Former Hull FC and Castleford halfback Kenny Foulkes sadly dies

Hull FC have revealed some sad news over the weekend with the news that one of their former stars has passed away.

That man is Kenny Foulkes – a star of the 1960s and 1970s – who made 252 appearances for the club between 1964 and 1977, with some 13 years service on the field to the Black and Whites, before briefly becoming head coach later in his career.

Foulkes’ career began at Castleford in the early 60s, close to his birthplace of Pontefract; he was the understudy to the high-ranking half-back pairing of Alan Hardisty and Keith Hepworth, and following a similar career path to that of Roger Millward as he headed east to the city of Hull in search of a starting berth.

Hull signed Foulkes to step into the shoes of the aging half Tommy Finn, making his club debut against Leigh at the Boulevard in October 1964, scoring on debut for his new side.

Kenny proved to be a fearless half-back for the Black & Whites, and despite his small stature standing at just 5ft4in, he certainly pulled no punches – however big the opposition forwards were.

While success and silverware deserted the Airlie Birds throughout the majority of Foulkes’ time at the club, he stood out as one of the club’s top performers, scoring 27 tries.

Foulkes was awarded a testimonial season alongside Chris Davidson in 1976/77.

His final appearance for the club was against Blackpool Borough in March 1977, with the 22-13 victory helping Hull secure the 1976-77 Second Division Championship.

Foulkes was appointed as Hull’s assistant coach in 1985, working alongside legendary head coach Arthur Bunting in 1985, before taking over the reigns following Bunting’s departure and guiding the club through the second-half of the 1985/86 campaign.

Everyone at Serious About Rugby League would like to pass on their condolences to Foulkes’ family and friends during this tough time.

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