Hull KR will unite with Hull FC and Hull City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Gaul trawler tragedy. Thirty Hull trawlermen and six from North Shields were lost at sea when the Gaul, a deep-sea factory ship, sunk off the coast of Norway in February 1974.
The sinking was described as the worst-ever single-trawler tragedy at the time. Hull City will be paying our respects to the lost trawlermen at our Sky Bet Championship match at home to Swansea City on Saturday 10 February with a show of unity from Hull City, Hull FC and Hull KR, followed by a 36-second silence prior to kick-off.
The Tigers’ players will walkout in commemorative t-shirts and a new mural outside the MKM Stadium, created by local artist Andy Pea, will be unveiled before the game as a permanent memorial.
Hull City’s Chief Commercial Officer, Joe Clutterbrook, said: “From the opening of St Andrew’s Dock to the headscarf revolutionaries, Hull is steeped in fishing heritage. As such, a tragedy of this magnitude will have impacted thousands of people throughout our region and as we approach the 50th anniversary of the disaster, we are honoured to be trusted to play a role in the commemorations.
'To this day, Hull remains a city proud of its history and a tribute such as this transcends sporting rivalry. It is fitting therefore that Hull FC and Hull KR will stand with Hull City in a display of unity to remember those 36 men that were so tragically lost.'
Relatives of those impacted by the tragedy will also be with us at the MKM stadium.
Further tributes will be paid at the Hull Derby the following Thursday.