22 May 2024

Not All Ticket: From Withernsea High to Boothferry Park Halt, by Richard Lusmore


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Set in the 1980s, Not All-Ticket: From Withernsea High to Boothferry Park Halt chronicles a dramatic period in the history of Hull City AFC through the eyes of a young fan from rural East Yorkshire.

From relegation and receivership to the ‘Robinson renaissance’, Richard Lusmore – the Gazette’s Easington United correspondent – experiences a rollercoaster of emotions, culminating in dismay at perhaps the most contentious managerial dismissal in the club’s history. In the process, he charts a course through his coming of age, capturing how it feels to follow an unfashionable team in an often unloved city.

He flirts with rival sporting attractions, then tosses them aside in favour of the small-fry team in this tatty fish town. The football-fuelled adrenalin rush is soon replicated in his first forays into the local music and club scene.

Discovering the delights of Hull after dark, he soon realises that Saturday is about much more than just the match. First-hand terrace tales and musical memories abound in this uplifting memoir.