Members Monday

In a weekly feature on hullfc.com and on the club’s social media channels, Members Monday showcases and reward the club’s loyal members.

With the 2017 Magic Weekend this weekend, we have a special member this week who won’t have to travel far to watch the Black and Whites in action!

Name: Lee Holdsworth

Member since: 1978

Favourite current player: Danny Houghton

All-time favourite player: James Leuluai

Lee Holdsworth has to make a near 300-mile round trip to watch Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium, but this weekend’s game is a little closer to home.

Lee lives in Newcastle, the venue for Magic Weekend due to take centre stage in the north east this weekend, and he is very much looking forward to the Airlie Birds landing on his doorstep.

He Said: “I’m disappointed it’s not against Rovers, but it’s a definite highlight having the Hull crowd in Newcastle!

“We all love the team obviously, but the supporters are really what it’s all about for me.”

Hull will wear a special edition shirt for this Saturday’s game, based on the style of popular Marvel character the Hulk.

FC could be known as ‘Hulk FC’ this weekend and the jersey has been popular in the Holdsworth household.

“I love it, me and my daughter have ordered it,” he said.

“We’ve also got the green spray and the Hulk masks. We’re both going as the Hulk! We can’t wait for it, it’s absolutely fantastic.”

Despite a long trek to watch his beloved Hull FC week in, week out, the Black and Whites hold a special place in Lee’s heart and explains why he makes the long journey to watch his team.

He said: “Living away it’s a link with Hull: the supporters, the people, my family and hometown.

“I took my mum to the last game in 2014 and I said to her, ‘I’m going to buy a season ticket and take you to every game’.

“We’ll always support Hull FC. My daughter was born in Newcastle and she went to her school sports day in her away shirt with Mahe Fonua’s autograph on it!”

– See more at: http://www.hullfc.com/news/2017-05-15-hull-fc-member-of-the-week#sthash.kl9led7n.dpuf

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Reserves Match Report v Halifax

Hull FC reserves claimed a fourth straight victory in emphatic fashion as Halifax reserves were put to the sword at The Shay.

Marvin Lee grabbed two tries and the man of the match award, as the Black & Whites rattled up an impressive eight tries under the watchful eye of first-team head coach Lee Radford in the stands.

The Match

An early penalty presented the young Black & Whites with territory and possession and Nick Rawsthorne profited against his former club from a deft kick by Jack Wray to open the scoring.

Another opportunity soon came the Airlie Birds’ way and Lee sliced through some weak defending to score beside the posts. Rawsthorne was successful with the boot to extend the lead to 12 points.

A minute later, Lee grabbed his second try as a break in midfield by Masimbaashe Matongo split the home defence wide open, and the stand off was on hand to finish the move, Rawsthorne added the extras from in front of the posts.

A mistake from Halifax gave Hull a scrum 10 meters out and a quick move to the right saw Ash Bastiman stopped just short before he handed on to captain Jack Downs to score.

After the early burst of points, the game settled into an end-to-end tussle with both sides creating opportunities, but defences very much on top along with some silly mistakes by both sides.

However as half-time approached, a kick was defused by Jack Sanderson and the winger took a quick tap on the 20-metre line and sent full-back Mike Adlard racing 70 metres to score under the posts.

Half-time: Halifax reserves 0 Hull FC reserves 30

A knock on by Ross Osborne from a difficult kick gave Halifax a chance early in the second half, which was soon followed by a soft penalty as the pressure increased on the Black & Whites’ defence.

From that pressure, prop Luke Nelmes was able to force his way over for their first score and the conversion was added by Jordan Syme.

A penalty allowed Wray to dispatch the ball into the Halifax half and from the resulting pressure, a deft kick from the scrum-half was touched down by the on-rushing Bastiman. Wray was off target with the conversion attempt from out wide.

Soon after that try, Osborne was sent to cool off for ten minutes and Halifax awarded a penalty which saw them push into the Black & Whites’ half, however they wasted that opportunity as organised defence forced them to knock on.

Another soft penalty allowed Hull to set up position in the Halifax danger zone again and from that position, Wray produced an offload for Alex Gilbey to crash over between the posts.

