HERITAGE WEEK TO CELEBRATE HULL FC'S 150TH YEAR!
Hull FC's annual Heritage Weekend has been extended to a week long list of events and activities to celebrate the club's 150th birthday and season finale!
The club's official Heritage Week, will take place in between the club's final two home matches against Huddersfield Giants and Catalans Dragons, with the latter to include a host of heritage themed activities including a tribute to the Black and Whites’ former players and the now traditional club memorial service.
There will also be a special opportunity for supporters in the build-up to the match, which will be announced next week and will involve thirteen new honorary club members.
The club's official birthday will be celebrated on Monday 21st September, exactly 120 years since their first formal competitive fixture against Liversedge at The Boulevard.
The day will include the full first-team squad visiting local schools in the area and handing out 150 tickets at each one, in return for a special birthday present the students have prepared.
150 of the club's new 2016 members who recently signed up will also be drawn at random to attend a special birthday photograph at the KC Stadium.
The week will also include the return of FC Mastermind, by popular demand, as well as a 150km charity fundraising row at St Stephen's Shopping Centre and a special FC150 Celebration Evening at St John's The Baptist Church, a stone's throw from the club's former ground, The Boulevard.
The week will also get underway on Saturday 19th September on the site of the former ground, which is now the Boulevard Academy, where a memorial organised by supporters group FC Voices and the RFL's 120 year anniversary plaque will both be unveiled.
Another highlight of the week will also be a special cinema screening of the club's 1982 Challenge Cup Final replay victory against Widnes and ten years on, footage from the 2005 Challenge Cup win against Leeds Rhinos.
Extended highlights of the game will be shown at REEL Cinema in St Stephen's Shopping Centre, including special guest interviews from those involved.
Further details of each event will be revealed throughout the week and supporters are encourage to get involved and celebrate the club's 150th birthday.
Hull FC Community Foundation were awarded a £53,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund that has enabled us to deliver the 150th year celebrations.
A full overview of the week is listed below:
Friday 18th September - Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants
The week gets underway at the KC Stadium as the Giants come to town in the Super8s. Fans attending the match will be able to hear about the history of the club in a special Heritage Talk with Club Historian, Bill Dalton, FC Poet, Phil Lamb and Rugby League Historian, Professor Tony Collins before the game.
Saturday 19th September – Boulevard Memorial and RFL Founders Club Plaque Unveiling, 10:30am
FC Voices lead the tributes at the unveiling of the Boulevard Memorial, alongside guests from the club and the RFL. Supporters are encouraged to attend, whilst a masters game will also take place recreating Hull's first game against Liversedge.
Monday 21st September – HULL FC’S 150TH BIRTHDAY!
Hull FC will celebrate their 150th year with a photo including the first 150 2016 Season Pass Members. Meanwhile, the first-team squad will give out 150 tickets to the Catalans game to local schools, in return for birthday presents prepared by the children.
Tuesday 22nd September - FC Mastermind, 7:30pm
Back by popular demand, stars of Hull FC past and present will take to the stage at St. Mary's College state-of-the-art theatre to tackle some challenging subjects!
Wednesday 23rd September - FC150 Challenge Cup Memories Cinema Screening, 7:30pm
Fans will have a fantastic, rare opportunity to enjoy Hull FC on the big screen thanks to our friends at REEL Cinema! Sit back, with popcorn in hand to relive the 1982 Challenge Cup Final replay and the 2005 Challenge Cup final, with special guests also joining fans on the night.
Friday 25th September - FC150 Celebration Evening, 7:00pm
Join the club and special guests for an informative night as we look back on the history of Hull FC and pay tribute to those involved down the years, as well as enjoying live entertainment and a pint! The event will take place at St. John's The Baptist Church in the shadow of the club's former home at the Boulevard and will include guest speakers and performances, charting the history of the club.
Sunday 27th September - Hull FC Memorial Service, 11am
Hull FC Club Chaplain Tony Cotson will lead a short service of remembrance at the KC Stadium for supporters and guests of the club. Fans will have a chance to share a moment of reflection pitch side and light a candle of remembrance.
Supporters can send a picture of their loved ones and a short message, no longer than 20 words, to email@example.com, before 5pm on Monday 21st September.
Sunday 27th September - Hull FC Heritage Game - Hull FC v Catalans Dragons
Join the Black and Whites for the final game of the season with a host of activities for fans to get involved with, as well as some vintage themed entertainment, tributes to former players and the club's annual memorial. Tickets are on sale now. Fans will also be able to get involved in a special event that will be announced next week.