James Chestney casts his eye over the last few, eventful days.
What a fantastic three days for the Tigers who have taken six points out of a possible six with wins at Crystal Palace and at home to Liverpool.
Palace was never going to be easy but with Dame N’Doye in great form, and a little bit of luck the team haven’t had this season, it was a great result. Manager Steve Bruce decided not to change a winning team and achieved back-to-back victories which takes them four points clear of relegation zone.
People may say it was a poor Liverpool side but they are still one of the top clubs in the country, if not Europe. Many of the Liverpool fans boycotted the game due to the hike in ticket prices but that didn’t worry the Tigers as Michael Dawson netted his first goal in club colours.
It was also great to see, on television interviews afterwards, Dawson wearing a training top with the number three on it. Was it significant? I think it was, bearing in mind brother Andy gave the Tigers such tremendous service over the years.
Next up at the KC Stadium in this very hard run in are cup finalists Arsenal, who will still be smarting from the Tigers pushing them all the way at Wembley in the cup final and also at the Emirates. Having gone in front through Alexis Sanchez, City hit back with goals from Mohammed Diame and Abel Hernandez.
Steve Harper, Nikica Jelavic and Michael Dawson were all injured during the afternoon but they could all feature on Monday night. If City can take at least a point it is a point closer to safety and another season in the top flight.
Away from the KC Stadium and former City player Delroy Facey has been jailed for two and a half years after being convicted of conspiring to bribe players in a match-fixing plot. The player denied the charges but was sent to prison after being found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court this week.
One man who is on the run is Kevin Kilbane when he runs the Humber Bridge half marathon on Sunday 28th June. It is all in support of his daughter Elsie, who has Downs Syndrome, and is the start of some fundraising activities.
Kilbane, who played 51 times for the Tigers and 110 times for his beloved Republic of Ireland, was asked to take part by Downright Special, a charity backing the cause. Having completed the London Marathon last week in 3 hours 38 minutes he is also set to compete in the Manchester 10k and the Great North Run before an endurance race in Ireland in November.