WHEN Warrington Wolves play Hull FC tonight in the first round of the Super League play-offs it will be the 182nd meeting of the clubs since rugby league was born as the Northern Union in 1895.

Warrington have won 98, Hull have won 73 and there have been 10 draws.

The average score of a match between the two would be Warrington 18 Hull 15. So we should be in for a cracker.

Some of the players who have represented both clubs are Dean Busby, Terry Day, Roy Francis, Alan Hunte, Toa Kohe-Love, Mark Jones, Tom Lineham, Greg Mackey and Joe Westerman.

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Alan Hunte had a foot in both camps. Picture: Mike Boden

Hull were the visitors to Wilderspool when the new main stand – later called the Brian Bevan Stand – was officially opened on Sunday, February 6, 1983. Warrington won 18-16 with second-row Bob Eccles scoring two tries.

Hull beat Warrington 12-10 in a classic Challenge Cup final at Wembley in August 2016 when scrum-half Mark Sneyd won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match.

However, that match is best remembered for Danny Houghton’s amazing try-saving, match-winning tackle on Ben Currie one minute from full time.

Warrington’s record victory over Hull was the 80-10 thrashing at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in August 2018 when Bryson Goodwin scored five tries and Tyrone Roberts kicked 12 goals.

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One of five tries for Bryson Goodwin against Hull in a Super 8s match in 2018. Picture: Mike Boden

Warrington’s record defeat by Hull was the 51-8 thrashing at the Boulevard in January 1914 when Warrington’s first team were on strike over the non-payment of a £1 per man bonus.

The measuring worth website calculates that £1 per man in 1914 could easily be worth £500 per man in today’s money.

Warrington’s last game before the March coronavirus lockdown was the 38-4 victory at the KCOM Stadium. Lee Radford, the Hull coach, was sacked after the match.

Gary Slater