Sure enough we were up in time and waiting for the bus at Stringer's petrol station in Pontefract. 8.00 am already a fag and a can of bitter on, although me and my mate decided to take it steady as we wanted to savour every moment of the day.
I remember we'd just got to Newark and one of the supporters Kersh, with his halved Blue and White face asking Ann if we could stop.
We did and it was about 20 privates on parade on the hard shoulder as the Bitter etc had kicked in.
I remember getting to Leicester Forest and there was a coach full of Derby County fans who'd wished us well until my mate, whose only available blue and white scarf was a Leicester City one showing it to them as our coach left, the well wishing turning to two digit salutes.
The grey weather turning to sunshine as we got toward Peterborough. Then the unthinkable happened!!!! Gearbox crunch.
We were broken down, we were going to miss the final after all. As luck would have it we got a replacement coach and thankfully we made it with about half an hour to go.
Seeing Wembley for my first and only time. Thinking it was a bit scruffier than I'd have imagined on the exterior.
On entering the field the green hallowed turf. The band and Todd Carty who played Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill coming to our end with his thumbs up.
Going wild when Hobbsy scored after a few minutes, thinking this is beyond our wildest dreams.
Lee Crooks missing a straightforward penalty just in front of us.
Going to the toilet and hearing a huge boo, only on returning to learn that Gilbert our stsr man had been carried off.
Seeing all the cameras in the Hull crowd flashing as Lee Crooks took a conversion.
Thinking, as Mark said at 12-5 down that that was it. I still had my Catholic faith in those days and I remember saying a prayer, though you shouldn't really pray for gain.
Quinny, we thought at the time unbelievably taking 'two' when we were seven down and needing a miracle.
I think at 12-5 down there was a point, though I have never seen the playback, when I remember Kenny Kellett or Paul Lyman having a chance and bombing it.
David Hobbs or whoevers I can't remember had a drop goal attempt that soared over but also remebering Mr.Whitfield not allowing it as Trevor Skerrett or Mick Crane had indicated that I think Gary Kemble had touched it in flight.
Quinny's winning kick. me and lad I knew actually started to cry as Mr.Whitfield turned his back to us and signalled what would become utopia.
Still tears as the ball soared over, unbelievable emotion.
But it wasn't over, I remember James Leuluai their New Zealand test centre kicking the ball through and having a foot race with Quinn himself, surely Leuluai their star man would break our hearts, but Quinn unbelievable beat him on the foot race and dived on the ball. Everyone now whistling, even though we were listening for an electronic beep.
Loads of us not hearing the bleep but seeing Gary Siddall jumping up and down like a mad man signalling to us that that meant the game was over.
Loads of us just collapsing in a heep of tears of joy and disbelief.
15000 Rovers singing ' ee i adio' and 'We shall not be moved' as Terry Hudson lifted the trophy.
Finding the coach eventually after the game a lot if Hull fans magnanimous in defeat.
After about two hours of the homeward Journey we stopped at this country pub for 30 mins.
I remember having a skin full in thise 30 mins, now was the time to celebrate.
Getting of the coach and making last orders at the Blackmore Head, feeling so proud to have the Rovers colours on.
And final, getting home about half eleven expecting seeing my dad Jubilant ( he'd stayed at home) only for him to tell me to get to bed cis in his mind I was drunk. He was ok in the morning though ( which is more than I was) he'd just been a bit dejected at having to work and missing going.
The saddest thing of all is that I and many other young supporters at that time and a decade before that were privileged to see 15 working class heroes winning the cup, because of the powers that be the younger generation of under 35s will never probably experience that incredible journey ever again.
Edited by Andrew Vause, 13 April 2013 - 01:39 PM.