Hull FC legend Kirk Yeaman put himself in folklore status as the first man in the clubs proud 151 year history to win two different Challenge Cup finals with the Black and Whites.
Part of the 2005 squad, Yeaman tasted glory back in Cardiff and got his second taste of Challenge Cup glory eleven years later, as Hull beat Warrington 12-10 at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s unbelievable”, Yeaman said on the Wembley win. “To win it once as a boy, you’re lucky, but to do it twice with the town you’re from and do it at Wembley finally, and to end that hoodoo, words can’t describe it.
“We’ve been behind in games all season but we’ve come back because that’s just the spirit we’ve got and the togetherness in the group and we showed it again in the final.
“With 25 minutes to go we didn’t give in and we knew not to panic and there’d be a time when we’d have our chance and that’s where we’re good.”
Hull have shown a great team cohesion throughout 2016 as and as cliché as it is, they don’t know when they are beaten. Wembley was Hull’s 23rd victory of the season, highlighting such will to win and ability to see out winning positions.
It’s been a team effort but there’s one man at Wembley who stood out above the rest. How he didn’t win the Lance Todd trophy we’ll never know, but Hull FC’s vice-captain was absolutely incredible, and boy does Yeaman – who has enjoyed a brilliant season himself – know it.
“Danny Houghton was an absolute superstar as he has been throughout his career, that tackle was unbelievable”, continued Yeaman. “It’s the Richard Swain charge down of 2016. He’s an absolutely top bloke is Danny, a fantastic player and my best mate. I love him to bits.
“When the final whistle went I was thinking about my dad. It’s been a tough year for me personally losing him but I dedicated that game to him and was really emotional but overwhelmed with the win.
“Don’t get me wrong, to win it is special and in 2005 for the first time especially, but to do it at Wembley with the issue this club has had with that, and at the age I am and not being in the team at the start of the season, it’s a dream come true.
“It shows what hard work does and how much I want to be a part of this team and to win things with these boys. It’s one out of three so far, we’ll enjoy this for the next few days and then kick on.”