Hull FC - The KC Stadium |
Ah... the âgood old daysâ, when a trip to The Boulevard was anticipated with some trepidation...
...there was the obligatory queue for fish and chips at that scruffy shop on the parade. I was always fascinated by those large houses that at one time must have been elegant and well loved family homes, but now seemed ideal settings for a Hollywood thriller or ghost story.
...there was that match when we were trounced 38 â 6 in Superleague VII and as Hull fans enthusiastically sang âWe can see you sneaking out,â Leeds fans not only âsnookâ out but fled, leaving a very small group of us exposed at the freezing cold, wind battered end. Suddenly a gang of young and very vocal Black and Whites rushed across from the âThreepenny standâ and surrounded us, gloating and threatening.
We were at first intimidated, but I couldnât help it â I called upon years of experience working in education and went into action with well tried and tested strategies (my friends call it my âheadteacher modeâ) and guess what - they worked! As the whistle went this 20+ strong gang shook our hands, patted our backs and wished us well for the rest of the season!
...there was that match when we won easily and the only way we could get out was to squeeze behind the Threepenny Stand in the opposite direction to all the Hull fans who liberally spat, swore and shoved at us.
Then came the move to the KC.
...there was the incident in September 2003 with the baby mascot with the offensive bandana! At least we got an apology and the club have since tried to make opposition fans feel welcome, even if the home fans donât.
...and the club have tried to keep an empty gap in the corner between fans behind the goal and the loud home fans.
However bad The Boulevard was, it was steeped in history and a lively place to go, but the KC Stadium is stark and lacking in atmosphere. I find it difficult to understand why it was voted Best Away Ground.
Home chant... Ooooooold Faithful...
Reply chant... You only sing when youâre fishing!
Place to sit: unfortunately, perched behind the goals at away end (North Stand), â you need âbinosâ to see what is happening at the other end, but if you are too low down in the East or West stand sides you only get a good view of players legs and you have to sit next to home fans.
Place to park: Safest place to leave the car is in the Pay and Display in Argyle Street, next to the Infirmary. We still remove any visible signs that associate us with the away team. From A63 follow the signs for the Hospital and itâs just over Anlaby Road. The only downside is the long walk back, shoulder to shoulder across that foot bridge, but it almost serves its purpose in managing the exit of fans. No point in expecting to get straight out of the car park. Have a drink from the flask, a sandwich and then have a go at it. (There are also good park and ride facilities)
Place to eat: The closest Superleague Rugby Ground to the sea, it would be rude not to indulge in some Fish & Chips from the many outlets you'll find on your way to the ground. There is a chippy on Anlaby Road about 100 yards up from the Griffin going towards the ground.
Place to drink: This season (2005) it looks like the Griffin Pub on Anlaby Road, corner of St Georges Road will be getting the SouthStanders' patronage. Alternatively, there is the 'Bricklayers' on Walton Street (as long as they don't have their stupid 'no away fans' sign up) or their is the bar in the Vulcan Arena (usually easier to get served than the Brickies).
If any of you are using the Park & Ride but didnt fancy a drink down Anlaby Road theres always The Norland a minutes drive from P&R (go past P&R and Sainsburys, and left at Roundabout). Friendly Rugby pub, big car park, has SKY and serves good grub til way past KO. ÂŁ1.55 a pint of Carling too.