FLASHBACK: October 1956

churchillAustralian fullback, Clive Churchill gave a thrilling display as the touring Kangaroos beat a Combined Hull outfit 37-14 before a crowd of 17,346 at Boothferry Park, the city’s major soccer ground.
Churchill captained the side in the absence of injured hooker, Ken Kearney, and although he did not score a try featured prominently in four of the tourists nine tries.
His tackling of the fiery Hull forwards was also a feature, and English critics conceded Churchill was not ‘over the hill’ as had been claimed before the Kangaroos left home.
Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers are bitter rivals, but they put their differences aside to form a combined side for this match, and many people were tipping a win for the locals.
Australian lock, Kel O’Shea frequently made the extra man in attack and looked to have the edge over fellow Queenslander, Ian ‘Ripper’ Doyle for the Test lock position.


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