The Up the Cream Fanzine

So why Up the Cream?

To those of you old enough to remember Gentlemen John’s playing days, Broughton Rangers, and the smell of staled piss in the Threepenny Stand, then this name is for you.

Hull Rugby League Football Club are famously known today as The Airlie Birdsbut were was known as Up the Cream back in the 1950’s due to a run in the Black and White colours of the playing kit when put in the wash. The shirts therefore became Black and Cream hence Up the Cream.

It may also have something to do with the old Dairy Factory on Hessle Road but we’ll leave that theory for another day…


The Up the Cream fanzine is a completely independent supporters publication and not the work of Hull FC. The fanzine is brought out each home match-day and sold for £2 a copy around the KCOM Stadium’s surrounding area. We sell thousands of fanzines per year, and have proudly supported the community game with our events and sponsorship.

With both a current, nostalgic, serious, and satirical approach to both Hull FC and general rugby league, written content is predominately opinion pieces and is all owned by Up the Cream. The views expressed in the fanzine are the writers own views and not necessary of UTC itself, whilst any offence caused to the belittled Rovers fan is both intended and unfortunate.

Online Shop

We also sell all of our fanzines on our online shop, as well as any other products we bring out. All back issues and pin badges are available to order here.


Our website compliments what we do. All our reviews from Hull FC matches can be found online, as well as interview, stats, news, and nostalgia pieces. Since our foundation in 2015 we’ve averaged around 50,000 hits a month during the season, with our peak at 75,000. Overall we’ve had more than two million hits.


We run a Hull FC podcast every Wednesday during the season. You can check it out here

Social Media

The Up the Cream Fanzine is social and you can find on us on twitter and on facebook, or simply email our editor Dan.


The current fanzine is sold at both the Minerva (Nelson Street, Hull) and the Tiger Inn (Lairgate, Beverley) pubs. We’re always looking for new places to stock the fanzine. If you’re pub or shop is interested please get in touch.


Subscriptions are the easiest way to secure your copy of the Up the Cream fanzine. They can be made through our reliable online shop, and you can do that here. Cheque payments are available on request, as is the option to pay direct through PayPal or bank transfer.


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