The trials of being a Hull FC fan: Pete Allen pens Going Down The Boulevard book
A HULL author has released his second book documenting the fortunes of Hull FC over 25 years.
In Pete Allen's latest work, there are heroes and villains, pub trips to Wembley, lost weekends, striking miners, naked comedians and gangrenous pies.
It also includes recollections of meetings with characters such as Billy Connolly, Ozzy Osbourne and the Queen.
The story continues from his first book and takes readers through his life as a Black and Whites' fan from 1980 to 2005.
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Pete said he was shocked at the success of his debut book, Living In The Shadow Of Giants, which told the story of the first 25 years of his life, from 1955 to 1980, as he grew up across the street from the club's old home, Boulevard.
"I had no prior experience of writing a book so it was all very new to me," he said.
"I have been taken aback by the success of the book and the number of people who have come up to me and spoken about their experiences and memories of the same 25 years.
"It was a real challenge putting together a book that tells the story of your life, relying purely on memory, but I was amazed just how much I recalled."
The second part of the Roamin' The Range Together series, Going Down The Boulevard, documents the club's fortunes over that period from a loyal fan's perspective.
Pete took the decision to put pen to paper to highlight how being a follower of a sports team can affect the lives of many other people, including family.
"There are plenty of books around by players and coaches but few that come from the prospective of an ordinary supporter, standing week in, week out, agonising on the terraces," he said.
"This book is written as an aide memoire to anyone who lived through those 25 years, wants to relive them or just needs to know what all the fuss was about.
"It will certainly not be completely accurate but that's what's so good about reminiscences, in time, they become different things to different people.
"Being an avid supporter of any team puts a lot of strain on everyone who is close to you.
"One minute you can feel fantastic, the next you want to sit in a darkened room. That's just the nature of the beast.
"If the first book is anything to go by, then this new offering will certainly rekindle a few memories, proving once again all sports fans have a tale to tell.
"Fifty years is a long time and some of my memories are a little hazy so I always love to hear other fans, who have been through the same period, speaking about their past."
• Roamin' The Range Together: Going Down The Boulevard costs £13.50 and goes on sale on Tuesday at Hull FC stores, Barkers, of Cottingham, and online at ypdbooks.