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Oh what fun it is!

Well, at least that’s how the author of a new book describes a life following the trials and tribulations of being a Boro fan home and away.

Boro may have won only once on their travels over the past 12 months but Dave Brown, who goes by the pseudonym of Hal Gate, has a unique book “to cheer up my fellow supporters in this time of drudgery”.

The 112-page paperback is a collection of away day stories told or sent to Dave from long-suffering fans, many who wish to remain anonymous and are therefore referred to in the book as the ‘Great Anonerimus’.

Father-of-three Dave, who lives in Acklam and is manager of WHSmith on Teesside Retail Park, said: “As the book is a collection of other people’s ideas, stories and opinions, it would not have been right to gain credit nor financial gain from its sale.

“This is why it is written under a pseudonym and all author royalties are to be donated straight to charity.”

The charity in question is the Finlay Cooper Fund, set up by former Boro hero and present day Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper and his wife Julie in memory of Finlay, the son they lost in a choking accident shortly before his second birthday.

All funds donated for the Finlay Cooper Fund are passed on to children’s causes, most of them on Teesside.

Cooper, who has written the book’s foreword, said: “Along with everyone that works so hard for the Finlay Cooper Fund, Julie and I are absolutely thrilled with this wonderful offer by the author of a book that promises to be a cracking read.

“I hope hundreds of Boro fans snap up a copy for Christmas and give Fin’s fund a fantastic end to what has been a truly special year that saw peaked, literally, with a group of us conquering Mount Kilimanjaro to raise £100,000 for children’s causes.”

Published by Billingham-based Sixth Element, “Oh What Fun It Is… glorious tales from Boro away days” is available now from all WHSmith stores at Teesside Park, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar, together with Amazon, and is also available as an e-book. The book is priced £9.99, with the e-book just £4.50. ISBN 978-1-908299-50-5