Judas? Paul Cooke set for Q&A at the Piper

Challenge Cup winning hero Paul Cooke will be joined by talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham this Thursday at the Piper on Newland Avenue.

The duo will be answering questions on their book Judas?, which has proven to be a huge hit since it’s launch at the start of October.

Finally able to tell his version of the story, Cooke opens up on his high profile departure from Hull FC to arch rivals Hull Kingston Rovers back in 2007, and reveals what really happened.

It is certainly an eye opener, and as cliche at it is, shows there’s two sides to every story, but amongst all that, it’s also a story of Cookie’s certainly explosive playing career.

He’s brutally honest throughout, and never holds back. The book is far from a sob story, yet it well documents the events leading to his move to Hull KR and beyond.

In detail Judas? also shares the sheer ecstasy of the 2005 Challenge Cup final, and how Cooke won the sports most prestigious trophy for Hull FC. He talks in detail about the glory of 2006, contracts and the promise of a testimonial.

Paul’s off-field troubles are also highlighted, from arrests, to convictions to his own personal battles, all whilst dealing with the pressures of the Goldfish bowl that is Hull.

“Women and alcohol were my two ­biggest vices in my career,” Cooke states in his book.

“At times I couldn’t do ­without either – both at the same time usually.

“I treated people like shit, I treated women like shit.

“I didn’t care who I was ­hurting along the way – I was living my dream of playing ­rugby league.

“In 2006 I kicked a drop goal to help Hull FC win 27-26 at St Helens – majestic was one word used to describe my performance that night.

“But the following night I was out of control on the streets of Hull, anything but majestic.”

Paul will be the first to admit he’s a completely different man today from the one ten years ago.

Now part of the coaching set up at Super League newboys Leigh, and with a supporting family behind him, it was a promise he made to his late mother that inspired the writing of the book.

“Mum was ­always on my side,” Cooke stated. “When I got done for drink-driving, she blamed the car. When there was trouble in town, it was everyone else, not me.

“My mum was my biggest supporter. She was fierce in defence of her children, and I needed more defending than most.”

You can quiz both Paul and Adrian on the book Judas?, and indeed all matters regarding his time at either Hull FC or Hull KR at the Piper this Thursday.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7:45pm start. Tickets are available from Garbutts or on the door at Piper for £5, with proceeds all going to Dove House.


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