For as long as I can remember while Hull FC and Hull KR have played in the same league, Good Friday has been derby day, today we are breaking the tradition.
Good Friday without derby day is like Bacon without Eggs – that’s another tradition as a Hull FC fan you don’t eat Bacon on derby day because it’s red.
Today more than any day in the last three weeks feels strange, it feels like I should be doing something, I should be going somewhere. It’s derby day.
What is the Hull DerbyThe Hull Derby is contested by Hull FC from the west side and Hull Kingston Rovers from the east side of the city of Kingston upon Hull. Click To Tweet
The two teams are separated by the River Hull. The Hull Derby is considered to be one of the most fierce in Rugby League and is classed as the one true derby due to both of the clubs residing from within the same city.
My First Derby Game
My first experience of a derby game was the 1979-1980 Floodlit Trophy it was played in front of a packed crowd at The Boulevard the home of the black and whites from 1895 -2002 and was won 13-3 by Hull FC .
What is significant about this win is it was the last time the trophy was played for and now sits proudly in Hull FC’s trophy cabinet forever.
I watched that game with Mum and friends of the family from the Redbourne Street end of the ground stood up against the barriers at the front.
It didn’t take me long to find my way into the legendary threepenny stand from there until we left in 2002.
Games that stay in my memory
Bricks thrown at The Boulevard
The first one that I really remember and for some reason we didn’t end up going that day, think my Dad was due home or Mum was doing something else that part is not that memorable but what is memorable from listening to the radio is the 20-minute mark in 1981 fans started to throw rubble from the hill at the south stand end of the ground where building work was taking place.
The game was stopped and 13 people were arrested, 40 fans many women and children were injured, and ironically this is where we would have been stood.
I remember it making national headlines at the time which was unheard of for Hull it was described as “Hull rugby’s darkest hour”.
The inevitable inquiry by the Rugby League resulted in a £1,000 fine for Hull FC and a threat of having the Boulevard closed if it failed to pass a ground inspection ahead of the start the new season.
John Player Final – Headingley
The 1981-1982 John Player final is memorable for me for the wrong reason, well I say memorable because I passed out in the first half and watched the second half from the sidelines right next to the dugout we did go on to win 12-4 though so all was good.
First Super League Derby
2007 saw the first Super League derby at the KC Stadium as it was known then, I still remember being in awe at the sound of that stadium when it is full, 23, 002 were crammed in that day and the game just flew by with Hull FC winning 22-14.
2013 Ethiad Stadium Manchester after coming back from losing 16-6 to drawing 16-16, the magic weekend which is not short of controversy produced it’s best yet when Chris Green caught a loose ball to score, the try was awarded and it very quickly became evident Chris Green was offside, the RFL did release a statement very shortly afterwards to say the try shouldn’t have been given, but Hull FC didn’t care they ran out 22-16 victors.
Good Friday 2016
With Hull FC trailing 20-0 with 20 minutes to go, it was looking dead set a Hull KR victory until four tries with quick succession sealed it 22-20 – this is probably the best of all of them because they won it fair and square playing some amazing rugby in the process and the words ringing around Craven Park of “20-0 and you fucked it up” will live long in Hull FC history.
KCOM Stadium 2019
This one has to have a mention as it was the most consistent performance ever in a derby game and created records for both points and players. with a record score of 56-12 and Mark Sneyd breaking the record for points and goals in a game with 20 and 10 respectively.
What is Derby Day About
Derby day is about time with friends you have known for years from both sides of the City, it’s a day where both Hull FC and Hull KR fans get together and drink to whoever wins if it’s Good Friday then fish and chips will inevitably be part of the diet of the day, it also the start of the Easter Weekend of rugby.
Today feels so strange and I hope more than anything this doesn’t stop us enjoying these days out in the future…..
Stay Safe and Wash Your Fucking Hands