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Sky Sports commentator labels Super League club’s fans as “long suffering” and “deflated”

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Hull FC gave their season a much needed boost last week.

The Black and Whites defeated the Champions for the first time since 2017, a season that yielded a powershift between the two.

The 2016 and 2017 seasons weren’t great for Saints as Hull finished above them twice in a row and claimed back to back Challenge Cups.

However, that has become a blip for the Black and Whites in a Super League history of underachievement which is why Sky Sports Bill Arthur branded their fans as “long suffering.”

“It might lift the mood at the MKM Stadium. They’re long suffering supporters at Hull FC. There is so much expectation on them every year,” he said on Sky Sports.

“It is not very often delivered on.”

Terry O’Connor backed this up saying:

“Every year you look at the roster, and there are a lot of teams that you do that, and you expect them to do well.

“They have a good stadium but it is Hull KR that are doing well at the minute.”

Interestingly, Hull FC weren’t able to crack 10,000 fans for the game.

Bill Arthur suggested this expectation level and the fact they were deflated from their Challenge Cup exit explain why the fans didn’t flock to the game:

“It’s not the biggest attendance, even for a game against the Champions.

“Some fans probably stayed at home because they were deflated.”

The Black and Whites have had a brilliant average attendance in 2023 and are more often than not above 10,000 making this the anomaly.

Meanwhile, teams like Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors have also enjoyed strong years on thsi front.

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