David Goodman was born into a footballing family. His grandfather, a lifelong Hull City fan, lived on North Road, just behind the ‘Best Stand’ at Boothferry Park, and his dad is still a season ticket holder at local rivals Grimsby Town. Born in Hull, David began following City in the early seventies as the Tigers, with a good team, excellent stadium and large crowds, attempted to win promotion to the top division.
Within a few years the team had broken up, crowds dwindled and the stadium was left to decay. Apart from the ‘Don Robinson years’ of the mid-eighties, the next thirty years saw near terminal decline, with the club being the first to appoint official receivers, and matters came to a head in 2001 when they became the first club to be locked out of their own ground.
Few clubs have been in crisis quite as often as Hull City and many times in the eighties and nineties they played ‘what could be their last ever match’. However, the Tigers, in their centenary year, are now becoming successful on the pitch, playing in one of the best stadiums outside the Premiership before crowds among the best in the Football League.
Look Back in Amber is David Goodman’s attempt to gain the inside story into the club’s extraordinary journey throughout the last thirty years by speaking to ex-players, staff and supporters. With the club now looking up after so many years of looking down, the book is essential reading for all supporters of the Tigers.
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