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The Poetic Hooligan

Illustrated with over 100 original photographs


Anyone who experienced the hardships of being brought up in a two-up, two-down house in the fifties and sixties, without any hot water or an indoor toilet, will identify with Richard Haldenby’s ‘warts and all’ account of his childhood in the deprived backstreets of Hull.


But those troubled times provide just the beginning of his remarkable story.


After starting work at 15 during the austere 1970s, he was married at 20 and became a hardworking family man before the decade was over.


Behind this facade of normality however lay a much darker side, as he was drawn into the violent world of gang culture, street fights and football hooliganism…

1 in stock

9781916429451 ,
Weight 0.529 kg
Dimensions 200 × 130 × 18 mm




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Riverhead Books