A 24-STONE hooligan has turned his back on the male-dominated world of footie violence to have a SEX CHANGE.
Burly Richard Allen, 36, lived for fighting rival fans at games involving England or his beloved Exeter City, admitting he was a die-hard yob.
But the 6ft 2in brawler has shown aggro the red card, swapping replica shirts for fashionable frocks in his new life as sensible BECCI.
She said: “I had been on a colourful path with anger and got into trouble with the police a few times. I went to football games with Exeter City, Spurs and England and I was a hooligan.
“I used to beat people up. I was always fighting something I wanted to be. I spent a lot of time suppressing it and trying to fit in.
“I was trying to conform to the male form and I did live an unhappy life.
“I didn’t used to have many female friends. I was envious and jealous of them so I built my life around a male environment.
“I am not proud of what I used to do but it has all gone to shaping the way I am today - I am finally getting the life I was meant to live.”
Becci, of Alphington, Devon claimed she knew from the age of eight she wanted to be a woman.
But rather than explore her feminine side she surrounded herself with tough mates and behaved as “manly” as possible to release her pent-up anger.
Describing her former days as a football hooligan, Becci told how she targeted rival supporters before dishing out brutal beatings.
She added: “If there was a City versus Plymouth Argyle game we would just go down there and basically beat the c*** out of whoever was supporting Argyle.
But decades later, at the age of 32, Becci - who still has a “loud and proud” England tattoo on her arm - finally sought medical advice and began the male-to-female transition.
She shed seven stone and was forced to come clean to her girlfriend Paula, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter.
The pair have now split but Becci insists she has the full backing of her family. She even broke the news to her boss over a McDonald’s meal - but said he was equally supportive.
Becci is now undergoing hormone treatment and voice therapy ahead of a full sex change operation on the NHS. She also has C-cup breasts and has grown out her skinhead haircut into a red bob.
But sports fan Becci stresses that just because she prefers to be a woman does not mean having to give up going to the football or another of her favourites - darts.
The rock music lover also still goes to gigs featuring her favourite bands Madness and Gun N’ Roses.