26 October 2017

Fraizer

Above - the view from my seat at the Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley last Saturday afternoon. I was one of almost five thousand  Hull City supporters who turned up to watch our team achieve a rare away victory. It was a cold and miserable afternoon and I still wasn't feeling too well but the result lifted my spirits

Back in 2008, Hull City made it to The Premiership for the first time in our history. Our top goalscorer that season was a Manchester United loanee called Fraizer Campbell. It was he who made the vital assist that led to the winning goal against Bristol City in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. The fans developed a special chant for him "Duh-duh-duh-duh Fraizer Campbell! Duh-duh-duh-duh Fraizer Campbell!" etcetera.

However, instead of sticking with The Tigers for our first season in The Premiership he accepted a more lucrative financial package from Sunderland F.C.. At the time it seemed treacherous and blatantly mercenary so whenever we played Sunderland after that his chant was adapted to "Duh-duh-duh-duh Greedy Bastard! Duh-duh-duh-duh Greedy Bastard!" 

But after ten years away, Campbell has returned to Hull City. He was a substitute last Saturday and as he warmed up on the touchline, the chant again went up - "Duh-duh-duh-duh Greedy Bastard! Duh-duh-duh-duh Greedy Bastard!" 

Campbell laughed and waved to the Hull City end who promptly changed the chant back to "Duh-duh-duh-duh Fraizer Campbell! Duh-duh-duh-duh Fraizer Campbell!" 

Campbell laughed at this and again waved to the massed supporters who promptly delivered a new chant to the tune of  "Bread of Heaven" - "You're not greedy any more! You're not greedy! You're not greedy! You're not greedy any more!" There was much hilarity and it was as if the fans had re-bonded with a former hero.

It was Fraizer Campbell who managed to stab home the winning goal in the seventy eighth minute. igniting a roar of delight at my end of the ground. For those who don't particularly like football or fail to understand the passion that surrounds it, you may now wake up! This blogpost is over.
Fraizer Campbell

11 comments:

  1. Sitting outside on a cold and miserable afternoon is definitely not my cup of tea, but I'm glad Fraizer made the experience better for you!

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    1. I have put your name forward to be secretary of the Hull City Supporters Club (West Hampstead Branch).

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  2. zzzzzzz...*snort*...what? did you say something?

    No, to be serious, I may not have or understand the passion of others for sports, but I bet there are at least a few people in the world that don't have or understand my passion for buttons. So I applaud your spirit and interest and I thoroughly enjoyed your post.

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    1. Passion for buttons? Do you mean belly buttons?

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  3. Am I the only woman who gets sick to death of listening to everyone talking about football. They even take my favourite Radio Sussex over when the football is on.
    More crafty stuff please..
    Briony
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    1. Crafty stuff? You mean from the Brighton and Hove Albion midfield players?

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  4. I'm not a soccer fan...never have been. Each to their own, though - that I don't like soccer is no big deal and the world won't stop turning. I really have no right to comment on the game because in all I think I've only watched about two all the way through.

    I prefer to watch Rugby League, than the round ball football. I'm not a big fan of Rugby Union, either; nor am I a fan of our Aussie Rules...aka "aerial ping-pong". Both latter codes bore me silly...even more sillier than I already am! :)

    However, there are many other sports I do enjoy watching.

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    1. I know you are a big tennis fan Lee but do you also like camel racing? I have heard that it is big in many parts of Australia. Have you ever ridden a camel?

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    2. No, I've never ridden a camel, Yorkie. I'm a fan of horse racing, but not camel racing so much.

      Have you ever ridden a hedgehog? Is hedgehog racing popular in your area? I guess one would have to hedge one's bets....

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    3. Saying nowt. Are you going to the meeting. Disgusting mite is a bit disabled and needs a kicking. I'd love to see the lefty justification for voting for a bum your daughter candidate.

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