Jordan Lane has only been involved in four Derby matches, but he knows all too well about the bitter rivalry with Hull Kingston Rovers.
Once a youth, dishing out the banter from the terraces, the Hull-born 22-year-old has had the opportunity to take centre stage on a number of occasions in the last two years.
Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers meet once again on Friday 7th February, and Lane insists that his calendar has been marked since the fixtures were released last November.
“The Derbies are the best games of the year, without doubt. Everyone wants to play in the Derby, myself included being a Hull lad,” Lane said.
“I’ve played a few games against Rovers in the past two years and I want to play again in a few weeks, because it really is the biggest game of all.
“It was unreal when Radders picked me to play in the team that won on Good Friday back in 2018. It was a surreal experience and I’ve been lucky enough to play in two or three more since then.
“I didn’t get much game time in that Good Friday match, but it was a crazy one to be involved in because Bureta [Faraimo] got sent off and we still went on to win it!”
The second-row experienced the lowest of lows and highest of highs that come with Derby matches last season, losing the Round One clash in the final play of the game, before claiming sweet revenge in a 56-12 Good Friday win at the KCOM Stadium.
“I thought we were really unlucky in Round One at their place last season. We weren’t at our best, but it was the last kick of the game, so it was devastating to lose it like that, especially at Craven Park,” he said.
“It really was heartbreaking. We turned the ball over in their half for the last set of the game, but they managed to march us back up the other end of the field and win it with the last kick of the game. The bounce of that ball could have gone either way. It’s those fine margins that can break your heart sometimes.
“When we played them back at our place on Good Friday, we absolutely annihilated them! There’s no better feeling than putting that many points on them.
“We were unreal that day, although it was bittersweet for me because I picked up an injury in that game!
When asked what makes the atmosphere so special on Derby Day, Lane said: “The fans make it themselves. When you are in the stadium, you are just hearing noise. You can’t make out exact words because it is that loud. Everybody gets extra riled up for the Derby and it makes for an unreal experience.
“I used to be a Hull member when I was younger and I would always enjoy the Derby matches from the stands. I absolutely hated Rovers with a passion when I was younger - I was one of those fans!
“Losing to Rovers ruins your week. Winning against them makes your week feel amazing.”
Tickets are flying out for Derby Day, with many areas of the lower bowl of the stadium closing in on capacity! Don’t miss out!
Here’s how you can get your tickets for Derby Day:
Buy Online: Fans can buy their tickets online at ticketing.hullfc.com, and choose to have their tickets posted for an addition £1, print at home (please don’t choose this option if you don’t have a printer!) or collect from the KCOM Stadium Ticket Zone during opening hours for free.
In Person: Tickets for the game are available to buy in person from the Ticket Zone at the KCOM Stadium..
Tickets can be purchased by credit or debit card from the unmanned ticket kiosks with no additional fees, or in cash over the counter with a £3.00 transaction fee. The Ticket Zone will be open weekdays from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Over The Phone: Supporters can purchase their tickets over the phone by calling 01482 505600 (option 2). All phone purchases will be charged a £2 booking fee. Fans can choose to collect their tickets for no further charge from the KCOM Stadium Ticket Zone, or have them posted in advance of the game for an additional £1.