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 Mark Ash.

Name: Mark Ash

Date of birth: 21/04/1985

Favourite current player: Scott Taylor

All-time favourite player: Richard Swain

Mark Ash has been providing commentary for FC Live since 2012/2013.

He has many fond memories of supporting his boyhood team, Wembley last year being an obvious one, but other games also stick in the memory.

He explains: “Sometimes I go on a night and I just get the feeling that the team are going to do something special because there’s a buzz in the crowd.

“There was a couple of times when we battered Saints when they had a really good team, I remember Nathan Blacklock going practically the length of the field once.

“There was a special comeback against them as well. Francis Meli had scored four tries for them and we were 26-6 down in the second half, I remember the comeback and the Danny Tickle drop-goal that won it for us.”

Over recent times Mark has had a back-to-back battle that proves his indomitable spirit, in 2015 he was diagnosed with cancer, but battled it successfully.

Mark Says: “I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2015. I fought it and won, I was even featured on the front page of the Hull Daily Mail!

“But after that article was published I was told it had come back so I had to fight it again in 2016.

“This time I had a stem cell transplant, and now I’ve been in remission for seven months.”

He explains that supporting the Black & Whites was a big source of help as he twice battled to beat the disease.

He says: “I couldn’t go to games when I was having chemo because it absolutely batters your immune system, so there was too much risk of catching an infection.

“So I used to really look forward to the games on telly, they would put a smile on my face, especially when the team put in a big performance.”

MEMBERS EXCLUSIVE:

2017 members can get our black/white training vest for just £15, saving £11 off the retail price! Offer is only valid from the club’s retail stores and your 2017 pass must be shown when purchasing.

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Members Monday

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

As Hull FC take on St Helens this Friday night, playing for the Steve Prescott Cup, this week’s Member of the Week is Linzi Prescott.

Linzi is the wife of former Hull and Saints player Steve Prescott MBE, who sadly passed away in 2013.

Both teams will be playing for the Steve Prescott Cup on Friday night, and Linzi says she always looks forward to coming back to Hull after Steve had two stints with the Black and Whites as a player.

“I’m really looking forward to Friday evening, I love Hull having spent a long time there and the boys are excited for it too as they were born in Hull,” she said.

“We spent around eight years in the city, and even when Steve moved to Wakefield we stayed there and he travlled every day.

“We absolutely loved it over in Hull, we made some good friendships and the people at the club are fantastic.”

Steve began his career with St Helens before moving on to Hull followed by a brief spell with Wakefield, before returning to FC for the final two years of his career.

Having experienced the Hull fans during Steve’s time with the club, Linzi says the FC fans hold a special place in her heart.

“From day one since Steve first signed for Hull FC, the fans have been amazing,” she said.

“Steve was someone who always gave his all when he was playing and he always received a brilliant reception.

“He loved both clubs and it’s really special that he can be honoured with the Steve Prescott Cup. Both teams hold a special place in our hearts and we’ve got all our family coming over for the game on Friday. It’ll be a special occasion.”

This year marks 10 years since the Steve Prescott Foundation was launched and there are a number of events lined up to commemorate it.

“This year is our 10-year celebration of the foundation and we’ve got a music festival planned at the Totally Wicked Stadium in July, with some good bands lined up and Johnny Vegas will be hosting it.

“I’ve also signed up to do Kilimanjaro again along with the St Helens Triathlon, too.”

Full details of the upcoming events can be found on steveprescottfoundation.co.uk and on Twitter by following @StevePrescott1

Hull FC ClubHull Offer of the Week: This week’s ClubHull Offer of the Week is 20% OFF food at Handmade Burger Co!

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Hull FC work experience feedback

Below is the text of an email I received from my boss at Hull FC media Simon Dent, giving feedback about the work experience I have been doing there.

Ian has been gaining valuable work experience with the Hull FC media team for over a year now. Ian contributes to the club’s website and match day programme by writing news stories and features. He also assists on match days and volunteers to cover reserves matches on weekend for the club’s website.

