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Craig Sargent, 42, was one of Hull City’s biggest fans

Tributes to dad of two Craig Sargent, 42

Tributes have been paid to arguably Hull City’s biggest football fan and former Driffield School pupil Craig Sargent, who has sadly passed away aged 42, following a short battle with cancer.

A sign of Craig’s popularity is a fundraising page (www.gofundme.com/friends-of-craig-sargent) set up by his friends to help his family and has already raised nearly £19,000 in just a few days.

The father of two young boys – Joshy, 8, and Sammy, 5, – who in his younger days lived at the Buck Hotel in Driffield where his dad Edward (Eddie) was landlord, was arguably Hull City’s biggest fan; his death came as a huge shock, with countless messages on social media from devoted Hull City fans.

Craig – known as ‘Sarge’ to many – went through his schooling life in Driffield and was a very popular and well liked lad, who loved football and in particular Hull City.

Former head of the Physical Education department at Driffield School, Geoff Backshall, said: “I remember him as a fantastic student, who always gave 100 per cent to whatever he was doing.

“He was a great goalkeeper and he was fully involved in all sports, particularly football. 

“I also remember him as a lad who was fully involved in drama, taking part in many school productions.“A very sad loss of one so young.”

Driffield postman, Pieter Hamminga, was one of Craig’s best friends in their younger days. He said: “Craig was one of my best friends through my teenage years and I spent many nights asleep on his bedroom floor.

“We met through our parents who happened to mention in passing that we both owned an Atari 800xl.

“His unparalleled commitment to Hull City was amazing. I even went down to Plymouth and Portsmouth with him to watch Hull when we were kids. 

“He had a journal where he wrote about every game he went to, and somewhere in there will be the game Leeds v Barnsley 1991. I wanted him to see what it was like for me being a Leeds fan and I remember reading his review and laughing my head off.

“In 1994 my mum died and I was down and couldn’t afford to follow Leeds, so Craig gave me a season ticket for Hull City that the Buck had been given for selling Hull City lottery tickets – what a great gesture from a great friend.

“I’ll remember him so fondly, a truly great friend.”
One memory many former school friends may remember was his 12th birthday.

After being nominated as player of the week at local Driffield Soccer School he was cycling back to The Buck Hotel when he took a tumble and hurt his arm. But, before he had the chance to go to hospital, he had the small matter of being the mascot for his beloved Hull City. So his dad Eddie took him to the Hull City v Mansfield game, which City won. But with his arm still hurting they went later to hospital where a broken arm was diagnosed.

Pictures show Craig with sons Joshy, 8, Sammy, 5, and wife Jo. And back row, second left, playing outfield for Hull City Supporters Club

Craig’s fundraising page set up by his friends to help his family.


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