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Chester aims to make history

Last Updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:43
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James Chester has urged his Hull team-mates to "make some history" as they prepare for their FA Cup semi-final with Sheffield United.

City head to Wembley on Sunday for a first semi-final in 84 years as the clear favourites against lower-league opponents and Chester wants them to make it count.

The 25-year-old defender is no stranger to a winning culture having been at Manchester United as they won three Premier League titles, two League Cups and one Champions League trophy.

He did not make an appearance during that time and made his way to Hull via loans with Carlisle and Plymouth, but has transferred the experience he gained to Hull, with whom he won promotion last season and an FA Cup semi spot in this campaign.

"It's been strange," he said of Hull's journey from the lower reaches of the Championship to Wembley Way.

"I've been here for three years and the turnaround in the club in that space of time has been quite amazing.

"It's been a journey that I have enjoyed."

City are helped by heading to London knowing they are in good health in the league, with 10 wins so far putting thoughts of an immediate return to the Championship practically to bed.

"To get to the Premier League is where you want to play your football, and hopefully we are safe this season and then we can enjoy that adventure again next year," Chester said.

"The FA Cup run has been a bonus. You win three games and are into a quarter-final, then now a semi-final and it's amazing how quickly you reach this stage in the competition."

Both sides will have managers in their dugout with cup pedigree. Blades boss Nigel Clough played in a final under father Brian, who famously never won the trophy despite his best attempts, while Hull's Steve Bruce is a three-time winner.

"He reminds us of how many trophies he's won very often," added Chester.

"To have someone like that as manager is nice because it reminds us how rarely these opportunities happen."

Hull's last Wembley appearance came in the 2008 play-offs and, if they win on Sunday, they will be back there again in May.

The debate as to whether the semi-finals should be played at Wembley may never be settled, but Chester knows what he prefers.

He said: "It would be nice to play (just) the final there (Wembley), but as a player it doesn't happen too often to play at Wembley so to do that on Sunday will be a nice experience.

"Hopefully we can give something for the fans to cheer about as well. We can make some history.

"It's great with all the attention you get when you progress through the competition, but it would nice to look back on your career and to have achieved things like this. But it won't mean anything if we don't win on Sunday."

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