Mon 15th March 2021

John Forth, born and bred in Beverley, has written a nostalgic book about Hull City AFC, The Tigers, with profits going to the Chris Chilton Appeal.

Hull City legend Ken Wagstaff has praised the new book, written by a lifelong fan of the Tigers, that will help to support another of the club’s heroes, Chris Chilton, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Ardent supporter and author John Forth has turned back the clock to the “best year” of Hull City, with his nostalgic
look at the Tigers’ 1965 to 1966 season.

John, who is originally from Beverley and now living in North Yorkshire, discovered that his brother, Shane, a fellow Tigers fan, had kept every programme from 1965 to 1966.

“He said he had all these programmes going back almost 60 years, he gave me a box full of them that he’d kept in the loft,” said John.

“Shane is ten years younger than me; we used to go and watch Hull City play in the 60s.

“When I started looking through all these programmes I thought, I can do something with these. I thought it would bring back great memories of that time - that season was the best, a lot of people will tell you that, with two of the greatest players for Hull, Waggy and Chillo.”

John and Shane continue to follow the fortunes of the Tigers, although they don’t manage to get to as many games these days.

“It’s always the first result I want to know,” said John. “Me and my brother will be texting each other about how we think they got on.”

Ken, 78, said: “I think it’s an interesting book, I enjoyed reading it, and not just because it’s Hull City but because of all the stories. I thought it would bring back great memories of that time - that season was the best, a lot of people will tell you that, with two of the greatest players for Hull, Waggy and Chillo. I just hope the book will evoke some memories and that the profits will go to help one of our Hull City heroes.”

Ken said: “I spent an evening reading John’s book. It was nice to look back on the good old days, it’s how it all happened.”

Copies of the fully illustrated book, Hull City AFC 1965-1966 Nostalgia are available direct from John Forth.

The book costs £20, plus P&P, with profits being donated to the Chris Chilton Appeal.

Contact John by emailing: or by calling 07741 253521.

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