Hull FC fans fill city for Challenge Cup victory parade
Thousands of black-and-white-clad Hull FC fans have celebrated their team retaining the Challenge Cup.
An open-top bus parade left the KCOM stadium around the city and ended with the players celebrating with fans packed in Queen Victoria Square.
Hull FC made club history with a successive Challenge Cup triumph after an 18-14 win against Wigan on Saturday.
The rugby league team's Danny Washbrook said: "This has probably even surpassed last year's welcome."
Jake Connor, who played in his first Challenge Cup Final, said it was something "I'll never forget and I definitely want to do it again".
The number of fans welcoming the team back was "surreal", he said.
In a more sombre note he said he planned to put his winners' medal next to his father's ashes and dedicated the win to him.
James Clark, the club's executive director, said: "This is what it is all about - a day to savour for all. Some of these fans have followed us through highs and deep lows".
Sammy Lloyd, a player with the club in the 1970s and 1980s, who has written a special Wembley song, said: "It is a dream come true, it is amazing the fans here always remember you. No other place could put on something like this."
The turnout was estimated at 25,000 people.