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Hull FC going for Challenge Cup double

Hull FC will attempt to re-write the history books for a second successive season at Wembley today.

Last year Lee Radford's men finally broke the club's duck at Wembley with a 12-10 victory over Warrington and 12 months later a win against Wigan would retain the Challenge Cup for the first time in the club's 152 year existence.

For Hull captain Gareth Ellis it's bound to be an emotional day. The 36 year old will call time on his playing career at the end of the season to become Football Manager at the East Yorkshire club so this will be his last ever appearance at Wembley and final bow in the Challenge Cup - a competition he's had a lifelong love affair with since watching hometown club Castleford beat Hull KR at Wembley in 1986.

Wigan Warriors stand in the way of Hull FC Credit: PA

History would suggest Wigan are the favourites. Shaun Wane's men are going in search of a record 20th Challenge Cup, whereas it would be Hull's fifth success in this grand old competition.

The last time these sides met in the final in 2013 it was Wigan who eased past Hull in a dour affair but meetings between these sides will always conjure up memories of what many claim to be the greatest Challenge Cup final of all time back in 1985. A Brett Kenny inspired Wigan were once again victorious 28-24 in front of over 99,000 fans at the Old Wembley.

Hull have come out on top in both matches between the sides this season and currently sit 3rd in Super League, whereas Wigan, after a disappointing season by their own high standards, are down in 6th.

Both sides are at full strength after niggling injuries in the run up to the final so it should make for an intriguing and absorbing contest.