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From The Archives: Silence For Sir Winston

27 May 2020
Whilst circumstances currently mean there’s no live football to enjoy, we’re delving into the archives to feature a photograph from Hull City’s illustrious history. For the foreseeable future, we’ll provide an image each day for supporters to enjoy and reminisce.

Hull City and Bristol Rovers’ players stand in silent tribute to Sir Winston Churchill before the start of the Division Three clash at Boothferry Park in January 1965.

The day of the fixture coincided with the state funeral of Churchill following his death from a stroke and, in keeping with every other ground in the country, a minute’s silence took place ahead of kick-off whilst all clubs flew flags at half mast.

The Tigers paid their own tribute to the former Prime Minister by claiming the points with a 3-2 home win courtesy of goals from Chris Chilton, John McSeveney and Ken Wagstaff.

Sir Winston’s funeral was broadcast live on the BBC and seen all around the world. It was the first state funeral of a politician in the 20th century and the biggest national event since the Coronation of 1953.