After guiding Hull RUFC to their first ever promotion to National League 1, Gary Pearce dedicated their title success to the men without whom there would be no club in the first place. Saturday’s 31-29 derby day win over Ionians was the club’s 19th successive win and Pearce hopes everyone at the club gets their fair share of the credit.
“It’s a very nice feeling because a lot of people have put a lot of work into this,” Pearce said.
“The likes of John and Richard Beal, Jeremy Saunt and off the field with the supporters who come with us to away games like Bruce, David, Charlie, Andy Pittaway, Andy Payne. They are all part of what makes us.
“We are very grass roots and a lot of people give a lot of their time and that is great and we appreciate that.
“So when you get moments like this, you have to be proud because these things don’t happen very often.
“It’s a big statement for the club to be in National League 1 from where we’ve come from.
“I think everyone should be proud of this team. The lads deserve it.
“We’re a tight-knit group and it shows that we have been together for a number of years pre Covid.
“We’ve not had many additions to our squad and players like Simon Humberstone, Mike Dias and Latu Makaafi have shown the way for a lot of the younger lads on how to conduct themselves with their will to win.
“That rubs off on them and I’d like to think that what I put in, rubs off on them also.
“We are winners and we want to win more than anything else.”