And a Happy New Year to you all!
It was on 23rd December 2005 that the first regular edition of this Diary’s sneaked out. So, not only is it Christmas, but it’s also the 9th Birthday of this weekly rubbish, in which an ordinary fan with perhaps too much time on his hands tries to capture the feelings, frustrations and hopes of a very special family of passionate, long suffering and immensely loyal supporters.
Despite (after all this time) still having difficulty in trying to construct anything but extremely long sentences, I hope that every Monday I’ve also been able to bring a bit of ‘home’ to some of the far-flung outposts of the black and white community.
However looking back, if there is one thing that hasn’t changed over that time, it’s the fact that Hull FC, despite reaching three Challenge Cup Finals and a Grand Final, still end up as the perennial under achievers of the game. Over those 9 years, coaches, players and even owners have come and gone, while the one constant has always been the fans and for us lot Christmas is always a time of hope and expectation. It’s certainly a fact that however much we all try to ensure that we don’t let our hearts rule our heads, in late December they invariably do, as the question that haunts us all is still, “Could this REALLY be our year”. Of course after so many seasons of disappointment and even with all that hope in our ‘hearts’, in our quieter moments we’d all admit that it’s very, very, unlikely it will be!!
What a night it was again for the FC youngsters in the England Academy, after what turned out to be a famous victory at Leigh on Friday.
Come on guys admit it, at such a quiet time, how good was it to read of the success of our lads in that two game series? With all three playing really well and Abdull kicking the goals, they all got on the score sheet as they starred in what was hailed as ‘an historic victory’. In addition Callum Lancaster played in the first game and back home Harry Tyson –Wilson is tearing it up in training as it appears he is already looked upon as the ’first reserve’ half back behind Pryce and Sneyd.
“The new players we have will be massive for next season. The fans will make the difference too, it was tough for them last season and I can pledge to them that we are working hard to make a difference in the 150th year for the club. Now it’s up to us as players to go out there and make it special”.
Thus said Gareth Ellis our current Club Captain on Saturday and it’s great that we approach our pre season camp and the Christmas break in such a positive and hopeful frame of mind; although let’s face it we have heard it all before haven’t we? However as the season ticket deadline has passed at least we know that it’s a genuine comment, rather than one driven by the commercial hype surrounding the need to shift season passes!!
However, in a week when what news there was around was dominated by aging crocked Australian half backs and the quality of the youth at Hull FC, the top accolade has to go to Jansin Turgot who was named as Young England’s Academy Captain!!
Hull FC’s three England Academy players.
He must have been really p*ssed off when he was just about the only one of our emerging Under 19 players who didn’t get a first team debut last year, but he got his head down, didn’t grumble and waited his chance and at just 18 he has been rewarded with an accolade he will remember forever. In fact well done to all 4 of our International squad members!