Halifax pulled one back through centre Jamie Stringer being the beneficiary, however Curtis Edwards-Hampson was off target with the conversion.

After yet another penalty, FC pressed the Halifax line again and Connor Bower was able to force his way over from close range to extend the lead.

As the match drew to a close, tempers frayed and Josh Wood was sent to the sin bin, while Halifax forward Nelmes received a red card from the same incident.

Halifax grabbed a consolation score in the last few minutes as Sion Jones was able to bash his way over through some tired defending, Morgan Punchard added the extras from almost in front of the posts.

Another break from Halifax saw the home side streaming forward and winger Jack Mead crossed in the corner, Punchard was wide of the mark with the boot.

Team

Hull FC: Mike Adlard, Nick Rawsthorne, Connor Bower, Cameron Scott, Jack Sanderson, Marvin Lee, Jack Wray, Ross Osborne, Josh Wood, Masimbaashe Matongo, Jack Downs (c), Ash Bastiman, Zeus Silk. Interchange: Jez Litten, Alex Gilbey, Nick Slyney, Billy Wardill

Tries: Nick Rawsthorne (2) Marvin Lee (8, 9) Jack Downs (15) Mike Adlard (37) Ash Bastiman (52) Alex Gilbey (65) Connor Bower (74)

Goals: Nick Rawsthorne 5/5, Jack Wray 2/3

Man of the Match: Marvin Lee

– See more at: http://www.hullfc.com/news/2017-05-11-reserves-claim-fourth-straight-win#sthash.GiWEda4W.dpuf

Members Monday

It’s Members Monday here at Hull FC! Every week, we showcase some of the club’s best members right here on hullfc.com

As it’s Hull&Proud Week, where there are some fantastic events lined up having got underway at the weekend at our annual fan day, we have a special Member of the Week.

Name: John William Whiteley MBE

Date of Birth: 1930

Favourite Current Player: Danny Houghton or Gareth Ellis

All-Time Favourite Player: Billy Batten

Member since: 1950

MBE in 2005 New Year’s Honours list

Johnny Whiteley is arguably the greatest player ever to wear the famous Black & White shirt. He was the captain of the great 50s and 60s team and a member of Hull’s famous ‘Panzer Pack’ which conquered all before it.

A man with the freedom of the city, Whiteley explains how his career with the Airlie Birds began.

“I’d come out the army, prior to that I could have had trials but I was at Hull Boys Club, and we had a pact,” he explained.

“Rovers wanted some of our team, and Hull wanted to give trials. But we agreed to stay together until the army broke us up.

“When we all came out the army, the clubs were waiting for the lads and in November 1950, Hull came to my front door and said, ‘If you sign, we’ll put you in the first team on Saturday.’”

Amassing over 400 appearances for his hometown club, Hull FC has been ingrained in Whiteley from the age of four years old, where he watched his first game.

“I was four-year-old when I went to my first game in 1934.

“My love for that Black & White shirt more so, people my age, we had nothing. Football and rugby was all we had.

“We had no televisions or gimmicks, we had no money and sport was our outlet in life. It bonded us all together, especially living on Hessle Road.

“The fishermen coming home steaming down the river Humber, if the tide was a little bit dicey before the kick-off, they’d put an extra shovel of coal in the engines.

“You were brought up with that sort of feeling and the passion for the club, and even though I played football and other sports, rugby was always my intention.

“Irrespective of anything else, I wanted to play for Hull FC and that passion is greater now because when you get older and everything. People have shed tears and we’ve seen it all before.

“We’ve seen the good and we’ve seen the bad before, and it cements you all together so it’s a unique place for me.”

As it’s Hull&Proud Week, Whiteley told hullfc.com what makes him to be Hull and proud.

“I love the city, I love the city of Hull, I love the people, being born and bred on Hessle Road and I’ve always been privileged to go over the bridges.

“One lovely story, when I was a young rugby player I would go into East Hull to present trophies.

“And the MC for the night said, ‘Tonight, from the West, coming to the East, we’ve got Johnny Whiteley – a young rugby league player who’s going to make a name for himself.’

