Hull FC’s 2022 Magic Weekend jerseys are up for auction to raise money for Alzheimer’s and dementia charities.
Following the diagnosis of a number of former players and officials, Hull FC are looking to support the charities fighting against the disorders.
The 2022 Magic Weekend jersey – a retro third shirt, was inspired by one of FC’s most popular kit designs of all-time from over 30 years ago, having first been worn in the 1991/92 season.
The purple trim, which was a common feature during the 1990s for the Airlie Birds, brings the jersey to life, as well as incorporating the club’s traditional irregular hoops.
The hoops also feature the words of the club’s anthem, Old Faithful, which are imprinted into fabric of the jersey, as a classy touch to the Airlie Birds’ age-old song from the terraces.
The original shirt was worn by the club when former coach Royce Simmons was at the helm in the early 1990s, who was sadly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s earlier last year, alongside several former players.
To help raise awareness of the condition and fundraising efforts, the club are auctioning match worn and spare jerseys from the Magic Weekend clash against Hull KR in July 2022, with the proceeds being donated to the Hull based charity Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group, as well as the Alzheimer’s Society.
Simmons himself recently raised over $500,000 for Alzheimer’s charities with a 300km walk from his home in Gooloogong in New South Wales, to Penrith.
Unfortunately, the rugby league community has been hit hard by Alzheimer’s in recent years. As well as Simmons, the likes of former Black & White stars Tony Duke, Chris Davidson, George Robinson and David Doyle-Davidson are all battling the disease.