Hull FC will kick off a week of commemorative events with the Jack Harrison Centenary fixture at their home match against Warrington Wolves on 28th April, which will include not one but two special games.
Prior to the first-team taking to the field for their Super League match against the Wolves, the stadium will host a special curtain raiser fixture as Hull FC Reserves take on the United Kingdom Armed Forces rugby league team in the Jack Harrison Challenge.
The combined services team will be using the game as preparation for their upcoming World Cup and will also have the chance to train with the club’s first-team squad at the training ground.
The reserve team will wear a specially commissioned replica strip for the match based on the shirt that would have been worn by Harrison 100 years ago, whilst the first-team will also carry a poppy on their playing jerseys.
The club will also be launching a limited edition authentic cotton jersey, similar to what would have been worn by Harrison during his playing days 100 years ago, which will be sold through the club retail stores with a donation being made to the Royal British Legion.
Representatives of the Armed Forces will also be present at the game, as well as displays for fans. It is also hoped that the RAF can provide a flypast, subject to weather conditions and logistics.
Hull FC’s Executive Director, James Clark, said, “We are privileged to be able to play our part in the commemoration of Jack’s life and achievements, not only celebrating his immense bravery in battle but his notable career as a rugby league player.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for people in the city to learn about the story of Jack, his remarkable record-breaking efforts for Hull Rugby League Club and as hero of World War One, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in dedication to his country.
“We’re extremely grateful of the support of the Armed Forces, particularly the United Kingdom Armed Forces Rugby League team, to be able to deliver a fitting tribute and the perfect start to a week of commemorative events.”
Further activity is planned in the build-up to the match day including special coverage via the club’s website and social media channels, plus a limited edition match day programme including special features about Harrison’s life and career.
Representatives of the Harrison family generations on will also be guests of honour at the match and have been invited to walk on the official match ball.