The Spirit of The Boilermakers

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The Spirit of The Boilermakers

Hull KR are set to launch their 2022 alternative shirt – and it’s a beauty!

The anniversary shirt, which is launching on this special 140th year, will pay tribute to the spirit of the boilermakers who were instrumental in forming the club in 1882.

The origins of Hull KR can be traced back to its formation as the Kingston Amateurs in the winter of 1882.

A group of young apprentice boilermakers employed by local firms C.D. Holmes and Amos & Smith, met in a small, terraced house in Vauxhall Grove, Hessle Road to form the club we know and love today.

Not afraid to take risks and be forward-thinking, the club proactively recruited players that would improve them and got off to a rapid and impressive start.

Another trait they embedded into the club’s culture from an early age was a strong moral compass and sense to always do the right thing.

The team left the field in protest after unsavoury scenes against Hull Forge, in protest to “the quarrelsome nature of the opponents”.

Despite funds being tight, in 1886 the club donated the proceeds of a tie against Beverley to the relief fund for the families of eight men killed in Albert Dock, when a boiler on the steamer Cartago Nova blew up.

Equally, the prize money of the club’s first-ever trophy win, a Times Cup triumph over Selby, was donated to local medical charities, further cementing the club’s bond with the local community.

In 1897 the club broke away from the Yorkshire Rugby Union to play in the Northern Union (Rugby League), believing it is only right that players should be compensated for loss of earnings while playing and training for the club.

The never say die attitude, rebellious nature, and commitment to help the local community become a better place are traits that Robins supporters will recognise throughout the club’s long and illustrious history. The club is delighted to honour those trailblazers who fought so hard in the early years to form the club we know today with a special limited-edition shirt to be worn later in the season.

Hull KR Chief Executive Paul Lakin paid tribute to the original Boilermakers and said: “We are so pleased to bring to life what is in many ways an untold story.

It’s been so fascinating to learn about how the community spirit and strong moral compass was embedded in the club culture from day one. Something we do our best each day to uphold.

We have done so much this year that is focused on the future, from running a record number of teams, purchasing the stadium, to evolving our badge. So it’s nice to take a moment to reflect on those who came before us and pay tribute to them.”

The 2022 anniversary shirt, produced by Oxen, sponsored by Connexin, will be unveiled tomorrow evening online at The colours and design are inspired by the “United Society of Boilermakers, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers, est 1834” logo.

Just 1,000 shirts have been produced of this limited-edition shirt, so supporters are advised to order early to avoid disappointment – fans can pre-order online now at 

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