On Boxing Day in 2008 City thrashed Hull City 5-1 at the Etihad. The result brought some Christmas cheer to City fans as Mark Hughes’ side moved out of the relegation zone. Despite a particularly excellent performance from Stephen Ireland the game is best remembered for another incident.
Then Hull manager, Phil Brown, branded himself a moron forever when, after seeing his side concede 4 goals in the first half, he conducted his half time team talk on the pitch in front of the travelling Hull fans. He later justified his actions by saying:
It was…an unacceptable performance from a Phil Brown side. Our 4,000 travelling fans deserved some kind of explanation for the first-half performance and it was difficult for me to do that from the confines of a changing room.
To be frank, Phil, playing the demon headmaster and treating your players like petulant children raises more questions than it answers. The “confines of a changing room” could have worked in your favour on this occasion.
After the match Hughes said:
We are a big story this season and there are a lot of people looking for us to fail, but when we are allowed to play with freedom we are an exciting team to watch.
City’s starting 11:
Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Richard Dunne, Micah Richards, Michael Ball, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland, Vincent Kompany, Elano, Robinho, Felipe Caicedo
Caicedo x2, Robinho x2, Ireland
See the highlights of the game by clicking here.
On this day Manchester boy/man band Take That were sitting at number 5 in the UK Singles Charts with Greatest Day.
Written by Robert Toole