“And he said ‘I’m going to tell you a story – if all the bridges on the River Hull were raised in the air, there’s only one person we’d lower a bridge down. To come from the West to the East and that’s Johnny Whiteley.’

“I stuck my chest out at that and I’ve always smiled at that.”

– See more at: http://www.hullfc.com/news/2017-04-10-hull-fc-member-of-the-week#sthash.9qpf80U7.dpuf

Hull FC reserves 28 Warrington Wolves reserves 18 (Saturday 25th March 2017)

Hull FC Reserves came back from 0-12 down to record their first win of the season against Warrington Reserves at Brantingham Park today.

With Jansin Turgut, Jack Downs and Brad Fash back in the team, along with some star quality from Liam Watts, Richard Horne’s side looked a different proposition.

Having shipped 60 points in their first game of the season away to St. Helens, the young Airlie Birds needed a reaction, and got it in fine style.

The Black & Whites made the worst possible start however, as a hat-trick from Wolves winger Taylor Prell gave the visitors a 12 point lead after 13 minutes.

But the Airlie Birds soon got back in the contest as Jansin Turgut crashed over under the posts after a deft offload from Watts, winger Nick Rawsthorne added the goal.

Two minutes after that the Black & Whites were level as Rawsthorne got on the end of a flowing side-to-side move to score in the corner, he then converted his own try.

Man of the Match Rawsthorne then inflicted further damage as he intercepted a wayward pass as the Wolves pressed, and raced 90 meters, he added the extras to make it a six point lead.

Alex Whalley then brought the visitors back level with a scintillating try, despite appearing to put his foot in touch as he dashed down the line, Grand Final player Declan Patton finally added a conversion to bring the scores level.

Half Time: Hull FC Reserves 18 Warrington Wolves Reserves 18

The second half was only three minutes old when Jack Sanderson raced away to score, and give the Black & Whites a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Five minutes later Rawsthorne made yet another break down the wing, before selflessly handing on to Cameron Scott for the centre to score, Rawsthorne again added the conversion.

After the early scores in the half a battle of nerve ensued, with the Black & Whites more than holding their own against a strong Warrington side, keeping them scoreless for the entire second half.

Final Score: Hull FC Reserves 28 Warrington Wolves Reserves 18

Squads:

Hull FC Reserves: Curtis Naughton, Nick Rawsthorne, Cameron Scott, Connor Bower, Jack Sanderson, Marvin Lee, Jack Wray, Ross Osborne, Josh Wood, Liam Watts, Brandon Westerman, Jansin Turgut: Interchange: Jez Litten, Brad Fash, Alex Gilbey, Zeus Silk, Mike Adlard

Warrington Wolves Reserves: Declan Kay, Rich Harris, Danny Rasool, Benjamin Julienne, Taylor Prell, Brad Stanway, Declan Patton, Lee Mitchell, Tyler Whittaker, Joe Philbin, Andre Savelio, Lewis Hatton, Sam Wilde: Interchange: Joe Ryan, Brad Dwyer, Paddy Jones, Luke Foden, Jay Lowbin, James Jones, Alex Whalley

Scorers:

Hull FC: Tries: Jansin Turgut (18) Nick Rawsthorne (20, 30) Jack Sanderson (43) Cameron Scott (48) Goals: Nick Rawsthorne 4/5

Warrington: Tries: Taylor Prell (8, 11, 13) Alex Whalley (38) Goals: Declan Patton 1/4

Man of the Match: Nick Rawsthorne

Members Monday

It’s Members Monday! Every week, we showcase and reward the club’s loyal members on hullfc.com and social media channels.

We bring you this week’s ClubHull offer, our members exclusive and this week’s Hull FC Member of the Week. This week’s Member of the Week is Kevin Deighton.

Date of birth: 26/02/1956

First game: 1967 v Widnes

Favourite current player: Mark Minichiello

All-time favourite player: Keith Boxall

Kevin has been coming to watch the Black & Whites since 1967 and has held a season pass since 1972.

