Hull City have given their fan-base reason to believe not just in play-off chase

Both sets of players sunk to their knees after Saturday's pulsating game
Both sets of players sunk to their knees after Saturday's pulsating game -Credit:Greig Cowie/REX/Shutterstock

If ever you wondered why people love football so much, Saturday night's humdinger of a contest against Ipswich Town would probably make a very good advertisement.

Both sets of players sprawled out on the pitch after 100 minutes of frenetic, captivating action and the best part of 25,000 people stood as one, applauding. Whether they were wearing Hull City's Black and Amber or the royal blue of Ipswich Town, this was a game that lived up to the pre-match billing and went some way beyond. It will go down as one of the games of the season, if not the game of the season. It was the Championship personified.

For those following City, it was more than just a point against one of the best sides in the Championship, or an end to a thrilling contest, it was the sign of something much bigger and much more important.

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Of course, it keeps the season alive for one more week and means the Tigers and their 1,600 supporters go to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday with hope and belief that the season could yet have one final dramatic twist.

In that respect, what will be will be. Either City will overpower West Brom and claim that final play-off spot or they won't. What the Championship gods have in store for us will become clear in time.

There's a bigger picture at play here, however, and it's bigger and more important than what happens at Home Park and The Hawthorns between half past 12 and 2pm on Saturday afternoon, and that's the fact Hull City are a club on the rise with its people at their back.

For years, City fans have craved a club and a team they can connect with, one they feel part of and one that represents the very fabric of this city, one that has its people at its soul, and they've got it.

The sight and sounds of 22,000 home supporters bellowing out Wise Men Say before kick-off, the roar that greeted Jean Michael Seri winning the ball from Sam Morsy before feeding Ozan Tufan to slam into the roof of the North Stand net, the explosion of joy when Fabio Carvalho's cross was powered home by Liam Delap, the pride at Jacob Greaves and Alfie Jones throwing their bodies in front of shots in stoppage time, having witnessed the unbridled joy as Noah Ohio's equalising effort slammed in off the underside of the bar, the ovation at full-time and the number of fans that stayed to applaud the players and their loved ones at gone 10:30 on a cold Saturday night.

Not for years has the MKM Stadium roared like that, not for years has it collectively whipped up noise and an atmosphere like it did under those lights, and while it wasn't the victory we all craved, it felt like a seismic moment in the club's recent history.

This is a club reborn, one that has its people at its heart and whatever happens this weekend. The bigger picture is that Hull City is a club, a community and a world filled with pride, desire and ambition. Much has been achieved this season, more than can be judged by a league table, and for that reason, the next few days should be relished, excitement should be rife because this journey, this ride has only just begun, but it's one that plenty more to give.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Hull City are a club to be admired, to be feared and above all else, a club to be respected.