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New book charting KR’s history launched tonight

A new book charting the rich heritage of Hull Kingston Rovers throughout the decades will be officially launched at the KC Lightstream Stadium tonight, with all supporters welcome to attend.

The Robins: An official history of Hull Kingston Rovers RFC will be launched at the stadium on Wednesday, 27th April and is the first in-depth history of the club, written by long-standing supporter Roger Pugh with the assistance of club historian Dave Sherwood.

The book traces the club’s history back to its founding fathers; its initial growth in the late nineteenth century against all the odds; of heady early successes; the long fight against debt and the wider forces of economic depression in the city; of a renaissance and a transition to becoming ‘nearly men’; the glorious breakthrough to the very top, followed by a slide into obscurity and administration; and of rescue and return to the top tier of the British game.

With a foreword by our president Colin Hutton and a preface from chairman Neil Hudgell, the book also contains profiles of iconic players through the eras, a focus on the great matches – with a special chapter on the victory at Wembley in the all-Hull Challenge Cup final of 1980 – a list of club honours and records, a players, officials and coaches directory, together with a season-by-season and club-by-club analysis.

Setting the Robins’ history in its social context, this meticulously researched volume is a not only a must for true Rovers fans, but for those with an interest in the city of Kingston-upon-Hull and rugby league in general.

Published by Scratching Shed Publishing and priced at £17.99, the book will be available at tonight's event and is also on sale at the Rovers Retail store and online from

The launch event this evening will form the latest instalment of the club’s popular heritage nights, held at the stadium on the last Wednesday of every month.

Organised by the Hull Kingston Rovers Heritage Committee, of which Roger and Dave are members, the event will be free to attend with all welcome and refreshments available from the bar.

As well as a reading of extracts from his book by Roger, the event will also feature a Q&A with ex-players and an insight into key moments in the club’s history from Professor Tony Collins.

For further information, please email or call 01482 780908.

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