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A new game in town

A new game in town

A new game in town

Have you ever waited a long time for something special? Can you imagine waiting more than a hundred years for something? Well, a football team in the north of England has waited that long. Read more to find out why they think it was worth the wait.

A long wait

Hull City fansHull is in the north-east of England and has a population of around 250,000. Hull City Football Club was founded in 1904 but they had to wait until May 2008 to win the Championship play-off final at Wembley. Their 104-year wait to join the highest division in English football came to an end. Their entry into the Barclays Premier League meant their fans could celebrate something they had hoped to see for years although some fans never expected it to happen. But why was the wait so long?
It is an interesting story and is connected with a different type of football.

Football in a rugby town

Hull has 2 rugby teams.If someone said: ‘It was a great match. They scored four tries and four conversions’ would you understand? In Hull, they would know you were talking about a different sport, because for a long time, Hull has been famous for sporting excellence, but not in football, in Rugby League.

Competing with history

Rugby League has a strong tradition in the north of England and Hull has two popular and successful Rugby League clubs. In fact, more than 20,000 people regularly go to watch these rugby league teams so Hull City Football Club had to win more than football games to be successful. They had to win the hearts and minds of the people of the city too.

Placing Hull on a global map

If your city, town, or village achieved sporting success would it make a difference to you? Chris Speck lives in Hull and teaches English there. We asked him if he has seen any changes since Hull joined the Barclays Premier League:

Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic.‘Yes, I really can. First, there is a new self-confidence about the town and its residents. They are very proud of their city. You see as many people wearing the shirts of the football team as you do wearing the shirts of the rugby teams. Also, Hull is now on the global map. The students I teach know something about Hull before they come to the city to learn English.’ Like all Hull fans, Chris is looking forward to another season in the Barclays Premier League and hopes they will be staying there for at least 100 years.

Hull City fans celebrating promotion, Getty.
 

A new game in town

 
Match the words to the definitions.
 Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match the most important vocabulary from the article with the definitions.
 
 

Can you match the meaning of the sentences?
 Activity 2: In this activity, learn how to use 'hope', 'wait', 'expect' and 'look forward to'. First look at the sentences in the table, then have a go at the activity.
 

 

They had to wait until 2008 to win the Championship play-off.

They had no choice about when Hull won the Championship Final.

Their fans could celebrate something they had hoped to see for years.

They wanted to see Hull win promotion.

Although some fans never expected it to happen.

Some fans thought/believed it would neve happen.

Chris is looking forward to their second season.

Chris feels happy and excited about their second season.

Chris hopes they will be staying in the Premier League for at least 100 years.

Chris wants them to stay in the Premier League for 100 years.

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What do you think?

Do you know any team that became successful after waiting a long time?

Are they still successful?

What about a town or city that has changed because of a team's success? Do you think this is a good thing?

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aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
28/10/2015
ME
6882
points

Yes, Bournemouth. Reims in France also. Sure it is, the more sport activities more fun!


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aragorn1986
28/10/2015 17:26
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Yes, Bournemouth. Reims in France also. Sure it is, the more sport activities more fun!

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
29/10/2015
BR
1315
points

Very well.


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
29/10/2015 00:15
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Very well.

nikosonris
13/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Bournemouth is a good example and I wish their striker Callum Wilson would recover from his injury to help his team succeed in this season.


nikosonris
13/11/2015 11:46
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Bournemouth is a good example and I wish their striker Callum Wilson would recover from his injury to help his team succeed in this season.

MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
15/11/2015
RW
2320
points

I don't think that team's success can be a key reason to change name of the city


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MUGEMANYI
15/11/2015 20:12
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

I don't think that team's success can be a key reason to change name of the city

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
14/12/2015
ME
6882
points

Many clubs hope to see the glorious days from the past like Marseille, Red Star Belgrade, Reims, Nottingham Forest, Torino etc..


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aragorn1986
14/12/2015 14:57
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Many clubs hope to see the glorious days from the past like Marseille, Red Star Belgrade, Reims, Nottingham Forest, Torino etc..

assemjuve
05/03/2016
PS
3433
points

Bornmouuth.


assemjuve
05/03/2016 17:33
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Bornmouuth.

assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3433
points

Yes,Man United.


assemjuve
08/04/2016 12:30
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes,Man United.

assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3433
points

Yes they are.


assemjuve
08/04/2016 12:31
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes they are.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
04/07/2016
GH
3735
points

Yes Bournemouth


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
04/07/2016 13:35
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

Yes Bournemouth

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
04/07/2016
GH
3735
points

Yes they were able to stay in the premiership


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
04/07/2016 13:39
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

Yes they were able to stay in the premiership

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
04/07/2016
GH
3735
points

Yes obuasi in ghana has changed because their team won the league and few years back.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
04/07/2016 13:40
Ghana
Manchester United
3735

Yes obuasi in ghana has changed because their team won the league and few years back.

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