It may seem a trifle odd to get nostalgic about a defeat, especially one to the most reviled and unhygienic team in football, but over the generations we have had plenty of practice at deciphering different kinds of defeat.
There are awful ones, bad ones, dreadful ones, abysmal ones, catastrophic ones, unlucky ones, suicide-inducing ones, homicide-inducing ones and ones that prompt a questioning rise of an eyebrow.
Then there are the oddly “enjoyable” ones. There aren’t many. They are hard to define. But they do exist. When the forum starts working again, I’ll link to a thread on this very subject.
There is no tangible joy to losing to Leeds United, of course. The inverted commas are important. Don’t bite my head off. But oh my goodness, what a game that was in 1990. The headline gave it away, but even so you knew immediately when referring to Leeds and “enjoyable” defeats that this was the one up for reminiscence.
Yes, we could have gone two seasons further back when goals from an unplayable Alex Dyer and a mercurial Garry Parker gave Brian Horton’s side the sweetest of 2-0 wins at Elland Road. But we’re Hull City. If ever there is mileage in giving agonising near-misses a second wind in print, then this is it. And we are in the defeats market at the moment, let’s be truthful. Read more