Hull FC have announced three pre-season away games for January ahead of the 2019 Super League campaign.
The Airlie Birds will head to Doncaster, Wakefield and St Helens during the month, with two testimonial games taking place.
Dual reg partners Doncaster are first up, who are still coached by Hull FC legend Richard Horne, and are opposition Lee Radford will likely opt to field youth against.
Hull will then travel to Wakefield a week later in a fixture that celebrates the testimonials of both Danny Washbrook and Danny Kirmond, both of whom played together at the West Yorkshire club.
Both sides will compete for the inaugural David Topliss Memorial Trophy, who enjoyed successful spells at both clubs and also scored the infamous ‘run around’ try for Hull in the 1982 Challenge Cup final replay against Widnes.
Finally a trip to St Helens beckons for the Black and Whites, who have been invited to play in Jonny Lomax’s testimonial match. Just a fortnight before the competitive opener at Rovers, you’d imagine this is the game where Hull will field their strongest possible line up.
|Sun 6 Jan||Doncaster||Away||15:00|
|Sun 13 Jan||Wakefield||Away||14:00|
|Sat 19 Jan||St Helens||Away||14:00|
Entering his sixth season as Hull FC head coach, Radford always maintained that pre-season fixtures were a learning curve for him, from the disaster at Featherstone in 2014, to putting sixty points on Rovers in 2016.
Sometimes they are a chore, sometimes an eyesore, and occasionally bearable, as the past few years’ fixtures and results show. At least there’s no ‘Giz us yer cash’ Derby fiasco in 2019. Bovril season and that. Best get the thermals out.