FanaticHull was saddened to hear that legendary Hull FC coach Arthur Bunting has passed away at the age of 80, the club confirmed earlier this month.
Regarded by many as Hull FC’s greatest ever coach, Arthur was instrumental in overseeing the most successful period of trophy winning in the Black and Whites 152 year history.
He won everything in a success ridden spell between 1978 and 1985. In the 1978-79 season he guided Hull to a world record breaking campaign that saw his side win all 26 games of the league season, a feat which hasn’t been equalled or bettered since.
Under his reign Hull also won the Challenge Cup in 1982, three consecutive Yorkshire Cups, the League Championship, the John Player Trophy, and the BBC Floodlit Trophy.
Arthur completely transformed Hull into a superpower, his methods were built on belief and the players adored him.
Just reading the tributes from former players shows how much he was valued. He wasn’t just a coach but a friend too. He was there for his players, and he had a relationship with them outside of rugby. That’s a huge deal. It shows the togetherness and cohesion that squad had, that they were all a close unit and that ultimately led to trophies and success.
It’s the best spell Hull FC has ever had for sure. It could be bettered, and hopefully Lee Radford and co are currently on course to building that dynasty, but you can never take anything away from that team.
A glorious era, and one that will never ever be forgotten. Thanks for everything Arthur. Rest in peace, mate.