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An Introduction to Hull FC 1956 Rugby League
Johnny Whiteley MBE signed for Hull F.C. in 1950 for free that later became Hull FC 1956 Rugby League. Rather than offering Johnny a signing-on fee, the authorities promised him a place in the squad in the following game. He played 15 seasons for Hull making with 417 appearances. And scored 156 tries and 2 goals for a total of 472 points. In his time with Hull, he never dropped.
He selected for Great Britain squad while at Hull for the 1954 Rugby League World Cup in France. However, he did not participate in any of the four matches. With Dave Valentine playing as loose forward in all four matches.
From 1956, Johnny Whiteley MBE was part of the Hull FC team. The team won the league championship when Colin Hutton kicked a last-minute penalty in the final against Halifax at Maine Road, Manchester. Also, again in 1958, Hull F.C. won the play-offs against Workington Town. In the 1958 final Johnny Whiteley dominated the forward exchanges with Workington. Including a 30-yard sprint for one himself in the victory over Town, he had a hand in all three second-half tries,
Moreover, they also won the European Club Championship in 1957 and lost in the cup finals at Wembley in 1959 and 1960. These triumphs healed the wound of two successive Yorkshire County Cup Final defeats in 1955 and 1957. They lost in two further Challenge cup finals to Wigan and Wakefield Trinity in 1959 and 1960. All these reverses, when one hand had been grasping so many trophies, gave Hull F.C. a steely resolve and a thirst for success throughout his career.
Johnny Whiteley became player-coach in October 1963. When Roy Francis retired as Hull F.C. coach in 1965, hee inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame.
As a member of the last Great Britain team, Whiteley beat Australia on home soil in the 1959 test series by scoring the try that beat the Aussies that year. He was a member of the 1962 Great Britain team which won the Ashes in Australia. Additionally, he coached Great Britain to success against Australia in the 1970 Ashes Series. Celebrated in this video.
Watch the Johnny Whiteley MBE Hall of Fame footage on YouTube.
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Our Hull FC Rugby League Hall of Fame poloand the Hull FC 1956 Rugby League shirt design was inspired by the legendary player – Johnny Whiteley MBE.
Manufactured from satin touch 100% cotton, the Hull FC 1956 Rugby LeagueShirt features a detailed appliqué Crest. Other features include herringbone finish on the vents and tape on the neck opening.
The available sizes are S to 5XL.