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Hull FC legend George Robinson passes away

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Hull FC have sadly had to confirm that former player George Robinson has passed away.

He made nearly 150 appearances for the club in a 1o season spell with the black and whites.

He played both rugby league and rugby union and debuted for the club back in 1976.

His time there ended in 1985.

The club have made a touching tribute to him:

“Hull FC are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player George Robinson.
One of the unsung heroes of the Black & Whites iconic squad of the late 1970s, the full-back made 141 appearances across ten seasons for the club, scoring 28 tries and kicking 62 goals.

“Having made his debut under head coach David Doyle-Davidson in February 1976, just a week after Hull became the first ever Second Division side to compete in the John Player Trophy Final, Robinson had actually pursued a career in the Royal Navy before his Rugby League days.

“He gained representative honours in the Services Rugby Union side at half-back – upon returning to civilian life, he signed on at the Boulevard – his boyhood side having been a ball boy in years previous.

“Throughout his time at the club, George faced stiff competition for the number one spot, but whenever called upon, never let his teammates down.

“The undoubted highlight of Robinson’s career were the Second Division title winning seasons in 1976-77 and 1978-99 – the latter in which the Black & Whites remarkably went undefeated throughout the campaign, with the squad thereafter becoming known as the ‘Invincibles’ – Robinson played 31 times in the 1976-77 season, and 35 in the 1978/79 season.

“He brought the curtain down on his career on April 25th, 1985, returning to the side to help out head coach Arthur Bunting with a heavy fixture backlog at the end of the season, culminating in the Challenge Cup Final against Wigan at Wembley the following week.

“Post-retirement, George was a popular and devoted member of the Hull FC Ex-Players Association.

“The thoughts of everyone at Hull FC are with George’s family and friends – Rest In Peace, George.”

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