Hull FC have spent the entire 21st century so far in Super League. There’s been three Challenge Cup wins in that time, a maiden Grand Final appearance, and two hundred different players that have adorned the Black and White.
With no games for the foreseeable future and with lockdown sending us all into boredom right now, put the kettle on and enjoy Dan’s favourite XIII from the last 20 years.
Full Back: Jamie Shaul – The Hull-born baby-faced assassin that scored the infamous winning try at Wembley. He gets some stick, and sure he’s not perfect, but he’s brave, he gives everything, and in broken field he’s devastating. He’s closing in on 100 tries for the club too. Only 23 former players have managed that milestone. It’s a big deal.
Wing: Fetuli Talanoa – It’s got to be the Binman. Pound for pound one of the comps best in his prime. Tuli could finish, in fact he could spectacularly finish, but his work out the backfield was incredible. That horrible first carry that no-one wants. That was his baby. Time and time again.
Centre: Carlos Tuimavave – People, especially people outside of a Hull FC persuasion, don’t realise how good Carlos is. Carlos evades tackles for fun. Carlos glides around the field like a gazelle. Carlos rips Super League defences apart. Carlos is class. Be like Carlos.
Centre: Kirk Yeaman – Over 155 years of proud Hull FC history, a staggering total of 176 tries is only beaten by two players; Ivor Watts and Clive Sullivan. If that doesn’t highlight the magnitude of what Yeamo achieved at this club then nothing will. Legend. Absolute legend.
Wing: Tom Briscoe – Got his geography all mixed up and thought L**ds was a suburb of South-East Sydney. All of the clubs too, the Whinos are only one up on the voodoo chart to our noisy neighbours. On the field though Briscoe was top quality right from his debut as a fresh eighteen year old at Warrington, to his farewell at the Huddersfield play-off massacre five years later. Always tough to tackle, and he even scored a full length try at Knowsley Road despite having just the one boot on. Loved a Derby too. Hull definitely got the best out of him.
Stand Off: Richard Horne – There are two types of people on this planet. Those that put Richard Horne here and those that are wrong. Constantly undermined and sacrificed parts of his game to play the role of general, but when he had a decent half-back partner alongside him, he was sheer class. Horne had a sublime running game and wore an abundance of arm strapping as a confidence thing. One of the finest the city has ever produced, and we’ll be lucky to see his like again.
Half Back: Marc Sneyd – Obviously. The man for the big occasion, his kicking is on another planet as two Lance Todd trophies and a club drop goal record testify. Cool as a cucumber, he’s won Hull more Super League points than rugby league people that are called Barry.
Prop: Scott Taylor – Beverley lad that is proud as punch to represent Hull FC. His first year at the club was nothing short of magnificent. Done a lot of hard yards since and to some extent he’s carried the pack since Watts’ departure. Luckily reinforcements have now arrived.
Hooker: Danny Houghton – Mint. Tackle 52. Over 350 games. Over ten years service. Club legend. Say no more.
Prop: Liam Watts – The one that got away, still miss Big Judd and it still pisses me off every time I see him in a Castleford shirt. He’s got the right amount of mongrel in him but also an element of finesse that sets him apart from other props. He can play, so obviously international selectors continue to pick Chris Hill. Roll your eyes lads, then roll them again.
Back Row: Willie Manu – An outstanding player; big, tough and intimidating, but also slick and full of finesse. Willie constantly broke the line and offloaded at will. He must have been a nightmare to play against and he gets the nod here.
Back Row: Gareth Ellis – Captain. Leader. Legend. When Hull FC announced the signing of Gareth Ellis we were all excited, but how many of us envisioned he’d lead the side to two Wembley wins and go on to play over 100 games for the club? Words don’t do him justice.
Loose Man: Paul Cooke – Love the old school loose forward role and that’s why I was a massive fan of Jason Smith and Joe Westerman at Hull. But they didn’t achieve half of what Cooke achieved at this club. He was brilliant. That long spiralling pass became his trademark and during the 2005 and 2006 seasons he was virtually unplayable. Two sides to every story of course, but what happened in 2007 still stings.
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