June 25, 2024

To the outside world, life could not be much better for Lewie Coyle. He is captain of his hometown club Hull City, who are just outside the Championship play-off places, he is playing the best football of his career and, in February last year, he became a father when his son Ezrah was born.

But all of that only makes it harder for Coyle to accept that his father, Chris, is no longer here to see it. A former champion body builder who went on to become a legendary market trader in Hull, Chris died in June 2022 aged 59.

‘It was very, very tough. We lost dad very suddenly…’ Coyle’s voice cracks and as the emotion shows on his face, he asks for a moment to compose himself.

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