The recent home game against Widnes Vikings at the KCOM Stadium was his 1,250th consecutive game without missing a single one, but he doesn’t think about milestones.

“I started the run in 1980. We were playing in winter then and it was a lot harder to get to games sometimes,” he said.

“Now we play in the summer it’s a doddle to get to the games. I always just look at it as 35 days a year.

“I’ve been lucky to do all that. I’ve even cancelled holidays to go, I’ve been to some massive defeats in the past at places like St. Helens and Wigan but kept going.”

Having been on his long run of not missing a Hull FC game in over three decades, Kevin has seen plenty of highs during his time following the Airlie Birds.

Kevin says his highlights of following the Black & Whites are very similar to other FC supporters.

“The 1982 replay against Widnes and Wembley last year, nothing will beat that. I absolutely sobbed my eyes out!” he said.

“But I also remember going to watch us play Wigan at Central Park when they had their all-singing all-dancing team.

“We had a team with the likes of Coleman, Pearce and Divorty and we gave them a beating on their own turf.

“Another one was the 2005 semi-final against Saints – I think that was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.

“It is difficult to remember specific games, but I remember the night at home against Hunslet when we won our 26th consecutive league game. It was a great night!”

CLUBHULL OFFER OF THE WEEK: This week’s ClubHull Offer of the Week is with KLM Hair Studio, where fans can get 15% off all hair cuts! Simply show your ClubHull fob to get the discount!

– See more at: http://www.hullfc.com/news/2017-03-27-hull-fc-member-of-the-week#sthash.TBmU2CNa.dpuf

Members Monday

It’s Members Monday! Every week, we showcase and reward the club’s loyal members on hullfc.com and social media channels.

We bring you this week’s ClubHull offer, our members exclusive and this week’s Hull FC Member of the Week. This week’s Member of the Week is Karen Horton.

Favourite current player: Gareth Ellis and Albert Kelly

All-time favourite player: Steve Prescott will always have a massive part in my heart

Karen travels from her home in Castleford to watch the Black and Whites every week.

Not only is she a long-term supporter, but she also works with supporters group FC Voices and started watching the Black and Whites during the Boulevard days.

“When I started watching, Lee Crooks was married to my best friend’s sister so she started taking me along to The Boulevard. That was in the days when the Threepenny Stand was the entire length of the pitch.

“I remember standing there as a young girl in absolute awe of everything that was happening around me.”

“I’ve been on FC Voices for over 10 years now, it’s something that not a lot of people realise what we do,” she added.

“We try to be a middle man. In the early days one of the things that we did was we got the trains changed.”

Like many Hull fans, last season’s Challenge Cup triumph was the pinnacle of Karen’s time watching the Airlie Birds, though she has some other great memories, too.

“It’s what we’ve all wanted, the Wembley win! But I’ve seen some great games,” she said.

“The Premiership semi-final against Leeds at The Boulevard along with any of the great games at The Boulevard. There’s been some classics.

“Just little snippets like that, but Wembley was amazing.”

Involved in rugby league herself as a fan and a member of FC Voices, Karen is married to Hull FC pitch announcer and commentator, Matt Horton.

Being married to the game of rugby league is something she enjoys.

“Matt has been involved in the game for a while and he commentates on Warrington, Widnes and Hull FC and he’s just started pitch announcing here, which he absolutely loves,” she said.

“So I’m very lucky because I’m involved in the game. Not just as a Hull fan, but I’m involved in other things, too.”

CLUBHULL OFFER OF THE WEEK: 2017 members can get two for one on a course booking at Skidby Lakes Golf Club, plus a 40% discounted signed in rate and a £10 golf lesson!

MEMBERS EXCLUSIVE: 2017 members can get their hands on our jacquard striped scarf and a beanie for only £5 each! Offer is only valid in store. Members must show their pass to receive the discount.

– See more at: http://www.hullfc.com/news/2017-03-20-hull-fc-member-of-the-week#sthash.o9Xz1VIV.dpuf

Our Jack Part 1

I wrote the script to the short play Our Jack a few months ago, I decided to do what I do best, to help me promote my Jack Harrison statue campaign.

