Hull FC’s fantastic success in retaining the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final on Saturday will be celebrated at a homecoming event on Bank Holiday Monday (28 August).
Hull FC defeated Wigan Warriors on Saturday (26 August) at Wembley, bringing the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup back to Hull for a second time in as many years - and for the fifth time in their history!
Hull City Council and Hull FC are inviting rugby fans to join in a city centre celebratory event in Queen Victoria Square. Hull FC fans will be able to join in the celebrations of the team’s success as they travel from the KCOM Stadium into the city centre on an open top bus, before greeting supporters on the balcony of Hull City Hall in Queen Victoria Square.
Organised by the Council’s events team, in association with the staff at Hull FC, the three-hour celebrations will get underway from 12.30pm with a formal welcome and build-up from Hull FC's Executive Director, James Clark and FC Live commentator, Mark Ash.
There will also be highlights from this year's cup run to Wembley as well as the final itself on a big screen, plus special guest appearances including former Hull FC player, Sammy Lloyd. Sammy who won the cup with Hull in 1982, will perform on stage the latest version of his Wembley themed charity song 'Come On You 'ull'.
There will also be interviews with the full first team squad, coach Lee Radford and Chairman Adam Pearson - and the chance for the team to thank their fans for their support. A live camera will show the team arriving onto the balcony via the big screen, including the first appearance of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup trophy and the crowd enjoying the homecoming event.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said: “I would like to congratulate Hull FC for winning the Challenge Cup for a fifth time and retaining it for the second year running. The team have had an exceptional season so far and thoroughly deserve this cup win. It is always fantastic news for the city when one of our professional sports teams have the opportunity to showcase their top-level skills on a national stage. I hope that you will join the winning squad in Queen Victoria Square on Monday to celebrate the team's Wembley victory.”
The open top bus parade will depart the KCOM Stadium at 1.30pm, travelling along the Boulevard, past Hull FC’s former home, along Hessle Road, Rawling Way and into the city centre. It will also travel up Rawling Way, Anlaby Road, Carr Lane and Paragon Street. They will then greet supporters in Queen Victoria Square as they step out onto to the balcony at 2.10pm.
Parking is available in Hull city centre, normal parking charges will apply. Fans are advised to arrive in good time at Queen Victoria Square and are asked not to assemble at the KCOM Stadium. The stadium is only being used as an assembly point for the bus parade departure and not an area for fans to meet the players.