Simon Hood grew up in a village near York with a bus service so infrequent that he soon learnt to ride a bike.
In his early teens, trips to the city centre were blighted forever by his first visit to Bootham Crescent. Subsequent matches failed to deter him: York City grew into an affliction he is yet to shake off.
Simon studied in Scotland and France, graduating with a 2:1 Joint Honours in malt whisky and red wine. Since then, he has lived in a variety of cities across several countries, always with a bicycle and access to York’s results close to hand.
In August 2009, Simon set out to pedal to every one of York’s matches over the course of the season. Fifty matches and 10,000 miles later, he sat gingerly down to write a book.
Simon still gets to a few York City matches each season, but not as many as he’d like; from time to time he still gets to pedal a few miles, but not as many as he’d like.
Simon currently lives in Oxford with his family. His panniers have been replaced by a baby seat.