Date: 15th May 2008 at 10:46am
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Hull fans are well advised to revel now in their aggregate 6-1 ‘demolition` of Watford in the Championship Play-Offs because a side hitting 6 in the semi`s have never won promotion in the history of the ‘do or die` competition.

The Tiger`s 6-1 thumping of the Hornets over 2 legs has set up a date with Gary Johnson`s Bristol City on Saturday but since 1988, no side with such a wide winning margin have then gone on to win at Wembley (or Cardiff for that matter).

Chelsea stuffed Blackburn by 6-1 in 1988 in exactly the same scenario (2-0 away win, 4-1 home win) but were well beaten by Middlesborough in the final (after Boro had struggled past Bradford).

17 years ago, Brighton Hove Albion stormed past Millwall 6-2 over 2 legs but succumbed 3-1 to an understrength Notts County side in the final at Wembley.

Even Leicester – the original Play-offs masters – cruised through to the 1992 final, beating Cambridge 6-1 but a Mike Newell penalty under the Twin Towers put Blackburn up and condemned the Foxes to another season of second tier soccer.

So 6-appeal really isn`t all that then!