The sound of thousands of fans screaming his name on Saturday May 24, 2008 at the iconic home of English football- Wembley Stadium-in London was deafening.
The man who was showered with adulation and entered football folk role that day was none other than Dean Windass. He single-handedly made history by scoring a stunning volley that took Hull City FC to the promised land of the English Premier League for the first time ever.
Born in Hull on April Fool’s Day in 1969, Dean’s parents John and Doreen tell him that he started kicking a football from the tender age of two. So it was a no brainer what he wanted to do when he grew up and the rest as they say, is history.
An perfect specimen of the old school footballer if there was one, Windass walked through his history with SportPesa News on Thursday evening having been part of the advance team from Hull who jetted into the country on Tuesday ahead of the Tigers’ monumental match in Kenya this weekend.
Record SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions, Gor Mahia FC, will take on Hull City at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday at 3pm local time in an encounter that best encapsulates his football career; staggering. As a young boy, Windass was a Hull supporter like many other lads that call the English city and unitary authority that is home to over 260,000 inhabitants founded in the 12th century home and regularly attended matches at the Boothferry Stadium in support of the Tigers.
“When I was two years old, my parents say I used to kick around a football in the garden. “Sometimes people ask how do you become a footballer, well sometimes you’re just born with the talent and I consider myself very fortunate,” the 49-year old former striker said.“Growing up a Hull fan as a kid was incredible. I would go watch the games with my dad from when I was six years old and from then I had a dream to play football, to play for Hull,” he added.
Windass’ journey to becoming one of the best players to ever grace the pitch for his home town team that now sits in the second-tier of English
football, the Championship was not always easy.
To make it in the professional ranks in a country that rates among the best paying nation for football talent takes loads of guts, something Windass admits he had plenty in supply. -SPN