Hull FC announce pre-season games for 2019

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.

2018 Catalans Home W-24-10
2018 Rovers Home L-26-34
2017 Doncaster Away W-38-18
2017 Salford Away L-6-18
2017 Toronto Home W-26-20
2017 Rovers Home L-16-40
2017 Castleford Away L-10-42
2016 Rovers Home W-60-10
2016 Doncaster Away W-46-12
2015 Wakefield Away L-10-46
2015 Rovers Home L-22-28
2015 Doncaster Away W-29-28
2014 Featherstone Away L-6-54
2014 Rovers Home W-20-12
2014 Bradford Away L-18-30
2014 Doncaster Away D-16-16

Hull FC kick off their Super League season at Caravan Park for the first Derby of 2019 on Friday 1st February.

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