Today Hull FC have sadly announced the passing of one of their most legendary players Mick Crane.
The Hall of Famer was a top tier British forward and made 359 appearances for Hull FC in two spells in the 1970s and 1980s scoring 98 tries.
Joining Hull in 1970, he established himself as an integral cog in the team capable of playing anywhere in the back three of the scrum or at centre and scored twice in the 1975-76 League Cup Final clash with Widnes. Sadly, the Black and Whites would go on to lose the game.
In 1977, he joined Leeds for a then record fee helping the Loiners to the 1978 Challenge Cup in a historic final against St Helens in which Leeds won 14-12.
He would then join Hull KR in 1979 before the Great Britain international rejoined Hull FC in 1981 spending seven more seasons with his boyhood club.
In the 1982 Challenge Cup Final, he came off the bench in the replay at Elland Road as Hull downed Widnes to claim the silverware. A back-to-back Yorkshire Cup winner in 1982 and 1983, he also played a vital role in Hull’s 1983 Champions.
Crane sadly passed away yesterday morning ahead of a clash between two of his former teams as Hull hosted Leeds.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time.