Invincible squad of 1978/79 commemorated with historic Hull FC shirt launch

20 October 2017

Hull FC have launched their new commemorative home shirt for the 2018 Super League season, paying homage to ‘The Invincibles’ squad of 1978/79, writes Lewis Scott.

A ceremonial dinner was held at the KCOM Stadium last night, with several members of the playing squad in attendance,  who went a whole league campaign unbeaten 40 years ago.

Club legends including Steve Norton, Lee Crooks, Keith Tindall and Sammy Lloyd were joined by hundreds of supporters and club sponsors for the event.

The dinner also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Hull FC Vice President’s Association, a group which has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for various club events and player testimonials since their founding.

For the first time, the new shirt is accompanied by both black, and traditional white shorts which the club wore during the 1978/19 season, with the team able to decide which they want to play in before each game.

Designed by kit manufacturer ISC Sports, it is almost identical to the kit worn 40 years ago in that historic season.

It sees the club revert back to their traditional black & white irregular hoops for the first time since 2015, accompanied by a unique gold trimming.

Current squad members Albert Kelly, Dean Hadley, Brad Fash and Jake Connor were joined on stage by Lloyd and Tindall to reveal the shirt, with local group Goldthope Property taking pride of place on the front as the club’s new main sponsor for 2018.

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford reflected on the historic shirt launch, while also looking ahead to the upcoming Rugby League World Cup in Australia and closed-season preparations.

The shirt design also includes Danny Houghton’s testimonial logo, with a donation from every shirt sold going to the Hull FC stars testimonial fund.

Former loose-forward Steve ‘Knocker’ Norton, widely considered to be one of the greatest players to ever pull on a Hull FC shirt, reflected on the historic 1978/79 season saying: “The players were sensational that year. We had a great togetherness as a group, and still do to this day.

“It was incredible to see thousands of Hull fans come and see us play away, in winter games that weren’t always the best quality. And at horrible grounds like Bramley and Huyton!

“The fans are and always have been by far and away the best part about this club.”

The shirt went on sale exclusively to guests at last night’s event and will go on general sale this Saturday (21st October) from 9am at the club’s retail stores at the KCOM Stadium and Savile Street, and online at www.hullfcshop.com

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