THIS WEEK IN…

Read the latest ‘This Week in…' column from Club Historian Bill Dalton, with the series set to celebrate the anniversary of a number of events throughout the 150 history of Hull FC.

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This Week in 1930

Strange to say, there are very few landmarks giving rise to special mention that ever happened concerning Hull FC in all of its history in the final week of February. Generally the Challenge Cup was always in full sway in the early part of the month whilst only a handful of the 1,124 Players have ever made their debuts in this week.

One of them was Harold Ellerington in 1930, who progressed from a half back to a Loose Forward and gained selection on the 1936 Lions Tour. He was the understudy to Harry Beverley on that tour so didn't actually make the test team, though he played in 11 of the Tour games. He made a total of 268 appearances for Hull, scoring 52 tries. He is particularly remembered for his part in the two tries which Hull scored late on to win the match against Wigan 13-12 in September 1936, the occasion which gave rise to ‘Old Faithful'.

He rallied his team in vain in the 1938 Yorkshire Cup Final against Huddersfield and was widely credited with a Man of the Match accolade. His final match was against Dewsbury on December 9th 1940.

During the Second World War, ‘Ellmo' lost a leg in an accident, so never played again. However, his disability did not prevent serving as a director of the club in the successful 1950's period.

This Week in 1998

Another of the few to have made the step up to first team during this particular week and better known to modern day supporters was Paul King. 

King also earned a selection with Great Britain against France in 2001 and appeared off the bench three times for Yorkshire.

As is the way in the modern game, as prop most of his appearances for Hull were interspersed with coming on or off the sub's bench. However, over his 11 and a half years in the team, King played in 252 games for Hull and scored 21 Tries as well as somehow managing a Drop Goal!

He was, of course, a member of the 2005 Cup winning team and also the 2006 Grand Final runners-up squad.

This Week in 1980.

Hull were participants in two games in the later part of the 1979-80 season that saw a unique occurrence.

On March 1st, Hull had to play at Warrington but were short of props, meaning that Terry Clawson was persuaded out of retirement to help out. Keith Hepworth was playing at scrum half which meant that Hull fielded two players on that day who were both playing in the fourth decade of their careers.

They had both started in the late 1950's, Clawson at Featherstone and Hepworth at Castleford.

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