Pocklington RUFC were formed in 1879 and are far and away the oldest Rugby Union club in East Yorkshire with a long and proud history. Their famous annual 7-a-side tournament attracts sides from all over the country and sometimes further afield and Hull RUFC are proud to have won the tournament once.
Hull played their first game against Pocklington in our first season on the 12th December 1992 in a friendly fixture at Haworth Park and won the game 13-0. Since then we have played a further three friendly games over the years, the last being at the start of last season when we won 24-6 at Percy Road, and won them all.
It is a different story in league encounters between the two clubs where Hull have won four and lost six of the ten games played, which are as follows:
Yorkshire Division One – Hull have won three and lost one.
North-East Division Three – only two games played with Pocklington winning both, but Hull went on to be promoted.
North-East Division Two – Hull won one game and lost the other three.
So in all league games played Hull have won four and Pocklington have won six. The last league game played against Pocklington was on 12th January 2002 when Pocklington posted a convincing 37-19 victory.
Last season Pocklington won the North East One division in fine style winning 22 of their 26 league games with a scoring record of 774 against 312. They amassed 112 league points to finish 12 points ahead of second-placed Penrith on 92. Last week they had a harsh start to their Northern Premier Division season when they lost 48-3 away to the powerful Wirral side who finished fourth in the table last season. All at Hull are looking forward to playing them again in league football after a fifteen year break, and I am sure we wish them well in their forthcoming games – AFTER THIS SATURDAY!!
Compiled by Norman Angell