Radford Hopes Faithful Turn Out to Honour Houghton and Sullivan

Head coach Lee Radford hopes the faithful turn out in force for Sunday's game against Hull Kingston Rovers, with Clive Sullivan and Danny Houghton honoured.

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford hopes the faithful turn out in force for Sunday’s game against Hull Kingston Rovers, with Clive Sullivan MBE and Danny Houghton honoured.

Sunday’s derby clash with Hull KR, which kicks off at 2pm at the KCOM Stadium, will be played in honour of Clive Sullivan, who amassed over 500 appearances combined for Hull and Rovers, with the Clive Sullivan Trophy up for grabs.

The match will also celebrate 2016 Steve Prescott Man of Steel Danny Houghton’s testimonial, with the Black and Whites making a donation to his testimonial fund from their proceeds from the game in recognition for 10 years of service to his boyhood team.

Radford, who named his squad for Sunday yesterday, feels it’s important for fans to come out and support Houghton’s testimonial whilst the two clubs also honour a hero on both sides of the city.

“We’re hoping plenty of fans get down to the KCOM to support Danny and pay their respects to one of the city’s legends of our sport in Clive Sullivan,” he said.

“Maybe one day Danny will be remembered in a similar sort of way for his exploits in recent years, particularly for that tackle and winning Man of Steel, and the match gives everyone chance to show their appreciation for his efforts at Hull FC and raise some money for his Testimonial.

“It will be a great day for him and his family I’m sure and it’s richly deserved.

“It’s a great occasion whenever we’re competing against Hull KR at any time of the year and it’s good that both clubs can take the opportunity to remember Clive Sullivan and recognise the career of Danny Houghton in his Testimonial year.”

Sunday’s game presents the opportunity for a number of younger players to impress the Hull boss, with the new season only thee weeks away.

“It’s a great occasion whenever we’re competing against Hull KR at any time of the year and it’s good that both clubs can take the opportunity to remember Clive Sullivan and recognise the career of Danny Houghton in his Testimonial year.”

Dean Hadley and Jordan Abdull, who have been included in the 23-man squad, are back from successful loan spells with Wakefield Trinity and Hull KR, respectively.

Young centre Jack Logan is also fully fit again and with stiff competition for places ahead of the new campaign, Radford feels Sunday is a great opportunity for those players to shine and stake a claim.

“The fact that it’s our first game of 2018 adds further importance to the game for some of our squad, for the likes of Dean Hadley and Jordan Abdull returning from their season long loans I’m pretty sure they’ll want to show us there ready to compete to be in the top 17 week in-week out,” he said.

“We’ve also got the likes of Jack Logan bouncing back from a difficult couple of years with injury with a point to prove, whilst Jake Connor and Josh Griffin can make an early claim for the centre spot.

“There will be plenty of interest to see how the team goes as we continue to step up our preparation for the new season.”

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s Clive Sullivan Trophy clash against Hull KR and you can get yours in a number of ways.

Buy now and beat the match day queues! Tickets can be bought from the club’s retail stores, by calling the ticket office on 01482 505 600 and online at ticketing.hullfc.com

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