Hull to launch rugby league history event

Published: Wednesday 1st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Hull becomes the first city to host a new travelling exhibition about the history of rugby league this week .

With two leading teams in the city, Hull is well placed to stage Rugby League Cares’ ‘Rugby League Heritage on Tour’, which launches on Wednesday (October 1).

The charity’s mobile exhibition at Worship Street’s Hull History Centre traces the game’s history with several local players featured.

Some of Hull’s rugby league legends are included in the three-week event, including Roy Francis, Clive Sullivan, Johnny Whiteley and Colin Hutton.

Francis, Hull coach in the 1950s, and Rovers and Hull stalwart Sullivan are highlighted as pioneering black players in the sport.

Whiteley and Hutton are participating in a talk about their old coach Francis on Saturday, October 18 at 11.30am. The chat is being held to coincide with Black History Month.

This Saturday (October 4) sees a guided tour of the exhibition from 11am-2pm, courtesy of the charity’s heritage expert Victoria Dawson.

The pedigree of women’s rugby in the city is also celebrated with Julia Lee and Kay Ibbetson. In addition, the story of the amateur game comes under the microscope.

The display, which includes memorabilia highlights such as a shirt from the inaugural Test match, closes on October 23.

Terry Geraghty, a city councillor, says the history of Hull and its community cannot be told without reference to its rugby league heritage. The city boasts a rugby league history dating back nearly 150 years.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Wednesday 1st October 2014 by The News Editor

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