From Boothferry To Wembley

Last updated : 08 October 2008 By Gary Clark
At the age of 54 I made one of the biggest decisions of my life. I sold the business that I had spent over twenty years building up to devote my time to following Hull City in their first ever season in the Premier League.

The price I took for my business, Chanterlands DIY in Hull, doesn't set me up for a life of Riley, far from it. In fact it wouldn't even pay off my mortgage, yet I had little choice.

I have waited all of my life to see City play in the top flight. In over forty-odd years of support for the Tigers I have made many sacrifices to get to matches, mostly relegation dog-fights in front of three to four thousand similair die-hards and I would not have it any other way.

Hull City are my team and my support for them has never wavered and I didn't want to miss a single second of our first season in the Premier League, although that is very likely now the club have suddenly changed the way the away tickets are to be allocated. I now have as much chance of an away ticket as someone who bought a season ticket during Wembley week and probably didn't know Hull had a football club of its own before that.

My current pseudonym is Karl Berg, but I have been many different people over the years, Tom Watson, M.Mercer, E.G.Chaser, Paul Lighthouse, Ken Clarkson, even G.Clark on occasions. Some people say I am biased, they are wrong, I am very biased but I would like you to judge that for yourselves. My subject is usually the same, I fight the corner for Hull City and their supporters. Before Adam Pearson gave us back our dignity we were the most downtrodden, ridiculed and underrrated bunch of fans in the country. Yet my belief always was that no other club in the land would have a hardcore following like ours if their trophy cabinet was as empty as ours had been for so long.

The book is called 'From Boothferry to Wembley' and is released on Saturday October 11th, price £10.99. Available to buy from both Tiger Leisure outlets and in all WH Smiths in Hull, including the city centre, Prospect Centre, Whitefriargate, Kingswood and Beverley outlets. Also Browns on George Street in Hull where I am doing a book signing from 11am on Saturday. I also have a book signing at WH Smiths, Prospect Centre Hull at 1.00pm on October 18th. Also available from Saturday Oct 11th in Chapel Street News, Hull city centre. Online the book can be purchased from me at, price £10 plus a donation towards postage would be nice.