Ian’s roles on match days vary from writing match reports to interviewing players after games and assisting in other ways where required.

The work Ian produces is of a good standard, but there is room for improvement in some areas. If Ian works on these areas then he will improve and continue to develop the skills he’s already learned whilst on work experience.

T2 Trainspotting- Review

When this sequel to the 90’s cult classic was announced, I thought to myself Oh please god NOOOOOO!! That’s just messing with near perfection.

I am happy to report that I was wrong with that thought, this sequel is brilliant, indeed some people may say that it is better than the original, depending on their viewpoint.

While I wouldn’t personally say this is better than the original, it certainly gives it a very good run for its money. The easy thing for ace director Danny Boyle to have done with this production would be to rely on quoting the original, dredging up the same stuff.

Instead what they have produced is a story that has moved on, taking into account the intervening 20 (or should that be 21) years, and while nodding to some of the best bits of the original, the movie also takes into account developments in the world, and the characters lives with expert precision.

The way that the four main characters have developed, and what they’re up to now, is beautifully presented and the story-line is quickly established, but you’re also kept guessing with some wonderful little sub-plots, adding to the nature of the characters that we know so well.

Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle are in particularly excellent form, whilst Ewen Bremner and Ewan McGregor also keep the story moving at expert pace.

Carlyle is fantastically menacing as the still psychotic Begbie, but he doesn’t over play it, as he also makes him quite comedic, particularly with one problem he has, and his over the top solution to it, he also makes him quite likable, even human, at times.

Miller reprises his role as Sick Boy from the original, adding to the original character expertly, and surprising us by going by his actual proper name, seemingly a shift forward from being the original Sick Boy!

There is more meat put on the bones of the characters Spud and Renton, and the friendships of the awesome foursome are even more developed right in front of your eyes, by going further back in their history.

The thrilling, but also beautifully shockingly funny, ending is superbly built-up and is executed with really genuine quality, rather than going for the all out bludgeoning ending, you are left with an ending that truly befits this marvelously entertaining movie.

The fact that the whole thing is fabulously believable also adds to the magic of this inspired piece of film-making, please enjoy!

La La Land Review

Having heard all the positive thoughts of people about this movie, and with a clutch of Academy Award (Oscars) nominations to back them all up, I decided to take the future Mrs Judson to see this apparently musical treat.

How wrong can the reviewers and movie-goers of this world be? The answer to that is, ABSOLUTELY wrong. If this is what Oscars domination looks like, then please god help the academy because it is clearly in dire trouble.

The music is distinctly poor, and a plot line seems very difficult to develop as the script wanders aimlessly from one point to another, with no explanation as to why, or how?

The image that this film is sold on is one of the characters Mia and Seb dancing as the character, played by the entirely wooden Ryan Gosling, walks his love interest to her car after a party.

Coming to the scene in question you expect this to be the most endearing scene of the whole film, instead what you are presented with is two ambling characters shuffling along, trying to convince the audience that they are madly in love, but the dancing is frankly badly choreographed, and terribly executed, Craig Revel-Horwood would have an absolute field day.

There is no spark, or real magnetism between Seb and Mia, played by the thoroughly unconvincing Emma Stone, and you certainly don’t care about any of the characters, this movie has been said to be appreciated by certain movie traditionalists, I honestly can’t imagine how?

Frankly the script is absolute tripe, the plot, if you can find one, is an absolute nonsense, the dancing is not up to scratch, and the whole thing relies on the sort of music that isn’t for this sort of film, at one point there is a party by the poolside of a nice big house, with a band, including Gosling’s character, that are trying to sing an 80’s classic, all they succeed in doing is murdering it.

The plus side, there is one scene when you see Gosling in another band, who have sold out a gig, and they do one decent tune, and there is a bit of Hollywood magic in a scene when Seb and Mia go flying around a room, with a backdrop of a night sky with a million stars, but that’s it.

