Club Historian Bill Dalton records Lee Radford’s century of successes following Friday’s Derby victory over Hull Kingston Rovers.
Whenever a particular milestone in sport is reached, spectators might well be in a position to watch the moment draw near. For example, the onlookers at a cricket match will always be well aware when a batsman reaches his century because the scoreboard is usually visible enough to inform them.
Similarly, when the players at soccer or rugby league approach a milestone in their appearances or scoring for their particular club, there will usually be someone on hand to inform them of the impending achievement. It’s not so clear when the coach is on the verge of an achievement.
But our well-regarded head coach, Lee Radford, saw his team achieve the hundredth victory under his charge on last Friday.
Lee commenced the head coach role at Hull FC from the beginning of the 2014 season.
Although the mighty ‘Faithful’ were undoubtedly impressed with the win over Rovers, on reflection it may also be considered somewhat apt that the landmark came at their expense, as there has been a number of memorable victories over the Robins among that century.
In Lee’s first season, Hull recorded their first ‘whitewash’ over Rovers in 58 years (28-0). The Magic Weekend game at Newcastle in 2015 saw Hull raise the highest Derby score in a 46-20 hammering of the Robins. That was improved to 56 points in the KCOM encounter on Good Friday last year. And who could forget his team getting ‘out of jail’ at Craven Park in 2016, coming back from 20-0 on the hour mark to win 22-20 – a result which launched that very successful season.
Of course, the highlight for everyone at Hull FC, from the Chairman to every last man of the ‘Faithful,’ has to be the lifting of the Challenge Cup at Wembley.
Remember, Hull were top of the Super League at that stage. In winning the Cup, they had disposed of each of the rest of the top five teams, including Wigan, in that memorable semi-final at Doncaster.
And just like buses, two came along as Lee led his team to a repeat at Wembley the following year.