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From Hull to Hell and Back

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When he broke dramatically onto the senior rugby league scene with his beloved Hull as a gifted teenager, prop Lee Crooks was an archetypal blood and guts heart-on-his-sleeve firebrand front-rower, adored by the Boulevard faithful.

A Cup winner and distinguished 19-Test international - best remembered for his nerveless last-gasp penalty from the sidelines to save a series against the Kiwis in 1985 - Crooks then became the most expensive rugby league player in the world when signing for Leeds, against his wishes, as Hull hit hard times.

A subsequent move to Castleford rekindled an always lively playing career prior to coaching spells with Keighley and York before, unthinkably, he crossed the city of his birth and joined the staff at Hull KR.

From Hull to Hell and Back... tells of all this and more. By turns confessional and controversial, moving and occasionally hilarious, this is the colourful story of a modern-day rugby league maverick. Think you know Lee Crooks? Think again!

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