Pearson completes Hull FC takeover

Hull FC, an English rugby league club that competes in the Engage Super League, has been bought by Adam Pearson

The takeover brings to an end 12 years of control by a five-strong board of directors led by chair Kath Hetherington, although Pearson will leave the day-to-day running of the club to James Rule, who will retain his role as chief executive. Pearson is a former chairman of Npower Championship club Hull City and returned to the football club after a spell at fellow second-tier outfit Derby County.

The 46-year-old, who served as commercial director at Leeds United before leading a takeover of Hull City in 2001, tried to buy Hull FC as far back as 2002. According to a club statement, Pearson will continue in his role as head of football operations at Hull City following the takeover.

“I have now purchased the entire shareholding of Hull FC and will be investing further funds into the club in order to ensure it can now kick on and develop into one of the very strongest Super League clubs,” said Pearson.

“Hull FC has a strong tradition in the game and now needs to progress and develop into a major force in the domestic and international game,” he added. “The previous owners have done a fine job initially stabilising and then progressing the club and brand of Hull FC over the last decade. Everyone connected to the deal felt the time was right for Hull FC to change ownership and therefore reinvigorate the development and progress of the club.”

Hull FC was formed in 1865 and is thought to be one of the oldest rugby clubs of either code still in existence. However, the club has enjoyed mixed fortunes in recent years. Hull FC was knocked out of the Carnegie Challenge Cup by Leeds Rhinos on Sunday and has won only one play-off game since reaching the Super League Grand Final in 2006.

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