As Hull FC fans get set to take over Newcastle at this year’s Magic Weekend, Liam Sutcliffe has been struck by the loyalty of the Old Faithful.
Approximately 2,500 Hull fans will descend on Tyneside for the eighth Magic Weekend to be held at St James’ Park.
Speaking at the Magic Weekend press event on Tuesday morning, Sutcliffe believes the best thing about the Rugby League festival is the fans.
“What makes Magic Weekend so special is when you look out and you see all of the different sets of fans dressed up in all different colours and fancy dress,” he said.
“I hear there’s going to be a strong following of Hull fans up here over the weekend and that’s great.
“The fans have been nothing but amazing in my time here so far. I know they’ve not had an easy ride of it so far with the way we started the season, but they’ve stood by us and we’re pleased we’ve been able to start to repay them a little bit with some good results in the last few weeks.
“It would be great if we could continue our progression and reward them with what I’m sure would be a memorable win up here on Sunday.”
The Black & Whites will take on top-of-the-table Warrington Wolves in the final match of Magic Weekend on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides lost their previous outings, with Hull going down swinging against Salford and Warrington losing out to in-form Leigh.
But FC are in a much stronger position now than the last time they faced Daryl Powell’s side at the start of April, and Sutcliffe is satisfied with the progress that’s been made, despite calling for more hard work.
“I’m relatively happy with how it’s gone so far. Obviously, I feel I could still improve and there’s still room for improvement with the team – there’s still a lot of hard work to do on both counts,” he explained.
“There’s been some good progress in recent weeks and that’s been really good to be a part of.
“As I said, the start to the season was far from ideal. It was tough to take in. But we’ve come on massively since that spell and we’re starting to have a crack in every game, like we did against Salford last weekend.”