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Hull FC 18-21 Bradford Bulls The Fans Are Amazing

The curtain fell on a very disappointing season for  Hull FC with a defeat that displayed in microcosm what ails the Airlie Birds at the moment.

We started at a gallop. The intensity was high and when the mercurial Tom Briscoe fielded a difficult ball on the right wing and crashed over the line, it was no more than the hosts deserved.

Then the ref. caused us to lose two tries, the heads went down, we couldn’t seem to recycle the ball quickly enough, and despite a late rally Bradford went home with the two points.

Bradford drew level after Mr. Silverwood called a very harsh obstruction against the defence some 15 yards in front of the sticks. The Bulls produced a strong set and completed it with a clever move for the try.

These decisions even themselves out over the campaign. So we are told. Well I for one beg to differ as Mr. Silverwood and his officials missed a blatant forward pass, so obvious even a RFU ref would have pulled play up, and Bradford scored a killer try right on the half time hooter. We we furious. Absolutely livid. What can you do when so may mistakes go against you?

But instead of blasting back, FC became lethargic and lacking in any direction, Bradford sensed their chances and took them.

Despite such an awful season the fans turned out in force, cheered the team on, sung their hearts out and there was not one sign of recriminations or negativity towards the players or the staff, amazing given the inertia and drift abroad at the Club.

I will await the contract announcements on Monday before making any judgements about where we go from here, but believe me when I say a mass clearout of under achievers, passengers, deadwood and downright shit stirrers is a must.

Hull FC should be a top four Club year in, year out and the loyalty and good humour of our fans deserve better from the hierarchy of the Club who set the tone for what goes on in the dressing room and on the park.

Finally I want a return to Sunday games with the odd Friday night thrown in for variety, or the needs of Sky.

Hull FC: Tansey, Briscoe, Whiting, Hall, Raynor, R. Horne, Washbrook, Dowes, Houghton, Cordoba, Tickle, Manu, Radford. Replacements: King, G. Horne, Moa, Lauaki.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


One thought on “Hull FC 18-21 Bradford Bulls The Fans Are Amazing

  1. Genuinely disappointed for you this season. Regarding the officials, I believe the problem this year has been that a lot of teams have set out to work the touch judges as hard as they can. The referee’s watching for infringements at the tackle and the play-the-ball, and it’s down to the touch judges to call on offsides or forward passes. The RFL needs to put some decent money into training their linesmen!

    Posted by Andy | September 15, 2009, 9:41 pm

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