Hull FC to mark 150th birthday

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Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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Special matches, a museum exhibition and a time capsule burial are all to be held this year as Hull FC celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The Super League club has planned a year-long timetable of events to mark its formation in 1865 by a group of former public schoolboys.

Other events planned include the selection of a poet laureate and a commemoration for player Jack Harrison VC, who was killed in the First World War.

Former player Johnny Whiteley, 84, who played for the club for 15 years from 1949, claims that the sport of rugby league “binds the city of Hull together”.

Mr Whiteley was also captain and coach of Hull FC and he said that “black and white is in your blood, through the good times and bad”.

In 1895, Hull FC became a founder member of the Northern Union, as rugby league was known then, as the new code was brought into being by 22 clubs.

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Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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