Up the Middle #25

Props? Loose Man? It’s all a bit of a myth now isn’t it. They are middles, as one forum guest on Hull Kingston Radio, yes we’re looking at you Johnny Compton, explained so brilliantly. So here’s our new(ish) blog ‘Up the Middle.’

Every week we’ll bring you the world of Rugby League as it happens. We’ll keep the blog going throughout the week and all in one place, Monday to Sunday, with the aim of grasping your attention, your bites and your vocal cords – after all that’s what we do best.

W/C 11/12/2017 – Last updated: 16/12 13:43pm

Saturday – Kick off times change

Hull FC have announced that most of their 2018 Super League home fixtures will kick off at 7:45pm, after a ‘consultation’ with fans.


Saturday – Radford on pre-season

Lee Radford says the Hull FC squad will be in training over the Christmas peroid.

“In the lead up to Christmas it’s going to be busy for the players, we’re also in over the Christmas period,” Radford told the clubs official website.

“We’ve been getting players in sporadically over the last few weeks and we’re now just waiting on the World Cup boys to come in, who have had an extended period of time off due to the long seasons they’ve had.”

Tuesday – First to sing Old Faithful in Wollongong? 

We’re sure PommyRich will put a claim in, but is UTC reader and long term away day chum of our Ed Dan, Kevin Deighton, the first Hull FC larker to sign Old Faithful in Wollongong?

Kev has just got back from Australia where has has followed the recent World Cup, and took a trip to the venue where Hull and Wigan will create history next year to blast out a rendition of the most famous and therefore best song in the sport.

Kev is also wearing a replica shirt for the first time in 38 years. Why? IRREGULAR HOOPS.

Kevs Aussie sporting tips 

Rugby = rugby union

Footy = rugby league

Soccer = football

He also said food and beer is expansive and that he didn’t see any of the dangerous human killing venomous snakes that inhabit Australia. Phew.

Kevin Deighton

Tuesday – Magic invitation

Nice to see official confirmation of Toronto and Toulouse lining up at the Magic Weekend. Good preparation for when they take Salford and Rovers’ Super Legaue spots for 2019.

The respective Canadian and French clubs will be the seventh fixture at Newcastle’s annual rugby league piss up.

Hull FC Newcastle Magic Weekend

Tuesday – A day in the life of..

Dippy eggs, fresh fades, weights, thermals and balls. Who knew. Hull FC have been put through their paces this winter, as pre-season training kicked off around five weeks ago, with the players earning their salaries as they prepare for the physical and mental demands of Super League.

The clubs base at County Carlo, now sprinkled with a light dust of snow, has seen most of the first team squad back in FC attire, with the first pre-season fixture against our nearest and dearest just a matter of weeks away.

Pre-Season Fixture Reminder 

Sunday 14th January – Hull FC vs Hull Kingston Rovers

Sunday 21st January – Hull FC vs Catalans Dragons

Kick off 2pm.

*Hull will also play two training ground fixtures against Leigh and Toronto, but this is nothing new. Bradford came to town to do the same thing in 2016 and the ‘contests’ are little more than running through your sets in training. In other words “unopposed”. Google it.

Hull FC training ground

Tuesday – Busy Roosters 

NRL giants Sydney Roosters have been busy cockering about over the past few days – that’s an awful pin isn’t it? But blimey, what a team they’ve assembled.

As announced in the summer (Australia’s winter), James Tedesco will ply his trade on Bondi next year, alongside Melbourne, Queensland and Kangaroos legend Cooper Cronk, who was showed off in the red, blue and white, no not Wakefield, on Monday.

That means veteran fullback Michael Gordon has been granted a release to join Gold Coast Titans, with five-eighth Luke Keary committing to the club for three more years.

The Roosters are one of several clubs that UTC seller and contributer Sam Shepherd supports, with the ginger sort rumoured to be ‘ecstatic’ with the news. That’s one more poster added to his collection.

Tuesday – Coup for Super League 

French misfits Catalans Dragons have secured a major coup for the Super League competition in bringing in Papua New Guinea captain David Mead to the South of France.

The 29-year-old has signed on a three-year contract from Wayne Bennett’s Brisbane Broncos side. Here’s hoping here’s here for his rugby and not a holiday.

Monday – Radford on pre-season fixtures 

Lee Radford has offered his opinion on Hull FC’s two pre-season clashes.

“The two fixtures that we’ve got will help us be prepared for round one of Super League, they’re something that we must have and they’re important,” he said.

“Whilst being respectful to the teams that we’ll be playing, it’s important that we don’t pick up any injuries as well as getting a good run out.

“They’ll be interesting games and they’re chances for the kids to step up and show what they can do.”


Monday – Pre-Season fixtures announced

Hull FC will play two games at the KCOM Stadium in January. Make sure to bring your hat, gloves, thermals, bovril, scarf, hot water bottle, blanket and hip flask.


Monday – Got your copy yet? 

Issue 45 is now available to buy online for your winter Hull FC fix and it doesn’t disappoint.

Alternatively you can buy at Advantage Sports on Saville Street, or from The Minerva, Exelby Foods or the Tiger Inn in Beverley.

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Issue 45

Monday – Why Up the Middle?

One confused FC Forum listener (yes he was of a red and white persuasion), got a little puzzled to the term ‘Middle’ or ‘Middles’ when used in context with Rugby League.

A Middle is your middle unit, which consists of your props, hooker and loose forward. They play through, and defend, in the middle of the field, hence the term middle.

Like counting the number of tries Tom Briscoe scored at Wembley, it’s a pretty simple equation, and considering the East Hull outfits association with the Middle version of the 8s, you would assume they could grasp it.

FC baby laughing at KR baby



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