The Hull Derby

Regarded as the toughest match on the calendar, the Hull Derby between bitter rivals Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers has now been playing for 121 years.

Today the rivalry is spilt via the River Hull following Rovers’ decision to head East after Hull beat them to buy the Boulevard ground. The Airlie Birds were one of the 22 foundation clubs of the Northern Union breakaway in 1895, with Rovers sticking behind to play rugby union – they’ve never made wise choices. Eventually they caught up to reignite the rivalry, and the first official rugby league Hull Derby was played in 1899. They won it 8-2.

121 years later and the fixture is still as full blooded as ever. There have been 236 meetings between the old foes. Hull FC hold the all-time bragging rights. Obviously.

Hull Wins 120
Rovers Wins 106
Draws 10
Hull Points 3125
Rovers Points 2795

Hull Derby Facts

  • Connect Four: Hull FC became the first club to reach four Derby victories in a row in the Super League era. They extended that to seven consecutive wins from the 2015 Magic Weekend to the 2018 Magic Weekend, with the Airlie Birds going unbeaten in a Derby for over a thousand days.
  • Dirty Dozen: Hull FC won an impressive 12 consecutive Derby matches between March 1956 to February 1961, going unbeaten in Derbies for nearly five years. Hull Kingston Rovers then won the next ten Derby matches from April 1961 to October 1964. Weird.
  • Finals: There have been nine competitive Hull Derby Cup finals. Hull FC have won four of them.

Hull Derby Records

Biggest Win 56 – Hull 56 Rovers 12, 19th April 2019. Also widest margin, 44
Biggest Loss 42 – Hull 6 Rovers 42, 2nd September 2007. Also widest margin, 36
Record Attendance Super League Home – 23,004 at KCOM Stadium, Super League, 2nd September 2007

Super League Away – 12,100 at New Craven Park, Super League, 1st February 2019

In Hull – 25,237 at Boothferry Park, Yorkshire Cup Final, 16th October 1984

Out of Hull – 95,000 at Wembley, Challenge Cup Final, 3rd May, 1980

Most Hull FC Derby Appearances 32 – Ned Rogers, 1906-25
Most Hull FC Derby Tries 17 – Kirk Yeaman, 2007-2016 & 2018
Most Hull FC Derby Goals 56 – Danny Tickle, 2007-2013
Most Hull FC Derby Points 128 – Danny Tickle, 2007-2013
Most Hull FC Tries In One Derby 4 – Ivor Watts, 1953
Most Hull FC Goals In One Derby 10 – Marc Sneyd, 19th April, 2019
Most Hull FC Points In One Derby 20 – Marc Sneyd, 19th April, 2019

Hull FC’s competitive record against Hull Kingston Rovers at different grounds

P W D L
The Boulevard 94 55 8 31
KCOM Stadium 15 9 0 6
New Craven Park 20 10 0 10
Old Craven Park 61 21 1 39
Craven Street 21 12 1 8
Boothferry Park 10 7 0 3
Headingley 5 2 0 3
Wembley 1 0 0 1
Millennium Stadium 3 0 0 3
Etihad Stadium 3 1 0 2
St James Park 3 3 0 0
Total 236 120 10 106

Hull FC’s competitive record against Hull Kingston Rovers in different competitions

Comp P W D L
League 171 86 10 75
Super League 38 20 0 18
Challenge Cup 11 6 0 5
Yorkshire Cup 11 6 0 5
League Cup (John Player, Regal Trophy) 2 1 0 1
Floodlit Trophy 3 1 0 2

Hull FC’s cup final record against Hull Kingston Rovers

Bold indicates Hull FC victory.

Season Cup/Venue Result
1984-85 Yorkshire Cup, Boothferry Park 29-12
1984-85 League Cup (John Player), Boothferry Park 0-12
1981-82 League Cup (John Player), Headingley 12-4
1980-81 Premiership Final, Headingley 7-11
1979-80 Challenge Cup, Wembley 5-10
1979-80 Floodlit Trophy, The Boulevard 13-3
1967-68 Yorkshire Cup, Headingley 6-9
1920-21 Yorkshire Cup, Headingley 0-2
1920-21 Championship Final 16-14

Hull FC’s competitive record against Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League era

P W L
KCOM Stadium 15 9 6
Craven Park 14 7 7
Magic Weekend 9 4 5
Total 38 20 18

Hull FC all-time biggest Hull Derby victories

Year Venue Score
2019 KCOM Stadium 56-12
2015 St James Park 46-20
2008 KCOM Stadium 44-18

Hull FC all-time Hull Derby appearance makers

Ned Rogers 32
Danny Houghton 31
Mick Scott 28
Kirk Yeaman 26
Johnny Whiteley 24
Tommy Harris 24

Hull FC all-time Hull Derby try-scorers

Kirk Yeaman 17
Ivor Watts 15
Clive Sullivan 9
Ned Rogers 9
George Bateman 8
Johnny Whiteley 8

Hull FC’s year by year record against Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League era

Date Venue Result Gate
2020
236 Fri 7 Feb Home Won 25-16 19,599
2019
235 Thu 27 Jun Away Lost 10-18 10,221
234 Fri 19 Apr Home Won 56-12 20,044
233 Fri 1 Feb Away Lost 16-18 12,100
2018
232 Fri 27 Jul Home Lost 16-20 17,654
231 Sun 20 May Magic Won 34-22 25,438
230 Fri 30 Mar Away Won 30-22 12,090
2016
229 Thu 14 Jul Home Won 36-12 17,481
228 Sun 22 May Magic Won 28-16 28,945
227 Fri 25 Mar Away Won 22-20 11,050
2015
226 Fri 17 Jul Away Won 22-12 11,350
225 Sat 30 May Magic Won 46-20 40,871
224 Thu 2 Apr Home Lost 6-20 20,507
2014
223 Fri 29 Aug Home Won 28-0 18,104
222 Sat 17 May Magic Lost 24-38 36,339
221 Thu 17 Apr Away Lost 20-21 10,197
2013
220 Sun 11 Aug Away Won 38-20 8,874
219 Sat 25 May Magic Won 22-16 30,793
218 Fri 29 Mar Home Lost 10-23 19,064
2012
217 Mon 23 Jul Away Won 32-18 9,086
216 Sat 26 May Magic Lost 30-32 30,763
215 Fri 6 Apr Home Won 36-6 18,979
2011
214 Sun 5 Jun Away Lost 10-17 10,250
213 Fri 22 Apr Home Won 36-18 19,754
212 Sun 13 Feb Magic Lost 22-34 29,323
2010
211 Sat 11 Sep Home Lost 4-21 17,699
210 Thu 15 Jul Home Won 20-16 20,079
209 Fri 2 Apr Away Won 18-14 10,089
2009
208 Sat 25 Jul Away Lost 18-24 9,450
207 Fri 10 Apr Home Lost 14-18 22,337
2008
206 Sun 7 Sep Away Lost 8-36 10,197
205 Sun 20 Jul Home Won 44-18 21,283
204 Sat 4 May Magic Lost 17-22 22,000
203 Fri 21 Mar Away Lost 10-11 9,284
2007
202 Sun 2 Sep Home Lost 6-42 23,004
201 Sun 8 Jul Away Won 30-20 9,035
200 Sat 5 May Magic Lost 10-14 32,384
199 Mon 9 Apr Home Won 22-14 23,002