Sam Ricketts 

Tireless and versatile full-back Sam Ricketts played 129 games in just 3 years at Hull City, before being sold by Phil Brown in 2009. The former Welsh international, who won 52 caps for his country, has played for Bolton, Wolves, Swindon and Coventry since departing the KCOM Stadium. Now aged 35, Ricketts' deal at Coventry runs until the end of this season.

Wayne Brown

He may have been brutally exposed in the Premier League, but in the Championship, Wayne Brown was everything Hull City needed in a defensive partner for Michael Turner. Solid and dependable, Brown played 47 games that season - his first with the club - but only once in the Premier League.

After leaving Hull, the centre-back turned out for Preston, Leicester and Bury. Brown caused controversy in 2010, when he was alleged to have voted for the BNP and told Leicester teammates that he felt ethnic minorities were "killing this country". Now aged 39, he is the manager of Colchester's under-23 team. 

Michael Turner

Hull City's Michael Turner (L) and Sam Ricketts celebrate at the final whistleMichael Turner and Sam Ricketts embrace as Hull City secured promotion

One of the stars of Hull City's promotion season and their Premier League debut was Michael Turner. The towering defender endured a difficult start to life in East Yorkshire, but quickly went on to establish himself as a key man. 

A rock at the back and even a danger in the oppositions box due to his aerial presence, Turner made 146 appearances in a little over 3 seasons in black and amber, before making a big money move to Sunderland. Since leaving Hull, Turner has failed to hit those heights, and is now playing for Norwich.

Andy Dawson

A true Hull City legend, Andy Dawson made 293 league appearances for the Tigers during a decade at the club. He starred for the Tigers in all four divisions and never looked out of place. Now aged 37, Dawson is back at his former club Scunthorpe United, where he works as a coach. 

Richard Garcia

Like Wayne Brown, Richard Garcia joined Hull City from Colchester, and won promotion with the club in his first season. The former Australian international scored some important goals for the Tigers on-route to their Wembley win, with a tally of 7 goals and 5 assists for the entire campaign.

The ex-West Ham trainee also became the first player to ever play in a World Cup whilst on the books at Hull City, with the Socceroos at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Garcia played 128 games for the club over 5 seasons, and is now playing for Perth Glory of Australia's A-League.

Ian Ashbee

Hull City's Ian Ashbee celebrates victory with the trophyBryan Hughes and Ian Ashbee celebrate at Wembley

Captain fantastic and arguably the greatest Hull City player of all-time, in terms of what he achieved at the club, Ian Ashbee spent 9 years at Hull, winning promotion from the fourth tier to the Premier League as club captain.

He is the only man to have done so in the history of the English game, and therefore a Football League legend as well as a Hull City legend. Aged 40, Ashbee now sells luxury watches, as well as having been involved with Hull United and more recently Bridlington Town, alongside Curtis Woodhouse. 

Bryan Hughes

Phil Brown brought in a wealth of experience for Hull's 2007/08 promotion campaign, and Bryan Hughes was a big part of that. He joined the Tigers from Charlton Athletic, and had spent the last 5 seasons of his career in the Premier League.

He spent 3 years at the KCOM Stadium, although the 2007/08 season was the only one in which he was a regular. Also now aged 40, Hughes is currently Head of Coaching at the i2i International Soccer Academy, based at York St John University.

Nick Barmby

Nick Barmby - Hull City (R) in action against David Noble - Bristol CityNick Barmby in action for Hull City vs Bristol City

Born in Hull, Nick Barmby joined Tottenham at the age of 16, but returned to his boyhood club in 2004, after spells with Middlesbrough, Everton, Liverpool, Leeds and Nottingham Forest. Ultimately, the ex-England international went on to play more games for Hull City than any other club.

Having joined the Tigers in League One in 2004, some come down from playing for Liverpool 2 years earlier and England 3 years earlier, Barmby immediately stood out.

He went on to play 180 league games for Hull in 8 years and briefly managed the team. Aged 42, Barmby has coached at both Westella and Willerby and Wyke College since retiring. 

Fraizer Campbell

Fraizer Campbell has become something of a pantomime villain for Hull City fans since his departure in 2008. He was on-loan at the club from Manchester United and was absolutely sensational, and looked like he could become a top player. 

Unfortunately, this hasn't happened. Although Campbell has spent the majority of his career in the Premier League, much of it has been as a backup, and he has only scored 17 goals in 138 Premier League games. He currently finds himself on the fringes at Crystal Palace.

Dean Windass

Initially released by Hull City as a youngster, Dean Windass rejoined the Tigers having impressed for North Ferriby United, and went on to score 64 goals in 204 games at Boothferry Park, before leaving the club as they faced financial difficulties.

Windass went on to play in the English and Scottish top flights with the likes of Bradford, Aberdeen and Middlesbrough. He rejoined Hull City in 2006/07, helping the club to survival in his first season and promotion in his second, scoring the winning goal in the play-off final, a spectacular volley.

Now aged 47, Deano currently works as an ambassador for Hull City, as well as being a columnist for a couple of newspapers and being involved in various media work.

Hull City's Dean Windass celebrates victory at the endMatch winner Dean Windass celebrates victory at Wembley

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