Hull FC owner Adam Pearson was quick to pay tribute to the clubs passionate fan base after 25,000 fans saw them win at Wembley for the first time last Saturday afternoon.
Not only that, but tens of thousands also lined the streets of West Hull and Queens Gardens for a homecoming on Bank Holiday Monday, for scenes of absolute ecstasy as FC showcased the Challenge Cup trophy.
For Pearson who bought the club over five years ago, and has heavily invested in all areas of Hull FC, it was a sense of satisfaction, but rather then lavish his praises, he paid tribute to the incredible Black and White supporters.
“Some of our fans have waited 50 or 60 years and it means the world to them”, an ecstatic Pearson stated.
“I’m so happy for them that we’ve finally won the cup at Wembley and it was the perfect way to do it with Jamie Shaul, a local lad, getting over for the winning try.
“The final and homecoming were fantastic days and the number of people here took me by surprise. Hull FC fans did themselves proud on Saturday and they did again on Monday.”
Chairman of Hull City before his Hull FC takeover Pearson was part of the football team’s promotion to the Premier League back in 2008, but he says that doesn’t even compare to this year’s Challenge Cup success.
“It’s by the far the proudest moment and the greatest moment for me in my time in sport”, he continued. “When you are with a group like this, the people they are and the way they refuse to be beaten, it makes it more special.
“I’m so delighted for Lee Radford, for Richard Horne, Andy Last, Motu Tony and all the staff, they’ve all done their part this season, but it’s those 17 players on the pitch, they were simply magnificent.
“Danny Houghton gave an unbelievable effort and he’s won us the cup and being a Hull lad, that’s even more special, but we don’t stop here – we’ve got two more trophies to contend.
“We will have to see who is available for St Helens on Friday night and try and go again. This season could be something very, very special. It’s already been a special one with this win, but it could be something truly great if we can go all the way in Super League as well.”