The ending is very flat, as it transports you forward five years, and leaves you wondering what has actually happened, I think you’re asked to believe that, after a totally unconvincing audition five years before, Stone’s character has now become some sort of Hollywood A-Lister, just because she is offered free coffee’s where she used to work, then goes home to her husband (not Gosling’s character) and daughter.

What does appear more sure is that Gosling’s character has at last achieved his dream of mediocrity, owning a jazz club, since they went their separate ways, although this too, and exactly what happened to loves young dream, is very open for debate.

This movie does have its place, unfortunately it won’t be in my Blu-Ray collection, and if, as is expected, it cleans up at the Oscars, then that just goes to show what films like Titanic showed before it, that Hollywood’s back-slapping night isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and definitely isn’t all about talent.

This movie is, in my humble opinion, a complete waste of time and money to go and see.

A Christmas Carol at Park Street Performing Arts Centre

The delightful adaptation of arguably the best Christmas story has landed at Park Street Arts Centre.

This magical musical adaptation has all the Christmas heartwarming you could ever wish for, while staying loyal in parts to the classic Charles Dickens story, but gives a real treatment, with a different type of fun.

The constraints of quite a small stage are cast aside in thrilling style as the skillfully constructed set is used to its full advantage.

The masterful Richard Green plays the part of the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge with genuine aplomb, and his direction of the whole piece is a joy to behold.

Callum Mathers is also in top form as the downtrodden Bob Cratchit, and the whole cast communicate a real sense of togetherness throughout the very character driven show.

Gina Garton is very strong at setting certain scenes for the audience, and the scenes between her and character and Scrooge are genuine dynamite.

It’s a well known saying in theatre that you should ‘Never work with children’ but the supremely talented bunch in this gutsy production discard that saying with a real swagger and ability that looks boundless.

The musical numbers are scattered through the feast before your eyes, all perfectly timed and moving the story along beautifully, with a great dollop of realism.

With several actors and actresses playing more than one part, it would be easy for them to get a bit lost, but that doesn’t happen here, it all moves along almost serenely.

Keiran Danby is very genuinely scary as Jacob Marley, and the use of atmospheric smoke and the right choice of background sound, provides a tremendously eerie experience when it’s required.

The alternate scenes that have been inserted into the script are also masterfully handled.

Speaking to Richard Green afterwards, he said: “I think A Christmas Carol is one of those plays, that really sum up Christmas, it’s got such a good moral behind it.”

Speaking about playing the lead, and directing it as well: “It is a challenge definitely, especially when I’m standing on the stage, seeing what’s going on.

“Obviously I’m not supposed to be seen by them, so I can’t intervene, I just have to stand and watch.

“Apart from directing it, I’m also playing the lead, and it’s a very big part so it’s a lot to learn, sustaining the character, that’s quite a hard job.”

Callum Mathers also spoke to me about playing Bob Cratchit: “It’s a bit of a character role, he’s a family man, which is something new for me. Also a bit of a cockney accent is a challenge but it’s nice to try that.”

Being on stage with the director quite a lot actually brings some comfort: “It’s pretty comfortable actually sometimes.

“He’s been acting for many years, and directing shows, that gives you confidence in him, that if something does go wrong, you can work together with him and bring it through.”

Being on stage with several children: “It’s stressful at times, but it’s great fun because they’re so full of energy… You’re sort of mentoring them, helping them through it.”

Turning A Christmas Carol into something of a musical has its advantages: “It’s maybe a bit of a gamble, I think it brings a bit more enjoyment as well.

“I haven’t really done a lot of play work, musicals are mainly my thing, so I feel a bit more at home doing musicals, but I think it is a bit of a gamble.

“But I think the audience get a bit more enjoyment out of it, with a few songs in there, you maybe get them to join in a little bit.”

Tickets are still available for the performances which run all week, up to and including Christmas Eve afternoon, although there are only EIGHT tickets left available for the Christmas Eve showing.

Tickets can be booked over the phone on 01482 222452, priced at £6-£8.

Go and see it, you’ll love it to bits.

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