Swansea’s Leon Britton gave his team-mates a history lesson to help inspire them before their 2-0 win over Stoke.
The 34-year-old has been at Swansea, with one season’s break, since 2003 and played a key role in their climb from near-bankruptcy to the Premier League.
“I said ‘listen, if you get a spare hour just have a watch’,” he explained.
“I did it because because some of them don’t understand, they come to a Premier League club and think it’s always been like this.
“You don’t blame them, they maybe don’t understand that it wasn’t that long ago that we were washing our own kit and trying to find somewhere to train so I said have a watch and see how much it means to some people.
“To be fair quite a few of the boys made comments about it and what happened so I think quite a few of them did watch it.”
They are again locked in a relegation battle involving the Tigers who are two points ahead of the Swans after both teams won their latest Premier League matches.
Goals from Fernando Llorente and Tom Carroll ended a six-match winless run for Swansea, but Hull’s win over Watford means the Welsh club remain in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.
“It’s been three or four months without playing, obviously quite frustrating, but I’ve been trying to help the team in any way I can off the pitch,” Britton said.
“But it was nice to be back out on the pitch and having a bit more of an impact on the game, but I was just chuffed with the performance and the result.”
|Swansea’s remaining matches|
|30 April: Man Utd (a)|
|6 May: Everton (h)|
|13 May: Sunderland (a)|
|21 May: West Brom (h)|
Britton said he had not questioned the manager’s decision to leave him on the sideline.
“There’s more pressing matter to worry about than me knocking on the gaffer’s door or him having to explain why I’m not playing,” he added.
“I have a good relationship with the manager, I speak with him a lot and I said to him many times anything I can do to help in any way – playing or not playing.
“I’ll do what I can to help the club stay up.”