With the date of Sunday 30th April now set for our performance(s), at Kardomah 94, I’ve decided to now start writing updates in my blog.

First let me introduce you to everybody involved in the production at this stage, we also have set dates later in the year for a feature length immersive production, so I will introduce you to more people as we move closer to that further down the line.

Our director is Theatre Goddess, and original Trucker, Cassie Patton. Working with Cassie is an absolute dream, she knows everything about working on a production, and she is a huge fan of the man whose story we are telling.

Cassie is working so hard behind the scenes, she has had us rehearsing in her own home, including one-to-one sessions with some of the cast when it has been needed. She has also helped with the cost and procurement of costumes.

Katie Stones is playing Lillian, Jack’s wife, this thoroughly compelling young lady is an absolute treat to work with, she’s massively enthusiastic, and seriously talented with it, I honestly think she will do us all proud, both in the short play and the feature length show.

I only found her by chance, and I’m so happy that I did because she is just going to be outstanding I have no doubt.

Clare Crowther will be playing Jack’s mum Charlotte, and I have to say that I’m thrilled to be working with her. Clare is a superb professional, and learned her lines and got off script in double quick time.

We keep throwing new lines at her for her to learn, today in particular, and it’s all just done almost instantly, it’s a joy to behold.

Kenny Richards-Preston is playing Jack’s father John Harrison. Having worked with Kenny a few times I know exactly what to expect from him, absolute professionalism in bucket loads, and that’s exactly what we’re getting from him.

Kenny is so talented, and I am really pleased he said yes when I asked him to play this part, he is the ultimate professional, everybody who sees this will love him to bits.

The high pressure part of Our Jack is taken on with relish by the brilliant Jordan Matfin. Cassie was the one who spotted him on stage in another show and, despite his considerable work commitments, he is really growing into the role.

Jordan is wonderfully talented, and a really nice lad with it, he’s really engaged with the whole process, and I couldn’t be happier to have him playing the part of Jack in the short play.

The reason I’ve started these blog updates today is because we started rehearsing on the stage at Kardomah 94, and I want to step up the updates other than the ones I’m already putting on social media.

I can confidently tell you that this is a very happy band of people that I’m working with on this production, and that is thanks in no small part to Cassie. As the director Cassie is making every rehearsal a very happy place to be, while also getting the best out of everyone, yours truly included.

Kenny was otherwise engaged today so I had to read in for him, playing the part of Jack’s Hull KR supporting father, most people will know that would be very awkward for me, being that I am a massive Hull FC supporter.

The only reason I can do that when needed, is the fact that I’m doing it for Jack, I like to think he’s smiling down on us.

When we had a meeting with Malcolm Scott about the feature length production, and he expressed his understandable doubts about showing a production about a historic Hull icon, it dawned on me just what we are taking on here.

When we started rehearsals for this short play it suddenly started to feel very real, and as we have been going through them, it’s certainly cranking up the pressure on all of us, hence why the feeling of fun is so important.

Katie and Jordan are having to get very used to each other to make their stage relationship look the way it should, as childhood sweethearts who had known each other all their lives, and then went on to become husband and wife and parents to their only son, as you can imagine, that bit isn’t at all easy.

Our next rehearsal is going to be a week on Wednesday so I want everyone looking out for more rehearsal photos on Facebook and Twitter.

At the time of writing this first entry, I have confirmation that Johnny Whiteley MBE will be at Kardomah 94 for the performance, which will include a Q and A with the cast, Cassie and myself on stage.

While I’ve been writing I have also just received a message from Sammy Lloyd that he will also be there on Sunday 30th April to perform some music for us, along with poetry from the brilliant Artful Codgers.

The Artful Codgers are a group of very good friends of mine Sue and Terry Ireland, Richard Harries and David Osgerby, and I believe there could be new work afoot from them, as well as their already established work, particularly including poems about Jack, Hull FC and World War One.

If you wish to donate to the statue fund here is a link to the JustGiving page.

The Facebook page is here and this is the Twitter account. Please also look out on social media for #Statue52