Radford on cloud nine after Challenge Cup triumph

Lee Radford couldn’t contain his delight after seeing his Hull FC side end their Wembley hoodoo and win at Wembley.

It looked set to be another disappointing day in London as the Warrington went 10-0 ahead, however tries for Mahe Fonua and Jamie Shaul earned a historic cup victory for the Black and Whites.

“This is history making,” he said. “So many teams prior to us, so many unbelievable players, have not achieved what we did today. I feel privileged and proud putting this group of players together.

“You can’t manufacture chemistry and friendship. We have been mocked but that togetherness won us the cup final. Throughout this competition we have been clinical and dominant and nobody can begrudge us taking that cup back to Hull. My greatest achievement is putting that together.”

While Marc Sneyd was the recipient of the Lance Todd Trophy, Radford saved praise for Danny Houghton, who made a try-saving tackle on Ben Currie with 90 seconds remaining.

“That’s the most important tackle in any game I have been involved if. If you’re the England coach, take note. That heart wins you Test series. I can’t tell you how proud of him I am.

“He’s a Hull boy and he lives where I live (around Hull KR fans). He’s going to be so proud walking his dog in his Hull FC tracksuit.”