Spring is always an interesting time for KCOM Stadium, with many iconic games and events taking place in April and around the Easter period.
We’ve teamed up with with KCOM Stadium to travel back in time and highlight some of the most brilliant games and matches at the venue. With both resident teams, Hull City and Hull FC, boasting a long, intriguing heritage, there are certainly some fantastic stories to tell.
Today, we’re looking back at four nostalgic victories and milestones in the Airlie Birds' archives.
Thirteen years ago, Hull FC went head to head with Wakefield, scoring seven tries against the West Yorkshire team. Intriguingly, the last five times the Black and Whites went up against Wakefield, they went on to reach the final of the Challenge Cup. In this case, Hull FC won the prestigious competition.
A similar scenario against the Wildcats in 2008 sparked the start of their historic cup campaign again. Unfortunately, St Helens managed to defeat Hull on this occasion.
A year earlier, more than 23,000 flocked to KCOM Stadium for the first Hull KR vs Hull FC derby of the Super League era.
It was the Black and Whites that eventually came out on top against the Robins, who had recently been promoted and qualified to play in the Super League. FC perhaps took advantage of KR’s nerves and new format.
Danny Tickle scored the first Hull derby try and Sean Briscoe swiftly followed. The Airlie Birds quickly established a 16-4 lead, despite David Tangata-Toa and Andreas Bauer narrowing the gap to two points. Final score: Hull FC 22-14 Hull KR.
In 2013, Hull once again came face-to-face with the Wildcats. The Easter period always sees a number of squad rotations. This provided the young full-back, Jamie Shaul, the perfect opportunity to debut for Hull FC against Wakefield on the Bank Holiday Monday. After a poor start, the Black and Whites achieved a record victory against the West Yorkshire side and finished the game with a 34-22 lead. This success was welcomed after Hull FC had lost their previous three matches.
Let’s go back even further...
Hull FC’s history spans way back, to many decades before KCOM Stadium was even constructed. Over one hundred years ago, Billy Bratten signed for Hull and became one of the most notable members of the Black and White team. His incredible career began in the first quarter of the twentieth century and in 1913 Hull forked out a whopping £600 for him, which at this time was double the previous world record fee. His famous leap made him one of the most powerful players to bring to the ground.